Pennsylvania’s Favorite Christmas Movies

Pennsylvanians are preparing and getting into the festive spirit by shopping, going to parties or curling up on the couch to watch a good holiday flick. That is, of course, when the Philadelphia Eagles or Pittsburgh Steelers are not in action.

Utilizing Google Trends, took a break from covering Pennsylvania sports betting and analyzed the most popular movies of state residents by looking at the search results of each movie over the past three Christmases. The movies included the 40 most popular Christmas movies over the past year based on global traffic from Here are what remote controls are stopping on in the Keystone State:

Favorite Christmas Movies in PA

RankChristmas MoviesInterest Over Time
1Home Alone10
T-2How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)7
T-2The Polar Express7
T-2A Christmas Story7
T-2National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation7


'Home Alone': All Alone at No. 1

One movie that has stood the test of time and tops the list - "Home Alone" - came in with a score of 10. Starring in this instant Christmas classic that made its debut 33 years ago, Macauley Culkin was on the fast track to stardom as he played an 8-year-old who was mistakenly left home alone by the rest of his family. He is left to defend the family’s house against two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Five movies tied for second with a score of 7: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) with Jim Carrey, the animated "Polar Express" (2004) starring Tom Hanks, "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" (1989) starring Chevy Chase, "A Christmas Story" (1983) with Peter Billingsley and, of course, the beloved "Elf" (2003) with Will Ferrell.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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