Favorite Christmas Movies Among Floridians

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As the calendar turns to December the holiday season shifts from Thanksgiving to Christmas. With the Christmas season comes Christmas traditions, and of those there are plenty, from the food to the decorations to the meals to the family gatherings and much, much more. Every family has their own special traditions, and one tradition shared by many families is the watching of Christmas movies. Just as there are several Christmas traditions, there are also several Christmas movies, giving viewers many options when it comes to enjoying this holiday entertainment.

With the Christmas season now upon us, FloridaBet.com decided to take a brief winter's nap on Florida sports betting updates to try and determine which Christmas movies are favored in the state of Florida. We did this by using AhRefs to determine the 40 most popular Christmas movies worldwide and then utilized Google Trends to analyze search results of each movie over the past three Christmases by Florida residents and came up with a list of the top five Christmas movies in the state.

Favorite Christmas Movies in Florida

RankChristmas MoviesInterest Over Time
1Home Alone11
2How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)10
3The Polar Express9
5A Christmas Story6

Home Alone Leads the Way

Home Alone took the top spot, as the anchor movie in the Home Alone collection still generates yearly interest despite premiering in 1990. Viewers love the exploits of Kevin McAllister as he navigates spending the holiday season Home Alone as burglars attempt to rob his family's home. Macaulay Culkin is the star in this timeless classic that is enjoyed by adults and children alike. The Home Alone franchise currently includes six movies with titles coming out in 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2012 and 2021. With so many storyline options, it will come as no surprise if more Home Alone movies are made in the future.

The 2000 adaptation of the Dr. Seuss' classic book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ ranks second in Florida as viewers delight in watching the Grinch learning an important lesson while trying to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville. Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch and delivers a timeless performance that has been beloved for over 20 years. The Dr. Seuss story was originally adapted into film in 1966 with the 26 minute animated television special that still runs during the holiday season to this day. 

The Polar Express, Elf and A Christmas Story round out the top five in Florida and each film brings something unique to the table. If you are looking for a timeless classic, A Christmas Story has been rewatched year after year since its production in the 1980s and it follows a storyline based in the 1940s. If you are looking for a bunch of laughs with family and friends, Elf is the perfect choice. Will Ferrell delivers a stunning performance as Buddy the Elf and uses humor to teach some important lessons about holiday spirit. Finally, The Polar Express has launched into popularity since its production in 2004. The animated classic features the voice of Tom Hanks and teaches viewers about friendship and holiday spirit.

The beauty of Christmas movies is that there is no limit to how many movies one can watch over the holidays. With these five leading the way, Florida residents and Americans, in general, have a great start to enjoying several wonderful shows over the holiday season. Maybe Floridians will see some progress for Florida sportsbook apps under the tree.


Cecil Peters
Cecil Peters
Senior Betting Analyst

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for FloridaBet.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports, particularly the NHL. He will be providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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