Ohio’s Favorite Christmas Movies

Ohio’s Favorite Christmas Movies
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

It’s officially Christmas season after the calendar flipped to December on Thursday. With the holiday season in full swing over the coming weeks, there are sure to be several Christmas movie marathons for viewers to follow. 

So, what are the top movies in Ohio? We took a break from reviewing the best Ohio sports betting promos to find out.

Utilizing Google Trends, BetOhio.com analyzed the most popular Christmas movies among Ohio residents by looking at the search results of each movie over the past five holiday seasons.

The movies included the 40 most popular Christmas movies over the past year, based on global traffic from AhRefs. Surprisingly, these films are even more popular than a bet365 Ohio bonus.

Here are the results. Stay close to BetOhio for fun research pieces like this, plus goodies like top Tipico Ohio promo codes and more. 

Favorite Christmas Movies of Ohio Residents

Rank Christmas Movies % of Interest
T1Home Alone25%
T1The Grinch (2018)25%
3A Christmas Story19%
4National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation18%

What to Know About Ohio’s Holiday Movie Favorites

As the data shows, Ohio loves the classics, with four of the Top-5 movies being 19 or more years old and three of the movies over 30 years old, but still holding water in the Buckeye State.

“Home Alone,” the original that was released in 1990, is tied for Ohio’s top-ranked Christmas movie. The film was ranked the No. 31 Christmas movie of all time by Vulture. 

Sharing the throne in Ohio is “The Grinch,” a 2018 animated film that produced over $500 million at the box office. It was named the Best Movie for Families in the Movieguide Awards. 

“A Christmas Story” (No. 3) has a special Ohio connection. Despite being set in Indiana, the movie’s house is located in the West Side Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont. The property was bought in Cleveland in 2004 and opened in 2006 as a museum, serving as a popular tourist attraction for cinema fans as the A Christmas Story House. 

In November, 3News in Cleveland reported the house was for sale. Jeff Gillen, who played Santa Claus in the movie, was an Ohio native. In a November list of the Top-45 Christmas movies of all time by Vulture, “A Christmas Story” was named the No. 5 Christmas movie of all time. 

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” released in December 1989 by Warner Brothers, earned 18% of interest in Ohio, claiming the No. 4 spot. It was the third edition of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series after “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1983 and “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” in 1985. 

In the movie, Beverly D’Angelo plays Ellen Griswold, the wife of Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase). D’Angelo is a Columbus, Ohio, native who attended Upper Arlington High School. Her grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, designed Ohio Stadium, also known as “the Horseshoe.” Miriam Flynn, who plays Cousin Catherine in the movie, is from Cleveland. 

Rounding out the Top-5 is Will Ferrell’s “Elf” — one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time and of the 21st Century. “Elf” won the 2004 ASCAP award for Top Box Office Film and the 2004 Golden Trailer award for Best Comedy. 

“Elf” was named the No. 27 most popular Christmas Movie by Vulture. 

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Shelby Dermer is a reporter for BetOhio.com. Shelby has been a sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer for the last five years and now lends his expertise to the Ohio sports betting market. He grew up in Waynesville, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University.

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