Tennessee's Favorite Christmas Movies

Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

From Chattanooga to Nashville and Knoxville to Memphis, Tennesseans are in full Christmas mode with the big day approaching in less than three weeks. Holiday music, shopping, parties, and decorating is just part of the daily routine during this time of year, but how does one rest and still celebrate and embrace the spirit of the season? 

Utilizing Google Trends, BetTennessee.com, your source for Tennessee sports betting, analyzed the most popular Christmas movies of Tennessee 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 Ahrefs. 

Here is what Tennessee is watching this holiday season.

Tennessee’s Favorite Christmas Movies Ranked

Rank Christmas Movies Interest Over Time
T1How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)10
T1Home Alone10
T1The Polar Express10
4National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation7

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Three Christmas Movie Classics Tie At No. 1

We have a three-way tie for the top spot in the Volunteer State as the classic flick “Home Alone” (1990) with Macaulay Culkin, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) with Jim Carrey and the animated film “The Polar Express” (2004) with Tom Hanks each scoring an interest rating of 10. 

Time sure does fly, as the first two films listed above are celebrating their 33rd and 23rd anniversaries on the big screen, respectively. The youngster of the group celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024. 

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) starring Chevy Chase placed fourth on the list with a seven rating. Last, but not least, “Elf” (2003) with Will Ferrell rounded out the top five with a six rating. 

Who knows? Maybe there is a “Manning Christmas” in the works down the road, with Peyton cast in the starring role. 


Lou Monaco is a reporter for BetTennessee.com. Lou 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 (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.