What Are New York’s Favorite Christmas Movies?

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

There is no more magical place for the holidays than New York. From The Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and every window decoration in between, the Empire State shines this time of year.

But when New Yorkers want to relax from the hustle and bustle of Macy's and Fifth Avenue, what do they watch to continue to be in the spirit of the season? NYCasinos.com took a break from monitoring online New York casino developments to find out.

Utilizing Google Trends, NYCasinos.com – your sources for NY casinos apps - analyzed the most popular Christmas movies of New York residents by looking at the search results of each movie over the past three holiday seasons. The movies included the 40 most popular Christmas movies over the past year based on global traffic from AhRefs.com. Here is what New Yorkers watch:

New York’s Favorite Christmas Movies

Rank Christmas Movies Interest Over Time
1Home Alone12
T-2The Polar Express8
T-2 How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)8
5National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation6


In New York, It’s ‘Home Alone’

The Christmas classic “Home Alone” topped the list with an interest rating of 12. After hitting movie screens 33 years ago, young actor Macauley Culkin immediately was on the fast track to bigger and better things as he played an 8-year-old who was mistakenly left home alone by the rest of his family. He is then left to defend the family’s house against two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Shenanigans ensue, closing with the family reunion at the end.

The movie was so big that two years year, the sequel was actually set in the Big Apple with “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992). By the way, that film did not make the list.

Three movies tied for second with a score of eight – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) with Jim Carrey, “The Polar Express” (2004) with Tom Hanks, and much loved “Elf” (2003) with Will Ferrell. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989), starring Chevy Chase, rounded out the top five with an interest rating of 6.


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