SURVEY SAYS: Favorite Holiday Movie

December 17, 2012 - Back by popular demand is our annual holiday movie survey.

By Rebecca Moore | December 17, 2012
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Responding NewsDash readers could choose their favorite from our list based on previous reader selections (plus a few extras), or make their own selection.  

Less than 1% of respondents selected “Bad Santa,” “The Hebrew Hammer,” “The Santa Clause,” “Scrooged” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” Less than 2% chose “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”  

Three percent selected “Home Alone” as their favorite holiday movie, and 4% chose “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Elf” received 5.5% of responding readers’ votes.  

That leaves the top five selections:  

  • “Miracle on 34th Street” (6.1%),  
  • “Christmas Vacation” (9.1%),  
  • “White Christmas” (10.9%)  
  • “A Christmas Story” (12.7%), and 
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (18.8%). 


Nearly 13% of responding readers made their own selections, including: 

  • “The Little Drummer Boy,” 
  • “Surviving Christmas,” 
  • “Christmas in Connecticut,” 
  • “Die Hard,” 
  • “Love Actually,” 
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chuck Jones Version,” 
  • “Bernard and the Genie,” 
  • “Holiday Inn,” 
  • “Family Man,” 
  • “An American Christmas Carol,” 
  • “The House Without a Christmas Tree,” 
  • “Home for the Holidays,” 
  • “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” 
  • “Desk Set (Hepburn-Tracy),” 
  • “Prancer,” 
  • “The Preachers Wife,” and 
  • “A Christmas Heart.” 


In the verbatim comments, there was a lot of support for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and one reader argued that a holiday movie should be about the holiday and not just set during the holidays. In response to one reader, my motivation for including movies about Hanukkah was not to be “politically correct” but to be fair and equal.  

Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I'm singing a Christmas Carol about a White Christmas because I'm Home Alone on my Christmas Vacation feeling Scrooged; but then Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought The Toy That Saved Christmas and I realize that a Miracle on 34th Street and a stay at the Holiday Inn showed me that really....It's a Wonderful Life!”