The Top 10 Most Beloved Holiday Movies Ranked in Order, and Ready to Watch This Season

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Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a healthy dose of nostalgia—and what better way to feel the spirit of the season than watching a holiday classic.

A new poll of 2,000 Americans who celebrate the festive season found it was the top tradition—with 72% choosing the tradition of watching Christmas movies, beating out decorating the tree (66%) and baking cookies (55%).

Among the top-watched shows during the season are A Charlie Brown Christmas (42%), Home Alone (42%), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (35%), The Polar Express (32%), A Christmas Story (31%), and White Christmas (30%).

But, the most beloved holiday movie to watch during the holiday? It’s a Wonderful Life.

Their favorite holiday character was Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (30%) and Tim Allen who plays the jolly toymaker in The Santa Clause (29%).

Commissioned by global streaming media platform Plex and conducted by OnePoll, the random double-opt-in survey found that 52% believe that watching holiday movies helps them bond with their family.

The top TV favorites of the festive season are Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (60%), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (37%), Friends “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” (19%), and South Park “Christmas Snow” (14%).

Four in 10 binge-watch movies during the holiday season more than any other time of year. Over half of women surveyed said they go out of their way to make sure they can watch their favorite holiday movies and shows each and every holiday season.

A third of respondents said they would even download and/or subscribe to a new streaming service that has their favorite holiday movie just to scratch their festive watching itch.

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