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The most popular Christmas movies in New York

by Stewart Cole

ALBANY, New York (WTEN) — From Rockefeller Center’s glittering Christmas tree to Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes, New York City epitomizes the holiday spirit. With so much to do and see in the city and across the state these coming weeks, we also need to find time to relax and rejuvenate in between, before and after each holiday activity.

A great way to do this is to watch a holiday movie, staying in the spirit of the season. Which begs the question: What are the top holiday movies in the Empire State?

Using Google Trends to solidify its methodology, EmpireStakes.com analyzed New Yorkers’ most popular Christmas movies by looking at search results for every movie around Christmas over the past five years. The films included the 40 most popular Christmas movies of the past year, based on worldwide traffic from AhRefs.com.

The iconic Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci, topped the list with 35% of New Yorkers showing interest. Not far behind was the classic holiday cartoon, The polar Expresswhich gathered interest from 20%.

Will Ferrell’s legendary performance in Elf came in third place with an interest rate of 16%. The eternal A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillion, finished just one percentage point lower in third place, with 15% wanting to watch. Rounding out the top five was Home Alone 2: Lost in New Yorkwith an interest rate of 14%.

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