The UK’s Best & Worse Xmas Films

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Merry Christmas!

The UK has named Elf as the top Xmas movie, followed by Home Alone and Love Actually in a shortlist of 15 classic titles.

Curtains.com investigated which 15 cities are the most festive using UK Google search data, analysing the number of searches for the most popular Christmas movies this festive season.



Surprisingly, traditional Xmas movies, including A Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, didn’t make the top five. Elfalone was searched for twice as often as the two traditional titles.

Hitting the bottom of the charts was Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by A Christmas StoryThe Muppet Christmas CarolBabes in Toyland and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Unconventional festive films included Die Hard, which was in fourth place with nearly 14,000 searches, and Gremlins (No.5) with a little over 11,000.

Tim Burton’s dark Chrimbo classics, Edward Scissorhands (No.7) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (No.9) also made it into the top 10.

The list of the top 15 Christmas movie searches are detailed below:

  1. Elf
  2. Home Alone
  3. Love Actually
  4. Die Hard
  5. Gremlins
  6. It’s A Wonderful Life
  7. Edward Scissorhands
  8. Miracle on 34thStreet
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  11. A Christmas Story
  12. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  13. Babes in Toyland
  14. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  15. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. It was released in the United States on November 7, 2003 by New Line Cinema. The story is about one of Santa’s elves (Ferrell) who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan), spreading Chimbo cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.

One of the things we Brits love about these merry movies is the festive décor. Get-the-look of the top five Christmas film interiors using this handy last-minute buyer’s guide.


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