See what holiday movies the state Arizona loves and loathes

Dec 24, 2020, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:35 am
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PHOENIX — It’s the time of the season to sit back and fire up our holiday favorites on the television and unwind.

For many in the state of Arizona, their favorite choice for seasonal films involves an oversized elf named Buddy, while it isn’t easy being green for the main character of the state’s least-favorite holiday movie.

According to research by, the Grand Canyon State’s favorite holiday film is 2003’s “Elf,” while its least-favorite film is 1992’s “A Muppets Christmas Carol.”

Arizona was one of 14 states to select the Jon Favreau-directed film as its favorite, joining “Home Alone” for the most states for any given film.

The 48th state’s favorite holiday film ranked second-overall on the most-loved list, behind “Home Alone.”

The state’s disdain for “A Muppets Christmas,” which was directed by “Muppets” creator Jim Henson’s son, Brian, was far from an anomaly, with the film ranking atop the company’s list as the most-hated holiday film of all time — ahead of “Rise of the Guardians.”

In total, 15 states (including Arizona) picked “A Muppets Christmas” as their least-favorite holiday film, two states ahead of “Rise of the Guardians.”’s results were gathered from more than 200,000 Americans, which were then whittled down by state to find the films that were beloved or bemoaned the most.

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See what holiday movies the state Arizona loves and loathes