Weekend Poll Results: 2015’s Holiday Faves

Apparently I’m not alone in enjoying curling up to enjoy holiday faves at this time of year. Here are the results of my latest weekend poll, in which I asked:

What are your must-watch holiday movies or shows each year?


It seems we’re not stuck on any particular era or genre. The Sound of Music, that classic from the mid-sixties, was the overall top choice,  followed in a tie by the 1946 film It’s A Wonderful Life and 2003’s Love, Actually.

Read on to see how your preferences compare with your peers’. Answers reflect percentages of total responses.

The Sound of Music, released in 1965 and before many readers were born, was the overall top choice. It was closely  followed in a tie by movies reflecting entirely different eras.
  • 17%: The Sound of Music
  • 13%: It’s A Wonderful Life
  • 13%: Love, Actually
  •  8%: Elf
  •  8%: The Holiday
  •  4.5%: of respondents selected, “This isn’t my thing”
  •  4.5%: A Christmas Carol
  •  4%: A Midnight Clear
  •  4%: Holiday Inn
  •  4%: Miracle on 34th Strreet
  •  4%: The Bishop’s Wife
  •  4%: The Muppet Christmas Carol
  •  4%: The Polar Express
  •  4%: The Santa Clause
  •  4% selected “Other”; one respondent wrote, “Scrooged – Bill Murray”
Guess which movies made up respondents’ overall favourites/top six? 

Here, I invited readers to select up to five movies they ranked as their overall favourites. While there were two clear, and relatively contemporary leaders, these were followed by a series of ties … and the old classics continue to draw admirers.

  1. Home Alone
  2. Love, Actually
  3. Miracle on 34th Street … National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation … The Holiday … The Sound of Music (all four generated an equal percentage of responses)

The next four movies on the list all received the same number of votes. A Midnight Clear (which I recommend), Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife, A Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas also received equal numbers of votes.

There’s more variation when it comes to favourite television programmes at this time of year
  • 28% selected Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as their fave
  • 28% selected “Other” and comments included The “Siss”-trilogy about the life of Empress Sissi of Austria, Strictly Come Dancing,  Morecambe & Wise, and Downtown Abbey
  • 11% said “n/a”; this isn’t their thing
  • 11%  selected How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • 11% selected “Musical Performance” and responses included a reference to anything on the Opera’s Programme in December
  • 5.5% selected A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • 5.5% selected Frosty the Snowman

Whatever you may be watching over the holidays, here’s hoping you do so in good health and in good company.

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