If the Christmas carols jingling through every store and the abundance of pot-bellied Santa Clauses in the malls didn't give it away, Christmas is just around the corner! While we know not everyone in D.C. celebrates, Christmas is one of the most popular holidays in the U.S., and one of the most expensive; it's estimated that Americans will spend $682 billion over the holiday season!
But not every city is spending a fortune to celebrate the holiday. Wallethub wanted to determine where you can have an enjoyable Christmas without completely breaking the bank, so they compared 100 of the biggest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics, ranging from Christmas events per capita to the number of shopping outlets per capita and the average price per Christmas party ticket. Washington, D.C. ranked as the 8th best city to celebrate Christmas!
If you don’t have a reasonable holiday budget — or enough self-control — then your Plan B should definitely include celebrating in the cheapest Christmas destinations. But beyond ensuring its affordability, a successful holiday also hinges on a location’s Christmas-friendliness. Typical Christmas activities include shopping, dining out and attending holiday events, so the availability of such options can make all the difference. Many people also are likely to attend church services, considering Christmas is a Christian holiday. The more churches around, the less likely each one will be crowded.
Top 10 Cities for Celebrating Christmas
- San Francisco
- New York
- Washington, D.C.
- Las Vegas
How D.C. stacked up:
- 1st - Christmas Events per Capita
- 1st - Online Giving per Capita
- 1st - Christmas Markets per Capita
- 3rd - Diversity of Restaurants
- 7th - Google search interest for "Christmas Celebration"
- 9th - Churches per Capita
- 13th - Christmas Tree Farms per Capita
- 41st - Average Price per Christmas Party Ticket