The beaches of Florida or California or the ski slopes of Colorado or Idaho? If you want to know where the best places are to spend Christmas keep reading. But remember regardless of where you want to exchange gifts, sip some eggnog and hang the garland it’s all about being with family.

But just in case you want to mix it up perhaps in 2019 here’s some suggestions to celebrate the day without spending too much for what many feel is the most wonderful time of the year and one that’s just around the corner.

Did you know with Christmas being the most popular holiday in the U.S. and one of the most expensive – Americans are projected to spend up to $730 billion over the holiday season this year – the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations.

To help you celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 33 key metrics. The data set ranges from Christmas events per capita to average price per Christmas party ticket to shopping centers and outlets per capita, according to a WalletHub news release.

Best Cities for Christmas Celebrations
1. Atlanta, GA11. Washington, DC
2. Orlando, FL12. Denver, CO
3. New York, NY13. Austin, TX
4. Pittsburgh, PA14. St. Louis, MO
5. Chicago, IL15. Birmingham, AL
6. Las Vegas, NV16. Minneapolis, MN
7. Los Angeles, CA17. Miami, FL
8. San Francisco, CA18. Dallas, TX
9. Seattle, WA19. Cincinnati, OH
10. Portland, OR20. Honolulu, HI

Key Stats

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, has the lowest average price for a Christmas party ticket, $12.30, which is 4.4 times lower than in San Jose, California, the city with the highest at $54.24.
  • Minneapolis has the most Christmas events (per square root of the population), 0.036797, which is 30.4 times more than in El Paso, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001210.
  • Miami has the most Christmas tree farms (per square root of the population), 0.023316, which is 19.3 times more than in El Paso, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001210.
  • Orlando, Florida, has the most gift shops (per square root of the population), 0.217020, which is 53.4 times more than in Garland, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.004062.
  • Los Angeles has the most toy stores (per square root of the population), 0.124148, which is 50.9 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest at 0.002439.

    Remember even though we all love to get a great gift wrapped up in a big red bow and get caught up in all the holiday festivities do keep in mind that the day is all about being with loved ones.  Happy Holidays and be safe!

    Source: WalletHub