By Grace Vasquez

What defines a great Christmas for you? For many it’s spending time with family and friends while others, like to go to holiday events, shopping, dining out, or attending church services. Well, good news, there are parts of the country where it’s easier to get everything you want out of the holiday, and thanks to WalletHub, we now know where. And the best news? We live in one of those cities!

WalletHub looked at 100 of the biggest metro areas to determine the Best Places For Christmas based on 29 key indicators of a festive and affordable holiday. Indicators fell into four categories:

Traditions and Fun – like Christmas events, ice skating rings and restaurants
Observance – which focuses on churches per capita
Generosity – as in how much people donate and give during the holiday season
Shopping – which is pretty self-explanatory

So, which city in the country is the best place to celebrate Christmas? Well, Chicago, Illinois tops the list overall, ranking high for Observance (4), and Traditions and Fun (7), as well as Shopping (8). Not surprisingly, New York, which ranks fourth overall, tops the list in Traditions and Fun, while Las Vegas is tops for Shopping, Seattle is number one for Generosity, and Birmingham, Alabama is tops for Observance.

The City Beautiful ranked 3rd in Traditions and Fun; 19th in Observance; 58th in Generosity and 5th in Shopping. Well, that may be the case but Orlando ranks No. 1 on my list! ~grace

Top Ten Best Places For Christmas
(click here for the complete list)

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. New York, NY
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. Portland, OR

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