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Best Places for Christmas Celebrations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or at least it can be, depending on where you celebrate Christmas. That’s because America’s favorite holiday is also one of the most expensive. From decorations and food to gifts and travel, there’s a long list of expenses to check twice and save up for during the year.

In 2017, Americans plan to spend up to $682 billion over the holidays, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s an increase of up to 4 percent from a year ago. 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. Overspending is a common sin committed by consumers during the Christmas shopping season and one of the top sources of holiday stress.

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.

Lucky for you, WalletHub considered all of those factors to determine where you’re guaranteed to enjoy a holly jolly Christmas whether you’ve been naughty or nice. More specifically, we compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 29 key indicators of a festive and affordable Christmas, such as traditions, shopping and costs. Read on for the ranking results, expert holiday tips and a full description of our methodology.

Source: WalletHub

1 Chicago, IL 64.44 7 4 15 8 53
2 San Francisco, CA 63.76 2 33 6 2 91
3 Pittsburgh, PA 63.72 17 2 4 4 47
4 New York, NY 63.60 1 3 8 11 99
5 Seattle, WA 61.84 9 50 1 6 65
6 Orlando, FL 61.70 3 19 58 5 34
7 Atlanta, GA 59.43 6 12 5 15 78
8 Washington, DC 57.79 5 13 2 19 92
9 Las Vegas, NV 57.77 4 41 53 1 69
10 Portland, OR 57.76 16 39 7 7 33
11 St. Louis, MO 57.76 27 6 62 9 13
12 Dallas, TX 56.51 12 15 48 16 15
13 Cincinnati, OH 55.80 20 8 52 12 46
14 Los Angeles, CA 54.85 10 14 42 10 90
15 Denver, CO 51.81 14 36 22 23 36
16 Birmingham, AL 51.45 59 1 36 33 28
17 San Diego, CA 51.42 11 37 67 14 55
18 Houston, TX 50.03 19 9 87 21 50
19 Oklahoma City, OK 49.25 48 18 43 38 7
20 Miami, FL 48.81 8 32 78 17 83
21 Tampa, FL 48.72 23 38 30 13 84
22 Austin, TX 48.51 15 46 83 18 26
23 Philadelphia, PA 48.32 21 7 60 22 97
24 Virginia Beach, VA 48.29 29 84 12 45 5
25 Honolulu, HI 48.24 18 54 81 3 73
26 Columbus, OH 47.98 38 42 51 40 3
27 Cleveland, OH 47.65 41 5 45 58 52
28 Charlotte, NC 47.61 35 30 31 25 38
29 Minneapolis, MN 47.56 40 21 26 31 45
30 Jacksonville, FL 47.47 57 27 33 51 8
31 Louisville, KY 47.05 51 20 59 30 18
32 Nashville, TN 46.66 47 34 14 29 51
33 Raleigh, NC 46.28 36 53 23 46 27
34 Sacramento, CA 45.84 32 40 39 24 59
35 Memphis, TN 45.74 65 10 57 39 64
36 Phoenix, AZ 45.72 25 79 35 37 2
37 Indianapolis, IN 45.69 45 24 28 55 31
38 New Orleans, LA 45.67 13 52 55 44 60
39 Tulsa, OK 45.39 64 29 50 43 1
40 San Antonio, TX 45.26 22 23 77 34 56
41 Milwaukee, WI 44.97 52 22 47 73 23
42 Baltimore, MD 44.91 26 17 72 50 63
43 Detroit, MI 44.73 37 11 88 77 22
44 Scottsdale, AZ 44.37 66 93 11 20 37
45 Kansas City, MO 43.64 58 28 25 64 32
46 St. Paul, MN 43.40 39 31 37 28 89
47 Omaha, NE 42.42 60 43 56 49 17
48 Fort Worth, TX 42.24 67 25 21 74 41
49 Durham, NC 42.09 83 62 17 56 16
50 Boston, MA 42.02 24 71 9 52 96
51 Buffalo, NY 41.63 44 16 95 26 58
52 Wichita, KS 41.39 77 35 80 65 14
53 Oakland, CA 40.94 55 45 13 54 87
54 San Jose, CA 40.90 50 63 34 27 85
55 Tucson, AZ 40.88 61 49 79 36 9
56 Baton Rouge, LA 40.06 69 56 84 42 30
57 Greensboro, NC 39.97 46 44 63 78 39
58 Boise, ID 39.67 42 75 68 61 11
59 Reno, NV 39.61 62 95 65 41 21
60 Plano, TX 39.43 71 82 3 53 66
61 Irvine, CA 39.31 34 77 19 48 100
62 Madison, WI 39.13 63 70 20 47 67
63 Anaheim, CA 39.03 28 64 66 57 71
64 Lexington-Fayette, KY 38.68 70 68 73 63 6
65 Norfolk, VA 38.22 33 66 61 82 43
66 Chesapeake, VA 38.21 43 76 16 92 49
67 Jersey City, NJ 37.56 75 67 10 93 68
68 Colorado Springs, CO 37.53 54 72 38 59 42
69 Albuquerque, NM 37.20 74 61 97 32 10
70 Chandler, AZ 36.63 72 97 44 62 4
71 Lincoln, NE 36.58 93 73 40 35 77
72 Long Beach, CA 36.25 53 57 75 66 57
73 Fresno, CA 35.69 73 48 98 68 24
74 Santa Ana, CA 35.54 31 78 69 75 88
75 Mesa, AZ 35.46 96 88 49 60 20
76 Gilbert, AZ 35.40 49 96 18 89 25
77 Winston-Salem, NC 34.99 68 65 91 79 54
78 Bakersfield, CA 34.96 85 51 96 70 48
79 Newark, NJ 34.79 79 26 46 98 94
80 El Paso, TX 34.00 78 58 93 81 19
81 St. Petersburg, FL 33.93 30 86 76 80 76
82 Aurora, CO 33.89 84 92 41 86 35
83 Lubbock, TX 33.44 82 59 70 85 70
84 Anchorage, AK 33.24 56 90 54 71 81
85 Arlington, TX 32.60 87 83 29 83 80
86 Henderson, NV 32.56 90 98 64 87 12
87 Fort Wayne, IN 32.53 80 60 74 72 93
88 Fremont, CA 32.21 86 89 24 84 98
89 Irving, TX 32.05 94 81 27 97 79
90 Stockton, CA 31.71 81 74 90 69 75
91 Toledo, OH 31.12 91 47 92 94 62
92 Riverside, CA 31.12 88 69 86 67 72
93 Chula Vista, CA 31.06 76 91 71 88 61
94 Garland, TX 30.69 100 85 32 99 82
95 Glendale, AZ 28.72 92 94 82 76 40
96 Laredo, TX 28.28 99 80 100 91 29
97 Corpus Christi, TX 27.56 97 55 99 90 86
98 San Bernardino, CA 25.73 95 87 94 95 74
99 North Las Vegas, NV 25.11 89 99 85 100 44
100 Hialeah, FL 23.72 98 100 89 96 95

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