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Dallas sparkles on list of best U.S. cities to celebrate Christmas

Dallas sparkles on list of best U.S. cities to celebrate Christmas

Christmas Tree at Galleria Dallas ice skating
There's nothing small or dim about Christmas in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and WalletHub has added to the spirit of the season by releasing its list of the best places to celebrate Christmas. Four Texas cities are in the top 25 — with Dallas on top.

The financial website ranked the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. in five broad categories, weighing everything from affordability to Christmas-friendliness. This year, Dallas has moved up two spots, to No. 10 overall.

Dallasites already know that it’s the perfect place to spend the holidays, but let’s let WalletHub reiterate. The website says that “typical Christmas activities include shopping, dining out, and attending holiday events,” and Dallas has it all — just look at our guides to local restaurants for Christmas dining and spectacular Christmas lights.

We rank an impressive 12th for shopping and 13th for traditions and fun (which includes Christmas events per capita). Dallas is also 15th for observance (churches per capita and share of Christian population). Unfortunately, costs have skyrocketed, and we’re now at 43rd in that category, but compared to other big cities, that’s not so bad.

Other North Texas cities have trouble competing. Fort Worth comes in at No. 49, while Plano lands at No. 62, and Garland is all the way at No. 92. We do, however, have some room for improvement in the generosity category, for which we rank No. 40.

The other top Texas cities for Christmas are Houston (No. 16), Austin (No. 20), and San Antonio (No. 23). And the very best places to spend the holiday, according to the report, are Orlando, Las Vegas, and New York.