Dallas-Fort Worth jingles all the way to a top spot on new list of most festive U.S. places
As Dallas-Fort Worth residents start to decorate their homes and view spectacular Christmas lights all around town, we might take for granted that our Yuletide cheer is one of the best in the country. In fact, one recent study names DFW the No. 2 most festive metro area in the U.S.
Is it any wonder, with blockbuster holiday displays and experiences like Lightscape, Enchant, Prairie Lights, and all the happenings in Grapevine, "the Christmas capital of Texas?" Even Hallmark Channel chose DFW as one of eight cities for its "Countdown to Christmas" pop-up.
This survey, though, was about homes and neighborhoods. Thumbtack, an app helping millions of homeowners care for their homes, compiled data from millions of home projects across all 50 states to reveal their list of the Most Festive Cities in the U.S.
The company used data from consumer requests on their platform between January 2022 to November 2022 for holiday lighting installations and removals. Basing their rankings on the relative frequency of such requests adjusted for the population of state and metropolitan areas, four Texas cities made the list, with three in the top five.
Austin was deemed most festive city of all.
The most festive cities in the U.S. based on Thumbtack’s findings are:
- Austin, Texas
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Seattle, Washington
- Houston, Texas
- Denver, Colorado
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Atlanta, Georgia
- San Francisco, California
- Kansas City, Missouri
- San Antonio, Texas
According to the release, the average cost to hire a holiday lighting pro is $168-$300 and wrapping outdoor trees with holiday lights can cost $60-plus, depending on the type, shape, and height of the tree.
So, when should you book your holiday lights installation? The second to last week of November (21-27) is the most popular time of year. (Oops, better get on that.)
“Christmas light installers book very quickly once the holiday season is in gear, so plan to call and schedule your installation as early as possible,” states David Steckel, home expert at Thumbtack, in a release.
To read more about the most festive U.S. cities and a list of tips and tricks to save money on home holiday decorations this year, check out the full report at Thumbtack.