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Dallas cozies up to the hottest winter holiday cities

Dallas cozies up to the hottest winter holiday cities

Kids playing in a Dallas park
Dallas-Fort Worth is the place to visit in the winter, apparently. DBU International Students

You want heat? Dallas-Fort Worth's got it, especially in the wintertime. But our weather isn't the only admirable thing about DFW in December and January, says WalletHub.

In putting together its list of the best winter destinations — both warm and cold — the personal finance website championed our lack of travel hassles and costs, helping to land DFW in the top 10 for toasty winter getaways.

WalletHub defines "warm" as generally above 57 degrees in December, and also rated each area's local costs, attractions, weather conditions, and amount and quality of warm-weather activities. All told, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranks No. 9 overall, with a first place finish for our cheap, short, and on-time airplane flights.

We also rank a respectable eighth for activities, which weighs criteria such as restaurants, parks, music venues, sports facilities, and food festivals.

Of the 37 warm-weather destinations, WalletHub crowns Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, No. 1, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and San Diego-Carlsbad in California to finish out the top three.

But eight other Texas areas make it onto list, including Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land at No. 10, Austin-Round Rock at No. 14, and San Antonio-New Braunfels at No. 23. Austin and Houston both get recognized for their easy travel, while San Antonio and Houston get a nod for low local costs.

If you're looking to escape the heat this winter and cool down with bonus ski slopes and ice-skating rinks, WalletHub recommends Atlanta, Georgia; New York-New Jersey; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.