Holiday Cheer

Austin shines on list of America's best cities for Christmas

Austin shines on list of America's best cities for Christmas

Trail of Lights Austin skyline
Austin is the 22nd best place for Christmas. Photo by Maggie Boyd

Adding to the festive nature of the holiday season, WalletHub has released its list of the best places for Christmas, putting three Texas cities in the top 25 — including Austin.

The financial website ranked the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. using five broad categories, and considering everything from affordability to Christmas-friendliness. Austin is No. 22 overall.

What makes the Capital City a great place to celebrate Christmas? Says WalletHub, "Typical Christmas activities include shopping, dining out, and attending holiday events," and Austin has no shortage — just look at our guides to Trail of Lights and other spectacular Christmas lights

We rank 15th for traditions and fun (which includes Christmas events per capita), 18th for shopping, and a respectable 26th for costs. Austin is No. 46 for observance (churches per capita and share of Christian population), and there's a long way to go with generosity — Austin is all the way down at No. 83.

The other top Texas cities for Christmas are Dallas (No. 12) and Houston (No. 18). And the very best places to spend the holiday, according to the report, are Chicago, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh.