Here's a news flash for you if you weren't aware: Christmas is just about here.
I don't know about everyone else out there, but I do enjoy being in Northeast Ohio this time of year. Maybe it's because Cleveland is my hometown, or maybe it's because there really are some great places to go to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels that way.
According to a recent survey from the good folks at WalletHub, Cleveland cracked the list as one of the 30 top cities to celebrate Christmas in the U.S.
How do you measure such a topic, you ask?
WalletHub based their study on five 'key dimensions':
- Traditions & Fun
Just to clarify, 'Traditions & Fun' includes restaurants per capita, attractions, skating rinks, tree farms, etc. 'Observance' measures churches per capita and share of Christian population. 'Generosity' includes food banks, online giving, and share of income donated to charity.
Overall, Cleveland came in right at No. 30, but ranked No. 5 in the country in the 'Observance' category.
Here are your Top 10 best cities to celebrate Christmas:
- Las Vegas
- New York
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
Here's how the rest of Ohio's cities fared in the survey:
For me, if I couldn't be here in Cleveland to celebrate Christmas, please send me to the 22nd ranked city on the list. That being Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mele Kalikimaka, everyone!