There's no denying that the Queen City is bursting with genuine holiday spirit. With plenty of attractions, events, light-displays and more — stretched from downtown to the suburbs and everywhere in between — there's a celebration for everyone.
In the spirit of the holidays, personal-finance website WalletHub released a study which ranked the nation's most populated cities to find the "Best Cities for Holiday Celebrations." Cincinnati was ranked No. 13 out of the 100 cities.
According to WalletHub, Christmas is America's favorite — and most expensive — holiday of the year. "In 2018, Americans are projected to spend up to $720 billion over the holidays, according to the National Retail Federation. The average person plans to spend $1,007.24," the website outlines. The study offers advice from two experts on budgeting, money wasters, traveling tips and more in order to avoid the financial stress that comes during the holidays.
The study considered 31 metrics to rank the cities, which were divided into five categories: traditions and fun, observance, generosity, shopping and costs. These categories included metrics like Christmas events per capita, Christmas tree farms per capita, churches per capita, share of population collecting/distributing food and clothes for the needy, Christmas markets per capita and average price per Christmas party ticket.
Cincinnati was right behind Washington, D.C., which ranked No. 12, and just before Birmingham, Alabama, which came in at No. 14. Orlando ranked No. 1 and, falling at the end of the ranking, was Hialeah, Florida at No. 100.