2021’s Most Festive Cities

Staff Report

Thursday, December 16th, 2021


Sleigh bells are ringing, snow is glistening, and Mariah Carey is serenading shoppers at every Target and Macy’s — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. 

But which of the 200 biggest U.S. cities most resemble a scene out of a Hallmark movie?

LawnStarter made a list of 2021’s Most Festive Cities and checked it twice to find out which among them will fill you with holiday cheer.

We looked for cities packed with holiday events, Euro-style Christmas markets, delicious goodies, and other fun things to do and see.

Of course, no winter wonderland is complete without snow, so we also measured the average snowfall in each city to find the most Instagram-worthy backdrops. 

See which 10 cities will fill (or drain) your holiday spirit below, followed by highlights and lowlights from our report.

2021’s Most Festive Cities
Rank City
1 New York, NY
2 Chicago, IL
3 Boston, MA
4 Philadelphia, PA
5 San Francisco, CA
6 Los Angeles, CA
7 Jersey City, NJ
8 Newark, NJ
9 Denver, CO
10 Washington, DC


2021’s Least Festive Cities
Rank City
191 Montgomery, AL
192 Amarillo, TX
193 Sunrise Manor, NV
194 Cape Coral, FL
195 Shreveport, LA
196 Brownsville, TX
197 Corpus Christi, TX
198 Laredo, TX
199 Port St. Lucie, FL
200 Enterprise, NV

Our full ranking and analysis can be found here: https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/studies/most-festive-cities/