These U.S. States Have The Most (And Least) Christmas Cheer

published Dec 25, 2022
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Christmas Day has officially arrived, and with it, a flurry of different emotions. Some people are undoubtedly bursting with Christmas cheer, while others might find themselves exhausted and drained. However, there’s no questioning that your community can play a big role in whether or not you’re psyched about Christmas. But when it comes to the United States, who’s the most festive?

For the fifth year in a row, the team decided to find out which U.S. states have the most — and least — amounts of Christmas cheer. Around 85% of Americans celebrate Christmas, but that doesn’t mean all of them are thrilled about it.

In order to compile their report, the GetCenturyLink team ranked all 50 states for Christmas cheer by compiling data in two main categories: residents’ Christmas-themed online activity within the last 12 months (including phrases like “Christmas movies” and “Elf on a Shelf”), and each state’s amount of Christmas-related cultural markers (such as the number of Christmas tree farms per capita and residents’ amount of charitable giving).

See how your state fared by checking out the map below.


For the second year in a row, New Hampshire took the top spot. The state has a long history of dazzling Christmas events like Portsmouth’s Vintage Christmas and the Currier & Ives Cookie Tour, so it’s no wonder it’s No. 1 once again.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin shot up to second place, having ranked #16 in 2021. During December, visitors can enjoy the Wisconsin Dells’ Christmas Mountain Village, or meet a real-life reindeer courtesy of the Reindeer Games reindeer farm.

Utah — which ranked first in 2020 — took the bronze medal. West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio also fared well (in fourth, fifth, and sixth place, respectively).

On the less festive side, the data shows that Washington, DC, Alabama, and Oregon have the least amount of Christmas cheer this year. This is the third year in a row that DC has placed last.

You can read’s full report here. Happy holidays!