With the holidays just around the corner and the sun setting earlier and earlier, it’s the perfect time to brighten your home with a sparkling light display. Whether you’re gathering for a celebration or just enjoying the coziness of home, decorating with lights is a tried and true way to make home a welcoming spot in winter. If you look forward to the lights every winter, you’re not alone.
Thumbtack revealed the list of the ‘Most Festive Cities in the U.S.’ based on data from millions of home projects booked from across all 50 states.
The list represents the cities with the most holiday spirit, with Texas landing three of the top five spots. The most festive cities in the U.S. based on Thumbtack’s findings are:
So when should you book your holiday lights installation? According to the findings, the second to last week of November (21 - 27) is the most popular time of year to hang holiday lights.
“Christmas light installers book very quickly once the holiday season is in gear, so plan to call and schedule your installation as early as possible,” states David Steckel, Home Expert at Thumbtack. “Putting up lights is a festive way to decorate your house, but it can also be time-consuming, stressful and dangerous. Instead of taking the risk of falling off a ladder and spending the holidays on crutches or starting an electrical fire, hire a professional who will go over your options to make your vision come to life and use the right special equipment to hang everything safely and properly.”
Across the country, the average cost to hire a holiday lighting pro is $168-$300 and wrapping outdoor trees with holiday lights can cost $60+ depending on the type, shape and height of the tree.
If you're on a tight budget this holiday season, there are lots of ways to save money on holiday light installations and still have an end result that brings joy to the world. A few things to consider:
Methodology: Data is from consumer requests on the Thumbtack platform from January 2022 to the present for holiday lighting installations and removals. Rankings were based on the relative frequency of such requests adjusted for the population of state and metropolitan areas. All pricing data is based on national average cost estimates using data provided by Thumbtack pros and additional research, actual prices may vary based on city and supply.
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