When it comes to being the life of the party, few cities rage like San Antonio — and we're not even talking about Fiesta. On December 10, personal finance website WalletHub released its ranking for the Best Places for New Year's Eve Celebrations, and Alamo City is among the dazzling few to make the cut.
To determine the best cities, WalletHub examined 100 of the country's biggest cities, analyzing them based on 28 indicators for "an epic New Year's Eve." Those indicators included everything from hotel prices to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket to weather.
San Antonio shines as the No. 16 best city in the U.S. to celebrate the coming new year. Overall, the city landed in 17th place for entertainment options and 19th for costs. (Unsurprisingly, New York City ranked first in terms of cost. According to WalletHub, dinner and show for two people in the Big Apple on New Year's Eve costs an average of $1,160.)
One metric, however, did place San Antonio towards the bottom of the pile. In terms of safety and accessibility, the city ranked 89 out of 100.
Elsewhere in Texas, Dallas came in right behind San Antonio, ranking 17th in the country. Houston and Austin followed close behind at No. 22 and No. 27, respectively. El Paso took the 35th spot and Fort Worth landed at No. 46.
So where is the worst place to celebrate New Year's Eve? That ball was dropped on Garland, Texas, which came in at No. 100. According to WalletHub, not only is Garland a boring place for the holiday (No. 98 for entertainment options and No. 99 for nightlife options per capita), it's also rather expensive, ranking 90th in costs.