Atlanta named best cold-weather winter holiday destination in the nation

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Atlanta named best cold-weather winter holiday destination in the nation

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Don Johnson (left) holds his daughter Tyler on his shoulders as snow falls at Atlantic Station in Atlanta during the annual Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 23, 2013. The all-day celebration had live music, arts, live reindeer, delicious winter treats, and activities for the whole family. This year’s tree lighting at Atlantic Station will be Saturday, Nov. 19.

Thinking of leaving metro Atlanta for the winter holidays? Think again.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro area was just named 2016's best cold-weather destination by personal finance website WalletHub.

Analysts at WalletHub compared 130 of the nation's most populated metropolitan areas and examined five key dimensions: travel costs and hassles, local costs, attractions, weather conditions and activities.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area ranked in the top five for cold-weather activities and weather conditions and also ranked among the top 10 for travel costs and hassles, local costs and attractions.

So whether you're up for a chilly 5K run in Atlanta, hope to skate your way into someone's heart or just want to be around for one of the many can't-miss winter events in the area, Atlanta's the place to be this holiday season.

Sandy Springs and Roswell also have several popular annual events in the neighborhood like the Lighting of Avalon, Twisted Tinsel Holiday Spectacular, caroling, concerts and more.

  1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
  2. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
  3. Albuquerque, NM
  4. Kansas City, MO-KS
  5. St. Louis, MO-IL
  6. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  7. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington-PA-NJ-DE-MD
  8. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
  9. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
  10. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
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