The holiday shopping season is upon us once again, and while the internet still proves to be a dominant receiver of consumer spending, the tangible and cheerful experience of window shopping, consumed by the holiday spirit, becomes an irreplaceable tradition.

If you still prefer to shop traditionally at retail stores, we’ve compiled a list of the best cities that are the most friendly towards in-person shoppers.

To find the best cities for holiday shopping in 2022, analysts collected and compared data for each of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. We ranked each metro based on eight different metrics to find which ones would offer the best experience for shopping in-person at retail establishments this holiday season.

Key Findings:

  • The northeast region dominates the rankings, housing 17 of the top 25 best cities to shop in-person.
  • Pennsylvania (6 cities), New York (5), New Jersey (3), and Massachusetts (3) have the most top-ranked best holiday shopping cities.
  • The only city in the West to make the cut was Provo-Orem, Utah.
  • Eight southern cities also rank on the top 25 list, including Jackson, Mississippi, Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The 25 Best Cities to Retail Shop This Holiday Season

Here is a quick look at the top 25 cities to shop in person:

Rank Metro
1 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA
2 Jackson, MS
3 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
4 Provo-Orem, UT
5 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
6 Birmingham-Hoover, AL
7 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
8 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
9 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
10 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
11 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT
12 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
13 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
14 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
15 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
16 Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY
17 Syracuse, NY
18 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
19 Richmond, VA
20 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
21 Springfield, MA
22 Chattanooga, TN-GA
23 Pittsburgh, PA
24 Winston-Salem, NC
25 Rochester, NY