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Increase in bookings from London to New York this Christmas time

UK travellers are increasingly heading for the bright lights of New York over the festive season according to latest booking figures from, with December trips to the Big Apple up 10 per cent year on year*.

But is Christmas really any better in New York? Or does London have more festive spirit? Here’s a run-down of all things festive on both sides of the Atlantic to see which city comes out on top.

Deck the Halls

The switching on of the Christmas lights marks the beginning of the festive period for many people and is celebrated in spectacular style on both continents with celebrity acts and famous faces bringing a touch of glamour to proceedings. But New York wins on the sheer volume of people who turn out to see the lights being switched on. On average 250,000 people head to the Rockefeller Center for the annual switch on compared to just 20,000 on Oxford Street.
NY – 1 LDN - 0

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square, which has been present since 1947, is a Norway spruce that stands at around 20 metres high and is shrouded in 500 white lights. But it’s no match for the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, which has been present since 1933, is also a Norway spruce, and is usually between 21 and 30 metres tall. This year’s Christmas tree stands at an impressive 85ft (26 metres).
NY – 2 LDN 0

Gluhwein and Dine

Christmas markets are popping up everywhere and are incredibly popular with shoppers. But market lovers should be heading to London rather than New York as the UK capital has 30 markets compared to just 19 in NYC.
NY – 2 LDN - 1

Let it Snow

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well the probability on both sides of the Atlantic are pretty slim, with the chance of having snow on December 25th standing at 22% for New York and 6% for London.
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Hey Big Spenders

There are bargains galore in both cities this year with Black Friday and Cyber Monday being pushed by retailers, offering huge discounts to shoppers. However, atest figures show that this year New York shopping is 73% cheaper than London**.
NY – 4 LDN - 1

Get Your Skates On

Ice skating is a popular Christmas pastime and there are a large variety of rinks to choose from in both cities, but New York just wins this one with 15 rinks compared to London’s 13.
NY – 5 LDN - 1

Getting a taxi at Christmas time hopefully shouldn’t be a problem with 3,605 taxicab medallion licenses in New York. But this pales in comparison to London’s 25,000 licensed taxi (black cab) drivers and 67,000 private hire drivers.
NY – 5 LDN – 2

Shop ‘til you Drop

Macy’s in New York wins the biggest department store accolade, with an impressive 2.2million square feet; it’s also the second largest department store in the world.

London’s Harrods, boasts an equally impressive 1million+ square feet, and holds the honour of being Europe’s biggest department store.
NY – 6 LDN - 2

Streets Ahead

New York’s largest shopping street is 5th Avenue, which has a whopping 7 miles of shopping fun. There’s even a window display walking tour of New York comprising of six stores – Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys and Bloomingdales which stretches over 2 miles alone.
London’s Oxford Street has an impressive 1.5 miles of shopping pleasure, with almost 300 stores lining the street, including the flagship Selfridges store and a whole host of high street fashion brands.
NY – 7 LDN - 2

Christmas Lights, Camera, Action

It seems that Hollywood favours Christmas in New York to London as there are 16 New York-centric festive films including Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Scrooged and Home Alone 2. That’s compared to just four based in London, such as Love Actually and Muppets Christmas Carol.

To celebrate the joys of Christmas on both sides of the pond and test people’s Christmas film knowledge, has created a Christmas films quiz

So it seems that New York is definitely the place to be for the festive season.


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*Source: booking data – departures in December from London – New York (2012 to 2014)
**Source: Post Office Travel Money data
Additional sources:
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