Black Christmas in the Big Apple!

A leading UK website for flights search and comparison has found searches for ‘flights to New York’ are up by 19 per cent for this time of the year, compared with the same period last year.

The rise is attributed to a wavering dollar value, coupled with the hugely slashed prices that come with New York’s so-called Black Friday – two great incentives to explore the city’s wealth of famous department stores and discount outlets.

“Black Friday is the US’ biggest shopping event of the year, and this year in particular, it’s proving to be an important occasion for bargain hunting UK travellers to hit the streets of New York for their seasonal shopping,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for

“The city is also packed with iconic events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center that make for a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season,” she adds.

New York in November is also about traditions like The Macy’s Day Parade, which takes place on November 25. Giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and celebrity guests and performers parade the streets of Manhattan culminating in a welcome appearance from Santa. This year’s A-list features the likes of Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, and Joan Rivers among cuddly characters like the full cast and Muppets of Sesame Street.

To mark the official arrival of the Christmas season, New York also serves up the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Centee taking place on November 30 and broadcast live all over the world. The lighting is accompanied by various live musical performances as well as skating performances in the ice rink just in front of the tree.