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There’s no better way to go full-on festive than visiting New York in December. Here the experts at Netflights.com reveal the best time to book your December honeymoon. From the cheapest New York flights, to the best time to travel for snow, we’ve got all the details you’ll need to know!
The best time to book a December flight to New York
It seems there’s no better time to visit New York, with the average price of flights from the UK to New York having decreased by almost 20% this year (from £496.87 in 2017 to £397.95 in 2018). However, prices remain relatively stable until 70 days before departure, so you may now need to start planning for 2019 to get the very best deals.
The cheapest day to fly in December
Netflights have also revealed that the cheapest day to fly to New York in December is the 2nd of the month, when the average price of a flight from any UK airport to either JFK International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport is £382.19. Christmas Day is the sixth-cheapest day out of the whole month, with an average price of £422.50.
The most expensive time to fly is between the 27th and 31st December – probably because these convenient dates give you enough time to travel post-Christmas and watch the ball drop over Times Square.
When to visit for a chance of snow
For the ultimate Christmas experience, what could be better than seeing snow in New York?! Looking at the past 10 years’ weather data, Netflights found that there’s been no snow recorded in New York from 1st to 9th December in the last decade. Pre-Christmas, your best chance of snow is on 20th December, which has an average of 1.4 inches, and a record snowfall of 13.7 inches.
Their data indicates that if you want both good-value flights and a chance of snow, the best day to fly is 15th December. The flight will set you back an average £455.91, but there’s a 30% chance of snowfall to get you in the festive spirit.
New York’s key Christmas events
To make your experience even more memorable, why not plan your trip around some of these fabulous festive events?
All through the month you can see the famous Rockettes dance troupe at the Radio City Music Hall. You can also catch Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science – this exhibit is a whole village of amazing gingerbread houses and a must if you’re a Bake Off fan. Need a Christmas market fix? Head to Union Square, in the too-cool Flatiron District.
The best gig in town this Christmas is undoubtedly Bruce Springsteen. He’ll be bringing his many hits and legendary stage persona to Broadway for a limited run, until the 15th of December.
From 19th December until 5th January, the Metropolitan Opera will be hosting one of the city’s major family-friendly events. See an adapted English-language version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute – it’s aimed at both adults and kids.
And, for two days only, on 20th and 21st December, you can watch the ultimate holiday blockbuster, Home Alone, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic orchestra at the David Geffen Hall.
How about November?
Ok so you may not get to see any snow, but the lighting of the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on 28th November this year. So, if you have you’re heart set on seeing these two key events, you may need to plan a slightly earlier trip. The tree will remain lit until 7th January though.