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Flying home for Christmas?

The great getaway at Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Some four million people from the UK are expected to travel abroad during the Christmas and new year period, according to a travel organisation.

The Association of British Travel Agents is predicting December 18, December 23 and December 30 will be the busiest travel dates.

Many airports are expecting an increase in passenger numbers from December 18 to January 2 compared to last year, with 900,000 departing from Gatwick and 500,000 from Stansted Some 600,000 will fly out of Heathrow between December 19-25.



Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend

Shoppers are expected to have spent £150m this weekend in the West End alone.

Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend. Credit: PA

And retailers expect to take up to £300m before Christmas, according to the New West End Company.

Footfall has also risen by 6.7 % from 2013, it said.

Tuesday between 1-2 pm is set to be the busiest hour on the busiest shopping day across Britain, according to the credit card provider Visa.

West End shoppers to blow £150m this weekend

Londoners are expected to spend around £150 million this weekend beginning on 'panic Saturday' as shopping days before Christmas dwindle.

West End shoppers to blow £150m this weekend. Credit: PA

The New West End Company predicted the retail takings, and said that footfall in the West End this morning was up 7.1% year on year.

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square Credit: PA

Daily Christmas carol performances begin on the evening of Monday December 8 around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

More than fifty groups will take part between now and December the 23rd. They will be raising funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.

The focal point of the performances is the Christmas tree, which has been a gift from the people of Norway to Londoners every year since 1947. It is seen as a token of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.

Carol performances will take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and 2-6pm at weekends.

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