'Christmas in New York' is a Christmas song written by Billy Butt at the piano at the Church of Sweden in New York during the 1970s (1979). It was recorded by John Wesley Shipp and released as a single in 1982, with 'The Christmas Song' acting as a B-side.
The English-language version was original performed annual between 1986 and 2002 by The Rockettes during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.
Lyrical, the song describes New York City at Christmastime. It has also been recorded by Loa Falkman, as 'It's Christmas in New York', on his 1990 Christmas album Julstämning.
US jazz singer Linda Bianchi recorded the song on her 2009 Christmas album Christmas in New York.
Jul i Gamla stan
The Swedish-language version, which was recorded by the Glennmarks Family on the 1983 holiday album Från advent till jul, the song is called Jul i Gamla stan, with lyrics by Monica Forsberg, reflecting Christmas in the Stockholm oldtown. With these lyrics, the song was recorded by among others Sten & Stanley (1986), Jan Malmsjö (1987), Hasse Andersson (1996) and Cyndee Peters (1986).