Who Makes the Most Money from Christmas?

By Monday, November 29, 2021 0

Christmas – the most wonderful, and expensive, time of the year. Whilst many of us spend most of the year tightening the purse strings, Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to spend, spend, spend on Christmas trees, food, and festive activities. Supermarkets, theatres, events, and celebrities alike know that the festive period is a real money-maker, so it’s no surprise that they take advantage of it to bring in as much revenue as possible.

We decided to explore the money side of Christmas to see which celebrities make the most money, and through which channels.


Christmas songs – you either love them, or you hate them. Celebrities can make a pretty penny from producing a catchy festive tune, so it’s no wonder that bands from all genres have given it a go in the past.

Slade makes £500,000 in royalties

The passive income that artists earn from royalties every year is phenomenal!

1) Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody

Royalties: £500,000

2) The Pogues – Fairy Tale of New York

Royalties: £400,000

3) Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Royalties: £376,000

4) Bing Crosby – White Christmas

Royalties: £328,000

5) Wham! – Last Christmas:

Royalties: £300,000

6. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime | Royalties: £260,000

7. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe And Wine | Royalties: £100,000

8. Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry | Royalties: £120,000

9. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles | Royalties: £102,000

10. East 17 – (Tony Mortimer) – Stay Another Day | Royalties: £97,000

Light Switch Ons

Every year, usually in mid to late November, Christmas light ‘switch-on’ events happen up and down the UK. Z-list celebrities, local heroes, or TV mascot characters are usually invited to join in the fun and to do the honours of turning on the lights.

This comes at a cost, though. The more famous the celebrity is, the more they will charge for the honour of being involved. These are the 5 celebs who charged the most in recent years.

Peter Andre

The top 5 highest paid celebrities and groups include:

Light switch on pay

Other celebrities who councils paid to join their Christmas festivities include

Light switch ons


If you were raised in the UK, there’s a big chance that you’ve been to a pantomime. These over-dramatic, hilarious performances are popular across the country, but the bigger, more lavish performances call for a seasoned cast. Soap and TV stars are often more than willing to take up roles in pantos, and they can get a nice lump sum for doing so.

Coleen Nolan

Other celebrities were paid anywhere between £100k to £192k

Panto pay

But there’s no such luck for actors and actresses who take to the panto stage having not been on TV before.

panto wage

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