Christmas Day: Belfast wakes up first while Glaswegians stir last last and spend 80% more than the national average on gifts

  • Belfast children start celebrating at 4am while children in Leeds and Glasgow lie in until past 9am
  • Average wake up time for UK on Christmas day is 6.08am
  • Glasgow and Middlesbrough spend a whopping £400 on gifts per child – more than five times the national average of £75 per child
  • Just 5% of UK kids say they look forward to giving gifts

On Christmas Day people in Belfast will be celebrating first with the average get-up time for children aged 3-12 being an exhausting 4am. Welsh children will stir at 6.53am allowing time for plenty of sleep whilst still maximising the big day and in Glasgow, Bradford and Leeds children don’t rise until gone 9am – nearly three hours later than the average get up time for the UK which is 6.08am.

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When it comes to Christmas spending, money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that the average UK household spends £75 per child while families in Glasgow and Middlesbrough are the most generous with an average spend per head of more than £400, over 80% more than the national average.

It was no surprise to find that most UK children are more excited about opening presents on Christmas Day than giving them with only 5% percent looking forward to gifting others.

More than half of children’s toys to sit under the tree this year have a place on the Toy Retailers Association top 12 toys for Christmas 2016 list, and nearly 10% are set to open a LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster, which stands as the present most in demand.

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager comments: “Christmas is an expensive time of year for parents, not to mention a tiring one if you live in Belfast! More than a quarter of parents have spent more this year on Christmas presents for their kids in comparison to previous years. The most coveted toys of the year can be quite costly, but there are of course still deals to be had online.”

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