55% of Irish people don’t stick to their budget when buying presents according to Christmas FM survey

16% of us start our Christmas shopping by late August

 48% say that Christmas FM coming on air marks the beginning of their holiday season

 Saoirse Ronan, Bressie, Panti Bliss and Daithí Ó Sé have been voted as the celebrities we’d most like to invite to a Christmas celebration


A new survey conducted by Christmas FM, the hugely popular radio station which raises hundreds of thousands of euro for charity each year, has revealed that we are a generous nation, with 55% of us not sticking to our original budget when buying Christmas gifts! A further 20% of us say they don’t have a budget at all as Christmas is a time to give – only 18% say that it is important to stick to a budget.

When it comes to buying Christmas presents, 23% of us look out for Christmas presents all year round. While the vast majority start shopping at the beginning of December (54%), 16% of us starting our shopping at the end of August while 7% of Irish shoppers leave their Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve.

Almost half of us (48.3%) believe Christmas begins when Christmas FM comes back on air, while 28% say RTÉ’s The Late Late Toy Show signifies the beginning of Christmas for them. Astonishingly nearly 12% of us admit to putting our Christmas decorations up the minute Halloween is over. The exact same number (12%) do the opposite by decorating as close to Christmas as possible.

We are also a nation that loves our food! 77% say that Christmas dinner is the best meal on Christmas Day. 11% said the famous leftover turkey and ham sandwiches are the way to go, with 8% saying their festive fry-up is their favourite Christmas meal.

Further interesting insights from the Christmas FM survey include:


  • Saoirse Ronan (23%) and Panti Bliss (17%) are the two famous faces we would most like to attend their Christmas parties. Bressie (13%) and Daithí Ó Sé (11%) follow up as a close third and fourth place
  • Almost half of us (48%) believe Christmas begins when Christmas FM comes back on air! A further 28% say RTÉ’s The Late Late Toy Show signifies the beginning of Christmas for them
  • The most exercise done on Christmas Day is the walk after Christmas dinner to help us feel less full (17%). However, there are some very active people as 3% of us admit to a full workout on Christmas Day!
  • 20% of us admit that if our employers were stuck for staff on Christmas Day – we would go into work!


Christmas FM, which is in its 11th year, has raised almost €1.5million for a range of charities since it began broadcasting. This year, Christmas FM is raising awareness and funds for Temple Street Childrens Hospital, where nearly 150,000 sick children come through the door every year in need of urgent care.

The radio station aims to raise over €200,000 which will purchase new state-of-the-art incubators and ventilators, helping to ensure that sick children have access to the very best paediatric equipment when they need it most.

The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Temple Street. This year, Cadbury, Coca Cola and Dunnes Stores are the Christmas FM sponsors. The station broadcasts from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who have kindly given the studio space for free.

The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.


Christmas FM broadcasts on Virgin Media Channel 900.


Christmas FM is also available online at www.christmasfm.com and you can follow the station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christmasfm.




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