‘Fairytale of New York’ is the nation’s favourite Christmas song according to Christmas FM survey

  • Two thirds of us would rather stay in and watch movies rather than going out socialising this festive season
  • ‘Someone saying something they shouldn’t’ came out as the main reason a family row starts around the Christmas dinner table – closely followed by board games
  • Niall Horan and Dermot Kennedy prove to be the nation’s heart-throbs as they are voted the most wanted under the mistletoe, while others want to party the Christmas nights away with Amy Huberman!
  • One in ten say they would not hang decorations made by their kids on their tre

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 the nation’s favourite Christmas song is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kristy MacColl (43%). The famous song was followed by Last Christmas’ by Wham – with just under one fifth of the population crowning it the favourite (18%).

When it comes to decorating the tree – we all have our favourite baubles and bits! However, when the Irish public were asked about their least favourite decoration on a tree, they didn’t hold back! 65% said they would not put Tinsel on their tree, while some parents were ruthless, admitting they would not display decorations made by their kids on theirs! (9%).

While that could start some arguments – that’s not what causes them around the Christmas dinner table in most Irish homes! One third said someone saying something they shouldn’t to another family member causes the most fights, followed closely by the famous secret competitiveness of family board games (30%).

The survey also revealed that the nation would rather stay home and be cosy instead of going on a night out during the festive season! Two thirds of us would rather stay in and watch movies rather than going out socialising, with 35% admitting their weekends are jam-packed between the end of November right throughout the festive season. One fifth said they will not attend their work Christmas party as they couldn’t deal with the fear it would bring the next day, while 30% will go to show face but not stay for very long.

When it comes to the big nights in the Christmas calendar, 80% of the Irish public opt to stay in on Christmas Eve to cuddle up and watch movies with their family, while one fifth will head to the pub for a cheeky one before the man in red arrives for the big day. Just under half (47%) agree that it is not worth heading out on St. Stephen’s Day night as it is too busy.  However, 20% disagree and argue it is the best night of the year to go out.

Further interesting insights from the Christmas FM survey include:

  • Niall Horan has been revealed as the most wanted Irish celebrity to kiss under the mistletoe (43%) followed by Dermot Kennedy (21%)
  • Amy Huberman proves to be the best craic as 35% of us would like her to join us at a Christmas party – followed by Love Island bombshell, Maura Higgins (20%) and Kerry’s very own Daithí Ó Sé (16%)
  • Just 8% say that influencers content from social media platforms encourage them to buy certain gifts while 28% wouldn’t buy anything they recommend. Overall, 55% say that they wouldn’t look at this content for inspiration but if they saw something relevant, they would be inclined to go out and buy it
  • Just under half of Irish people (47%) say the worst present to receive in a Kris Kindle is a gift that you know has been re-gifted to you
  • Just 6% say they spend less than €100 on Christmas presents while 23% say they would spend €800 or more. 29% admit to spending between €250-€500
  • Just under 70% say they don’t get a real tree for their house as they can be messy

Christmas FM has raised almost €2million for a range of charities since it began broadcasting 12 years ago and this year, the station is raising awareness and funds for Barretstown. The goal is to raise over €250,000 which will press play on over 850 days of life changing programmes at Barretstown, rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children. The services provided to all of the children and families who attend Barretstown are entirely free of charge, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the charity to help more seriously ill children to experience the magic of Barretstown each year. 

Christmas FM is generously supported by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post. 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, Ennis/Clare 105.2FM and Waterford 105.9FM. 

Christmas FM is also broadcasting on Virgin Media Channel 900. Find out all the ways to listen at https://christmasfm.com/listenin/

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