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The only way is Manchester this Christmas

12/12/2013 | The only way is Manchester this Christmas

One in five Manchester residents are usually woken up by their pet on Christmas morning, whilst more than one third plan to spend between 8 and 12 hours shopping for presents, a Premier Inn survey has revealed.

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The Only Way is Manchester

In a survey carried out by Premier Inn, 40 per cent of participants revealed they would be the ones waking up the house on Christmas morning, whilst 19 per cent are usually awoken from their slumber by their pet.

The survey into the people of Manchester's Christmas plans and habits also found three quarters of residents will open all their presents on Christmas morning, with 15 per cent resisting the urge until after Christmas dinner.

65 per cent will be tucking into a traditional Turkey dinner on the big day, whilst more than half of those surveyed said they'd most likely be watching TV with the family at 8pm on Christmas Day.

39 per cent of family feuds are caused by TV related arguments, whilst over a quarter of families claim they don't fall out at all.
One in three Mancunians admit they enjoy thinking about presents and the act of giving, with 36 per cent planning to spend between 8 and 12 hours shopping for gifts.

More than a quarter of those surveyed intend to buy their presents online, although the Arndale Centre and stores in the Market Street area are also popular.

Christmas Eve is often associated with frantic, last minute dashes around the shops, but only 10 per cent of the city's residents say they will still be finalising their shopping the day before Christmas. 67 per cent say they will ideally be at home relaxing, whilst 4 per cent will still be at work.

And although people are least likely to do their shopping at the Christmas markets, one in five said going out with friends or visiting the Christmas markets would form a key part of their 'ideal' Christmas Eve.
The local Chorlton Cheshire Cheese stall was a popular choice for 'must-visit' stalls at the markets, along with those selling mulled-wine and Bratwurst sausages.

When it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit with a night out, nearly 23 per cent would choose to dine at The Northern Quarter Restaurant, whilst one in five named Sam's Chop House as the pub with the best festive decorations.

The Deansgate area is hot favourite for its atmosphere and decorations, whilst Spinningfields was voted the most family-friendly part of the city.

Those visiting friends and family in the city over the festive period may want to book a hotel room, as a whopping 90 per cent of Manchester's residents said they will not be sharing a room or giving up their bed over the festive period.

If, however, you're in the minority looking at sharing a room with a snoring family member this year, Premier Inn's 'Good Sleep Guaranteed' could be just the ticket for recovering from the busy festivities.

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