Revealed: The British city that hates Christmas the most

Many say they'd rather cancel it entirely

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Norwich is officially the 'Bah Humbug' capital of Britain, according to a new study.

A nationwide survey has discovered that folk from Norwich are the biggest Scrooges when it comes to Christmas, with more than one in ten (15 percent) claiming they actually 'hate' the festive season.

Nottingham came second in the Scrooge stakes, with 10 percent saying they despise the festive season, with Leeds coming in third (9 percent).

At the opposite end of the scale was Peterborough, with only 3 percent disliking the festive season and a staggering 60 percent claiming for them it's 'the most magical time of the year'.

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When it came to the rest of the UK, almost 40 percent of Brits claimed that Christmas has simply become too over the top, with a further 6 percent of the nation saying they actively dislike the festive season.

Overall, 16 percent of us would like nothing more than to be able to cancel Christmas for just one year – with 14 percent saying they have, at one time in their lives, cancelled their Christmas plans.

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Over half of Brits (54 percent) won't be making a Christmas pudding or cake, while a further 55 percent will be desperately trying to avoid getting involved in the office Secret Santa.

Anna Blackburn, CEO of Beaverbrooks which conducted the study, said: "Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for most people in the UK, so we were really surprised to hear that the magic had gone for so many, especially in Norwich."

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"We wanted to bring back some seasonal cheer to the least festive city with an extra-special Christmas delivery – a 10-foot tower of gifts for locals to enjoy."

According to the study – Christmas is officially over for the majority of us the day after Boxing day, with 68 percent of us admitting we're relieved when the festivities are finally over.


  1. Norwich
  2. Nottingham
  3. Leeds
  4. Newcastle
  5. Bristol
  6. Manchester
  7. Canterbury
  8. Reading
  9. Leicester
  10. Edinburgh


  1. Peterborough
  2. London
  3. Derby
  4. Milton Keynes
  5. Oxford
  6. Glasgow
  7. Birmingham
  8. Essex
  9. Liverpool
  10. Sheffield

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