Just 3% of young people to attend Xmas church

Only three percent of young adults aged 18-24 expect to attend church on Christmas Day, a Sky Data poll reveals.

Overall, 9% of Britons say they will go to church on Christmas Day itself, while one in four will do so at some point over the Christmas period.

This comes in a broader context of consistently declining church attendances for decades.

Though the Church of England have released figures showing more people went to a cathedral on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day last year than in any year since they began recording the figures in 2000.

People in London are the most likely to be seen in a church come Christmas morning, with 14% going on Christmas Day and 34% going to church at some point over the festive period.

The Royal Family attend church every Christmas

Image: The Royal Family attend church every Christmas

Immigration of Christians from Eastern Europe and Africa has helped to stem the decline in church attendance in some areas, with London home a greater number of migrants than any other region – around three million foreign-born people living in the capital.

Christmas remains by far the most popular time of the year to attend church – while one in ten say they will go to church on Christmas, only one in one hundred attend church on a typical Sunday.

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:: Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,600 Sky customers online 8-13 December 2017. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.

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