It's Christmas next week, and on Christmas Eve Santa his work cut out for him.

Posted on Friday 20 December 2019 by James Pilkington

In 32 hours, he'll need to visit over 5,556 homes a second, consuming around 150 billion calories in milk and mince pies.

With an average of 2.5 children per household, he will need to make 640 million stops on Christmas Eve. The total number of presents would set Santa back around £279.27 billion. Assuming each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized toy brick building set, Santa's sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who, after consuming 150 billion calories, might be carry some extra timbre. Reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that Rudolph and company flying could pull ten times this amount, Santa needs 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons or four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth liner.

That's why Santa and his Reindeer are magic.

While Santa and his reindeer are resting he can tune his radio to Bolton FM and hear some great specials from Bolton FM's volunteers. from our youngest volunteer Emma Wilkinson to our oldest Phyllis Morris.

Phyllis presents 'Christmas with the Morris'' on Christmas Day between 7am with Emma and Neil Wilkinson taking over from 10am. You can check our festive schedule online at to see what special treats and presents we have in store for you.