New Year We're staying in! Cash-strapped Brits prepare for a muted celebration on the sofa to welcome in 2013
08:04 GMT, 27 December 2012
Cash-strapped Britons are preparing for muted New Year's Eve celebrations with eight in ten planning a quiet night in, a survey revealed yesterday.
A record 83 per cent said they expect to stay at home than go out to party, according to the poll of 2000 people.
Of those, 43 per cent will simply settle down on the sofa and watch a film with treats and snacks.
Another 38 per cent plan to have a meal and a bottle of wine, whilst 12 per cent will be hosting friends and family.
Muted celebrations: A survey found 43 per cent of Brits will simply settle down on the sofa and watch a film with treats and snacks
The number planning to stay in on December 31st is up nearly a tenth on last year when a similar survey found that 74 per cent of Britons remained at home on New year's Eve – which was itself a post war record.
Forty-four per cent of people surveyed by supermarket Morrisons for the latest poll said their main reasons for staying in this year were concerns about finances.
Those surveyed said they would expect to spent an average of 78.20 if they went out for the night, including food, drink, travel and entrance price for clubs or events.
Almost half (49 per cent) said they believed New Year's Eve is about the company you keep rather than the place that you celebrate.
The rising popularity of dinner parties, cultivated by TV shows such as Come Dine With Me, was also believed to another reason for the decline in people going out as many prefer to cook for friends than visit a pub or nightclub.
Morrisons said it is expecting to sell over 89,000 bottles of champagne, cava and prosecco as people toast the New Year at home.
Fireworks explode over Big Ben and The London Eye as New Year's Eve is celebrated
The supermarket also predicts 14 tonnes of crisps and over 43,000 packs of party poppers will be bought.
Sonia Whiteley-Guest, from Morrisons, said: 'We understand that budgets are a little tight this year.
'People want to enjoy celebrating what a great year 2012 has been with people they love and care about rather than worry about the dent on their wallet.' Despite the great stay at home up to 250,000 revellers are expected to make it the central London's annual fireworks display has become one of the world's most impressive New Year's Eve celebrations.
The 2012 event has been billed as one of the most memorable ever for the city to act as a fitting finale to a year that saw the capital host the Olympic Games and celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
At midnight, the fireworks will burst from the London Eye, exploding to a specially created musical soundtrack. After they conclude the crowds will be invited to participate in a mass rendition of Auld Land Syne.
Another 80,000 party goers are expected to descend on Edinburgh for traditional Hogmanay celebrations, which includes a performance by Simple Minds.