Children have been busy penning letters to Father Christmas, with video game consoles topping this year’s most-wanted list.

Royal Mail’s survey of Christmas wishes from boys and girls has found Lego and bikes are also popular requests with books – which didn’t appear in the 2018 or 2017 lists – also making the top 10.

The Animal Alley Giant Unicorn has galloped into sixth place for the first time – while mobile phones have dropped from sixth to seventh, the analysis of thousands of letters found.

Three new gifts made it into the list for the first time with baby dolls, clothes and LOL Dolls taking the last three spots of the 10 most popular Christmas requests.

The Royal Mail’s Axelle Galera said: “Royal Mail plays a special part at Christmas.

“We are proud that for over 50 years Santa has allowed us to help manage the thousands and thousands of special letters he receives from boys and girls across the UK.

“His special team of elves at Royal Mail enjoy taking a peek at what children are asking for, and helping Santa reply to these special letters.”

  1. Video game consoles
  2. Lego
  3. Bikes
  4. Books
  5. Scooters
  6. Animal Alley Giant Unicorn
  7. Mobile phones
  8. Baby dolls
  9. Clothes
  10. LOL Dolls