More than a fifth (21 per cent) tell little ones Santa can’t come down the chimney until they fall asleep.
Another 13 per cent warn ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ is still watching to make sure they drop off before midnight, according to the poll of 2,000 parents with kids aged 3-12.
And 17 per cent will read a special Christmas story on the night of December 24th to help kids go to bed.
But 51 per cent of parents think their child will struggle to go to sleep on Christmas Eve – due to being too excited about opening presents, wanting to see Santa and looking forward to festive food.
It also emerged a third of children were worried Santa wouldn’t be able to find them if they were staying away from home on Christmas Eve.
The research was commissioned by Premier Inn which has created a special hotel key card and door hanger for Santa, to help kids rest easy and reassure them he can still visit if they are spending Christmas Eve away from home.
Santa’s sleigh will also have its own special reserved space right outside hotels with car parks on Christmas Eve.
A spokesperson for the hotel chain said: “Our hotels don’t have chimneys so some kids are, understandably, worried about how Santa will be able to visit them when they are away from home and staying in one of our hotel rooms.
“We’re happy to do all we can to reassure kids on the most important night of the year that nothing will get between them and their presents, including with our special Santa key.
“Being away for Christmas to see family and friends is exciting, but we know it’s so important to have those comforting Christmas Eve traditions and rituals wherever you are.
“Of course, like any of our guests from all over the

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