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Frozen trumps One Direction in the Christmas calendar stakes, as Elsa proves more popular than Harry Styles

By Sarah Stack

One Direction have been Frozen out by a Disney movie - when it comes to calendars.

The X Factor stars toppled from their position as the nation's number one dream date by characters from hit movie Frozen.

Elsa, Anna and Olaf from the Disney cartoon are the preferred choice this Chrismas, according to calendar firm Danilo.

And parents in Ireland are suffering a brainfreeze when it comes to getting their hands on Frozen toys for Christmas.

Snow Glow Else and Anna dolls are particularly high up on the wish list for Irish children this year.

And parents are scrambling to go online and get their hands on the toys as many appear sold out or in limited supply nationwide.

However, this means parents are gambling with the possibility of the doll not arriving from the UK in time.

Meanwhile, "a few hundred" will be available at The Christmas show in the RDS, which runs for nine days from tomorrow.

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The Disney Store said the popularity of Frozen has been phenomenal. The movie has become the biggest animated film worldwide and fifth biggest film of all time.

"We do everything we can to meet the demands of parents and children seeking our merchandise," a spokeswoman said.

"Stock is being replenished in the Disney Store on a regular basis, however demand continues to be incredibly high."

Merchandise is also boosting profits, with dolls and costumes of its main characters - sisters Elsa and Anna and Olaf the snowman - selling out, including the Snow Glow doll which is priced between €45 and €50.

And Smyths Toys admitted stock was limited on some of the most popular toys.

"We'd encourage parents to buy early or keep an eye on SmythsToys.com where they can buy online or check stock levels in their local store."

Dublin's Disney Store is supporting Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) in its 'Share The Magic' charity campaign. For ever letter posted to Santa at Dublin's Grafton Street Store, a soft toy will be donated to a sick child.

Source: Evening Herald

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