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Wales Cities and Towns Christmas Lights Switch On Activity November 2022

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Christmas lights switch on events are a fantastic occasion for many families with children.

To find the best performing locations in Wales, Place Informatics analysed the Christmas lights switch on activity for cities and towns across the region that held these events in November 2022. 

The best performing towns, with the greatest increase in activity on their Christmas Lights switch-on day were:

First place:              Swansea 22.2% (Sunday, 20 November 2022)

Second place:        Cardiff 20.6% (Tuesday, 15 November 2022)

Third place:             Pontypridd 10.7% (Saturday, 26 November 2022)

The activity data from phone’s, for the Christmas lights switch on day was compared to the average activity for the same day of the week in October and November 2022, providing an indication of growth in visitors.

The average growth in visitor activity in Wales for the Christmas switch on event days showed 10.3% positive growth.

The top three town centres had similarities in their event preparation, as BID organisations, local businesses and community groups worked together to deliver Christmas parades, outdoor cinemas, fairgrounds, live music, light shows and markets.

Mobility location data from GPS mobile phone records is used to calculate visitor behaviour for over 2,300 town centres across the UK and all 260 Business Improvement District town centres. Location data includes visitor demographics, footfall, catchment and movement flows.

Place Informatics analysis phone activity in town centres, tracking a sample of 12 million phones, equal to 4000 million GPS points a month.

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