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Yorkshire Top 3 Performing Merry & Bright Christmas Light Events in 2022

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Despite rainy weather this year, the Christmas light switch on events stayed popular with visitors all over the UK. 

To find the best performing locations in the Yorkshire & Humber Region, 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: Otley 7.8% (Monday, 28 November 2022) 

Second place: Keighley 1.4% (Tuesday, 27 November 2022) 

Third place: Sheffield 0.3% (Sunday, 20 November 2022) 

The activity data from phones, 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 the Yorkshire & Humber Region for the Christmas switch on event days showed 2.7% 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 fireworks, live music and bands and Santa’s grotto. 

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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