"Hugely positive" Christmas period for Lancaster city centre

January 13, 2020

Lancaster had a hugely successful Christmas period as the number of people visiting the city centre rose 3.9 per cent year-on-year.

This compared favourably to a general decline for UK city centres during this year's Christmas shopping period of 3.6 per cent.

The figures were described in Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID)'s newsletter as a "hugely positive result".

The weekend of December 14 and 15 was the busiest in Lancaster for three years, showing a massive 25.4 per cent rise in footfall.

This coincided with the arrival of the Lancaster on Ice big wheel, Christmas at Lancaster Castle and a Meet the Makers craft fair.

Footfall in Christmas week was also up 12.4 per cent compared to 2018.

Nationally, the decline was 2.3 per cent.

"Longer term figures demonstrate that things are really on the up for Lancaster," said the newsletter article.

"Footfall for the whole of Quarter 4 for 2019 showed an increase of 1.6 per cent showcasing a longer term positive trend for the city centre, with national figures showing a continuing decline."

Photo of Lancaster Christmas lights switch-on courtesy of Lancaster BID Facebook page.