Happy HoliWaze!

This year, let Waze be your personal travel planner so you can keep that holiday spirit alive (as well as your sanity...)  

For many of us, this festive time of year brings visions of sugar plums, yes, but also of unrelenting traffic en route to the airport, in between last-minute holiday shopping errands (no judgement!), during grocery stops, and while trying to make it to Christmas dinner on time.

In the spirit of more sleigh bells and less stress, we’re here to share some Waze feature tips and key insights from Christmas Eve last year, including:  

  • Last-minute shopping trends
  • The busiest travel times to and from airports
  • The most popular Christmas dinner restaurant destinations and last minute grocery shopping trends

So you can compare and contrast, we also dove into how Christmas Eve shopping trends differed by region.

According to our analysis, folks in the US made the most last-minute shopping trips on Christmas Eve (better late than never, right?) with a 38% increase in navigations, followed by Canada with a 27% increase. The most buttoned-up bunch we analyzed were Mexico Wazers, who made 40% less shopping navigations on Christmas eve than on a typical December day.

When it comes to Christmas Eve grocery runs, Canadians made the most last-minute drives to the store, with 92% more navigations than usual (followed by UK and US Wazers, with 77% and 74% increases, respectively). On the other end of the spectrum were our Wazers in France, who appear to have planned their holiday feasts and stocked-up in advance, with a smaller 9% increase in Christmas Eve grocery trips.  

The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there. We’re here to help make it easier – and more fun – to check off your last-minute holiday gift list, too. (Drumroll, please)...our Waze Merchandise Store is officially live in the US!

Go ahead and stock up on Waze gear like ultra-soft, classic logo tees and car docks to keep you and your lucky friends and loved ones driving in safe, hands-free style (more fun items, and international shipping, coming soon!).

#HappyHoliWaze to all, and to all a safe drive!

The Waze Team


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