Visitors to Temple Square increased 25 percent during the first 11 months of 1988 compared with the same time period last year.

Temple Square spokesman Quig Nielsen said the number of visitors through November totaled 3,726,671, an increase of 748,501 over 1987. But the November count of 202,921 is 30,000 fewer than November 1987.The number of people who visited Temple Square Nov. 25, the day of a Christmas lighting program, reached a new high of 31,206. That is about 2,000 more visitors than on the same day in 1987.

"December traditionally brings visitors to the square in large numbers. This year, in addition to the strings of tiny lights attractively placed in the trees, shrubs and along the buildings, the new eye-catching interior lighting patterns are drawing favorable comments," Nielsen said.

Exquisitely decorated trees of sock dolls in the visitors centers and a variety of concerts also are popular with crowds, who are expected to visit Temple Square in record numbers during December.