Leicester has so much on offer this Christmas, with just some of the key events highlighted here. For information on the many other events in the city, check out our What’s On listings including attractions and other activities at Visit Leicester website.
Discover Leicester’s wide range of shops and historic market during the festive season. Explore one of the many fabulous independent shops in the city centre and enjoy a huge range of stores at Highcross Leicester and Haymarket Shopping Centre.
The festive season is the perfect time to gather with friends and family to enjoy a delicious meal or raise a glass to Christmas. There are plenty of food and drink choices in the city.
Fancy an overnight stay? You’ll find a wide selection of hotels that cater for your needs.
Christmas craft fairs, family events, carols and concerts – there are events for everyone this Christmas in Leicester.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the theatre. In Leicester we’ve got all you want for Christmas, with a range of family-favourite pantos and classic musicals.
Skate with family, friends or colleagues on the 40x17 metre real ice rink, next to the Christmas Wheel of Light.
The countdown to Christmas! Family, friends, and loved ones will gather at Humberstone Gate for the official lights switch-on and a fantastic programme of live music and stage entertainment from 5pm onwards.
The city’s streets will be illuminated with over 16,000 sparkling lights and a spectacular tree - sponsored by Octopus Energy - with 2,000 lights and 900 baubles, will take centre stage at the Clock Tower.
Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this year’s Woodland Tales Christmas tableau in Town Hall Square, along with the traditional nativity scene.
Come to visit Santa in the Square! A wonderful, free opportunity for children and families to meet Father Christmas at his beautifully decorated Christmas grotto in New Market Square.
Scan the sky for Santa from one of 24 covered gondolas, taking you 35 metres above Jubilee Square. Get a sneaky peek at the twirling skaters through the clear roof of the ice rink marquee.