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There’s Plenty to See and Do

in Leicester

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.

Shopping

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.

Food and Drink

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.

Accommodation

Fancy an overnight stay? You’ll find a wide selection of hotels that cater for your needs.

 

 

15 Nov - 24 Dec  
Christmas Events
Christmas Events

Christmas craft fairs, family events, carols and concerts – there are events for everyone this Christmas in Leicester.

23 Nov - 11 Jan  
Christmas Shows
Christmas Shows

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.

05 Dec - 05 Jan  
Jubilee Square Ice Rink
Jubilee Square Ice Rink
Jubilee Square

Skate with family, friends or colleagues on the 40x17 metre real ice rink, next to the Christmas Wheel of Light.

21 Nov  
Christmas Lights Switch-on
Christmas Lights Switch-on
City Centre

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.

15 Nov - 06 Jan  
Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree
THE CLOCK TOWER

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.

21 Nov - 06 Jan  
Woodland Tales Christmas Tableaux
Woodland Tales Christmas Tableaux
Town Hall Square

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.

07 Dec - 22 Dec  
Santa in the Square
Santa in the Square
New Market Square

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.

15 Nov - 06 Jan  
Christmas Wheel of Light
Christmas Wheel of Light
Jubilee 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.

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