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Christmas in Leicester promises the most magical of experiences this year with an exciting Festive Adventure trail, celebrating the best the city has to offer! From ice skating on a real ice rink, meeting Santa in his snow-covered grotto, taking a ride on the Wheel of Light to delving into a large-scale light installation and entering a winter wonderland in our interactive adventure.

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Get into the spirit of the season enjoying traditional pantomimes, world-class shows and watching classic Christmas films. enter a winter wonderland in our interactive adventure. And if that’s not enough there are also exhibitions, craft fair, carol services, competitions and much more!

Keep Leicester Safe: All spaces are COVID Secure and follow current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety. If you’re coming to any of our events do a quick lateral flow test before you go out, wear a face covering in crowds and indoor spaces, and please stay at home if you feel unwell. The police are also reminding people to remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious.

What's On

Thursday 23 December Leicester Guildhall

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens

1pm & 7.30pm

Enter the world of Charles Dickens in this ghostly tale for the festive season.  Performing 26 different characters Gerald Dickens brings his great great Grandfathers most famous book to vivid and exciting life.
Tickets: £13.50 / £12.50

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Thursday 23 December Leicester Cathedral

The Cathedral Carol Service (II)

Free

6pm

A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols.

For full details of services, events and music at Leicester Cathedral for Advent and Christmas, please visit our website.

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Friday 24 December Leicester Cathedral

Christmas Eve

Free

3pm

Blessing of the Crib

A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.

For full details of services, events and music at Leicester Cathedral for Advent and Christmas, please visit our website.

Visit Christmas Eve Site
Friday 24 December Leicester Cathedral

The Cathedral Carol Service (III)

Free

6pm

A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols.

For full details of services, events and music at Leicester Cathedral for Advent and Christmas, please visit our website.

Visit The Cathedral Carol Service (III) Site
Friday 24 December Leicester Cathedral

Midnight Mass

Free

11.30pm

All are welcome, to celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child and the Crib, with the Cathedral Choir, carols, incense and candlelight.

For full details of services, events and music at Leicester Cathedral for Advent and Christmas, please visit our website.

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Saturday 25 December Leicester Cathedral

Christmas Day

Free

10.30am

Festal Eucharist

A Christmas morning service sung by the Cathedral Choir with carols, incense and Holy Communion.

For full details of services, events and music at Leicester Cathedral for Advent and Christmas, please visit our website.

Christmas is one of the highlights of the Christian year and a time of great celebration.

We celebrate the mystery of God coming to live among humanity as one of us in the person of Jesus, son of Mary, the saviour promised by the prophets of the Old Testament.

This great feast that marks the anniversary of Jesus’ birth has inspired the many joyful customs and traditions that we use to mark Christmas. Many of these – carols, cribs, decorations, and special foods – are shared with and enjoyed by millions of people across the world. But there is more than tinsel, trees and reindeer. There is amazement, wonder and joy.

The gospel accounts of the first Christmas provide so many ways for us to enter into the mystery of God becoming human. There are hosts of angels filling the night sky with singing; a group of astounded shepherds on a hillside who find their lives and expectations turn upside down; there is a shining star and the birth of a child, which, like many other births before and since, bring hope and possibility.

And the readings for Christmas day – including the prologue to John’s gospel – invite us to look beyond the joy of Jesus’ birth to the significance of his life, and the saving power of his future death and resurrection.

The season of Christmas lasts for twelve days, culminating in another feast – that of the Epiphany on 6 January, when we recall how Jesus was first revealed to the wider world in the visit of the Magi (or Wise Men).

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