Christmas 2018

Christmas in Leicester is always a festive treat. This year it will be even better than ever. Get your skates on our spectacular real ice rink which will be available till 6 December and the popular Wheel of Light - here till 7 December 2018.

Further information

Lights switch-on and Wheel of Light

We switched on our Christmas lights on Thursday 22 November. It was a fantastic evening of live entertainment and special guests, including Matt Teale from ITV News Central and Sam Bailey star of Peter Pan, this year's panto at De Montfort Hall. 

The popular Wheel of Light will again be taking centre stage in Jubilee Square from 16 November and will be in place until Monday 7 January.

Further information including timings and prices can be found on the Visit Leicester website.

Ice rink

From 6 December at Jubilee Square, you will be able to get your skates on our spectacular real ice rink. The ice rink will be open daily from 11am (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until 6 January.

Tickets can be purchased online at or you can pop in to Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate.

Christmas pantomime

This year's pantomime at De Montfort Hall will be Peter Pan, starring former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy, CBeebies' Cat Sandion, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Kev Orkian and BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard.

The show runs from Saturday 15 December to Sunday 6 January. Tickets are available from the De Montfort Hall website or by calling the box office on 0116 233 3111.

Other Christmas highlights

Event Date Time Location
Christmas canteen 22 November 12 noon - 10.30pm New Market Square
Traditional nativity scene and the adventures of Alice in Wonderland from 22 November - Town Hall Square
Funfair from 23 November - Humberstone Gate
Santa in the Square (grotto)  8 - 23 December Mon-Fri: 1pm-6pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-4pm New Market Square
Art at Christmas from 16 December 11am-4pm Leicester Market
Christmas in the Gardens from 13 December 5pm-10pm Cathedral Gardens

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