Christmas in Leicester

Christmas in Leicester is always a festive treat. This year it will be even better than ever. We're going that bit extra this year with Silver Street, High Street and Crank Street all being festively decorated. As well as new displays for the Town Hall and for the first at the Cultural Quarter. It all kicked-off on Thursday 21 November at the lights switch-on.

Further information

Lights switch-on

A huge crowd turned out for the Christmas lights switch-on Thursday 21 November. It was a fantastic evening with live entertainment with special guests, including X Factor winner Sam Bailey and popstar Antony Costa from Blue who are star cast of Aladdin, this year's panto at De Montfort Hall. Crowds enjoyed a selection of award-winning street food and drinks with our Christmas Canteen plus a free outdoor screening of Christmas favourite, Elf at New Market Square.

Ice rink and Wheel of Light

From Thursday 5 December until Sunday 5 January 2020, you will be able to get your skates on our spectacular real ice rink at Jubilee Square which will be lit up by the sparkling backdrop of the Wheel of Light. The ice rink starts at 10am each day (11am on Mondays to Fridays until 20 December), with the last session of the day starting at 8pm. It will be open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Further information including timings and prices can be found 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 Aladdin, starring X Factor winner Sam Bailey and popstar Antony Costa from Blue, as well as Channel 5 Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor, BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard, Paul Burling from Britain's Got Talent and magicians Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb.

The show runs from Saturday 14 December to Sunday 5 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 21 November 12 noon - 10.30pm New Market Square, Leicester Market
Woodland Tales Christmas tableau 21 November to 6 January - Town Hall Square
Funfair 22 November to 6 January Monday to Friday: 10am - 6.30pm, Saturday: 10am - 7.30pm, Sunday: 11am - 6pm Humberstone Gate
Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair 30 November to 1 December 11am to 4pm The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, LE1 5FQ
Santa in the Square (grotto) 7 to 22 December Monday to Saturday: 11am - 6pm, Sunday: 11am - 4pm New Market Square, Leicester Market

Park and Ride

Enjoy late night shopping with extended Park and Ride services until 9pm from 9 to 23 December 2019. Find out more on the Choose how you move website

For more general information on transport and planning your journey go to

Get social for Christmas

Get all our latest Christmas news by checking in on social media and tag your snaps using #ChristmasinLeicester. 

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