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Leicester lights up for Christmas

Town Hall Square lights

Join us on Thursday 23 November to mark the beginning of the Festive season at our annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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Christmas in Leicester is a magical time, and this year promises to be extra-special. The lights switch-on is the first event of the festive calendar, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit as the nights draw in.

There will be entertainment and music on the main stage on Humberstone Gate in the lead-up to the main event, where crowds will gather to join in the count-down that starts at 5pm. The stars of De Montfort Hall's pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, will be mingling with the crowds and posing for selfies. Can you spot Belle, Beast, Lumiere and Cogsworth?

The lights switch-on is just the start of our bumper Christmas 2017 programme of events. The Wheel of Light will once again be making its way to Jubilee Square to light up the dark nights and provide spectacular views across Leicester.

Not only that, Jubilee Square will also play host to a giant ice rink, with real ice. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. New Market Square will host a Christmas market throughout the festive period - why not head down to find a present for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative?

With so much on offer, it's easy to see why we're so excited for Christmas In Leicester. For more information, please go to the Visit Leicester website.

For advice on travelling into Leicester for the festive season, please visit Choose How You Move.