• Christmas Lights by Leicester Clock Tower
  • Twycross Zoo Christmas Banner
  • Bradgate Park
  • Watermead Park

Christmas in Leicester and Leicestershire


Visit Leicester and Leicestershire this Christmas. There is something for everyone to enjoy to get into the Christmas spirit. From festive markets and magical shows to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones from high street designers or independent unique shops. Why not buy a Stay Play and Explore gift voucher ready for use to book a break in 2015, a gift which you would truly want to keep for yourself.

Enjoy a festive family day out at Twycross Zoo where children can have breakfast or tea with Santa as well as seeing around 500 animals of 150 species including many endangered animals and native species.  Visit Snibston Discovery Museum at Coalville where there is a festive treat for the whole family.  There will be a Santa's Grotto, live music and craft stalls and more.

All aboard on the magnificient steam train at Great Central Railway this is the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway.  From December 26th through to January 2nd, ride on the Christmas Holiday Trains and steam away those winter blues.  This Christmas there will be craft stalls on the platforms from 9am - 4pm, perfect to find those special presents, don't forget to get yourself some treats on board too.

Check out our fantastic short breaks just for families - there's overnight accommodation including breakfast and entry into three family attractions just for £109 - see full details here

See all Christmas events taking place in the city and county

See lots more ideas for family days out

Click here to visit Stay Play and Explore breaks

Short Breaks

Squeeze in a Stay Play and Explore break to end the year on a high. There is still availability, breaks are from £109 BB for 2 adults and 2 children and includes visiting 3 out of 5 attractions.

If you have already been on a break earlier this year and did not manage to see all of the attractions then worry not you can still come back with the same tickets and visit the remaining attractions you wish to see (you have until 31st December 2014 before they expire).


Short Breaks for 2015

Have something to look forward to in 2015, Family FunGlorious Heritage, City Treat, King Richard III and Gourmet Taste breaks are now ready to book.  The short breaks still work the same way as they did this year.  What are you waiting for? Book now


Visitor Centre

King Richard III

To discover more for yourself about this fascinating story come and spend a few days in Leicester and the surrounding area and visit the sites that have played such a pivotal role in the history of England - Click here to visit King Richard III information page 

Richard III Visitor Centre: Dynasty, Death and Discovery

Admission: adults £7.95, children (3-15 years) £4.75, concessions £7, family ticket (2+2) £21.50

More than 500 years after the death of the last English king to die in battle, the story of one of history’s most controversial monarchs is brought to life once again in this stunning new visitor centre.


Monday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Weekend opening hours apply on Bank Holidays.

Tel: 0300 300 0900
Email: info@kriii.com

Address: 4A St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB


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Book your accommodation online here

Book your accommodation during the week-long series of events from 22nd-28th March 2015 for the reinterment of King Richard III.


See plans for the reinterment on the King Richard in Leicester website.




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