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Celebrate Christmas in Leicester and Leicestershire

gift vouchers

Gift vouchers for our Stay Play Explore short breaks are now available online.  The vouchers can be redeemed for any of our short breaks, so whether you're looking for a gift for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or for 2 adults, our vouchers are just for you.  Purchase the voucher and let your friends and family choose which break they wish to book as from 1st January 2017.

To see all our Stay Play Explore short breaks click here.

Visit Leicester and Leicestershire this Christmas

This Christmas Leicester and Leicestershire has lots to offer, with our major attractions beginning to decorate for visitors and a selection of festive events taking place, from craft fairs to workshops - Leicester and Leicestershire is the place to be throughout the holidays!

Browse the selection of events taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire, including gift and craft fairs, carol services, pantomimes and much more. Also see information on city shopping hours to find the perfect time to purchase Christmas presents for family and friends. 

Visit Jubilee Square in Leicester this Christmas where last year's popular Wheel of Light stands once again, with a range of family activities and entertainment taking place.


What to do...


Magical Winter Wonderland at Twinlakes Park

Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th December

Take a ride on the Polar Express, visit Santa in his Grotto or get lost in the winter mirror maze.


Christmas Fair at Bradgate Park

Saturday 3rd December

Local Produce, Arts & Crafts, Gifts, Demonstrations, Morris Dancers and come and see Santa’s Woodland Glade Grotto.


Winter Fair at Beaumanor Hall

Friday 9th December

Hot Street Food outside, mulled wine and mince pies, food and craft demonstrations inside. There's even a secret Santa's Grotto for the little ones.

Where to go...


National Space Centre

The award winning National Space Centre is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space. From the moment you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery and fun.


King Richard III Visitor Centre

Leicester's newest attraction tells the fascinating and moving story of the king's life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told.


Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Enjoy an exciting calendar of events, a footplate ride or dine in style on board one of the steam trains.

Whether you’re travelling on a budget, or want to treat yourself to city style, Leicester and Leicestershire have an amazing selection of accommodation to suit your every need.
Leicester and Leicestershire is a destination packed with things to do, whatever the weather.
Award-winning chefs, city restaurants, rural country pubs, contemporary gastropubs and country tea rooms - there's plenty for you to taste and enjoy.
Country shows, food festivals, comedy nights, music and dance - something for everyone.
Last updated December 2016