Celebrate Christmas in Leicester and Leicestershire
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!
The city will be flooded with lights as the Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on the Thursday 17th November, with a stage programme from 5pm and the lights being switched on at 6.30pm. The Winter Food and Drink Festival returns on Sunday 20th November, filling Leicester Market with a fabulous variety of local food and drinks.
Last year's popular Wheel of Light will return to Jubilee Square and will feature a range of family activites and entertainment.
Where to go...
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.
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.
Twycross Zoo is a World Primate Centre with over 500 animals of almost 150 species including all 4 great apes, over 20 species of monkey, Asian elephants, snow leopards, penguins, meerkats, giraffes and many more.
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.
What to do...
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.
Saturday 3rd December
Local Produce, Arts & Crafts, Gifts, Demonstrations, Morris Dancers and come and see Santa’s Woodland Glade Grotto.
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th December
Full festive market including gifts, crafts and fine local produce.