Leicester set to sparkle with the Christmas market and lights switch-on

With just over thirty days left for Christmas, Leicester is gearing up for its seasonal lights switch-on ceremony this week.

This year’s festive lights switch-on will be on Thursday 23 November, and will be accompanied by Leicester’s first ever Christmas market.

The evening will begin at 5pm, on the Humberstone Gate stage, where Radio Leicester’s Jo Hayward and Jonathan Lampon will introduce a packed programme of entertainment.

Also on stage, the public will be given the opportunity to meet some of the cast from De Montfort Hall’s Christmas pantomime production.

The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Rashmikant Joshi, will then start the countdown to the big switch-on at 6.30pm.

Across the city centre there will be a variety of entertainment taking place. At the Town Hall Square, a brass band will play carols while visitors enjoy the traditional nativity scene and a tableau depicting The Chronicles of Narnia.

In Leicester’s new market square, 40 cosy wooden chalets will be open for business, packed with gift ideas, homemade crafts and delicious food and drink as the month-long Christmas Market gets under way.

In St Peter’s Square at Highcross, ‘Frostival’ will feature Swan Lake ballerinas, winged dancers and a friendly Snow Lion, while costumed performers will be popping up all around the city centre, including Elsa from Frozen, a Snow Queen in her ice chariot, and some stilt-walking Icicle Queens.

Christmas lights will be switched on around the city centre this week

The big ferris wheel has also returned to jubilee square where spectators are able to enjoy the fantastic views of Leicester.

For those coming into the city centre after 6pm, free car parking will be available at Newarke Street and Haymarket car parks until 29 December to encourage people to enjoy the city centre’s festive atmosphere and late-night shopping opportunities.

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