Wheel of Light opens in Jubilee Square, marking the start of Christmas in Leicester



By Harry Rogers

The Wheel of Light was finally opened to the public on Friday in Jubilee Square, kick-starting Leicester’s annual Christmas festivities programme.

Standing at 110 feet high, the wheel is a prominent feature of Christmas in Leicester, remaining open until January 8.

To ride the wheel, it costs £4 for a family ticket, (two adults, two children) offering a skyline view overlooking the whole of the city centre.

Graduate Project Officer at Leicester City Council, Shahanna Sheikh, in charge of promoting the wheel, said: “Promoting the Wheel of Light is done through several media outlets, so we have our Facebook page, twitter page and website where we create the event (Visit Leicester).”

Leicester City Council has organised a range of events over the Christmas period including a Christmas Market, the annual lights switch on and a new ice rink, which will also be opening in Jubilee Square.

The ice rink will be constructed with real ice and a roof to ensure that people can skate regardless of the weather.

It will also be able to accommodate 170 skaters as well as skating aids for children.

The ice rink opens on December 9 and like the Wheel of Light, will remain open until January 8.

Ticket prices start at £6.50 with discounts on offer for groups of more than four people.

Mrs Sheikh added: “Around the Christmas period we try to promote events all over Leicestershire.

“This year in particular we want people to be involved with the Jubilee Square ice rink and Leicester’s Christmas market as we don’t usually have these events happening.

“We are really excited for people to get involved with this as it is a unique and great opportunity.

“We also want people to get involved with the lights switch on as it’s a great way to kick off the festive season.”

The annual lights switch on will take place at Humberstone Gate on November 23 at 6:30pm.

The day will have live music, the pantomime cast from De Montfort Hall’s Beauty and the Beast and the Lord Mayor, who as always will be switching on the lights.

You can find the whole Christmas programme and more information about the Wheel of Light at visitleicester.info.

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