Leicester City Council to officially begin Christmas festivities

By Tyler Arthur

Christmas season is now well and truly under way in Leicester, with the Christmas Lights being turned on this Thursday(NOV22).

The Christmas festivities started with the erection of the Christmas Wheel of Light, a 110-foot Ferris wheel which annually visits Jubilee Square, at the heart of the town, which opened on Friday.

Jubilee Square also hosts an ice rink every winter, which this year is 50 per cent bigger than it was last year, featuring real ice and offering skating aids for children. Ticket prices start at £7.50, however, groups of four or more people get discounts.

As well as the events and activities, the city visually transforms – this year’s theme is a ‘white Christmas’ – with a 43-foot snow-covered Christmas tree in the centre, and thousands of decorative lights.

The lights will be switched on this week; in an event from 5pm-8pm on Thursday, featuring music and entertainment from X Factor winner Sam Bailey, and more.

Rebecka Mason, 20, a student at De Montfort University, said: “I like how festive the city looks, particularly the high street area and by the clocktower.

“The tree and all of the lights always get me into the Christmas spirit.”

Leicester City Council organises and plans these activities and decorations, whilst also funding the seasonal overhaul.

Every year the City Council has to spend approximately £50,000 to replace any broken features, and also add new decorations and lights.

Alex Hulme, 18, a first-year student at DMU, said: “This is my first Christmas in Leicester, and I’ve heard that the decorations are pretty good, so I’m looking forward to seeing everything once the lights are switched on.”

Over the Christmas period, Leicester’s shops stay open later and the parking services are also extended, to facilitate shoppers in the festive season.

There’s also a ‘Santa in the Square’ opportunity for children to meet Santa in New Market Square, from December 8 to 23, and the Christmas Market is taking place on Sunday, December 2, in Queen’s Road.

For more information on all things Christmas in Leicester, go to www.visitleicester.info.

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