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Christmas gifts and seasonal cheer at city’s art market

Published on Friday, December 14, 2018

PEOPLE can pick up a crafty Christmas treat this weekend at the Art at Christmas Fair.

Organised by Leicester City Council, the art fair will take over Leicester Market on Sunday 16 December. Visitors will have the chance to buy direct from dozens of local painters, sculptors, photographers and craft artists.

The event runs from 11am until 5pm and admission is free.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, deputy city mayor responsible for culture and leisure, said: “Our new Art at Christmas fair is a wonderful chance to support local artists who have the chance to showcase their work for sale on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.”

Visitors to the Art at Christmas fair can combine it with a trip to Santa’s snow-topped grotto in the new Market Square.

Anyone who’s written a list for Santa will be able to hand their letter over in person – or they can post it in Santa’s special post office close by on Market Place. And of course every child who meets Santa will be given a small gift – free of charge.

Santa will be in the square from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, 10am to 4pm on Sundays and from 11am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

He will be in his grotto – which is surrounded by Christmas trees – every day until Saturday 23 December.

Santa in the Square is a free Christmas experience for local children provided by Leicester City Council and run by Leicester Markets.



  • From Saturday 8 December: Santa in the Square. New Market Square

Visit Santa in his snow-covered grotto, every day until 23 December. Free admission – and free small gift for every child.

Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm; Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm

  • Christmas Ice Rink. Jubilee Square

Skate on our spectacular real ice rink, whatever the weather!

Tickets from, Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate and the Jubilee Square box office.

From 11am daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until 6 January

  • Traditional nativity scene and Alice in Wonderland. Town Hall Square

See the story of Christmas and an animated tableau scene under the festive lights in Leicester’s historic Town Hall Square

  • The Wheel of Light. Jubilee Square

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Leicester’s Christmas lights from our 110-ft ferris wheel. From 12 noon daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until 7 January

12 noon-8pm Mon-Thurs; 12 noon-10pm Fri-Sun.

  • Funfair. Humberstone Gate

Family-friendly fairground rides in the heart of the city centre until 6 January

  • Christmas gift ideas at Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate:

Book your tickets for Leicester’s real ice rink. Choose from a wide range of Leicester-themed gifts, including gorgeous hand-painted baubles and Christmas cards.

  • Christmas in the Gardens. Cathedral Gardens

Add your own face to LightWeight – a unique interactive illuminated sphere – or just soak up the festive atmosphere in the beautifully lit gardens. Brought to you by BID Leicester and St Martins House every day until 22 December.

Daily from 5pm – 10pm

  • Now open: The Jägerhaus. St Peter’s Square, Highcross

Enjoy the finest festive food and drink at Leicester’s German-themed outside bar. Open daily from 10am-9pm until 24 December

Christmas shows in Leicester include:

  • 6 December – 13 January: White Christmas. Curve
  • 13 December – 6 January: Treasure Island. Leicester Haymarket Theatre
  • 14 December – 6 January: Mother Goose. Little Theatre
  • 15 December – 6 January: Peter Pan. De Montfort Hall
  • 22 December – Cinderella. Y Theatre