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Travel into Leicester this Christmas

Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas lights in Town Hall Square

WITH Leicester’s Christmas festivities due to get into full swing this week, visitors can take advantage of a number of ways to travel into the city.

Visitors coming into the city for Christmas late-night shopping or to skate under the stars on the Jubilee Square ice rink, can make the most of Leicester City Council’s offer of free evening parking at its Newarke Street and Haymarket car parks after 5pm, running until Friday, December 28.

Many of the city council’s on-street pay and display parking spaces are also free to use after 6pm, with many others offering reduced evening rates.

Park and Ride services from the three sites at Birstall, Enderby and Meynells Gorse are also running throughout the festive period to allow shoppers to forget about parking and concentrate on shopping, dining and making the most of the city’s Christmas offer.

For the city’s Christmas Lights Switch-on, on Thursday, November 22, all three Park and Ride services will run until 9pm at 15-minute intervals. Operator First Bus will be running a “Five for £5 after 4pm” offer, meaning groups of up to five people can get a return ticket to and from the city for just £5.

Extended late night Park and Ride services will run from Monday to Saturday throughout December, starting on December 3. They are aligned to the city’s late-night shopping hours and the ice rink, which opens from December 6 and operates until 9pm.

These extra Park and Ride services are being financed by Leicester’s Business Improvement District (BID) funding. Details are available at

Park and Ride services will also run every Sunday in December from 10am to 5pm.

It means the services will be running every day in December except Christmas Day itself, offering travel to and from the city centre for just £4 for up to five people in the same car. All three of the Park and Ride sites offer free parking, electric charging points, along with disabled spaces and parent and child parking.

Regular buses also run into and from the city centre, via operators First Bus, Arriva, Kinchbus and Stagecoach. Full details are available at or from the operators’ websites.

Cyclists can also make use of free bike parking throughout the city centre, using on-street cycle racks or secure bicycle parking at Town Hall Square and Leicester station.

The city’s Shopmobility service loaning scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs operates at the Highcross and Haymarket shopping centres, from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm.

To plan your trip into the city, visit:

Full details of Leicester’s Christmas festivities and events are available at: