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Feast of festive films at Leicester’s Guildhall this Sunday

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Guildhall tree

THE COSY surroundings of Leicester’s medieval Guildhall provide the perfect setting for a feast of festive films on Sunday (8 December).

Families can watch The Muppet Christmas Carol in front of a real fire at 10am for just £5, or enjoy The Wizard of Oz at 3pm and It’s A Wonderful Life at 6pm.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz and It’s A Wonderful Life are £7 – or film fans can settle in for a double-bill and watch both films for just £10.

More information is available from the Guildhall on 0116 253 2569.

Also on Sunday (8 December), there’s a Christmas Toys & Steam Day at Leicester’s Abbey Pumping Station when one of the magnificent Gimson beam engines will be in steam.  Admission is £3.50 (£2.50 concessions).

For more information , call the pumping station on 0116 299 5111.

Other family-friendly attractions in Leicester this Christmas include the magnificent Jubilee Square ice rink – which opens today (5 December) – and the giant Wheel of Light. Visitors can also enjoy a nativity scene and an animated scene, featuring characters from Woodland Tales, in Town Hall Square.

More information about Leicester’s Christmas events and attractions is available at

A summary of Leicester’s Christmas events is set out below:


The Wheel of Light. Jubilee Square

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Leicester’s Christmas lights from our 110-ft Ferris wheel.

Daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until 6 January.

Standard ticket £5; children under 1.4m £4; family ticket £15.

11am-9pm Mon-Thurs; 11am-11pm Fri-Sat; 12noon-9pm Sun.


Traditional nativity scene and Woodland Tales. Town Hall Square

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


Funfair. Humberstone Gate

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


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. £10/£8.50 (£9/£7.50 at off-peak times). Skate for a fiver on our preview days (5-6 December)

From 10am daily (11am on Mondays to Fridays until 20 December) until 5 January. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


From 7 December: Santa in the Square. New Market Square

Visit Santa in his snow-covered grotto, every day until 22 December. Free admission – and free small gift for every child.

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


8 December: Christmas Movie Day at the Guildhall

Enjoy some of the best Christmas films in front of an open fire in the beautiful Guildhall.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (10am) - £5; The Wizard of Oz (3pm) - £7; It’s a Wonderful Life (6pm)- £7. Or see both the Wizard of Oz and It’s A Wonderful Life for just £10.

Tel: 0116 253 2569.


8 December: Christmas Toys & Steam Day. Abbey Pumping Station

Start the festive season with a visit to the Abbey Pumping Station Museum and a chance

to see the Gimsom beam engines in steam!

Admission £3.50 (£2.50 concessions). Tel: 0116 299 5111.

12noon – 5pm


From 12 December: LightWeight. New Market Square

Strike a pose at LightWeight, a giant shimmering globe featuring live animation, every day until 21 December. Presented by BidLeicester.



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

Enjoy festive food and drink at Leicester’s German-themed outside bar.

Open daily from 10am-9pm until 28 December


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 shows in Leicester include:

  • 23 November – 11 January: West Side Story. Curve
  • 9-31 December: Giraffes Can’t Dance. Curve
  • 9-26 December: Beauty and the Beast. Peepul Enterprise
  • 12 December: Sleeping Beauty. The Y Theatre
  • 13 December – 5 January: Robin Hood. Little Theatre
  • 14 December – 5 January: Aladdin. De Montfort Hall
  • 14 December: The Wizard of Oz. The Y Theatre
  • 17 December: Christmas Cabaret. The Y Theatre
  • 21 December: Jack’s Giant Adventure. The Y Theatre