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Town Hall Square welcomes Santa’s Christmas grotto

Published on Friday, December 1, 2023

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Picture of Santa's grotto in Town Hall Square

SANTA’S grotto is set to open its doors to visitors from this weekend.

With the festive season in full swing in Leicester, Santa in the Square will see the return of the much-loved Christmas grotto in Town Hall Square.

Visitors of all ages will be able to visit Santa and his elf in the grotto, with all children receiving a free gift.

The grotto is free to visit, and is open from Saturday, December 2, until Saturday, December 23.

Visitors using wheelchairs can access the grotto via a ramp and staff will be on hand to help. There is also space outside to leave pushchairs.

Queues may need to close ahead of the advertised end time to make sure those already queuing can get in before the grotto closes. 

Opening times are as follows:

Monday to Friday 12noon-2pm and 3pm-6pm

Sat 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm

Sun 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Santa in the Square is part of a much larger programme of Christmas events and activities taking place across the city over the festive period.

Other attractions include the Wheel of Light and Christmas ice rink at Jubilee Square, and the traditional Town Hall Square nativity scene, while just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, Enlightened Leicester will see Abbey Park come alive with an enchanted illuminated outdoor light trail featuring bright installations and interactive elements for the whole family.

Details of all activities are available at the Christmas in Leicester website here:

Leicester deputy city mayor for climate, economy and culture, Cllr Adam Clarke said: “With Christmas only a few weeks away, there’s a real festive atmosphere around the city centre.

“A visit to Santa’s grotto has to be one of the most timeless Christmas activities, and Santa in the Square offers exactly that, to visitors of all ages, free of charge.

“It’s just one part of the wider events and attractions in and around the city centre this Christmas, so I’d encourage people to come into the city to savour the sights and sounds of this festive season.”

Visitors not wanting to drive into the city can use public transport, including the special Sunday Park and Ride services running throughout December, and the free Hop! city centre electric bus service which connects key locations in the city.

Free, secure bike parking is also available at Town Hall Square for those opting to access the city via the comprehensive cycle route network.

More details are available from the Choose How You Move website here: