Christmas in Leicestershire
Christmas in Leicestershire

Celebrate Christmas in Leicestershire

As we approach the festive season we’re looking forward to being able to spend time together with friends and loved ones.

Our Christmas Gift Shop will help to make buying gifts for your friends and family just a little bit easier whilst supporting our local businesses. There’s a great selection of the best of Leicestershire including local produce food hampers, unique pieces from local artists, exciting woodland experiences and gift vouchers for the hard to buy for!

There’s lots of festive events taking place across Leicestershire during December including Winter Wonderlands, Festive Fairs and Christmas Tree Festivals. We’d recommend you check in advance if you need to pre-book, we’d hate you to be disappointed.

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Festive events for Christmas

Stonehurst Farm

Stonehurst Farm - Santa's Magical Grotto

18th & 19th December

Meet Santa at Stonehurst Farm and book a visit to his Magical Grotto.

Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway

Starting 1st December

The Winter Wonderlights train service departs from Quorn & Woodhouse station this year, and carries passengers on a return journey to Leicester North station (The Leicester North Pole).

Loughborough Bellfoundry

Loughborough Bellfoundry - Festive Foundry Experience

2nd, 9th, 14th, 16th December

Mulled wine and mincepies, guided tour of the foundry, handbell lesson and a takeaway gift bag with festive treats.

Melton Christmas Market

Melton Christmas Market

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December - 10am - 4pm

The streets of Melton will be full of market stalls selling traditional festive gifts, local produce, food and drink and hand-crafted wares. Also Santa's Grotto, Bubble Wizard and live music.

National Space Centre

Small Space Mrs Santa Special at National Space Centre

19th December

Join us for a very special pre-Christmas Small Space Day, including a visit from Mrs Claus!

Christmas Trees @ St Mary's

Christmas Trees @ St Mary's, Melton

1st - 8th December

Enjoy the Christmas Trees decorated by community groups in the local area. Also, carols, Hathern Brass Band and lots more.  See website for opening times.

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo

4th December onwards

The Ice Queen is back at Twycross Zoo but this year is joined by her sister – the Ice Princess! Located in their wooden winter lodge, hear and see them sing and perform a spectacular show!

Newarke Houses

Newarke Houses Museum Exhibition - The Snowman™ and The Snowdog

From 13th November

Over 40 original illustrations from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes drawings and sketches. A fascinating insight into the creative processes that brought The Snowman™ back to life. 

Hinckley BID events

Hinckley Town Centre - Santa's Grotto

18th - 22nd December

All the way from Lapland, Hinckley BID is flying Santa and his team of Elves to their magical Grotto, which will be found at a secret hideaway in the Britannia Centre, just off Castle Street in Hinckley Town Centre. No booking necessary.

Loughborough Bellfoundry

Loughborough Bellfoundry - Jingle All The Way

20th & 22nd December

Kids School Holiday Event which includes a mini bellringers treasure hunt; 'have-a-go' at handbell ringing; make a bell Christmas tree ornament; church bells to touch and ting in the Furnace Gallery. Plus toy tools and musical instruments to play with, brass rubbing and play-doh bell moulding.

Festive Fun Run

Hinckley Town Centre - Festive Fun Run

5th December

Join us at 10.45am in Market Place for a warm-up by the town’s resident Healthy Elf. The (0.8mile) run/stroll will then take place at 11am and all age groups and abilities are welcome.

Loughborough Town Hall

Loughborough Town Hall - Aladdin

20th November - 2nd January

Aladdin wishes the Princess would notice him, The Princess wishes she could lead a normal life, Aladdin's mother wishes she could remember what she came in here for...

Love Loughborough

Loughborough Town Centre - Elf on the Shelf

1st - 24th December

Search the town for Elfs hiding in shop window and when you've found them all enter the competition to win vouchers to spend in the town.

1620s House and Garden

1620s House and Garden - The Elixirs of Life: Medieval Spirits and Botanicals Talk

Friday 3rd December

Join Locksley Distilling Co. Ltd on a tasting tour around the spirits and remedies of medieval Europe made from and inspired by ingredients grown in the 1620s House and Garden.

1620s House and Garden

1620s House and Garden - Wreath Making Workshops

5th; 11th & 14th December

A fun and relaxed workshop to make and customise your own Christmas wreath in the nostalgic surroundings of a medieval barn.

1620s House and Garden

1620s House & Garden - Festive Fun & Feast with Santa

19th December

Enjoy a festive brunch with Santa, join in with fun Christmas crafts, a trail, and visit to Santa’s Grotto. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

1620s House and Garden

1620s House and Garden - Children's Christmas Hamper

Saturday 18th December

Join us in this fun & festive workshop in which kids will be getting stuck in to create the perfect handmade gift hamper to make Christmas extra special this year. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pedestrian

Pedestrian, Leicester - Crafty Xmas

27th November; 4th December

Want to make some Christmas decorations? Then come along and take part in our FREE creative Christmas sessions.

(Horsefair Street, Leicester, LE1 5BP)

Pedestrian

Pedestrian, Leicester - Christmas Craft Sessions

27th November

Want to make some Christmas Crafts? Then why not come along and take part in our FREE creative Christmas sessions.

(Woodgate Community Food, Rally House, 125 Bonchurch St, Woodgate, Leicester, LE3 5EG)

Moira Furnace | GoLeicestershire

Moira Furnace - Christmas Craft Fair

5th December

More stalls than ever before will be selling the perfect gifts for Christmas alongside the usual array of yummy hot food with a seasonal twist.

Stonehurst Farm

Stonehurst Farm - Victorian Christmas

11th & 12th December

Come and enjoy the magic of Stonehurst Farm’s Victorian Christmas weekend, with festive food and craft market, brass band, glowing log braziers and festive cheer for all ages! Meet Father Christmas and his real reindeer, and don’t forget to bring your Christmas wish list to put in Santa’s special post box!

Fabulous gift ideas this Christmas

Stay Play Explore short breaks

Gift vouchers available for the great value StayPlayExplore short break packages - overnight accommodation plus entry to 3 fabulous attractions - the perfect gift for all the family.

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Charnwood Alpacas

Feel some festive spirit Charnwood Alpacas.  Book a Christmas Alpaca Walk for your family or buy a voucher to give as a gift.

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Conkers | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire

Give the gift of a great family day out at Conkers. Outdoor woodland adventure with 120 acres of adventures in the forest, plus indoor activities. Gift vouchers from £5.

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Swadlincote Ski Centre

Gift vouchers from Swadlincote Ski Centre are available for ski and snoboard sessions and lessons, plus day courses.


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The National Forest

Give the gift that keeps on growing by dedicating a tree in the National Forest. Each purchase comes with a certificate and the guarantee that a sapling will be planted in the National Forest. 

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Ferrers Gallery for Arts and Crafts

Head to the Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts for lots of gift ideas including unique, handmade and high quality crafts.

 

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Field Sport UK | GoLeicestershire

People love something just that little bit different. FieldSportUK are offering Experience Days Gift Vouchers to use against any of their experiences including clay shooting, air rifle/pistol experiences, axe throwing and more.

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Loughborough Bellfoundry
Loughborough Bellfoundry has a new range of Christmas gifts and decorations in stock.  Click here to see more.
Leicester city

Christmas in Leicester promises the most magical of experiences this year with an exciting Festive Adventure trail, celebrating the best the city has to offer!

 

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Greenwood Days | GoLeicestershire

Share the joy of Christmas with a Greenwood Days gift voucher. Send a loved one on a creative course in 2022 at our wonderful woodland workshop or why not team up and share the experience.  Vouchers start from £50 or choose from over 60 different course lasting 1-7 days.

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Cool as Leicester

Big kids can be cool kids too. Get the Coolest Kid in Leicester hoodie now in adult sizes. Hoodie is soft cotton faced fabric with brushed back fleece inside.

 

 

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Lot's more to explore here too

Twinlakes | GoLeicestershire

Twinlakes Park

Endless adventures of family fun providing great days out, where the fun never stops!

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre | GoLeicestershire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Join a guided walk to discover the battle in its landscape or experience the Bosworth story in the immersive and award-winning exhibition galleries.

Conkers | GoLeicestershire

Conkers

120 acres of adventure with indoor and outdoor play and over 100 interactive exhibits, that will keep your family engaged for hours!

Stonehurst Farm | GoLeicestershire

Stonehurst Farm

A great family day out, feed the animals and take a tractor ride. Fresh produce on sale straight from the farm and fresh cakes and a tasty menu in the tearoom.

Twycross Zoo | GoLeicestershire

Twycross Zoo

Walk with ring-tailed lemurs; see a troop of emperor tamarins leap above your head in their treetop exhibit, and watch Humboldt penguins take their daily walk.

1620s House and Garden | GoLeicestershire

1620s House & Garden

Immerse yourself in an early 17th century experience and take a walk back in time in the wonderful, fully furnished house.

Purple Badger Shepherd Huts | GoLeicestershire

Purple Badger 

Logan and Jude are our two delightful shepherds huts nestled amongst the trees by the edge of our top lake.

Wistow Maze | GoLeicestershire

Wistow Maze

Enjoy a fun day out exploring one of the country's largest maize mazes, set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflowers. 

Greenwood Day | GoLeicestershire

Greenwood Days

Greenwood Days have been running woodland craft courses since 1998. The course centre is set in a beautiful 90 acre wood in the National Forest.

Wheelgate | GoLeicestershire

Wheelgate Park

A 30 acre family theme park and water park including two large indoor play centres, a farm and a water park.

Swadlincote Ski Centre | GoLeicestershire

Swadlincote Ski Centre

Enjoy the thrills of sno-tubing, adrenaline filled toboggan rides and then dare the drop slide for even more exhilarating fun as well as ski & snowboard!

New Walk Museum | GoLeicestershire

New Walk Museum

Galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, The Den gallery for the under 5s, the Victorian art gallery, Arts & Crafts gallery and Picasso Ceramics.

Belvoir Castle | GoLeicestershire

Belvoir Castle

The ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. 

Purple Badger | GoLeicestershire

Purple Badger Fishing Lakes

Nestling on the borders of Rutland & Leicestershire, our two fishing lakes sit amongst woodland and wildlife.

Quorn Grange Hotel | GoLeicestershire

Quorn Grange Hotel

Book an afternoon tea, lunch or evening meal for a special occasion - or perhaps an overnight stay.

National Space Centre | GoLeicestershire

National Space Centre

Discover six galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. 

Treetop Adventure Golf | GoLeicestershire

Treetop Adventure Golf

Play the two indoor, 18 – hole mini golf courses. Tackle the Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer then brave the bonus 19th hole to win a free round.

Great Central Railway | GoLeicestershire

Great Central Railway

The UK's only double track, main line heritage railway, a great day out for everyone. Special events and dining opportunities galore.

Yew Lodge Hotel | GoLeicestershire

Yew Lodge Hotel

Enjoy a short break, a meal at Marco's or take a seat for Harry Houdini's final performance in one of the hotel's escape rooms!

Charnwood Museum | GoLeicestershire

Charnwood Museum

Dig through layers of the town's history and watch out for the Barrow Kipper! This Jurassic marine reptile 'swims' under the floor of the Museum.

National Brewery Centre | GoLeicestershire

National Brewery Centre

A world-class visitor centre that celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence on brewing techniques throughout the world.

Brook Meadow | GoLeicestershire

Brook Meadow

Family run holiday site set in the heart of a working farm. Enjoy the space and tranquillity of the setting and the variety of accommodation and activities on offer.

Harborough Museum | GoLeicestershire

Harborough Museum

The internationally-important Hallaton Treasure is showcased in the Treasure Gallery and contains over 2,500 glittering coins and a unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.

King Richard III Visitor Centre | GoLeicestershire

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Turn detective and travel back through time to uncover the plot lines, birth rights and family connections that create an intricate story of medieval murder, mystery and mayhem.

University of Leicester Botanic Gardens | GoLeicestershire

University of Leicester Botanical Garden

16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses display a wide variety of features and environments.

Watermead Country Park | GoLeicestershire

Watermead Country Park

Surfaced paths are great for walking, running and cycling, and many seats along these trails are ideal places for visitors to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Holywell House | GoLeicestershire

Holywell Guest House

Offers an experience of a time gone by, with breakfast served on a beautiful table fully set out and quality beds and bathrooms to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.

Charnwood Forest Alpacas | GoLeicestershire

Charnwood Forest Alpacas

Once you have been partnered up with an alpaca chum, your trekking experience will begin - and there's plenty of time for pictures and alpaca selfies!

Melton Carnegie Museum | GoLeicestershire

Melton Carnegie Museum

The museum tells the story of Melton through fascinating collections about shops and trades, rural life, the history of foxhunting, archaeology and painting the town red.

Ye Olde Porke Pie Shoppe | GoLeicestershire

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Book your place on a pie-making demonstration or the Pork Pie Experience, learn why pork pies are important to Melton Mowbray or simply call in to buy your pie.

The White Horse, Quorn | GoLeicestershire

The White Horse, Quorn

Traditional country pub serving steaks and seafood with a lively events diary throughout the year.

Timber Festival | GoLeicestershire

Timber Festival

Step into an incredible weekend of music, arts, ideas and wellbeing among the trees at Feanedock, near Ashby de la Zouch.

Ferrers Gallery | GoLeicestershire

Ferrers Gallery

A collection of beautiful pieces of craftsmanship from British artists and designer-makers.

Beacon Hill Country Park | GoLeicestershire

Beacon Hill Country Park

At 248m, the summit of Beacon Hill boasts panoramic views across Leicestershire. 135 hectares of woodland, heathland, grassland and wildflower meadows.

Cafe Next Door, Woodhouse Eaves | GoLeicestershire

The Cafe Next Door

Fully licensed cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea in a relaxing tearoom with friendly staff.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre | GoLeicestershire

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others in a challenging and safe environment.

Field Sport UK | GoLeicestershire

Field Sport UK

Activities are tailored to suit you, from novice to expert. Try your hand at axe throwing, air rifle and pistol shooting, archery and survival skills.

The Greenway at Knaptoft House Farm | GoLeicestershire
The Greenway

Self catering accommodation near Bruntingthorpe.

Horseshoe Cottage Farm | GoLeicestershire

Horseshoe Cottage Farm

A haven for business people and pleasure seekers alike - environmentally friendly, luxury accommodation, along with a warm welcome.

Moira Furnace | GoLeicestershire

Moira Furnace

An early 19th century iron-making furnace. There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal on the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip.

National Memorial Arboretum | GoLeicesteshire

National Memorial Arboretum

The Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. 150 acres, over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife.

Sysonby Knoll Hotel | GoLeicestershire
Sysonby Knoll Hotel

Less than a mile from the centre of Melton Mowbray with a warm and welcoming reception and bright and airy restaurant overlooking 4.5 acres of land.
Melton Cheeseboard | GoLeicestershire
Melton Cheeseboard

A must-visit for all lovers of cheese! Melton Cheeseboard offers 150 different variety of cheeses.
The Outwoods | GoLeicestershire
The Outwoods

110 acres of ancient woodland with an easy access path, a bird feeding station and children's play area.
Hough Mill | GoLeicestershire
Hough Mill, Swannington

A 200 year old restored windmill where you can get hands-on with the exhibits. Family and heritage events take place through the year.

Grace Dieu Ruins | GoLeicestershire
Grace Dieu Ruins

The ruins stand in a valley bottom bounded by a small brook on the edge of Charnwood Forest. Guided walks take place regularly.

Travel Plaza Hotel | GoLeicestershire
Travel Plaza Hotel

Generously sized en suite rooms with baths and power showers, free broadband access, fridge in each room and free ample parking.

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel | Go Leicestershire

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club

Modern luxury accommodation in what was originally a 17th Century Manor House perfect for business or pleasure.

Old John in Bradgate Park | GoLeicestershire

Bradgate Park

Country park with the ruins of Bradgate House, deer and the folly 'Old John'. Events throughout the year including outside theatre, guided walks and workshops.

Market Bosworth Park | GoLeicestershire
Market Bosworth Country Park

Open parkland landscape with majestic mature specimen trees interspersed with small areas of woodland, wild flower meadows and a lake.

Tresillian House | GoLeicestershire

Tresillian House Guest House

Newly refurbished, whether you are staying for business or pleasure, for a night or a week, Tresillian House is a home away from home.