Christmas 2020: Lights For Leicester

With Christmas right around the corner, City Centre Director Sarah Harrison gives us a run-down of all the festivities to take part in this year.

Photo by Beth Walsh

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that all events this year that attract large crowds have needed to be cancelled.


For the first time in decades, the Christmas Light Switch On event will not take place in the city centre.


There will be no real ice rink in Jubilee Square this year.


However, although Christmas 2020 will be different, the council and partners have been working hard to make sure that Leicester looks and feels magical throughout the festive season.


The mammoth task of installing over 16,000 twinkling lights and decorations in the city’s main shopping areas started in mid-October.


It takes more than a month to install the decorations in over 20 city streets.


As in previous years, the council has spent an extra £50,000 on refurbishing the lights and check out the brand new look for Horsefair Street and Humberstone Gate West this year, with both streets dressed with new decorative spans.


At the Clock Tower is a giant 50ft Christmas tree decorated with over 6,000 warm lights and hundreds of colourful baubles.


The Christmas Light Switch On will be a virtual experience this year. From the comfort of their own homes, families across the city and beyond will enjoy the spectacular storytelling and dance production made by Curve Theatre especially for Christmas in Leicester 2020. It is certainly not to be missed.


Also new this year will be a six-week online programme of events, competitions, gift ideas, top ten toys, and plenty more fun things to do and see hosted on the Christmas in Leicester website and social media platforms...

Read the full article in Niche Magazine.


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