Get Festive with First Bus Leicester!

Whether you're looking for the best hot chocolates in town, searching for Christmas presents or just gazing at the festive lights... you can do it all and more with a £2 Single bus ticket.

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Santa's grotto at Beaumont Centre opens from 18 November until 24 December 

Visit Santa's winter wonderland and his magical elves at the Beaumont Centre, a chance for your little ones to let Santa know what they're wanting for Christmas, and receive a present from Santa himself. This is one to add straight to the festive plans to start your fun-filled day of festivities.

To find out more, please visit: Santa's Grotto - Beaumont Shopping Centre

Accessible via: 14A, 25/26, 54, 74 from the city centre to Beaumont Centre

Bright Christmas in the Highcross Shopping Centre from Wednesday 22 November  - 6 December

The upper mall will be totally transformed into a unique and immersive festive light experience for all to enjoy. It's free to enter, allowing you to experience a unique display enclosed by mirrors and LED lights set to all your festive favourite songs.

This is a great place to explore whilst getting in the Christmas shopping to take some time to chill out and soak up all the festive spirit.

For more information, please visit: Highcross Leicester | Bright Christmas

Accessible via all our city centre services.

Billy Bates Funfair in the city centre opens from Saturday 11 November – Sunday 7 January

Catch a thrill in Humberstone Gate at Billy Bates Funfair. There's a ride for all the family from children rides, and bigger ones for the thrill seekers. A great day out for all the family this festive season!

Accessible via all our city centre services.

Enlightened Leicester at Abbey Park opens from Thursday 16 November -  Sunday 24 December 

Take in the magical outdoor light trial at Abbey Park, which captures a mile long journey of interactive light installations that will mesmerise the eye! The route has been specially crafted, bringing creatures to life with some out of this world special effects, whilst igniting your imagination and stimulating your senses.

For more information, please visit:Enlightened Leicester - Visit Leicester

Accessible via 54 from the City Centre towards Beaumont Centre

Wheel of Light in Jubilee square opens from Friday 17 November – Sunday 7 January

The Wheel of Light returns to Leicester this year for the festive season! The illuminated big wheel offers breath taking views from the city centre, taking you up to 110 feet, lasting 10 minutes. No need to book ahead, you can buy tickets on the day at the ticket booth.

For more information, please visit: When Leicester's 2023 Christmas lights will be switched on - Leicestershire Live (

Accessible via all city centre services.

The FREE Santa in the square opens from Saturday 2 December – Saturday 23 December 

Take the little ones to see Santa for free at Town Hall Square, a plan that needs to be at the top of your festive plans. Your children will have the chance to see Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas in a wonderful winter wonderland grotto.

This event is part of the Leicester Christmas markets.

For more information, please visit: Leicester Christmas Market 2023 Events and Santa's Grotto (

Accessible via all our city centre services.

Ice Rink in Jubilee Square opens from Thursday 7 December – Sunday 7 January

What's more festive than grabbing a hot chocolate than going for a spot of ice skating? You can do both at the Ice rink in Jubilee Square as part of the Leicester Christmas market. The ice skating rink is fully covered, so you can enjoy some skating whatever the weather. The perfect festive activity for all the family.

For more information, please visit: Leicester Christmas Market 2023 Events and Santa's Grotto (

Accessible via all our city centre services.

Traditional Nativity Scene, 22nd November - 23rd December

Head to Town Hall Square and enjoy the traditional nativity scene. In the stable you'll find Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus. The scene is then brought to life with lights.

Accessible via all city centre services.

BID Light Installation - Emergence, 13th December - 23rd December 

Open from 12pm, lights up from 4pm - 10pm, located at The circle (bottom of New Walk)

An immersive audio-visual experience presented by BID Leicester and created by This is Loop. Emergence comes alive when darkness falls from 4pm. 

Accessible via all city centre services.

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