Ashby De La Zouch Christmas Fair 2018, Sat 1 Dec
Let the smell of festive and fresh mince piece tempt you to indulge a little more. Shop till you drop and buy gorgeous food, arts, crafts and gifts. There will be entertainment, a range of rides and live music.
Festive Fair, Lower Market street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1AF
Advent at Bradgate Torch Light Procession and Carols, Sat 1 Dec
Join us on this gentle stroll through the Park by torch light. The procession will depart from the Newtown Linford Car Park through to the Park to the Bradgate House Ruins. Enjoy some warming refreshment and mince pies in the chapel along with joining in with the Christmas carols. Tickets Adult £5.00 Child £2.50 (under 16yrs). 5pm -6.30-pm.
Nevil Holt Opera Concerts, Sat 1 – Sun 2 Dec
Nevill Holt Opera brings you this classic masterpiece performed by its starry young artists and outstanding artistic partners the Britten Sinfonia for Handel’s Messiah which will be lit up with candles on Saturday evening and on Sunday enjoy an afternoon concert a stellar group of top international soloists come together to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios, C minor Op.66 and D minor Op.49, in the stunning acoustic of the Nevill Holt Opera Theatre.
Nevill Holt Opera, Nevill Holt Hall, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8EG
Snowman Hunt, Bosworth Battlefield, Sat 1 Dec
Enjoy this fun event with the kids this year. Simply collect a sheet from the Ticket Office and go on the hunt while exploring the Heritage Centre and Country Park to find the festive residents. Return your completed form to The Ticket Office to claim your Reward. Cost: £2.00 per child.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park, Leicestershire, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD
Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair, Leicester, Sat 1 Dec – Sun 2 Dec
The medieval Guildhall will be holding its annual festive fair with stalls showcasing local crafts and artists, with a wide range of treasures to inspire you this Christmas. Food available throughout the day. Children can enjoy trails and crafts throughout the weekend. Admission is £1 for adults, no charge for children.
Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE1 5FQ
Christmas Wheel of Light, Leicester until 7 Jan 2019
Leicester’s Wheel of Light returns to Jubilee Square, bringing extra fun to the festive season. Dare you rise up to a dizzying 110 feet to enjoy Jubilee Square and beyond in one of the gondolas? Tickets are available on the door starting at £4 for children / concessions and £5 for adults. Family tickets are also available.
Jubilee Square, Leicester, Leicester, LE1 3LY
Small Space Santa Special, National Space Centre, Leicester, 21 Dec
Track santa as he sets off delivering presents to children all over the world! He will be making a stop at the Space Centre so get ready to be excited and he’ll be bringing Mrs Clause with him! Enjoy carols, songs, games and more. Ideal for under 5s and there will also be a grotto for the mudlets to visit and enjoy.
National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Santa Grotto, Hinckley 19- 23 Dec
Meet Santa and his elves in a grotto created by the talented people from The Concordia Theatre who have helped build this magical grotto. Entry £2 and each child will receive a small gift.
Britannia Centre Hinckley, LE10 1DB
Winter Wonderland, Twinlakes, until 24 Dec
Get your skates on and enjoy a festive theme park filled ith all the usual rides, attractions as well as Santa’s grotto, travel through the fairy tale forest, ride the Polar Express to meet the man in his cosy log cabin.
Twinlakes, Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4SB
Winter Wonderland, Tropical Bird Centre, Desford, until 23 Dec
Take a magical stroll to Santa’s Grotto while visiting all his furry and fairy friends along the way. Selected dates check the website for more details.
Tropical Bird Centre, Lindridge Ln, Desford, Leicester LE9 9GN
Wrap up warm and get ready for a silly Elf adventure as you arrive at the Waterside Winter Wonderland, where Santa’s chief Elf and his team will lead you through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas lights to discover Santa’s Woodland Grotto. This is your chance to tell Santa that you have been good, and fingers crossed, he may share some pre-Christmas presents. Don’t miss the singing reindeers.
Visit Conkers, Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire DE12 6GA.
Beauty and the Beast Loughborough Town Hall, Sat 24 Nov – Sun 6 Jan 2019
Belle is ready to start a new chapter and find some adventure. However her friend Idle Jacques and his mum, Betty the local bell ringer get more than they bargained for when they find themselves trapped inside the enchanted castle of a mysterious beast. Will true love conquer all? Expect shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun for this brand new furry-tail adventure.
Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB
Beaumanor Hall, Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea, Dec 15
Enjoy a warm and welcoming tea in Beaumanor’s beautiful hall. Enjoy tasty food and a glass of mulled wine on arrival. Lots of tasty sandwiches to choose from including ham glazed with honey and piccalilli, roast turkey and apricot stuffing, stilton and celery, mini quiches before feasting on mini snowball mousse, brandy snap filled with Cointreau and ginger cream, mini Stollen and more. £21.95 per person. 12pm sitting on 15 Dec only.
Beaumanor Hall, Beaumanor Dr, Woodhouse, Loughborough LE12 8TX
Christmas Ice Rink. Jubilee Square, 6 Dec – 6 Jan
Skate on our spectacular real ice rink, whatever the weather and this year it’s much bigger! From 11am daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Buy tickets here or from Visit Leicester, Gallowtree Gate in the city.
Jubilee Square, Leicester LE1 4LD
The Nutcracker, Century Theatre, Coailville, Fri 14 Dec
The popularity of the Vienna Festival Ballet has been endorsed by the fact that they are invited back to venues again and again and this is their third visit to the Century Theatre. With its exquisite costume, music and faultless ballet, expect a memorable evening.
Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN
Casino Nights, Kavanagh’s Tea Room, Oakham, Fri 14 Dec
Ideal for Christmas parties and priced at £38.95 and includes professional casino tables with croupier, glass of sparkling on arrival and a gorgeous range of canapés.
Kavangha’s Tea Room, 2 Church St, Oakham LE15 6DR
Christmas at the Castle Oakham Castle Dec 22
Traditional festive cheer returns to Oakham Castle at this Dickensian inspired Christmas weekend. Santa will be back with real reindeer and once inside, you’ll be transported to Victorian parlour. Expect games and old fashioned toys to play with beneath the glittering real tree, mulled wine, crafts and plenty of things to dress up in. A nostalgic trip into a bygone world all set in the stunning medieval Great Hall. 10am – 2.30pm.
Oakham Castle, Castle Grounds, Market Pl, Oakham LE15 6DR
Taste Harborough, Taste Treasure Trail, Dec 8
Come out to this family fun day to enjoy local food and drink and samples from local businesses as well as participate in an adventure around Market Harborough to collect treasure clues and goodies along the way. Children will receive a Christmas hat and goodie bag. Tickets cost £4 and can be purchased at multiple locations.
The Great Brick Safari, Twycross Zoo, until 7 Jan 2019
Lego fans must visit the zoo over the festive period and catch more than 70 life-sized LEGO® brick animals along the safari. Made from nearly 900,000 LEGO® bricks and taking over 7,500 hours to build, discover this interactive safari experience PLUS lots of surprises along the way, including a LEGO Brick Pit, Make & Take Activities and of course some Selfie Spots.
Twycoss Zoo, Atherstone, Leicestershire, CV9 3PX
Santa Steam Trains, Loughborough, Sat 24 Nov – Mon 24 Dec
This year, Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on a classic steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself. Cost from £16.
Great Central Railway PLC, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW
Santa’s Grotto, Uppingham, until 24 Dec
Visit Santa on his sleigh and enjoy a A really personal experience with Santa where children get to sit Santa’s sleigh and be given a special present. Stroll through an enchanted winter wonderland and say hello to the reindeer before visiting Santa and his cheeky elves. £11.99 per child and includes a gift from Santa’s Toyshop. Accompanying adults free.
Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 7QB