SHOP: Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair, Leics, 30 Nov – 1 Dec
Bringing together 20 amazing makers, designers and illustrators specially selected to create the perfect, intimate, Christmas shopping weekend experience in the city centre. Expect to see the likes of RARE FOLK, Eve and Fox, Pippa Jayne, Hannah Mills and more – get there early to score a free goodie bag! Bonus!
FESTIVE: Food Gusto Christmas Fair, Ashby, 30 Nov – 1 Dec
You’ll struggle not to treat yourself with something yummy as you make your way around this food-centred Christmas market! There’s nothing to feel guilty about though, as you’ll still find plenty to fill your friends and families’ Christmas stockings from the plethora of options available from local and regional producers and artisans. Sat 10:30am – 5pm, Sun 10.30am- 4.30pm, entry is free.
COMEDY: The Scummy Mummies Show, The Y Theatre, 1 Dec
Based on the hit podcast and best-selling book of the same name, comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn celebrate the ‘scummier’ side of parenting – from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Parents will be sure to be able to commiserate and laugh together at this unmissable show. And if you’re not a parent, you’ll still be able to enjoy the show and, better yet, leave a little more smug about your life choices. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £17.
FESTIVE: Museum Shop Sunday, National Space Centre, 1 Dec
Collaborating with local independent makers, the National Space Centre is hosting a festive market with a hands-on twist. Families can participate in ‘maker sessions’ – from creating their own foil prints to making solar system bracelets. Market stalls will feature Daisy D Crochet, Maybe Moor’s Steampunk and geek jewellery, Loughborough’s Ohh Deer stationary and more.
FESTIVE: Christmas Tree Switch On, Oakham, Dec 1
As promised, there are still plenty of festive lights switch ons in case you missed them last weekend. See Oakham’s own Christmas tree get switched on at 5pm – but get to the market place earlier to enjoy the buzz of crafts stalls and the Show Choir performance. From 2-5pm.
FESTIVE: Jubilee Square Ice Rink, Leics from 5 Dec
The rink will have a clear roof so skaters can show off their best moves come rain or shine, plus a new feature this year is an outdoor ice trail. The Jubilee Square experience is crowned by the magnificent Wheel of Light soaring above the skaters giving people the best view of the city’s lights. On Thursday 5 December 5pm – 8pm and Friday 6 December 11am – 8pm skaters for just £5.
BALLET: The Vienna Festival Ballet: Snow White, Century Theatre, 5 Dec
The Queen of a far away land, obsessed with her own beauty, relies on her enchanted mirror to tell her that she is the fairest of all. When the Queen is shown her youthful stepdaughter Snow White in the mirror, she hates her. To make things worse, the Queen loves the Huntsman but he is in love with Snow White and is ordered to kill her. How will it end?
FESTIVE: Santa in the Square, Leics, from 7 Dec
A wonderful chance for children and families to meet Father Christmas for free at his beautifully decorated Christmas grotto in New Market Square. Mon – Sat 11am – 6pm and Sun until 4pm.
FESTIVE: Victorian Christmas Weekend – Stonehurst Farm, 7-8 Dec
A really popular event, the annual Victorian Christmas weekend will feature stalls, gifts, food tasting, carols, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, a live nativity scene, a brass band, children’s fair rides and of course, Santa. The event will run from 10am until 7pm on Saturday, and from 10am until 5pm on Sunday. Adult £5.00, children under 16 free. Visit to Father Christmas, including gift, £12.
SHOP: Winter Makers Market, St Martin’s Walk, Leics, 8 Dec
The perfect indie shopping event run by Realms of Rummage. The event will be held across three venues: St Martin’s Coffee Shop, Tonne bar and NADA. Grab the kids and enjoy festive food from Crafty and St Martin’s, festive drinks from Tonne, and Christmas music from a local carol singers. Fill your bags will gifts from creative makers across the county and beyond. From 10am.
SHOP: Bowden Makers Market, Bowden, Great Bowden Village Hall, Market Harbs, 7 Dec
Shop small this season. Kick off your shopping at this lovely little event where you can pick up Christmas gifting and stationery, homewares, rugs, jewellery, plants, ceramics, skincare and more. From 1-5pm.
MUSIC: Leicester Jazz House, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leics, 7 Dec
The collaboration between John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe has created an outstanding album, Join them in this musical medley. 8pm – 10:30pm (Doors: 7pm). Tickets from £12.
KIDS: The Muppet Christmas Carol, Leicester Guildhall 8 Dec
Enjoy this classic family film in the beautiful surroundings of the medieaval Guildhall, with a real roaring fire and a glass of mulled wine (or hot chocolate!) and let the Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Tickets: £5 pp Book in advance to avoid disappointment : 0116 2532569
KIDS: The Jungle Book, Oakham Castle, 11 Dec
Raised by wolves since birth, young man-cub, Mowgli is forced to leave his jungle home when he is threatened by Shere Khan, a terrifying tiger. Arriving in a human village, the young man cub is seemingly safe, until he meets Shere Khan again. Full of live music, comedy, puppetry and energy, this production explores the themes of growing up and staying true to yourself. £8.50 Adults £6 Children £25 Family Ticket – 2 Adults, 2 Children. Suitable for 6 years+.
THEATRE: Giraffes Can’t Dance, Curve, 9-31 Dec
Based on the number one best-selling picture book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Gerald the Giraffe longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but he can’t dance. With a little help from a little friend, Gerald discovers his rhythm – because sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song! Tickets from £10.
THEATRE: Scrooge, Uppingham Theatre, 14- 15 Dec
Enjoy Dickens’ seasonal masterpiece that brings a myriad of characters to life through a powerful plot of redemption and change, which will lift your spirits during this festive season of hope. An amateur production.\
FESTIVE: Family Festivities, Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland 15 Dec
Put on your Christmas jumpers and join in with a family festive day of Christmas crafts, cupcake decorating, festive activities and a delicious afternoon tea (optional) for you and the children. If you do not fancy an afternoon tea then why don’t you just join in with the crafts.
KIDS: Fafunia: Snowy Stories, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leices, 22 Dec
Spend time in the magical land of Fafunia – an interactive puppetry and storytelling experience where anything is possible. Explore a forest of fairies during Autumn, or come and play in a Winter wonderland of snowflakes and stars.
BALLET: Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Y Theatre, 12 Dec
Princess Rose has been cursed by a wicked fairy who was not invited to her christening. Will she find her Prince? Follow the mystic Wigarna through the story.
THEATRE: Partyland featuring Take Off That, Haymarket Theatre, 13 Dec
Live music from ‘Take Off That’ followed by a chance to dance the night away to music from Funktion Junction party band. Featuring a host of your favourite Take That tracks and songs to get you on your feet are packed into an evening of festive entertainment. Doors open at 7pm, music from 8pm.
Follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz. This two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet. Tickets from £12.
SHOP: Festive Feast and Craft Market, Hinckley, 15 Dec
Fill up your bags and your tummy with a delicious array of food including sweet and savoury crepes, cakes, churros, gourmet pies, jams, chutneys, waffles pizza, brownies and more all washed down with mulled wine and cider. There will also be plenty to shop, plus live performances and even a stilt-walking santa. From 10.30am in Market Place.
THEATRE: Dick Whittington, Coalville, 14- 15 Dec
Dick Whittington features an array of great songs, stunning choreography, sparkly scenery and fabulous costumes. An original, laugh-a-minute script filled with audience participation, goodies, baddies and singing and dancing. Letitia George from The Voice as The Fairy. Tickets £8-£12. On Sat 14th Dec at 7.30pm there is a special ‘Adults Only’ (over 18’s) version – expect a raunchy and naughty evening starring the notorious West End Dame, Jade Justine. There will be festive cocktails and nibbles and a fantastic PRIZE for the best dressed, as judged by Dame Jade herself.
PANTO: Aladdin, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 14 Dec – 5 Jan 2020
Aladdin, with his mother Widow Twankey, works long hours in the family laundry. His life takes a dramatic turn one day when his long-lost uncle, Abanazar, appears and helps him find an ancient lamp from a cave full of treasure. Do you know the rest of the story? Not like this you don’t! Join us for this traditional family pantomime full of songs, laughter, fun, baddies, silliness – and lots of custard pies. Starring Sam Bailey, Antony Costa plus BBC Radio Leicester’s Martin Ballard and Paul Burling from Britain’s Got Talent. Tickets from £14 – £28.50.
FESTIVE: Christmas tea with Santa, Manor Farm from 18 Dec
Enjoy afternoon tea with Santa this Christmas plus a visit to Santa’s Grotto. Children will receive a small gift from Santa’s sack. Children £9, including hot and cold buffet tea* and a cup of squash. Adults £7, also including hot and cold buffet*. Mulled wine will be available to purchase at an additional cost.
FESTIVE: Santa’s Grotto, Hinckley, 18 – 22 Dec
Santa is flying all the way in from Lapland with his little helpers – they are flying all the way to to their amazing magical Grotto at Britannia Centre. £2 entry per child with free admission to under 3’s. No booking necessary so please just come along.
SHOP: Small Space Santa Special, National Space Centre, 20 Dec
Santa will be making a scheduled stop at the National Space Centre for a special Small Space day for all our youngest astronauts. A Santa Session ticket includes a visit to the Grotto and an age appropriate gift. There will be crafts activities, sing-a-long sessions, a tiny planetarium and the chance to dance and play in the snow.
National Space Centre
THEATRE: The Story of Amy Winehouse, Y Theatre, 23 Dec
Taking the audience on a journey through three albums worth of material, including collaborations with the likes of Tony Bennett, Paul Weller, Mark Ronson and The Specials, expect an informative, yet entertaining and fun show delivered by vocally strong Leah Govier, and her band, as they pay homage to Amy Winehouse.
RACING: Festive Race Day, Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, 28 Dec
Afternoon racing followed by live music from not one but three tribute acts to Spice Girls, Pink & Bruno Mars. From £15.