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FRI 7 DEC - SUN 9 DEC 2019.

Santa Steam Trains, Loughborough, until 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

Festive Family Fun Run, Hinckley, Sat 8- Sun 9 Dec

The fun run starts at 11am but get in the spirit from 10.30am.  Everyone welcome and festive fancy dress or festive jumper makes it more fun! Medals for the winners and more prizes for the best dressed!

Market Place, Hinckley, LE10 1NU

Gingerbread Workshop, Oakham, Sun 9 Dec

Award-winning Kavanagh’s Tea Room in Oakham is hosting a wonderfully festive gingerbread workshop! It sounds and looks amazing people. Create a gingerbread house, dancy canes, powdered sugar, glitter, gum trees and jelly candles! Corr blimey! Get registering asap. 11am – 1pm. £23.95 includes lunch.

Kavanagh’s Tea Room, 2 Church St, Oakham LE15 6DR

Open Studio, StudionAme, Leicester, Sat 8 Dec

Discover 30+ local artists under one roof and all your unique Christmas gift needs here at StudionAme. Meet the artists, treat someone, add to your collection from the many stalls and marvel in a group
exhibition in our gallery space with music and refreshments.

StudionAme, 2 Brougham street, LE1 2BA Leicester, United Kingdom

Beaumanor Hall’s Winter Fair, Sat 8 Dec 

Enjoy a jam-packed, festive weekend for the whole family to enjoy including food, drink and gift stalls, tasty festive street food and drink, Santa’s grotto, live Christmas music and even a gingerbread House competition.

Beaumanor Hall

Christmas Ice Rink. Jubilee Square, Thur 6 Dec – 6 Jan

Skate on our spectacular real ice rink, whatever the weather. From 11am daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Buy tickets via website (below) or from Visit Leicester, Gallowtree Gate in the city.

Christmas Ice Rink, Jubilee Square, Leicester LE1 4LD

Winter Wonderland, Visit Conkers, Swadlincote, from Sat 8 Dec 

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.

Taste Harborough, Taste Treasure Trail, Sat 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.

Taste Harborough

Santa in the Square, New Market Square, Leicester, Sat 8 Dec – 23 Dec

This fantastic free experience will help make Christmas a really memorable one this year. Visit a beautifully decorated Christmas grotto in the heart of Leicester city centre, complete with a five-metre tall Christmas tree which will signpost a route of trees leading to the man himself. Whilst visiting, children can post their letters to Father Christmas in his post box or hand them over when speaking to him in his grotto. Check website for timings. Visit website for more info.

Leicester Market

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

Cinderella, Century Theatre, Thur 6 Dec – Sun 9 Dec 

Bullied by her two Ugly Sisters, Cinderella’s future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the ball. How will the Prince ever find her when she flees at midnight, leaving behind a single glass slipper? Roll up in your pumpkins and enjoy this magical fairytale.

Century Theatre, Snibston, Ashby Rd, Coalville LE67 3LN. Ticket office: 01530 278444

Melton Theatre, Dick Whittington, until 8 Dec

Catch the family fave and follow Dick Whittington and his cat on his journey to London to seek his fortune.

Melton Theatre, Asfordby Road Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ

White Christmas, Curve, Leicester, Thur 6 Dec – Sun 13 Jan 2019

Based on the Paramount Pictures film of the same name starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, White Christmas tells the story of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis and their successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route for their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army commander.

Curve, Rutland Street, LE1

The Enormous Present, Curve, Leicester, Sat 8 Dec

A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside?

Curve, Rutland Street, LE1

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