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Leicester set for biggest Christmas celebrations yet

Christmas may be seven weeks away but plans released by Leicester City Council show the celebrations this year are set to be the biggest so far, with an ice rink returning for the first time in nine years.

The rink, which will be next to the ‘wheel of light’ in Jubilee Square, will have a capacity of 170 skaters and will even have a roof to help protect it from potentially hazardous weather. Leicester has not boasted an ice rink since 2009.


The council have also announced that they have invested £50,000 into new decorations and lights, with more than 13,000 lamps set to illuminate the city.

New lights and decorations can be seen on Belvoir Street and Halford Street in the city centre.

The Clock Tower has also been given a festive makeover and a 50 foot Christmas tree has been placed adjacently, which is set to be decorated later this week.

Town Hall Square will also host some festivities and the Town Hall itself has been decorated with “Christmas Greetings”, welcoming all visitors.

The annual Christmas lights switch-on will take place on 23 November

Leicester City Mayor, Peter Soulsby, told Pukaar News:

“What they can expect is an absolute extravaganza and what the whole family can expect is fun.

“Leicester’s the place to be this Christmas, Leicester’s the place for excitement.”