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Christmas in Leicester 2021 is a chance to enjoy festive fun once again with family, friends and colleagues and experience the joy of the festive season. Shopping locally will help all our businesses and keep choice and diversity on Leicester’s high street.

The shops will be brimming with Christmas gifts and the many restaurants, cafés and bars provide a welcome break from all that hectic retail therapy. Look out for all the new names that have opened in the city centre since this time last year.


Christmas isn’t Christmas without some retail therapy. Discover independent shops in St. Martins Square and The Lanes where you can pick up the perfect gift or head for Highcross where you’ll find all your favourite high street stores and designer brands. Haymarket Shopping has big brand names and exciting independent retailers plus head to Leicester Market for all your seasonal essentials.

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Feast in style this Christmas with Leicester’s fantastic array of restaurants. Whether you have a taste for something traditional or want your palette to travel further afield, you can travel the word from your plate.

The old town is the perfect place to start your journey, with Argentinian fare and Feliz Navidad on offer at Sonrisa, incredible steaks at Middletons, and everything from Indian Street Food and Thai to genuinely brilliant gelato in St Martin’s Square.

Refuel with coffee and cake after a hectic shop in one of the city’s many fantastic cafés, and as the day turns into night, then you’d be crazy not to pop into one of the city’s many pubs, bars or cocktail lounges. Treat yourself, you deserve it!


If you’re looking for a merry and bright Christmas then Leicester is the place. Thousands of lights are illuminating the streets with a beautifully decorated 50ft Christmas tree that takes pride of place next to the Clock Tower. Don’t miss the city’s traditional nativity scene and a festive display and new for this year an augmented reality feature bringing fictional characters to life!

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Discover the new shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels and leisure offers this Christmas.   The city centre is a hive of activity with over 50 new businesses open or due to open shortly.   Here are just a few but keep checking back as we will be highlighting more new businesses over the festive season.

The Gresham is now open!   The former Fenwick Grade II listed building on Market Street has been beautifully restored into am 121 room aparthotel, workspace and is home to the Black Iron Social restaurant.  Market St also welcomes Leicester Contemporary Art Gallery, Cocoa by Ali, Bradders and Olivia’s Townhouse.

Exciting new opening in Highcross include Ted Baker and Hamleys pop-up toy store, Wok Indo and not one but two new beauty clinics, Therapie Clinic and Laser Clinics.

Old Town is buzzing day and night with great new food offers from Sonrisa restaurant and bar ‘Where the soul of Buenos Aires meets the heart of Leicester’, PAI pizzas, 45 West and Tonne under new ownership and St Martin’s Square’s very own independent book shop, Fox Books.


There’s plenty more to do in Leicester, whether you want to relax or try something a little more exciting. If it’s culture you’re after then our museums and galleries have some amazing shows and exhibitions both festive and not so festive.

If you’re looking to reduce a little of that stress you’ve built up pounding the streets, then pop into East Street Lanes, Caddyshackers or Lane 7 for some mini golf, bowling or pool.

Look out for details of our Christmas in Leicester competition over £3,500 worth of prizes!

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