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Leicester’s Wheel of Light returns for Christmas

Leicester's Jubilee Square is getting into the festive spirit as the Wheel of Light makes its return for Christmas.

The massive, illuminated Ferris wheel is open from today (Friday 11 Nov) and will be offering some unparalleled views of its city centre surroundings.

Each ride lasts for approximately eight to 10 minutes, in which riders will be lifted to a dizzying 110 feet.

The Wheel of Light will be open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am until 11pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 9pm.

There are 24 covered gondolas, each seating 6 people. Wheelchair access is available to one of the gondolas – assistance will be provided for anyone using this gondola. There’s no need to book ahead as tickets can be bought from the onsite booth.

Standard tickets are £7, tickets for small children (under 1.4m) are £5 and a family ticket (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) is £20.

The Christmas fun fair also makes it return to Humberstone Gate from today.

It all means the countdown to Christmas in Leicester is fully now properly under way with just a few days to go until the Christmas Lights Switch On celebration on Thursday 17 November.

This year’s event will run from 5pm until 8pm with entertainment and activities taking place at key locations around the city centre.

A countdown – played out on speakers across the city centre – will herald the switch-on of Leicester’s Christmas lights at 6.30pm.

The popular ice rink attraction at Jubilee Square will be open from Thursday 1 December until Monday 2 January.

For more information, and to pre-book skating tickets online, visit


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