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Why you should choose Park & Ride for the big switch-on on Thursday.

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Picture by Leicester Media - Leicester 2018

People travelling into the city centre on Thursday for the switch on of Leicester’s Christmas lights are reminded that there’s a late-night Park & Ride service this year.

Operating from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse, the services will run every 15 minutes on Thursday (21 November), with the last buses leaving the city centre at 9pm.

Tickets are just £4 for the return bus journey to the city centre for a car-full of people – that’s up to five people per car.

Last years Video by Leicester Media

Parking is free, and free WiFi is available on all buses.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for environment and transportation, said: “Using the Park & Ride service is a very cost-effective way of getting the whole family or a group of friends to the city centre, but it also helps reduce the number of cars on our roads.

“We’ve got lots going on in Leicester city centre on Thursday and, thanks to the special late-night Park & Ride services, you won’t miss a thing.

“Leave the car out of town, and let the bus take you straight to the heart of the city centre where you’ll be able to enjoy a ride on the big wheel, a free outdoor screening of Elf, some fantastic street food and – of course – the big switch-on itself.”

The Birstall, Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse services are jointly run by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.

Extended Park & Ride services will also be operating in the run-up to Christmas - and there will be a special service on Boxing Day from all three sites.

In addition, there will be a Park & Ride service on every Sunday in December.

More information is available on the Leicester Park & Ride website

A summary of events taking place in Leicester on Thursday 21 November is set out below:

21 November: Christmas Lights switch-on: Sponsored by Octopus Energy.

Humberstone Gate and the Clock Tower

Enjoy entertainment from the Platforms, 4th Avenue, Gareth John and a special performance by Blue’s Antony Costa on the main stage on Humberstone Gate.

5pm-8pm (Lights on at 6.30pm)

21 November: Christmas Canteen. New Market Square

Enjoy tasty food and drink from some top local businesses. Bar available.

12 noon – 10.30pm (Christmas carols at 6.30pm)

21 November: Elf. New Market Square

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of our favourite Christmas film, suitable for all the family.


From 21 November: Traditional nativity scene and Woodland Tales. Town Hall Square.

See the story of Christmas and an animated tableau scene under the festive lights in Leicester’s historic Town Hall Square

21 November: Winter Galactical. St Peter’s Square, Highcross.

Join Titan the Robot, Boogie Storm and the HighHeeled Spaceships in St Peter’s Square for some intergalactic fun


Visit Leicester. Gallowtree Gate. Open until 8pm on Thursday (21 November).

Pop in and make switch-on night savings on our beautiful hand-painted glass baubles. Leicester Christmas Skyline baubles are just £10 on 21 November (normal price £15).

Now open: The Wheel of Light. Jubilee Square.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Leicester’s Christmas lights from our 110-ft Ferris wheel.

Daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until 6 January.

Family ticket £15 (4 people); adults £5; concessions £4.

11am-9pm Mon-Thurs; 11am-11pm Fri-Sat; 12noon-9pm Sun.

More information about what’s on in Leicester this Christmas is available at


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