Christmas in Leicester Square guide

Catch Mr. Claus and his trademark twinkles at Christmas in Leicester Square 2018

Christmas in Leicester Square
© David Jensen

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s setting up shop slap-bang in the middle of Leicester Square. The busy central London spot is not just a home for multiplex cinemas and M&M’s  World Store, oh no. Every year, a festive pop up appears right in its centre with a full on Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, stalls, food and drink, and festive entertainment curated by Udderbelly. Plan in advance and you can catch cabaret, burlesque and enough bauble-boasting drag shows to decorate a Christmas tree with. Look out for the regular glamour-disco-circus club night from Club Briefs (running until December 29), a show for all ages by Bras Carnival (until December 30) a drag tribute act like no other courtesy of Gals Aloud (until January 5). 

When is Christmas in Leicester Square 2018?

Christmas in Leicester Square is back for the third year in 2018. It runs until Sunday January 6 2019.

Where is Christmas in Leicester Square?

You can find it right the middle of central London's Leicester Square. Just follow the Christmas music. The nearest tube stations are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, the nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

Is there an entry fee? 

Entry to Christmas in Leicester Square is free, but tickets must be bought for selected events, including Santa's Grotto and some performances. 

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