Leicester lights switch-on

Lights will be switched on in Leicester this evening, to start Christmas celebrations. Thousands are expected to see the switch-on at the new location of Humberstone Gate West.

Thousands gather at Leicester lights switch-on

Thousands gather as lights are switched on Credit: Pukaar News

Leicester's Christmas celebrations are underway as the festive lights have been switched on.

Thousands have gathered throughout the day, with festivities taking place across the city. The lights were switched on at 4.30pm.

The city will also be celebrating this week if it is successful in becoming the UK City of Culture 2017. The decision is due to be announced on Wednesday.

Read more: Leicester's City of Culture bid

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Camels lead procession across Leicester

Camels lead a procession across the city Credit: Pukaar News

Camels are leading a procession through Leicester city centre in preparation for the Christmas lights switch-on this evening.

Other costumes can also been seen in across the city, as thousands are expected to attend the event.

Ladies dressed as giant bells in Leicester Credit: Pukaar News

Leicester Christmas celebrations to be 'best ever'

Speaking ahead of the switching on of Leicester's Christmas lights this evening, councillor Piara Singh Clair believes this years festive celebrations in the city will be the best ever.

Leicester's Christmas festivities are set to be the best we have ever had.

The city council has pulled out all the stops to ensure our traditional celebrations are even more spectacular than usual, with a camel-led procession through the city and a brand new stage event in Humberstone Gate.

And our bid to be UK City of Culture in 2017 has inspired businesses and artists in the Cultural Quarter to develop their own new celebrations for families to enjoy

Read more: Leicester's City of Culture bid

Leicester Christmas lights switch-on this evening

Camels are paraded Credit: Pukaar News

Lights will be switched on in Leicester this evening, to start Christmas celebrations. Thousands are expected to see the switch-on at the new location of Humberstone Gate West.

This evening's festivities have already begun, including camels being shown off in the city centre.

Crowds are already gathering for the lights switch-on this evening Credit: Pukaar News

The event comes in the week that the city will find out if it will become UK City of Culture 2017, with the announcement due to be made on Wednesday.

Read more: Leicester's City of Culture bid

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