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Ferris wheel in Leicester as the city celebrates Diwali and Christmas

Around three weeks to go until thousands of fireworks light up the East Midlands' night sky for Diwali. Leicester is already home to some of the biggest celebrations outside of India and the city's newest attraction for the big party is now in place.

This 110-foot Leicester Wheel of Light is now on Belgrave Road ahead of thousands of Diwali well-wishers coming to the area. Diwali itself is on the November 11, with an annual lights switch-on event on November 1.

The wheel will stay in Leicester for Christmas celebrations too.

Read: Guide to this year's Diwali celebrations in Leicester

Leicester 'Wheel of Light' to celebrate Diwali and Christmas

The giant ferris wheel is part of Leicester's Christmas and Diwali celebrations Credit: Leicester City Council

A Ferris wheel measuring more than 100 feet tall will form part of Leicester's Christmas and Diwali celebrations this year.

The attraction, dubbed the 'Leicester Wheel of Light', features twenty four pods and will be lit up at night to provide a focal point for the festivities.

The council has applied for planning permission to site the big wheel in two locations:

  • A site off Belgrave Road from the start of half-term on Friday October 16, through to the end of Diwali on Sunday November 15.
  • Jubilee Square in time for the switch-on of the city’s Christmas lights on Sunday November 22, staying there until Saturday January 2.
The wheel will be lit up at night Credit: Leicester City Council

“It will add to the wonderful atmosphere that’s created at these events, and give visitors a birds-eye view of the colourful Diwali and Christmas lights that will adorn the Belgrave Road and the city centre from November through to the New Year”.

– Councillor Piara Singh-Clair, Assistant City Mayor for Culture, Leisure and Sport


Diwali Day celebrations in Leicester

The annual Diwali parade on Leicester's Belgrave Road Credit: ITV News Central

Celebrations will be held later for Diwali Day in Leicester. Festivities are taking place in Cossington Street Recreation Ground.

Diwali celebrations in Leicester attract around 35,000 people from across the country. They are among the biggest outside the Indian subcontinent.

A Diwali firework display Credit: ITV News Central

"Diwali really shows Leicester at its best, and are a real treat for anyone, especially those who have never experienced the spectacle for themselves."

– Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor and chair of the Diwali working party

Diwali celebrations in Birmingham

Diwali is being celebrated in Birmingham today Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Hindu Council of Birmingham are gearing up for Diwali celebrations in the city today. There will be stalls, exhibitions and entertainment and around 100,000 people are expected to attend, including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

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Thousands attend Diwali celebrations in Leicester

Leicester's Belgrave Road last night Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of people attended Leicester's Diwali celebrations last night. Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Thousands gather in Leicester to celebrate Diwali Credit: ITV News Central

Last night's celebrations saw Belgrave Road, the city's Golden Mile, closed to traffic as thousands of people from all faiths and cultures take to the shops and restaurants before a firework display in Cossington Park.

Last-minute rehearsals as Diwali Day celebration looms

After weeks of preparation and rehearsals, the curtain is almost ready to rise on tonight's Diwali Day celebration in Leicester.

ITV News Central was invited to see some of the last-minute preparations take place.

Traditional dancers celebrate Diwali Credit: ITV News Central

Many people headed to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, to light candles and pray, while others rehearsed speeches, designed crafts and enjoyed live music as part of the annual festival.

Thousands of people have been visiting Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
Candles are lit as part of the religious celebrations Credit: ITV News Central
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