The start of December brings not only wooly jumpers and chapped lips but also marks the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year. A trip to the city centre at the weekend reminded me that the festive period has well and truly begun.
The Christmas lights are all up all around the town. The Lanes area and St Martins Square look particularly pretty and twinkly.
New Walk and the Cathedral
There’s a traditional Christmas market on New Market Square in the centre of town. It has lots of stalls selling everything from candles and scarves to mulled wine and food from around the world. It’s great to have a browse around on a chilly afternoon.
And why not pop into somewhere warm and cosy for a cup of tea and a mince pie? I would 100% recommend Delilah, a beautiful independent fine food and wine merchant with a shop and cafe/bar. This would be an ideal place to look for gifts as they sell an amazing range of high-quality food products and much more.
It’s also worth mentioning the Queens Road Christmas Market which was on Sunday 3rd. This was such a lovely market – all the stalls were run by local independent businesses and everything was hand-crafted/ethically sourced. I’m not normally one for buying things from markets but I ended up buying gifts for family and delicious food for lunch. Although it was only on for one day, don’t worry if you missed it because many of the stalls were run by businesses operating on the road so you can still buy products from the shops, for example Christopher James Delicatessen and Green & Pleasant (the raw chocolate from here is amazing – we came back again and again for the free samples!)
I’m now feeling very festive and can’t wait for the 25th. I hope you get the chance to experience some of the many Christmassy things going on in Leicester!