Light up your visit with 3 must-see Diwali events in Leicester

Diwali is one of the most important days in the annual calendar for millions of people across the globe. This year, the Festival of Lights will radiate across Leicester once again to celebrate our collective victory over darkness.

If you’re in the city during the festivities, why not add these 3 must-see Diwali events to your calendar?

1. Diwali Lights Switch On (29th October)

Diwali fireworks in LeicesterTo kick off your Diwali celebrations in Leicester, heading down to the annual Diwali Lights Switch on is a must – especially since this year marks its 40th anniversary. Hosted on Belgrave Road in the city centre, the event is expected to attract over 40,000 people and will feature a vibrant programme of attractions, suitable for the whole family. The Diwali Village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground is set to feature fun fair rides and refreshment stalls to keep you going throughout the day’s festivities. Experience authentic music and dance recitals, plus a Rangoli exhibition at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre ahead of the switch on. And don’t forget the final act – a firework display like no other! Celebrations will begin at 3pm and continue until 9pm, so make sure to wrap up and prepare to party.

2. Wheel of Light (13th October – 12th November)

Leicester Wheel of Light for DiwaliIf you’re ready to elevate your celebrations to new heights, why not take a spin on Leicester’s Diwali Wheel of Light? Returning to Belgrave Road for another year of family fun, this sparkling attraction is the perfect way to kick off the party. Visitors to the wheel will get the chance to journey up to 110 feet and take in unrivalled views of Leicester’s Golden Mile, as well as the wider skyline. Ideal for families, couples and groups, the Wheel of Light will run from 12th October until 12th November.

3. Diwali Day (12th November)

Diwali festivalIt’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Diwali Day 2023. Commencing 12th November on Leicester’s Golden Mile, this year’s 40th anniversary celebrations are a must-experience if you’re in the city. Visitors will be able to enjoy a diverse programme of music and dance on Belgrave Road’s main stage, as well as an incredible aerial fireworks display to light up the night. New additions this year will include light-up Ancient Giants roaming the streets, authentic rickshaws, lantern processions and live entertainment across a series of stages. And as if that wasn’t enough, the city’s Diwali Village will remain open throughout the celebrations with food stalls, family-friendly rides, light installations and more.

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