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down with him for sto­ry­time.

The fun does not stop there, chil­dren will also have the op­por­tu­nity to meet and greet William the don­key amongst other fury friends and take it in turns to place their mag­i­cal key on the Zoo’s spe­cial tree ready for Santa to col­lect on Christ­mas Eve morn­ing.

Santa’s sleigh has been put up for fam­i­lies to cap­ture the spe­cial day by tak­ing a seat for a fam­ily selfie be­fore in­dulging in some fes­tive foods at the sea­son­ally dec­o­rated Hi­malaya restau­rant.

A spe­cial Sup­per with Santa ex­pe­ri­ence is also on of­fer for fam­i­lies want­ing to tuck into a tra­di­tional turkey din­ner with all the trim­mings while singing along to Christ­mas favourites with Santa and his elves.

All of the zoo’s fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, be­sides the sup­per ex­pe­ri­ence, will be free of charge for guests with a zoo ad­mis­sion ticket - which are also part of their ex­clu­sive no-non­sense ticket of­fer and can be pur­chased with a 30% dis­count when bought on­line.

Guests can en­joy the run up to Christ­mas sur­rounded by over 500 an­i­mals from now un­til De­cem­ber 31.

Mar­ket Bos­worth, Santa Fun Run,

De­cem­ber 2 With a lit­tle fun for all the fam­ily, Mar­ket Bos­worth’s Ro­tary Club is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents across the town to take part in the tra­di­tional Santa Fun Run.

On Sun­day De­cem­ber 2 the town hopes to be filled with San­tas of all shapes and sizes as par­tic­i­pants gather at Mar­ket Bos­worth Coun­try Park.

A do­na­tion from each mem­ber tak­ing part in the run will gain you en­try into the event and a santa suit of your own.

Once the run is com­plete the jolly man him­self will greet run­ners at his sleigh in the park as res­i­dents gather to watch the town’s Christ­mas tree light switch on, be­fore the big man heads to neigh­bour­ing vil­lages.

Santa and his sleigh will be at Mar­ket Bos­worth’s Mar­ket Square from 2pm till 7pm on Sun­day De­cem­ber 2 be­fore his jour­ney of spread­ing Christ­mas joy con­tin­ues.

To ap­ply to the Santa Fun Run visit the ro­tary web­site at www.mar­ket­bosworth.ro­tary­web.org or con­tact 01455 292616.

Burbage, Christ­mas tree sale,

De­cem­ber 8 and 9 The vil­lage of Burbage will be host­ing their 24th an­nual Christ­mas Tree sale and mar­ket to get you in the fes­tive spirit this De­cem­ber.

As well as a huge se­lec­tion of British Christ­mas trees to choose from, vis­i­tors will also be able to browse the stalls with lo­cal crafts and busi­ness folk sell­ing their wares.

Freshly cut Christ­mas trees, ar­ti­san Christ­mas gifts, cakes, flower dec­o­ra­tions, hot dogs and mulled wine will all be avail­able on the week­end of Satur­day De­cem­ber 8 and Sun­day

St Fran­cis Com­mu­nity Cente, Hinck­ley, Christ­mas wreath mak­ing work­shop. De­cem­ber 9 St Fran­cis Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is host­ing a Christ­mas wreath mak­ing work­shop - the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate your own all-nat­u­ral fes­tive wreath to dis­play in your home.

All ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided, with full guid­ance and a demon­stra­tion lead by Caro­line Forbes.

For ex­tra spe­cial cre­ations, par­tic­i­pa­tors are wel­come to take along their own fo­liage and dec­o­ra­tions to add their own unique spin on the tra­di­tional front door decor.

The £20 ticket cost in­cludes a hot drink and mince pie and book­ing for the work­shop is es­sen­tial.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from the St Fran­cis Cen­tre of­fice, via email at ad­min­st­[email protected]­cis­com.co.uk or on 01455 617185.

Those at­tend­ing the event should also bring along their own se­ca­teurs and gloves.

The work­shop will take place on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9 from 2.30pm till 4.30pm.

Hinck­ley, Christ­mas Carol sing-a-long, De­cem­ber 14 Churches To­gether and Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil are invit­ing res­i­dents to sing Christ­mas Car­ols around the tree this De­cem­ber.

Lo­cals are en­cour­aged to join in the fes­tive fun tak­ing place in the Mar­ket Place from 4pm on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14.

All are wel­come to at­tend and there is no join­ing fee, just sim­ply turn up ready to sing for Christ­mas.

Bri­tan­nia Cen­tre, Hinck­ley Santa’s Grotto, De­cem­ber 19 to 23 Santa’s Grotto will be mak­ing a re­turn to the Bri­tan­nia Cen­tre, Hinck­ley this Christ­mas cour­tesy of Hinck­ley BID. This year’s Santa hide­away will be dec­o­rated in the theme of the Con­cor­dia’s lead­ing pantomime Beauty and the Beast bring­ing a mag­i­cal fairy­tale twist to Christ­mas. All vis­i­tors will re­ceive a gift of at least £2 in value, with free en­try to un­der three’s and £2 for those over. The jolly man him­self will be greet-

Na­tional Space Cen­tre, Le­ices­ter Space day Santa spe­cial De­cem

ber 21 Have you ever won­dered how Christ­mas is cel­e­brated in space?

To con­clude the round-up of fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties the Na­tional Space Cen­tre is host­ing a spe­cial pre-Christ­mas space day, which may even fea­ture a visit from the jolly man him­self.

On Fri­day De­cem­ber 21 the cen­tre will be com­bin­ing sto­ries, songs and games as guests join the team to track Santa’s jour­ney as he be­gins to de­liver gifts to chil­dren all around the world.

Ru­mour has it that he may even make a spe­cial sched­uled stop on his trav­els to visit all of the young as­tro­nauts who have been track­ing him.

To book in for the small Space Day Santa Spe­cial visit the Na­tional Space Cen­tre’s web­site at https://space­cen­tre.co.uk/.

Whether you are choos­ing to stay home this Christ­mas, ven­ture out or join in with these ac­tiv­i­ties, there is no doubt that you will find your­selves some­thing to get you in the fes­tive spirit this De­cem­ber.

It is time to for­get the calo­ries, pick up the mince pies, in­dulge in choco­late and maybe even a warm­ing glass of mulled wine and sit back and en­joy the sounds of joy and laugh­ter.

Santa Fun Runs, three venues in aid of Loros. De­cem­ber 2 and 9 Hun­dreds of peo­ple dressed as Santa will be tak­ing part in a fun run to raise money for the Loros Hospice.

Or­gan­ised by lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs, the fun runs will be tak­ing place at three lo­ca­tions across the county.

There will be two events on Sun­day De­cem­ber 2 in both Lough­bor­ough and Lut­ter­worth and the fi­nal event in Mel­ton Mowbray on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9.

The runs are for all the fam­ily and can be walked or ran, with some peo­ple even bring­ing their furry four-legged friends to join in on the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The event will also have com­pe­ti­tions such as Best Dressed Fes­tive Pooch where prizes will be awarded to win­ners.

To find out more about the event and to sign up to one of the fun runs visit the web­site at www.loros.co.uk/ santa.

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