Cirque de Lumiere, translated as ‘Circus of Light’, promises an incredible Christmas Party experience not to be missed. A hair-raising fusion of elite acro-skill and mesmerising production brings an immersive experience to Leicester this Christmas.

What to Expect

An incredible evening of entertainment



Leicester’s flagship venue

City centre location

Professional event security

Free cloakroom

Designated taxi pick up / drop off point

2 minute walk from the train station



Spectacular ’Cirque de Lumiere’ theme

Aerial acrobatics

Professional dance troops

Fairground attractions

Disco & professional DJ

After dinner entertainment*



Delicious canapé reception

3-course seated dinner

Fresh coffee & chocolate truffles

Midnight breakfast



Only premium brands

Beautifully themed main bars

Professional cocktail bar*

Table service for wine orders during your meal


*These items are optional – there will be a small charge on the evening
**After dinner entertainment – all profits are donated to our chosen charity, The NSPCC
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Cirque de Lumiere 2021



“The phrase ‘Cirque de Lumiere’, translated as ‘Circus of light’, pays tribute to the skill and innovative displays of a superbly talented cast, seamlessly supported by a spectacular light show… Welcome to Cirque!

As you approach the iconic venue the hairs on your neck begin to rise. An electric atmosphere radiates around you as you suddenly catch glimpses of the incredible world awaiting. Bizarre stilt creatures stand next to beautifully snowed Christmas trees lining the entrance lit in glistening blues and emerald greens, as sporadic beams of crisp light flash overhead. Uplifting music fills the air as you are welcomed warmly inside to meet friends and colleagues.

As the full enormity of the mesmerising venue presents itself before you, your mind begins to race deciding where to venture first. Giant walls twinkle with thousands of lights, while a number of striking bars offer traditional local beers, spirits and crisp wines. The cocktails & champagne bar promises something different, with barmen concocting specially designed cocktails shaped before your eyes, while smartly dressed waiters and waitresses walk around the room offering tasty canapes to all.

Suddenly the room is plunged into darkness. Beautifully clad, lithe dancers dressed in mesmerising costumes slowly become visible on raised platforms throughout the bar.


Performers attempt mind-defying contortions as sharp beams of magical light continue to dance around the room.

As you take your seats for a delicious dinner, your eyes are drawn to the main stage where the night’s entertainment gathers pace. Aerial acrobats clad in iridescent costumes and brightly coloured body paint drop from high above your head to the gasps of guests, while creatures appear from the shadows to amaze with defying strength and poise!

As dinner reaches its climax, the atmosphere intensifies once again and promises much more into the small hours; the music instantly gathers pace as the dance floor floods with those of you keen to take advantage of old time classics and modern day hits. A chocolate fountain begins to flow, casino tables open and fairground stalls begin to ply their trade. While some take coffee and chocolates in a quieter area, the dance floor beckons for those disco bunnies with boundless energy and whose night is still young!

As midnight approaches breakfast rolls are served against the vista of twinkling lights and inspiring scenery. The night has been a true party masterpiece… one that will be talked about well into the New Year!”

A very very enjoyable night. Everyone in my group really really enjoyed it. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent entertainment. Will hopefully come back next year. Thank you.

Lisa Curran  - E H Smith



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