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Magical Leeds

‘Magical Leeds’, in partnership with Trinity Leeds, has a spectacular programme of entertainment, mouth-watering Christmas shopping and the exciting new addition of the Leeds Reindeer Trail to entice visitors to the city and inspire their senses.

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Christkindelmarkt

Christkindelmarkt

Fri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014

Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.

Dick Whittington Rock 'n' Roll Panto

Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto

Sat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015

The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.

La Traviata

La Traviata

Sat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015

Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.

Northern Ballet: Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Thu 11 - Sat 20 Dec 2014

Escape to Neverland with Northern Ballet and the boy who never grew up…

ROMAN EMPIRE: POWER & PEOPLE

Roman Empire: Power & People

Sat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015

This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sat 20 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Fri 5 Dec 2014 - Sat 10 Jan 2015

Simply wicked, simply wonderful, simply must be seen! And there are seven other reasons why Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is the pantomime to dwarf all others!

Free Reindeer Petting

Free Reindeer Petting

Sun 21 Dec 2014

Dasher and Dancer, two of Santa’s most important reindeer will be returning to the Merrion Centre following their popular visit last year.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sun 21 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

The Snowman

The Nutcracker & The Snowman

Sun 21 Dec 2014

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air – the soundtrack to every child’s Christmas.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Mon 22 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Tue 23 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Top Hat

Top Hat

Tue 23 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Wed 24 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour

Strictly Come Dancing

Thu 22 Jan 2015

As BBC One’s smash hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our TV screens this month, tickets for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour, which will return to the first direct arena this January.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour

Strictly Come Dancing

Fri 23 Jan 2015

As BBC One’s smash hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our TV screens this month, tickets for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour, which will return to the first direct arena this January.

The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Sat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

Betway Premier League Darts at first direct Arena

Betway Premier League Darts

Thu 5 Feb 2015

Premier League Darts features the top four players in the world rankings following the World Championship, which ends on January 4, and six Wildcard selections - who will be headed by current Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell - To Be Free

Wed 11 Feb 2015

With intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and other areas.

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

Sat 14 Feb 2015

The critically acclaimed Leeds-based band, Kaiser Cheifs return to the First Direct Arena.

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man

La Vida Breve

La Vida Breve

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera.

The Script

The Script

Tue 24 Feb 2015

Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, otherwise known as The Script, will be coming to the first direct arena this February as part of a new UK tour, hot on the heels of the release of their fourth album No Sound Without Silence.

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Welcome To My World

Wed 25 Feb 2015

Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, the maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show

upcoming events

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  • Christkindelmarkt at Millennium SquareFri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.
    Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.
    Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Christkindelmarkt at Millennium SquareFri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.
    Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.
    Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Christkindelmarkt at Millennium SquareFri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.
    Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.
    Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Christkindelmarkt at Millennium SquareFri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.
    Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.
    Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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11 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Peter Pan at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseThu 11 - Sat 20 Dec 2014Escape to Neverland with Northern Ballet and the boy who never grew up…

14 November 2014 to 20 December 2014

Christkindelmarkt at Millennium SquareFri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at The Merrion CentreSat 20 Dec 2014Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

The Nutcracker & The Snowman at Leeds Town HallSun 21 Dec 2014With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air – the soundtrack to every child’s Christmas.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Free Reindeer Petting at The Merrion CentreSun 21 Dec 2014Dasher and Dancer, two of Santa’s most important reindeer will be returning to the Merrion Centre following their popular visit last year.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at The Merrion CentreSun 21 Dec 2014Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at The Merrion CentreMon 22 Dec 2014Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

23 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at The Merrion CentreTue 23 Dec 2014Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

24 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at The Merrion CentreWed 24 Dec 2014Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

23 December 2014 to 04 January 2015

Top Hat at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 23 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

20 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.

05 December 2014 to 10 January 2015

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Carriageworks Theatre Fri 5 Dec 2014 - Sat 10 Jan 2015Simply wicked, simply wonderful, simply must be seen! And there are seven other reasons why Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is the pantomime to dwarf all others!

29 November 2014 to 11 January 2015

Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.

10 December 2015 to 11 December 2015

Michael McIntyre at First Direct ArenaThu 10 - Fri 11 Dec 2015Michael McIntyre: Happy and Glorious

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