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Make it Leeds this Christmas - Leeds Corn Exchange - credit Simon Dewhurst


Leeds is a truly enchanting place in Winter and a visit here is sure to get even the sternest of Scrooges into the festive spirit! Enjoy magical and historical markets, a mouth-wateringly great food & drink scene, plus plenty of merriment & joy for all the family.

Immerse yourself in festive fantasy at Yorkshire’s first Grimm’s Fairy Tale themed Christmas Market – located in the stunning grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Climb through the enchanted book cover into a magical scene of stocking-fillers, one-of-kind gifts, live music & performances.

Hidden away, deep inside Temple Newsam House is a fantastically festive creation worthy of Santa’s most enterprising elves! This wonderful workshop is the latest addition to 500 spectacular years of Christmas celebrations at the beautiful mansion, and will be taking place on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December.

Be astounded by the beauty of ballet, cosy up by the fire with a winter warmer or two, wonder at the magical lanterns, and enjoy a weekend of comfort & joy that you’ll never forget! This is Christmas with a difference.

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Bellatricks - Leeds Hidden Christmas Market, Sneaky Experience



Leeds is the third largest shopping destination outside London, making us the perfect place to pick up those Christmas parcels. You’ll find all your high street favourites here but did you know about all the wonderful independent shops in the city?! Housed in stunning Victorian arcades, these stores are a treasure trove of hand-made delights.

A Christmas shopping trip in Leeds isn’t complete without a visit to the city’s historic Kirkgate Market. They’re spreading the Christmas cheer with a programme of events including a record & book fair, Farmers Market on Briggate, and a Festive Night Market.

Plus, many of Leeds’ shops and centres are staying open even later to help you get all those last minute essentials and stocking fillers.

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Christmas Lights outside Kirkgate Market



Looking to start 2018 with a bang? There are lots of ways to celebrate in Leeds! Party animals can stay up until the small hours and foodies can feast on specially created menus. Families can have an entertaining day out and everyone can enjoy a show. For those looking for the whole package, try a party night in one of the city’s great venues.

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This year, we’ll be sharing our Leeds’ Christmas experiences using #LeedsChristmas and would love to hear from you too! Use #LeedsChristmas on social media to join the conversation and find out more about all the wonderful things going on in the city.

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Travelling to Leeds is easy! Plus, with TransPennine Express, you can save over 50% on train travel when you book in advance online.

TransPennine Express run direct services into Leeds from a number of towns and cities across the north of England including Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and York.

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Leeds German Christmas Market – 10th November – 24th December

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall - 24th November – 23rd December

Magical Lantern Festival – 24th November – 1st January

500 years of Christmas at Temple Newsam –9th & 10th December

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market -14th - 21st December

Kirkgate Festive Night Market – 21st December

New Year’s Eve – 31st December


Temple Newsam - 500 years of Christmas