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Start planning your Christmas with a visit to Leeds


It may not be Christmas just yet, but it’s never too early to start planning that perfect short break, day out or catch up with friends; so take a look at what Leeds has lined up to keep you entertained this festive season.


Leeds City Square


Here in Leeds the countdown to Christmas starts with the Leeds Lights Switch On, which this year takes place on Thursday 7 November on Victoria Gardens. This spectacular event has something for all the family; live music, entertainment, a visit from Santa and the switching on of the city’s festive lights.


Leeds Lights Switch On 2018


Leeds Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square brings a continental festive atmosphere to the heart of the city from Friday 8 November to Saturday 21 December. This traditional German Christmas Market has decorated wooden chalet stalls with seasonal gifts, toys, decorations and the best in authentic German food and drink; as well as cosy indoor venues, entertainment and everyone’s favourite carousel ride The Golden Gallopers.


Leeds Christkindelmarkt


If it’s family entertainment you’re looking for, then why not make it a day to remember with Santa’s Breakfast at Leeds Christkindelmarkt in the Alp Chalet; there’s a special visit to each table and a gift for children. Enjoy the free children’s show each Sunday on the market stage and delight in the Festive Funfair in the surrounding streets each weekend.


Santa's Breakfast Experience


The Leeds Wheel of Light with its 25,000 sparkling lights, towers 100ft over Victoria Gardens offering a great view of the festive lights across the city. At its feet the Viking themed Thor’s Tipi has cosy furs, an open fire pit, twinkling lights and plenty of Christmas cheer.


Thor's Tipi and Wheel of Light


Whatever your taste, there’s a show just for you in Leeds. Take a look at our comprehensive programme of spectacular shows for the festive season and watch out for the next blog for our favourites.



Cosy up in a home away from home. With an excellent choice of accommodation in Leeds you’re sure to find a room that is just right for you. Looking for a little luxury? You can find a 4 star retreat in the heart of the city. Dakota Deluxe combines innovative style and exceptional quality to offer a 5 star experience. Quebecs is a Grade II listed 4 star luxury hotel where you can relax in classic, comfortable rooms and enjoy an unforgettable guest experience. Or, if you’re wanting the excellent standards of well-known hotels such as Hilton, Marriott, Radisson Blu, Malmaison, Novotel, Crowne Plaza or The Queens, these can all be found within the city centre. Or escape the city for an indulgent spa break at Oulton Hall, Thorpe Park or Rudding Park. 


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