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Visit Leeds this Christmas 2017 for an unforgettable winter city break


Kirkgate Market - Make it Leeds this Christmas


Gather the family together to explore the 12 days of Christmas woodland walk at Lotherton Hall’s Christmas Experience. Santa will be waiting to meet you at the North Pole and his elves are ready to make Christmas crafts and tell festive stories.

Join Harewood for a truly spectacular Victorian Christmas. Discover Victorian traditions and see the house come to life with beautiful decorations.

Roundhay Park will be transformed into a stunning wonderland of larger-than-life lanterns, taking inspiration from all over the world to create breath-taking displays at the Magical Lantern Festival.

Enjoy views over Leeds with a ride on the 100ft wheel then cosy up round the fire of THOR’S Viking tipi with a hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Plus, with more than 16 museums and galleries in Leeds, there’s a diverse and vibrant cultural scene for you to discover.

There’s so much happening in Leeds this Christmas, find out more here



Visit markets both magical and historical this festive period

Visit Leeds this Christmas and discover one of the UK’s favourite German Markets. Be transported by the sights and smells of Leeds Christkindelmarkt. Glittering lights surround traditional wooden stalls full of handmade gifts, toys, decorations and delicious food. Plus, Santa himself will be stopping by for breakfast!

The shopping in Leeds is some of the best in the country so it’s the perfect place to tick pick up all those essentials (and a few treats). You’ll find all your high street favourites and luxurious designer stores to quirky independents in stunning Victorian arcades.

The historical Kirkgate Market will help you get into the festive spirit with carols, theatre performances and a grotto. While the beautiful setting of Kirkstall Abbey will play host to a magical hidden Christmas market.

That’s just the start, explore more here


Abigail Prudames and Joseph Taylor in The Little Mermaid. Photo Guy Farrow

The stage is set to enjoy Europe’s freshest and most dynamic theatre scene


Expect fantastical productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse, including The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and Crumble's Search for Christmas.

Sing along at Leeds Grand Theatre with with Fat Friends - The Musical and Nativity! The Musical. Or be amazed at the beauty of Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid.

Who can forget that classic winter time tradition; a pantomime! Choose from Jack and the Beanstalk at Carriageworks or Aladdin, the City Varieties’ show stopping Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto.

Explore more seasonal shows here


Friends of Ham - Credit Diana Jarvis - Visit England

Extend your festivities with an overnight stay


Why not stay the night to make a wonder filled weekend out of your visit to Leeds. Choose from luxury hotels and stylish serviced apartments to budget friendly options and hotels perfect for families; there’s a place to suit all tastes! Plus, with a thriving food and drink scene and buzzing nightlife, you’ll be glad you stayed.

Find out more about Leeds accommodation here



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.

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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

Leeds Winterfest at Leeds Town Hall – 26th November

THOR’S Tipi – 17th November – 31st December

Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid– 5th – 17th December

Leeds Winter Market– 10th December

THOR'S Tipi credit Ben Hale Photography