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Top 5 festive fun-filled activities

Santa's Breakfast at Leeds German Christmas Market - credit Tom Joy

 

Santa’s Breakfast Experience at Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Make magical memories with a fabulous Christmas treat for all ages; join Santa’s helpers in the Alp Chalet for a delicious authentic German breakfast buffet, enjoy table crafts and a special visit from Father Christmas with a gift for the children. There’s a free children’s show each Sunday with sing-along, face painting, balloon modelling, games and entertainment from the Winter Wonderland Princesses.

 

Northern Ballet in The Nutcracker. Photo Emma Kauldhar

 

Christmas shows to keep you entertained

Experience a magical winter wonderland with dazzling dancing snowflakes in Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker; discover the spirit of Christmas past, present and future in the Leeds Playhouse A Christmas Carol; enjoy the magic and mayhem of pantomime with Beauty and the Beast, or join in with a unique rock’n’roll makeover of Cinderella.

 

Christmas Tree - Carl Milner for Visit Leeds

 

Christmas trail of sparkling lights and trees

Take a stroll and discover the Leeds city centre festive trail of sparkling lights and trees; with a host of glimmering, glittering illuminated attractions and shimmering trees. The 10m walk through Pixel Tree lights up Briggate with its vibrant colours, whilst show-stopping trees add a festive sparkle across Leeds.

Leeds City Museum - crafts

 

Festive craft activities to keep you captivated

Create your own Christmas treats at venues across the city: visit the Elf Workshop for craft activities and stories at Lotherton; make yuletide wreaths, decorations and pine cone pets at Temple Newsam; join in festive fun crafts at Abbey House Museum and Leeds Kirkgate Market; or help Mango the Meerkat bring Christmas to the Tropics at Tropical World. Wherever you visit in Leeds this Christmas there’s plenty to keep you busy.

 

Christmas at Harewood House credit Anthony Hicks

 

Historic houses with magical experiences

Harewood House transports you back to Christmas Eve 1929; experience the Edwardian splendour of Lotherton decked in its finest decorations; or enjoy a cosy Christmas at Temple Newsam with log fires, choirs and crafts; each hosting a traditional visit to Santa and fun activities for all ages.

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN LEEDS HERE

Leeds has some of the country's best shopping and Christmas is the perfect time to explore that. Have a look at our top festive shopping spots blog here. 

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