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This winter, Leeds will once again offer visitors an experience like no other, with a spectacular programme of entertainment, fabulous shopping and amazing short stays! #LeedsChristmas
Kirkgate Market - Make it Leeds this Christmas


There's always an abundance of festive entertainment in Leeds during the Winter period...the whole family will love it!

This is Christmas with a difference; wonder at the Magical Lantern Festival cosy up by the fire at Thor's Tipi and take in the delights of the German Christmas Market in Millennium Square. You’ll find over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls and alpine cabins selling a huge range of Christmas themed delights where you can savour the delights of plenty of Christmas cheer. 


THOR'S Tipi credit Ben Hale Photography
Leeds German Christmas Market - credit Zagni Photography for Leeds City Council

With so much on offer in Leeds this winter, it’s the perfect destination for a seasonal short break. Whether you are a family looking for fun filled entertainment, a couple looking for a romantic break, or a group of friends searching for some inspiring experiences, there’s something for everyone.

With an abundance of fantastic hotels there’s something to suit every taste and budget. Stay in the heart of the city at The MarriottDoubleTree by Hilton, Malmaison Leeds or The Queens Hotel. Or head just out of the centre for a relaxing retreat at Oulton HallWood Hall Hotel and Spa or Weetwood Hall

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Leeds has a superb programme of entertainment across a range of venues, perfect for an inspiring theatre break. Northern Ballet and Opera North have exciting seasonal performances such as The Nutcracker, The Merry Widow and Silent Night. A Christmas Carol is taking over the pop-up theatre at Leeds Playhouse

Sing along at Leeds Grand Theatre with Motown The Musical and The Jersey Boys. It's all about the family fun at Carriageworks with that winter staple, a pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Catch a superstar at first direct arena with Mariah Carey, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Florence + The Machine and many more gracing the stage this Winter!

Matthew Koon and Rachael Gillespie in The Nutcracker. Photo Guy Farrow
Christmas at Leeds Corn Exchange. Credit Simon Dewhurst

Leeds is now the third largest shopping destination in the UK outside London so you are never more than a few steps away from a great shopping experience in Leeds.

Fans of the high street can hit Trinity Leeds, or if you’re looking for luxury treats head to the Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate. Head to the Merrion Centre and St. John's Centre for all your essentials. Vintage goods and boutique shops can be found a plenty in Leeds Corn Exchange, or stop by Leeds Kirkgate Market, one of Europe’s largest covered markets, to browse the vast array of independent stalls. Be sure to make time to explore the stunning arcades around the city.

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Getting to Leeds is incredibly easy, located in the heart of the UK, Leeds is one of the country's most accessible cities.

With Leeds being so well serviced by a number of operators, hopping on the train to Leeds is quick and easy. Travel with TransPennine Express and save up to 50% when you book in advance at

London North Eastern Railway and Northern Rail also offer advance booking savings.

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