Five Spectacular Shows This Winter

28th October 2021

Leeds has many fantastic theatres and performance venues and is also home to Northern Ballet and Opera North, meaning there is never a shortage of spectacular shows. This winter season is no different! From the City Varieties Music Hall to the newly renovated Howard Assembly Room, this Christmas in Leeds there are a wide range of productions and performances happening across the city so no matter what your taste, there will be a show that you’ll love!


Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker & I at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre

22nd – 23rd December

With one pianist, one ballerina and a stunning display of digital projections, witness this classic festive tale come alive in a brand-new way! Performing for two nights and featuring Tchaikovsky’s music played by Pianist Alexandra Dariescu and choreography by Jenna Lee, this performance is packed full of magic and wonder.


The Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert at Leeds Minster

Thursday 16th December

What better way to celebrate Christmas this season than hearing some of your favourite festive carols performed by the sensational Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and Rothwell Temperance Band? This year the family carol concert will take place at Leeds Minster and will be raising money for the Leeds Hospitals Charity.


Winter Solstice at The Howard Assembly Rooms

21st December

This winter Opera North and South Asian Arts-UK are teaming up for a tremendous celebration of Winter Solstice. Bringing together breath-taking music and performances from Supriya Nagarajan with Opera North striking visuals of the Northern Lights and a shifting starlit night, this performance will allow you to experience dusk as never before and sweep you up amongst the stars!


Beauty and the Beast (The Rock and Roll Panto) at Leeds City Varieties

26th November – 9th January

If you’re looking for a dose of classic pantomime fun, look no further! This high energy retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast features an array of legendary rock anthems, corny gags, audience participation and plenty of explosive action. This performance has something for the whole family to enjoy.


Northern Ballet’s Merlin at Leeds Grand Theatre

9th -20th November

Rediscover the story of the world’s most famous sorcerer, told through Northern Ballet’s beautiful blend of ballet and storytelling and featuring a spectacular score, stunning staging and costuming. You won’t want to miss the magical and epic adventure that will take you on a sweeping exploration of heartbreak and hope.


And there’s a whole programme of shows to discover here. Or rind out more about Winter in Leeds here!