Five Spectacular Shows to Keep You Entertained this Christmas

5th November 2019

As the home of Opera North and Northern Ballet, and with its own repertory theatre Leeds Playhouse, as well the legendary City Varieties Music Hall – whatever your taste there’s a show for you in Leeds.
Whether you’re looking for a glittering concert with melodious waltzes, polkas and marches; a display of sparkling pirouettes and extraordinary dancers in everyone’s favourite fairy tale; or just want to slip on your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow, you’ll find it in Leeds.


Northern Ballet’s Cinderella at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House:
17 December – 2 January

Escape into an enchanting winter wonderland as the remarkable dancers of the Northern Ballet bring their magic to the story of Cinderella. This ultimate feel-good fairytale of rags-to-riches offers the perfect entertainment for all the family this festive period.


Viennese Whirl: The Orchestra of Opera North live at Leeds Town Hall:
29 December
Be transported to the Opera houses of Vienna as the Orchestra of Opera North perform a glittering programme of spectacular Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches; including the much-loved Blue Danube. This stunning concert is a fabulous way to see out the old year.

Musical theatre with the Wizard of Oz at the newly re-opened Leeds Playhouse:
20 November – 25 January
Follow the yellow brick road this Christmas to the newly-redeveloped Leeds Playhouse and discover a fantastic musical treat for all the family. Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion in the magical Land of Oz as they search for their hearts’ desires.

Sleeping Beauty, a sensational traditional pantomime at The Carriageworks:
22 November – 4 January

Experience sumptuous sets, gorgeous costumes, fabulous song and dance, and a little bit of magic in this treasured tale of a beautiful sleeping Princess and her handsome Prince. There’s lots of audience participation to keep you entertained right up to the happy ever after!


Red Riding Hood, the Rock ‘n Roll pantomime at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall:
29 November – 12 January

This breath-taking production mixes classic rock anthems and chart toppers performed live by talented actor-musicians, with audience participation, corny jokes, smoke effects, flashing lights and ‘a barrage of boulders’ in what has become a legendary festive treat.

This winter, you can experience world-class theatre, spectacular and dazzling performances in our unmissable programme of festive events.