The Top 5 Festive Experiences in Leeds

31st October 2018


Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Leeds is home to the award-winning Northern Ballet. Be transported to a magical winter wonderland with dazzling dancing snowflakes and the fabulous Sugar Plum Fairy, it’s a magical start to Christmas.

A Christmas Carol at Leeds Playhouse

The timeless Charles Dickens tale brought vividly to life in a unique 350 seat pop-up theatre; Leeds Playhouse’s temporary home during redevelopment work. It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds, but cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer. Join him on a magical journey through his past, present and future with fun, music and Christmas spirit.



Beauty and the Beast at the Carriageworks Theatre

For the perfect festive treat for all the family, nothing can beat the magic of the pantomime. Enjoy one of the most enchanting stories of all time, featuring spellbinding special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes, magic and mayhem as this timeless classic is brought to life this Christmas.


Christmas classics at Leeds Town Hall

The Inspiration Choir and Orchestra of Opera North have all your favourite carols; The Snowman captures the imagination of young and old with live music by the Orchestra of Opera North; Silent Night by Opera North tells the dramatic events of the 1914 Christmas truce.



Historic houses dressed for Christmas

Harewood House transports you back to Christmas Eve 1929, when two little boys are looking forward to the morning ahead, don’t miss a twilight tour of the house and grounds; at the Christmas Experience at Lotherton the Edwardian house is decked in its finest decorations and you can delight in the magical Twelve Days of Christmas woodland walk; experience a cosy Christmas at Temple Newsam with log fires, choirs and festive crafts, or celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at Kirkstall Abbey, with a nativity and carol singing.



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.