Christmas in Leeds

As of Wednesday 3rd December, Leeds moves into Tier 3. This means that retail can reopen so you can enjoy a day of Christmas Shopping here in Leeds. While hospitality and indoor attractions remain closed, there are lots of ways you can Enjoy Leeds at Home.


A woman and child enjoy The Christmas Experience at Lotherton, Leeds - credit Zagni Photography


Christmas may look a little different this year, but there’s plenty of festive cheer to enjoy in Leeds this Winter Season. Wrap up warm for a walk in a Winter Wonderland. Or Rediscover Leeds with the new family trail around the city centre.

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton returns for 2020, steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement. This year will see Santa move into the Elf Village to allow for plenty of room for visitors to meet him and maintain social distancing.

Join Harewood for a wonderful Christmas Outdoors this December. You can wander around the beautiful grounds and visit the bird garden, adventure playhouse, Christmas shop and enjoy takeaway food and drink from the Terrace Café. Walk around the Lakeside Path, newly lit with festive festoon, where you can enjoy a cosy Hot Chocolate and toast marshmallows at the new Bothy Teahouse.

Why not try something a little different with Opera North’s new magical outdoor experience? Wrap up warm, pick up a pair of headphones and meander on a musical adventure through the city centre with the Sound Walks. Take in Leeds’ most recognisable landmarks as your sound pack triggers new musical chapters to accompany you on a transformative journey.

Stockeld Park invite you to step into its award-winning Enchanted Forest, where every path leads to a different adventure! After dusk, the famous winter illuminations transform the park into a dazzling, twinkling wonderland.

A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse


Although our theatres and venues are still closed, the show must go on – many of Leeds’ wonderful performing arts companies have made their performances virtual! So you can enjoy a spectacular show from your own home.

Victoria Leeds at Christmas - credit Carl Milner Photography


As one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, there’s nowhere better to tick off your Christmas shopping list than Leeds. Whether it’s hunting for treasures in stunning listed buildings, getting lost in a world of luxury brands, exploring the stalls at the markets or uncovering some of the best festive finds at boutique shops, browsing the shops is sure to get you in the mood for a spellbinding Christmas.

Christmas Cocktails at Issho, Leeds - credit Will Stanley


While restaurants may not be able to welcome you in person, you can still enjoy your favourite dishes delivered directly to your door with many venues offering takeaway options. Find out more about enjoying Leeds independent food and drink from home here.

The logo for Visit England's We're Good To Go standard

"We're Good To Go"

VisitBritain / VisitEngland have launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening. “We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. So when you see this logo in windows, on websites and on social media, you can be reassured these places are safe to visit.

View the local venues who are Good To Go here.

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