There’s plenty to see and do in Leeds this festive season. Millennium Square will once again be transformed into a scenic festive village, and this year’s Christmas market is even better than before and brings live music, children’s shows and even Santa himself.
Winter will be even more spectacular this year as the Magical Lantern Festival comes to Roundhay Park. Expect a stunning display of lanterns in all shapes and sizes, from Santa and reindeers to flowers and animals. There’s also a grotto, fun fair rides and tasty food and drink.
Or see what enchantment lies in the woods beneath Leeds Town Hall with Sneaky Experience.
Leeds has four theatres, along with the first direct arena, and its own Opera and Ballet companies, which means there’s plenty to choose from this winter!
Leeds is now the third largest shopping destination in the UK outside London so it’s the perfect place to tick off that Christmas shopping list.
Enjoy a Christmas kiss under the largest kissing Christmas tree in Europe beneath the spectacular domed roof of Leeds’ largest shopping centre, Trinity Leeds. With an assortment of high street stores, bars and restaurants you’ll have those stocking fillers sorted.
There’s a huge amount to explore in Leeds, the city with the highest number of listed buildings in the UK outside London, so what better way to see the sights than finding 25 owls perched on Leeds monuments and architectural landmarks?
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This large open space stages regular concerts in summer and is also host to seasonal events such as fairs, markets and street entertainment. Millennium Square is bordered by the Leeds Town Hall and Leeds City Museum, so it also makes a good central point for venturing to other top attractions.
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The Grade I-listed Corn Exchange has a wide range of boutiques and retro shops - go there for vintage markets and record fairs and be sure to stop for a bite to eat in this stunning building.
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This independent venue hosts live music, film and art exhibitions but it also has one of Leeds’ best sun decks: a spectacular roof terrace that’s a great place to sup, snack or while away the evening at the end of the day.
Trains to Leeds bring many tourists wanting to visit Otley Road near Headingley, which has become synonymous with a pub crawl to the many pubs along its length. The Original Oak and Dry Dock - a pub on a boat - are particularly worth checking out.
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