Christmas in Leeds

Christmas. That great Northern star shining brightly... the guiding light in the sky... And we're not talking about stables and wise men.

Leeds has fast become the brightest shining Northern Star, with the largest UK winter illuminations festival lighting miles of rope light, a staggering 12,000 lamps and 3000 hand crafted motifs – certainly enough to light up that festive spirit in you!

There's so much going on in Leeds at Christmas time, from the festive German markets to the hundreds of after-dark activities in the city's thriving night scene.

Don't forget too that Leeds is one of the best shopping cities in the country, so why not make the most of a Christmas shopping weekend here with an overnight stay and a festive meal?

From hotels, to restaurants to things to do, our Leeds Christmas guide takes care of it all.

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Christmas events in Leeds

Our most popular Leeds December events, snap up your tickets quick if you're going!

Smashcon & BWE Wrestling present: Planet Leeds

The Edge - University Of Leeds, Leeds

10th December

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Smashcon & BWE Wrestling present: Planet Leeds

The Edge - University Of Leeds, Leeds

Saturday 10th Dec

10:00am til 4:00pm (last entry 3:00pm)

No age restrictions

On Door Adults £15 Children £7 Family £40

TV, Film & Comic Con Meets Live Wrestling Action for the ultimate family day out!

Love train xmas reunion Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

16th December

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Love train xmas reunion Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

Friday 16th Dec

8:00pm til 1:00am

Minimum Age: 18

10

Brutus Gold & the Love steam into leeds 02 academy again for another sensational 70 disco party&...

Talib Kweli

HiFi Club, Leeds

2nd December

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Talib Kweli

HiFi Club, Leeds

Friday 2nd Dec

7:30pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

£12.00 Advance (+BF)

Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli renowned as lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically ins...

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All Night Long - Ultimate 80s Party - Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

Friday 23rd Dec

8:00pm til 12:30am

Minimum Age: 18

13- 22

Roll on your leg warmers, Back comb your hair, Adjust your Bumbag. The 80s is com...

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Northern Symphony: Upon A Winter's Eve

The Venue, Selby

Saturday 3rd Dec

5:00pm til 12:00am (last entry 10:00pm)

Minimum Age: 14

£3 advance or £5 on the door

Northern Symphony Festival returns to Selby for a winter special, featuring some of the UK&apo...

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The Fratellis

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

12th December

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The Fratellis

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

Monday 12th Dec

7:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 14

£17.50

Costello Music 10th Anniversary Tour

Oasis UK

Marlborough Hall (YMCA Halifax), Halifax

3rd December

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Oasis UK

Marlborough Hall (YMCA Halifax), Halifax

Saturday 3rd Dec

7:30pm til 12:30am (last entry 9:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

10.00

These guys are the closest thing to Oasis you will ever have the privilege to see perform.

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Throwback Thursday's Christmas Party Night

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

Thursday 1st Dec

8:00pm til 12:00am (last entry 8:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

£17.95

Sounds of the 70's, 80's & 90's. Travel threw the decades every Thur...

A Brief History of Christmas

Holy Trinity Goodramgate, York

7th December

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A Brief History of Christmas

Holy Trinity Goodramgate, York

Wednesday 7th Dec

7:30pm til 10:00pm

Minimum Age: 8

£15

GreenMatthews presents 600 Years of festive songs, carols and tales

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Throwback Thursday's Christmas Party Night

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

Thursday 8th Dec

8:00pm til 12:00am (last entry 8:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

£17.95

Sounds of the 70's, 80's & 90's. Travel threw the decades every Thur...

Sunday Sessions - Christmas Party Nights

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

10th December

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Sunday Sessions - Christmas Party Nights

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

Saturday 10th Dec

8:00pm til 12:00am (last entry 8:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

16.95

End the week in style with our Sunday Party Nights, Every Sunday in December. Enjoy a T...

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Throwback Thursday's Christmas Party Night

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

Thursday 15th Dec

8:00pm til 12:00am (last entry 8:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

£17.95

Sounds of the 70's, 80's & 90's. Travel threw the decades every Thur...

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Treat yourself this Christmas... 5* Luxury hotels from just £129.00 per room...

    From just £159.99 per room

    Residence 6

    3 Infirmary Street, Leeds
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    Residence 6

         

    3 Infirmary Street, Leeds

    From just £159.99 per room

    Serviced Apartments

    Residence 6 is Leeds only 5-star city centre property, located in the heart of the city centre in one of Leeds landmark buildings - The Old Post Office.

    From just £125.00 per room

    Shibden Mill Inn

    Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax
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    Shibden Mill Inn

        

    Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax

    From just £125.00 per room

    Inn

    This family run 17th Century Inn, just three miles from Halifax, has an excellent reputation for its two AA rosette restaurant, offers free Wi-Fi and boasts traditional log fires.

    From just £150.00 per room
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    Ashmount Guest House and Restaurant

         

    Mytholmes Lane,haworth, Haworth

    From just £150.00 per room

    Guest House

    Positioned deep in Bronte Country and with a wealth of heritage, this Victorian manor house offers luxurious guest bedrooms,restaurant and free Wi-Fi.

    From just £129.00 per room

    General Tarleton Inn

    Boroughbridge Road Ferrensby, Knaresborough
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    General Tarleton Inn

         

    Boroughbridge Road Ferrensby, Knaresborough

    From just £129.00 per room

    Restaurant with Rooms

    The General Tarleton Inn was originally built as a coaching inn towards the end of the 18th century and was named after the butcher general who fought in the American War of Independence probably by one of the men who fought alongside him.

    From just £85.50 per room
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    The Queens Hotel Leeds - QHotels

        

    City Square, Leeds

    From just £85.50 per room

    Hotel

    The Queens stands proud in the heart of Leeds city centre, literally adjacent to Leeds Train station and just minutes walk from the huge choice of shops, bars and restaurants that makes Leeds such a fantastic destination.

    From just £139.50 per room

    Oulton Hall - QHotels

    Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds
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    Oulton Hall - QHotels

        

    Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds

    From just £139.50 per room

    Hotel

    Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside close to Leeds, Oulton Hall combines the Victorian elegance of a grade II listed building with modern facilities for business and leisure.

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