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

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!

Distortion

Distortion

The Warehouse, Leeds

10th December

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Distortion

The Warehouse, Leeds

Saturday 10th Dec

11:00pm til 5:00am

Minimum Age: 18

10

The Biggest Bass/Bassline event to hit West Yorkshire in Years!

Coverstructure DARTS Dazzler X

Coverstructure DARTS Dazzler X

Elland Road Stadium, Leeds

7th December

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Coverstructure DARTS Dazzler X

Elland Road Stadium, Leeds

Wednesday 7th Dec

5:30pm til 11:45pm (last entry 9:00pm)

Minimum Age: 18

Standing

Wilson Darts Promotions proudly presents the biggest darts exhibition of 2016, which has a new...

Talib Kweli

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...

Love train xmas reunion Leeds

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&...

Casanovas Revenge

Casanovas Revenge

Warehouse 23, West Yorkshire

26th December

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Casanovas Revenge

Warehouse 23, West Yorkshire

Monday 26th Dec

9:00pm til 2:00am (last entry 1:00am)

Minimum Age: 21

£6

Casanovas Revenge returns for a Christmas party like no other.

All Night Long - Ultimate 80s Party - Leeds
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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...

Featured event The Fratellis

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

Northern Symphony: Upon A Winter's Eve
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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...

Oasis UK

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.

Dick Whittington Pantomime

Dick Whittington Pantomime

The Engine Shed, Wetherby

3rd December

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Dick Whittington Pantomime

The Engine Shed, Wetherby

Saturday 3rd Dec

12:45pm til 3:00pm (last entry 1:30pm)

No age restrictions

8

Its Panto Season and in partnership with Chaplins Pantomime company we welcome Dick Whittington to T...

Featured event Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

15th December

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Super Furry Animals

O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds

Thursday 15th Dec

7:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 8

£30.00 (+BF)

Fuzzy Logic / Radiator Tour 2016

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Treat yourself this Christmas... 5* Luxury hotels from just £139.99 per room...

    Residence 6
    From just £139.99 per room

    Residence 6

    3 Infirmary Street, Leeds
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    3 Infirmary Street, Leeds

    From just £139.99 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.

    The Queens Hotel Leeds - QHotels
    From just £80.10 per room
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    The Queens Hotel Leeds - QHotels

        

    City Square, Leeds

    From just £80.10 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.

    Oulton Hall - QHotels
    From just £139.50 per room

    Oulton Hall - QHotels

    Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds
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    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.

    Jurys Inn Leeds
    From just £60.00 per room

    Jurys Inn Leeds

    9 Brewery Place, Leeds
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    9 Brewery Place, Leeds

    From just £60.00 per room

    Hotel

    Jurys Inn Leeds at Brewery Wharf is centrally located in the city centre, just 5 minutes walk from Central Train station and just 25 minutes from the busy hub of Leeds Bradford International Airport.

    Quebecs
    From just £99.00 per room

    Quebecs

    9 Quebec Street, Leeds
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    9 Quebec Street, Leeds

    From just £99.00 per room

    Town House Hotel

    An urban haven located in the heart of Leeds, Quebecs provides an ideal base from which to discover the City.

    Park Plaza Leeds City Centre
    From just £58.65 per room
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    Park Plaza Leeds City Centre

        

    Boar Lane, City Square, Leeds

    From just £58.65 per room

    Hotel

    Park Plaza Leeds is the perfect base from which to explore one of the UK s most exciting and dynamic cultural centres.

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    boxing day events

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