The best things to do in and around Leeds this week | 18 – 24 December 2023

Don’t panic, but it is officially one week til Christmas.

There’s only one week left until the big man comes shooting down the chimney, which also means there’s only two weeks left of the entire year.

So before we blabber on about how we can’t believe how fast this year has gone (which honestly, we really can’t), let’s take a look at what you can get up to this week in and around Leeds.

Christmas Shawarma at Sqew

Monday 18 December 2023 | Sqew, 7 Duncan Street

The absolute legends at Sqew will be serving up their limited-edition Christmas shawarma this Monday and you do not want to miss out. Expect minted lamb, rosemary and sage chicken shawarma and of course all the trimmings.

This is sure to get you in the festive period but in the best way – the Sqew way.

Magical Nights at The Queens

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 December 2023 | The Queens Hotel, City Square

The Queens will host a special Christmas instillation, and we absolutely cannot wait.

Announcing the news to Instagram, the hotel said: “We invite you to join us for a Magical Night at The Queens. The landmark Leeds building will be brought to life, with British actress Celia Imrie to voice our new stunning new city centre animation, taking spectators on a tour around the iconic hotel with the help of one very special guest – The Gingerbread Man.”

Find out more here.

Leeds Christmas Markets 

Monday 18 – Friday 22 December 2023 | Across the city centre 

Image: The Hoot Leeds

It’s the last week to enjoy the complete Christmas markets in Leeds, so wrap up and head out to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and fully get in the festive spirit.

Read more here.

We’re giving away unlimited gig tickets to The Wardrobe for a year

Monday 18 December – Wednesday 20 December 2023 | Instagram

This isn’t one to sleep on Leeds! We’ve teamed up with The Wardrobe to give away a season pass for you and a guest to every single performance at the landmark music venue in 2024 to celebrate its 25 year anniversary. You’ve got until Wednesday to enter, and with a prize worth around £3500, a line-up of Tom Odell and The Libertines already confirmed AND the chance to find yourself at 100+ more live shows next year, it’s one of our biggest to date.

Find out more here.

Christmas Shows and Pantomimes 

Monday 18 – Sunday 24 December 2023 | Various locations

Image: Supplied 

Pantomime season is almost here…oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is.

Nothing screams Christmas more than heading to the theatre on a cold, crisp evening and watching a brilliant show. Whether you want to risk being pulled on stage by a lavish panto dame or prefer a more civilised evening at the ballet, there’s so many productions happening in and around Leeds this season for you to enjoy.

Find out more here.

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