It’s time to dig out your best festive jumper, because Christmas is well and truly just around the corner.
We’re into our last full week of November, and it won’t be long before we’re waving goodbye to this month and welcoming ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ with open arms, so it’s absolutely no surprise that Leeds’ events calendar is jam pack with all sorts of festive celebrations and activities to get stuck into.
The Leeds Christmas Markets 2023 is officially back this week, so if that’s not enough to get you excited then we don’t know what will. Keep reading to get yourself in the festive spirit…
Santa lands at White Rose
All week, 10am – 6pm | White Rose Shopping Centre
Santa’s Grotto is landing at White Rose Shopping Centre again this year and staying right up until Christmas. You’ll find both Santa and his elves located at the main shopping centre and we’ve even had a tip off that he’s bringing presents for anyone who pays him a visit too.
Find out more here.
From Friday 17 November 2023 | Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery
Where: Victoria Gardens, Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre, LS2 3AD
When: From Friday 17 November – Sunday 31 December 2023, open 12pm-11pm Monday – Saturday and 12pm-8pm Sundays, with last orders called 30 minutes before
Thor’s Tipi is something that’s become a real Christmas staple in Leeds, and in its first full week of opening you’d be a fool to miss out. Serving up 170,000 pints, 125,000 cups of mulled wine and 55,000 hot chocolates each season, Thor’s is seasoned in the festive drinks game, so take a seat by the fire and cosy up with your favourite festive tipple.
Find out more here.
Art Roundhay Park
Monday 20 November – Wednesday 31 January | Roundhay Park
Nothing says Christmas than getting wrapped up and strolling leisurely round a market.
And it’s not just the city centre that will be filled with stalls and visitors this year, as Roundhay Park is getting in on the action with a brand new Christmas Market and art exhibition. Art Roundhay Park will showcase new original artwork inspired by the astonishing beauty of Yorkshire’s landscapes, coastlines and wildlife.
The exciting new opening will also feature a Christmas Market where visitors can shop gifts perfect for the big day. It’s the perfect opportunity to get something extra special which you won’t find anywhere else.
Whitelock’s Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday 23 November 2023 | Whitelock’s Ale House, Turk’s Head Yard
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For most of us, Thanksgiving is something we’ve only seen on films or on the TV. Now one of our favourite spots in Leeds, Whitelock’s Ale House, are combining their monthly dinner club with the American holiday so that we can have a taste of it.
Taking place on Thursday 23 November, guests can enjoy a whopping five course meal inspired by all the American classics for just £50 per person.
But of course, they’re putting their own Whitelock’s spin on it.
Leeds Christmas Market
From Friday 24 November 2023 | Around Leeds City Centre
Yes that’s right, the Christmas markets are back and we could not be more excited. The markets will be taking on a different look than previous years, with 13 different spaces across the city centre hosting around 120 Bavarian-style stalls, including Briggate, City Square and outside The Corn Exchange.
Complete with three festive bars, Leeds City Council has confirmed that the markets will take place from Friday 24 November right up until Friday 22 December 2023.
Robin Hood: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto
From Friday 24 November 2023 | City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds City Centre
This is a pantomime with a twist, expect banging tunes, and it will certainly get your toe tapping and staging which will leave you mesmerised. Find out everything you need to know about shows and pantos in Leeds here.