Christmas is coming…

Christmas is coming…

Check out our list of events taking place over the Christmas period. There’s lots going on around the city, and here’s just a few of the things that are happening! More events can be found at

Central Library
Christmas Paper Craft
Thursday 10 December 2015 10:30-12:00pm
Decorations, Gift boxes and Labels
​Come along for a demonstration and step by step guide on how to turn paper into decorations, gift boxes and labels for Christmas. All welcome.
Price: Free
Contact details: No booking required. Suitable for adults.

Otley Courthouse
Sorry! Christmas is Cancelled…Katie Saves the Day!
Saturday 12 December
Thieves have broken into Father Christmas’ grotto and stolen all of the presents! All seems lost until Katie hitches a ride on a magical bird to the North Pole, determined to help Father Christmas save the day.

Brought to you by Topsy Turvy Theatre, with hand crafted puppets, original music and stunning scenery, this is a show written especially for ages 3-7, and guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.
Performances: 11am / 1:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6. Ages 3-7.

Paddington: the Movie
Saturday 19th December
The recent movie adaptation of the beloved children’s stories. With an all-star British cast, this is an incredibly popular family film which will appeal to children and their parents alike.
Film Starts: 2pm, cert. PG
Tickets: £4/£2
To book either of these events, please call our box office on 01943 467466 or go online at
Leeds Kirkgate Market
Christmas Reindeer
11-4pm Saturday 12 December and Saturday  19 December 2015
​Christmas Reindeer on Open Market Square, come and have your photograph taken on Santa’s Sleigh with the reindeer for £2.50.​

Festive songs in Kirkgate Market
11-4pm every Saturday  upto 19 December 2015
​West Yorkshire Police Brass Band will play a selection of Festive Music throughout the market
Price: Free

Kirkstall Abbey Museum
Visit Santa in his Grotto
2-4pm every weekend between upto 20 December 2015.
​Visit Father Christmas in his magical Abbey House grotto and collect a present. Don’t forget your camera. There will also be crafts, music and fun in our Victorian Streets.
Price: Grotto is £4 per child (includes a gift). Usual admission charges also apply.

Leeds City Centre
Magical Leeds Lantern Parade
12 December 2015 5:30-6:15pm
Christmas Lantern Parade led by Ronnie the giant Reindeer, and a stunning illuminated White Owl courtesy of our friends at the Handmade Parade​!

A beautiful illuminated Snow Queen, will glide magnificently through the streets of Leeds, joined by larger-than-life Winter Wonderland Birds, illuminated with incredible lights, set to amaze you!

This spectacular procession will start from King Edward Street at 5.30pm and wind its way through Leeds city centre with many areas along the route in which you can gather to watch the magnificent procession go past (see below for full route details and map). It will be accompanied by the wonderful sound of Yorkshire’s New York Brass Band performing Christmas tunes and a procession of hand-crafted lanterns, which will transform Leeds into a fantastical winter wonderland.

The Lantern Parade will end at Victoria Gardens at approximately 6.15pm; where there will be a performance of the spectacular Halo Glow Show by Flame Oz, an explosive visual act featuring a combination of world class acrobats and glowing LED hula hoops and juggling clubs. You’ll be able to unwind and enjoy a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine, and a mouth-watering treat from one of the festive food stalls.

Everyone is welcome to watch the parade, just locate yourself along the route to watch this wonderful procession take place. ​

Parade Route:
King Edward Street
Commercial Street
Albion Street
Albion Place
Lands Lane
The Headrow
Victoria Gardens

Temple Newsam
500 years of Christmas tour
11-12pm every day between 15 December 2015 and 20 December 2015.
A guided tour exploring how the family would have celebrated Christmas over the lifetime of Temple Newsam House from Tudor banquet to Victorian feast.
Price:   Usual house admission charges also apply.

Leeds City Museum
Enchanted tree trail
19 December 2015 – 3 January 2016, 10-5pm
The museum’s Christmas trees have been suited and booted! Follow the trail … can you spot the enchanted tree which is wearing a bowtie and a top hat? ​
Price:   Free
Contact details: Please contact us on 0113 224 3732 or email for more details.

The Carriageworks Theatre
The Snow Queen
15-23 January 2016
Main Auditorium: 7pm on weekdays and 12pm and 5pm on weekends, Age 2+
She sweeps through the streets on snowy nights, looking in at the windows, her breath leaving strange icy patterns on the glass. “Yes, I’ve seen them”, says Gerda, but little does she know her best friend, Kai, is about to be spirited away to the evil Snow Queen’s Ice Palace. The Snow Queen is another fun family pantomime from the award-winning LIDOS (winner ‘Best Pantomime’ at 2015 Wharfedale Festival of Theatre Awards), with unexpected twists and turns. So bring the family along to cheer the goodies, boo the baddies and sing and clap along the way!
*Family tickets are not available to book online
Price:   £14 (£12 concession), £8 (For children 7 and under); Family ticket: £40*

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