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What to do in Leeds at Christmas.


Dylan Mitchell

If Leeds wasn’t already a vibrant, cheerful and fun-filled northern city, it’s even more so during the Christmas period. As the holiday spirit fills the city, there are a myriad of things to see and do during the festive season. If you’re planning a day trip during this time, you couldn’t make a better choice as Christmas in Leeds is not to be missed. Take a look at this guide to find out all of our pointers on what to do in Leeds at Christmas for a trip you’ll never forget.

Activities during Christmas in Leeds.

With so much to see and do in one of the North’s most impressive cities, it’s well worth the visit if you’re deciding on a place to go for a day out during the festive period. As well as there being plenty of different activities to take part in when it’s Christmas in Leeds, the ideas that are listed below are all available for discount with days out deals, restaurant offers and even more Leeds discounts when you subscribe.

So, read up on our ideas for Christmas activities in Leeds to get you into the Yuletide spirit!

  • Go on a festive shopping spree

  • See the latest Christmas films

  • Catch a Christmas pantomime

  • Wrap up warm with a cosy night in

Go on a festive shopping spree.

Leeds is well known for its many shopping hotspots, so it’s the perfect place to do some festive shopping if you’re thinking of what to do in Leeds at Christmas. You have the Grade I listed Kirkgate Market, one of Europe’s largest indoor markets and the birthplace of Marks and Spencer, and the expansive Corn Exchange with an impressive oval domed roof just to name a few of its impressive shopping centres. After walking around all of these, be sure to take a break with a tasty hot chocolate or a festively-themed coffee using our coffee shop discounts, then head into the cold and explore the Christmas markets.

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Three friends at the cinema eating popcorn

See the latest Christmas films.

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do in Leeds at Christmas that involves keeping warm indoors, taking a trip to the cinema to see the latest Christmas blockbusters is the way to go. It's a plan that everybody in the family can get on board with! Leeds is a fantastic place to catch a film in particular as it is home to many cool and unusual venues. Our personal favourite is the Showcase Leeds de Lux where you truly get the luxury experience. As part of each one of its 16 HD screens, all of the seats recline so you can well and truly kick back and get comfy as you enjoy the show.

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Dine out before watching a Christmas pantomime.

Pantomimes are a brilliant way to spend the holidays that capture the festive spirit of the season. Leeds especially is a fantastic place to see them with its many theatre options. The City Varieties Music Hall and Carriageworks Theatre feature fantastic pantos each year. With comedy, music and, of course, whimsy, they’re a great night out for people of all ages. As an extra treat for the family, why not top the day off with a festive meal out? If you’re looking for a Christmas dinner in Leeds, there are plenty of options offering delectable British meals to get you in the mood. Be sure to try out the mouth-watering options at Distrikt with its middle white pork belly and lemon and thyme roast chicken.

With our meal deals in Leeds, you can get up to 50% off and 2 for 1 deals in loads of favourite restaurants in the city.

Friends opening Xmas presents on the sofa

Wrap up warm with a cosy night in.

If you live in the city and are wondering what to do during Christmas in Leeds when you fancy taking it easy, we have the ideal solution. Light some pine tree-scented candles, get the heating on (if your other half will let you!) and get well and truly comfy for the ultimate festive night in. Choose between Elf, Home Alone or both as you get cosy in front of the TV with all of your favourite Christmas films. Top it all off with a pizza delivery to your door and you’ve got yourself some thoroughly enjoyable night in plans. Wasn’t that easy?

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