There’s plenty to put in the calendar for Christmas in Leeds 2014 already, so we’ve had a good look through and put together some of the most unmissable events in Leeds this festive season!
Christmas Coppice Crafts at the Townclose Hills Nature Reserve
In the beautiful countryside, just outside of Kippax, Townclose Hills Nature Reserve is hosting a morning of Christmas themed nature and crafts. You’ll be educated in the traditional art of coppicing, a method in forestry dating back as far as 3807 BC. Have a go yourself and afterwards make use of the fruits of your labour by creating some beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and wreaths out of materials gathered freshly from the West Yorkshire Countryside.
Day Out Idea: After all your hard work, treat yourself to a little taste of stately luxury by stopping for lunch at the beautiful Oulton Hall just a 15 minute drive away. There you’ll find two stunning restaurants to choose from, The Calverly Grill, a classically elegant dining space, and The Claret Jug, a more relaxed and stylish answer to country home dining.
Christkindelmarkt 2014 in Leeds Millennium Square
Back again this year is the beautiful German Christmas Market, the Christkindelmarkt. With over forty traditional wooden stalls, each decorated in quaint and festive lights and decorations, the market becomes the hub of Christmas activity in Leeds every year. Ideal for unique Christmas shopping, there’s plenty to look at and buy at the market, with many stalls selling unique homemade gifts, such as toys, sweet treats and Christmas decorations for you to take home.
Day Out Idea: Spend the morning enjoying a taste of Leeds’ history with a stroll around Leeds City Museum. Just a few minutes away is the market, a perfect place to do some Christmas shopping and really soak up the buzzing festive atmosphere. Finish your day by continuing the German theme, and have dinner at the Bierkeller, serving a whole host of delicious German cuisine and fantastic German drinks.
Pantomime: Dick Whittington: The Rock’n’Roll Panto at the City Varieties Music Hall
An amazing take on an old favourite, Dick Whittington: The Rock’n’Roll Panto is a pantomime like no other, including all the action, gags and audience participation you’d expect, but sprinkled with a healthy dose of 60s and 70s classic tracks. Enjoy as the actors seamlessly begin playing their instruments and singing some fantastic songs within the story – a performance with a true party atmosphere.
Day Out Idea: Get the best pickings of the day by having a look around Kirkgate Market in the morning before the show – a great place for special Christmas presents that you won’t be able to get in the bigger shops. Before the show stop at Loch Fyne for a bite to eat, a gorgeous restaurant with some fantastic options for the kids too.
The Nutcracker & the Snowman at Leeds City Hall
The perfect way to get into the Leeds Christmas spirit, a trip to Leeds City Hall for an orchestral performance of The Nutcracker and the Snowman is a magical experience, bringing an old Christmas favourite to life with a live musical accompaniment. The event promises to be enchanting, with some of the most respected musicians in the United Kingdom taking part. Orchestra of Opera North will be performing, led by prestigious conductor Neil Thomson, whilst the event is narrated by Classic FM DJ Tim Lihoreau.
Day Out Idea: Spend the morning enjoying the Christkindelmarkt in its last few days before the big day, with lots of seasonal bargains and stunning German festive treats. After the performance, head to Teppan 260 to wind down with a whole host of stunning pan-Asian cuisine. If you fancy something a little more traditionally Christmassy, the Town Hall Tavern has a great 3 Course Festive Feast on offer for just £24.95 per person.
Remember that booking in advance for restaurants around the festive season is highly reccomended! It’s the busiest time of year so you need to get your name down early. To book a restaurant in Leeds Christmas or browse some of the best Christmas menus in the city, just head over to Go dine and we’ll do all the hard work for you.
Know of anything else great to do in Leeds this Christmas? Let us know in the comments!