A Magical Leeds Christmas

15 November 2023 to 7 January 2024 Leeds

Christmas has arrived in Leeds so make it a December to remember!

At this time of year the city is decorated with sparkling lights, the shows are in rehearsal and the Christmas menus are ready. And this year Leeds Christmas is going to be bigger and better, as for the first time, the city centre will be transformed with Leeds Christmas Markets – a takeover of traditional, timber stalls with artisan goods and handcrafted treats from international, national and local traders.


NEW THIS YEAR! From 24 November to 22 December, experience a traditional winter wonderland as Leeds city centre is transformed by Leeds Christmas Markets, with a range of market stalls, cosy tipis, festive activities and more! Explore the stalls to discover handmade delights from local, national and international traders. Have a go on the ice rink before warming up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. And see if you can find all the nutcrackers on the trail. You might even spot Santa there too!


Leeds city centre is surrounded by beautiful historic houses, country estates and grand parks bursting with wildlife and natural beauty. From Christmas light trails to Santa visits and much more, we’ve put together a roundup of the best activities you can delve into. 


Explore the wider West Yorkshire area this Christmas. Bradford, Calderdale, and Wakefield have an exciting array of events including Saltaire’s Living Advent Calendar, Halifax’s Christmas Parade and the Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal!


From historic homes to shopping centres, Santa is everywhere this Christmas. Find the right experience for your little ones with our Santa guide here and book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Our city centre is packed full of fantastic festive food and drink to keep you fuelled through cold winter evenings, with everything from award-winning dining, to keep you fuelled through cold winter evenings and street food to traditional, cosy pubs, buzzing cocktail bars and independent breweries.


  • Wheel of Light and Thor's Tipi - 17th November to 31st December 2023
  • Robin Hood: The Rock 'n' Roll Panto - 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
  • Christmas Art & Makers Market - 24th November to 26th November 2023
  • Snow White at Carriageworks Theatre - 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
  • Oliver! at Leeds Playhouse - 28th November 2023 to 27th January 2024
  • Northern Ballet's The Nutcracker - 29th November to 10th December 2023
  • Advintageous Vintage Christmas Market - 2nd December 2023
  • The Enormous Crocodile at Playhouse - 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024
  • Leeds Winter Market - 3rd December 2023
  • A Christmas Carol at Carriageworks - 8th December to 10th December 2023

Further Information:  Magical Leeds Christmas (visitleeds.co.uk)