Five festive things to do in Leeds with the family

Leeds is a hugely popular city for days out and weekends away all year round, but it really does have something special at Christmas. If you’re planning to visit Leeds this December, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to festive activities, especially for families.

Here’s our countdown of the five unmissable Christmas events for families:

The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park. If you’re looking for a full family day out, head to Stockeld Park just outside of Leeds for a taste of Lapland in Yorkshire. There’s a whole world to explore and too many things to do to fit in one day – from visiting Santa in his grotto and trying your hand at Nordic cross country skiing to ice skating and shopping in the gift emporium. There’s also a beautifully illuminated Enchanted Forest to navigate and a maze to lose yourself in, and you can even pick up a hand-pruned Christmas tree on site.

Aladdin at Carriageworks Theatre. Nothing gets you in the mood for Christmas like a good old fashioned pantomime, and this year’s performance of Aladdin at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square has a little extra sparkle. Former 911 boyband heartthrob Lee Brennan is the eponymous hero, supported by Leeds’ panto favourite Jez Edwards as Wishee Washee. Take the kids to this much-loved show from now until 9th January 2016.

The Reindeer Trail at Leeds City Museum. Take the kids to find out more about Rudolph at the Leeds City Museum between 1st and 25th December – try on your own antlers, see the giant Irish deer (which is around 10,000 years old) and find out all about reindeers and their native habitats in this fun and fascinating trail. It’s a great way to do something a bit different this Christmas, and it’s completely free!

Christmas crafts. There are loads of opportunities to get the kids involved in some Christmas crafts, from making your own Christmas decorations in the Winter Wonderland Workshop at Chapel Allerton Library to joining in daily family crafting sessions at the beautiful Lotherton Hall. Many are free, or with a small charge to access the property.

Christkindelmarkt. No stay in Leeds at this time of year would be complete without a nosey round the Leeds Christmas Markets, or Christkindelmarkt as the event, of course, has a traditional German theme. Shop for handmade gifts, sample the delicious street food on offer and soak up the festive atmosphere – the kids will love it too.

So wear those reindeer ears, grab the kids and get into the Christmas spirit in one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. And, if you’re planning to visit Leeds and really fancy making a weekend of it – snap up some comfortable, convenient and great value accommodation at Weetwood Hall. It’s the perfect place to rest your head after a festive frenzy in the city!

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