Why the advent month is merry, festive and memorable in Leeds

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Like many of the UK’s biggest and brightest cities, Leeds is counting down to Christmas with a whole stocking full of festive activities and fun things to do. So, if you’re feeling a little of the Christmas spirit, Leeds is most definitely the place to be.

What’s on in Leeds this Christmas…

Whether you’re visiting for the day or making a weekend of it, here’s our guide to some of the best Christmas activities in Leeds this year, plus where to stay when you simply can’t take any more festive fun!

Christkindelmarkt – the German Christmas Market!

This is one of the most popular Christmas events in Leeds, with thousands of people flocking to Millennium Square every year to enjoy the bratwurst or a glass or two of Glühwein. Along with the festive wares and craft gift stalls, there’s also plenty for the kids, from the beautifully lit carousel to the delicious gingerbread. The market is open every day until mid to late December.

Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

If you’re looking for a fun family Christmas in Leeds that everyone can enjoy, head to Stockeld Park and see it transformed into a winter wonderland for the season. Create amazing memories with your little ones in Santa’s Grotto, glide across the ice on a purpose-built ice skating rink and choose from a wide selection of delicious foods, drinks and treats. The great thing about Stockeld’s Christmas Adventure is that it runs all the way into January, so you can avoid the Christmas rush if you like.

Skipton Medieval Christmas

A stone’s throw from the city is Skipton, which holds its Yuletide Festival and Christmas Market every year. On Sunday 14th December, the festive activities for 2014 continue.  The famous market runs the whole length of the High Street, whilst entertainment will be provided in the form of local musicians and Skipton Brass Band. It may be a little way out of Leeds, but the lights, real reindeers and magical Christmas feel of Skipton at this time of year is not to be missed.

Grassington Dickensian Festival

Running on Sunday 13th December is the Dickensian Festival in Grassington, just over an hour’s drive from Leeds. The festival is well worth the trip though, as this charming village is transformed with lights, shopkeepers in traditional Victorian costume and a fabulous Christmas market.

As you can see, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Leeds!

Where to stay in Leeds

If you’ve enjoyed a festive day out, your feet are weary and you’re laden down with shopping bags, you’ll need some great accommodation for the night – you can even make a weekend of it! Head to Weetwood Hall in Leeds, a four-star hotel with modern, comfortable facilities for groups of all sizes, delicious food and a very convenient location outside the city centre. Weetwood is the ideal base camp for all your festive adventures, whatever you get up to this Christmas.


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