Christmas in Leeds

Christmas. That great Northern star shining brightly... the guiding light in the sky... And we're not talking about stables and wise men.

Leeds has fast become the brightest shining Northern Star, with the largest UK winter illuminations festival lighting miles of rope light, a staggering 12,000 lamps and 3000 hand crafted motifs – certainly enough to light up that festive spirit in you!

There's so much going on in Leeds at Christmas time, from the festive German markets to the hundreds of after-dark activities in the city's thriving night scene.

Don't forget too that Leeds is one of the best shopping cities in the country, so why not make the most of a Christmas shopping weekend here with an overnight stay and a festive meal?

From hotels, to restaurants to things to do, our Leeds Christmas guide takes care of it all.

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Christmas events in Leeds

Our most popular Leeds December events, snap up your tickets quick if you're going!
Ministry of Sound presents The Danny T Show Featured event
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Ministry of Sound presents The Danny T Show

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Saturday 14th Dec

6:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 14

On the biggest night of his career yet, Danny T will host Leeds’ iconic First Direct Arena, in...

Danny Bond and Friends
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Danny Bond and Friends

Mint Warehouse, Leeds

Saturday 14th Dec

10:00pm til 5:00am

Minimum Age: 18

Danny Bond returns for a Christmas party at Mint Warehouse.

T.Rextasy
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T.Rextasy

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Friday 6th Dec

7:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 14

Brudenell Social Club presents T.Rextasy

Darts Dazzler XIII
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Darts Dazzler XIII

New Dock Hall, Leeds

Wednesday 4th Dec

6:30pm til 11:30pm

Minimum Age: 18

Back for its 13 year the longest running darts exhibition in the UK

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
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Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Friday 6th Dec

6:30pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 14

Celebrating the legacy of dance music, DJ Pete Tong presents 'Ibiza Classics'

Abba Sensation

Abba Sensation

Live Room, Cleckheaton

20th December

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Abba Sensation

Live Room, Cleckheaton

Friday 20th Dec

8:00pm til 1:00am

Minimum Age: 14

UK ABBA Tribute Band Sensation perform the greatest hits of ABBA in an energetic show From Waterloo...

ABBA Reunion - Christmas Special
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ABBA Reunion - Christmas Special

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Friday 20th Dec

7:30pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 14

Party night with this truly stunning ABBA Christmas special !

Shoe Cake Comedy - The Discount Comedy Checkout XMAS Improv Show
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Shoe Cake Comedy - The Discount Comedy Checkout XMAS Improv Show

Charlie Brett's At The Allerton, LEEDS

Thursday 12th Dec

8:30pm til 10:30pm

Minimum Age: 18

2 Comedians Chris Lumb MC Special extended XMAS headline Improv show by The Discount Comedy Checkout

Champions of Rock the Ultimate Queen Tribute
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Champions of Rock the Ultimate Queen Tribute

Morley Town Hall, Leeds

Saturday 21st Dec

6:30pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

The UK's authorititive Queen Concert Show performed live in a two hour ROCK SPECTACULAR!

XODUS- Bob Marley Tribute
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XODUS- Bob Marley Tribute

Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds

Thursday 26th Dec

7:30pm til 12:00am

Minimum Age: 16

7 Piece Band ~ Singing the classics by the late Bob Marley

Punk n Crust Ft State of Decay, Prolefeed, Dehumanise, + more
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Punk n Crust Ft State of Decay, Prolefeed, Dehumanise, + more

1 In 12 Club, Bradford

Saturday 14th Dec

7:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

Rebel Cat ends 2019 with a night of punk, crust and metal with Anarcho Hardcore Punk from the valley...

Carpe Noctum: Rome Burns, In Isolation and the F.U.X.
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Carpe Noctum: Rome Burns, In Isolation and the F.U.X.

The Lending Room, Leeds

Saturday 7th Dec

7:00pm til 2:00am

Minimum Age: 18

The official launch party and gig for Rome Burns' fourth album!

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