Oh Come All Ye Festivals (and Christmas Fairs and Feasts)
Words by Lauren Entwistle
It’s official – Christmas is coming. In fact, it’s practically around the corner, so for those of you who are more than willing to brave the cold and get into the festive spirit, we’ve got a top line-up of Christmas Happenings coming your way. From fairs, gatherings and more, here’s what Leeds has in store this December:
The Christmas Experience – Lotherton Hall
Running until the 23rd of December, historic Lotherton Hall presents the ultimate festive day out, “steeped in Christmas magic and tradition.” Featuring a Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, Fairy Dell, Elf Workshop and the house itself beautifully decorated for the Yuletide Season.
Make sure to mark the calendar for Lotherton’s Christmas Market events on the weekends of the 16th and 17th Dec, with a variety of stalls for everyone to enjoy. And before you go, why not try your hand at wreath making outside the House every weekend to put on the door at home? Perfect.
For more information, click here.
Leeds Winter Market – Leeds Town Hall
The Leeds Winter Market is a carefully curated marketplace featuring independent designer makers, quality vintage and artisan food producers. Held in Leeds Town Hall on the 10th December from 11am-7pm, why not take the laid-back approach to festive shopping, escape the high street and support the abundance of local and independent businesses on offer?
Featuring an enticing selection of stalls, from high end crafts, one of a kind vintage, unique stocking fillers, locally sourced food produce and a family friendly area for kids (and big kids!) alike, you’ll also find “Santa’s Story Grotto” on the Ground Floor to keep everyone entertained. It’s sure to be a merry day out.
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Belgrave Christmas Feast
Come one, come all to the Belgrave Christmas Feast on the 9th and 16th of December! From 11am, the music hall will be packed with stalls and vendors selling cool Chrimbo wares, featuring: Don’t Mess With Yorkshire, Tall Boys Beer Market, House of Koko, Geo-Fleur, ROOPS, George & Joseph and more to be confirmed.
And if that didn’t catch your eye, maybe these can tempt your tastebuds? Old favourites Patty Smith’s and Dough Boys Pizza will be serving up a storm alongside MorMor, Street Cleaver, Homeboys. Holy Crab and Shutishuti too. Add beer into the mix from North Brew Co, Northern Monk and more and it’s a perfect Christmas all round.
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Leeds Hidden Christmas Market at Kirkstall Abbey
Running from the 14th to the 21st December, Kirkstall Abbey is being transformed into a Grimm themed adventure, with added Christmas cheer. Climb through the enchanted book cover, and explore a magical market – from stocking fillers to one-off gifts, mulled wine to bratwurst, bath bombs to brownies. With live music, stalls from Local Independent Retailers, Christmas Carol-oke, Aerial Performances, Twisted Cabaret, a Krampus Claus DJ set and much more, it’s set to be truly spectacular.
Make sure to book tickets beforehand here.
Arctic Bazaar – The Art Hostel
Enter a mysterious world of warming spices, salted liquorice and black ice from the 11th to the 23rd December at The Art Hostel. The Arctic Bazaar is a 13 day Nordic-inspired experience created in collaboration with local artists, featuring a curated marketplace, hot chocolate bar, Glögi and bites to eat.
Explore an ethereal landscape of commissioned artworks, with WARMTH mobile sauna and daily family-friendly activities. Suitable for all ages, visitors are invited to take respite from “the commercial throes of the season, and to enjoy a hot drink in the arctic atmosphere.”
Perfect for those who want to get away and have some festive creative downtime.
Find out more here.
It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Leeds, isn’t it?