Bringing the Christmas spirit to Leeds

Leeds will be full of the Christmas spirit over the next few weeks as a range of festive events and activities take place across the city.

Carol singing and a Christmas evening with a Victorian flavour are just two of the Leeds City Council-managed attractions planned in the run-up to December 25.

Devotees of Christmas past can learn how to make traditional seasonal decorations at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills on Saturday, and at Temple Newsam's Home Farm on Sunday. There will also be a Christmas crafts masterclass at Temple Newsam on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Temple Newsam House takes a step back in time for its Victorian Christmas Evening, featuring traditional dress, music, crafts, living nativity and the famous Santa Claus in his grotto.

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A carol service is scheduled for Temple Newsam on Sunday, December 23, with a similar event at Kirkstall Abbey on Sunday, December 19. The annual Lord Mayor's carol service will be held at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday, December 16.

Carol services will also take place at Lotherton Hall on December 11, 12, 18 and 19, and Leeds City Museum on Millennium Square on Wednesday, December 22.

Santa will be appearing at Abbey House Museum on Sunday and Saturday, December 18, before making a flying visit to Springhead Park in

Rothwell by helicopter on Sunday, December 19.

Finally, children can help birds through the winter months by making bird feeders during a Kids go Wild event in Pudsey Park on Monday, December 20.

Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure, Coun Adam Ogilvie, said: "We have organised a packed calendar creating the perfect family build-up to Christmas.

"These fantastic events will be made all the more special and picturesque by the recent snowfall."

* For more details of all the Leeds City Council-managed events across the city, visit: www.leeds.gov.uk

* Museum visitors have the chance to enjoy a wartime Christmas this weekend.

The Royal Armouries will be showing how the home front celebrated the season of goodwill on ration cards on Saturday.

A special day of events, which begins at 10am, includes performances of 1940s humour by the Inner State comedy duo, classes on creating 'make do and mend' Christmas presents, beauty workshops and lessons in 1940s dance steps.

* A quartet of rugby stars helped shoppers wrap up their Christmas presents.

Leeds Rhinos players Lee Smith and Kylie Leuluai teamed up with Semi Tadulala and Gareth Hardy to kick off the St Johns Shopping Centre's free gift wrap service on Saturday, with shoppers making donations to the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity.

* Father Christmas is also appearing at the St Johns Shopping Centre on Saturdays and Sundays and at the Merrion Centre from Thursday to Sunday in the run-up to December 25.

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