A bright build up for Christmas in Leeds city centre

TRINITY TREAT: The church is the first to be lit up as part of the programme. PIC: @tomjoyphoto
TRINITY TREAT: The church is the first to be lit up as part of the programme. PIC: @tomjoyphoto
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With two festive jobs for City Buzz in as many days and tubs of Cadbury’s Roses piled up so high in supermarket entrances they almost need planning permission, it might be time to acknowledge that Christmas is coming.

And for Leeds it is going to be a bright build-up to the big day.

Welcome to Leeds and Leeds BID announced last night it will once again create a themed trail around the city centre of art and light installations.

In an extension of last year’s festivities, 13 attractions will include lanterns and tree lights in Park Square, draping white lights across the facade of the Queens Hotel and an ‘Arctic Bazaar’ at the Art Hostel on Kirkgate with Icelandic inspired art, a sauna, hot chocolate bar and sweets.

Some of the more popular installations from 2016 will return, including the ethereal ‘Spirit’ which hovered in Leeds Train Station and will be flying high in its new location at Victoria Quarter.

Leeds BID has been working with individual artists as well as East Street Arts and Leeds Arts University to bring a different element to the city’s festive preparations with an artistic rather than retail focus. Martin Dickson, head of marketing at Leeds BID, said: “The artists want to be able to do some things that normally they would not and retail always works very well, while we are not doing their retail job we want to bring together different audiences. The art might be the one thing that people come into the city for and they might wander through Marks and Spencer or the Merrion Centre or whatever.

“It is about making people connect at Christmas.”

The points on the lights trail will be illuminated at different points throughout the later part of November and December.

The first to get the dazzling treatment will be the Trinity Church, this week.

Kim Leadbeater. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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