Best Christmas things to do in Leeds to get you in the festive spirit

There is now less than four weeks to go until Christmas Day and as December approaches, that festive feeling is just starting to sink in.

Leeds has a wealth of festive attractions to enjoy
Leeds has a wealth of festive attractions to enjoy

But if you still need to get into the seasonal spirit, here are a few attractions worthy of a visit in and around Leeds to help get you in the mood.

Winter Illuminations, Stockeld Park

Enjoy the dazzling light effects and striking installations at Stockeld Park's Enchanted Forest, where you can wander through almost a mile of magical woodland.

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    The illuminations are open daily from 10.30am until 8.30pm, until 7 January 2019.

    Visitors will require a Forest & Maze ticket to enjoy the illuminations, which are priced between £8 and £13.50 per person.

    Visit: Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN

    Christkindlemarkt, Millennium Square

    Perfect for picking up some unusual Christmas gifts, or just indulging in some tasty seasonal fare, the German Christmas Market is sure to ignite those festive feelings.

    The market features more than 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalet stalls, and there's also a Christmas carousel ride to enjoy during your visit.

    Visit: Millennium Square, LS2 3AD

    Christmas at Harewood House

    Harewood House is throwing open its doors again this Christmas, transporting visitors back to the 1920s with demonstrations, events, Christmas music and an encounter with Father Christmas himself.

    The house will be open from 10am to 6pm until 6 January 2019, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

    Tickets are priced from £8.50 and grant access to all areas of the Christmas experience.

    Visit: Sandy Gate, Harewood, LS17 9LE

    Thor's Tipi, Victoria Gardens

    Serving the likes of hot cider, hot choc-tails, gin, wine and fizz, a trip to Thor's Tipi is sure to get you in the merry mood.

    There will also be an array of grilled meats and a new menu from The Mussel Pot Bar and Grill to tuck into, featuring their signature moules mariniere and cheese raclette.

    Visit: The Headrow, LS1 3AA

    Santa's Grotto, The Merrion Centre

    Fancy paying Santa an early visit?

    He'll be making an appearance in The Merrion Centre's glittery grotto bauble throughout December, where visitors will have the opportunity to meet the man in red for free, or pick up a present or photo for an additional charge.

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    Visit: Merrion Way, LS2 8NG

    Magical Christmas Maze, The Light

    Due to open in The Light in early December, visitors will be able to wander through a larger than life magical maze which will lead to Father Christmas' magic workshop, offering hot chocolate and festive arts and crafts.

    The maze is based on St Anne's Gardens and will sit adjacent to The Light's indoor courtyard, complete with numerous twists and turns.

    The maze will be open on the weekends of 8-9 December, and 15-16 December.

    Visit: 22 The Headrow, LS1 8TL