With Black Friday just around the corner, the festive season is set to start with a bang. Try these six top treats to get you in seasonal swing and ready for everything Christmas has to offer.
A traditional German Christmas market, Christkindelmarkt, Leeds features more than 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls selling a wide range of seasonal goods including handcrafted toys, jewellery and Christmas decorations. There is also an opportunity to indulge in some festive food at the Frank-furter Scheune, Kuh Stall and Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery providing authentic German food and drink. Be spoilt for choice with Bratwurst sausages, goulash, stollen, gingerbread and gluhwein. Perfect for Christmas shopping or a festive treat, the German Market is in Millennium Square until December 20.
THE NUTCRACKER, LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
Be transported to a winter wonderland by Northern Ballet’s seasonal tale The Nutcracker.
Join Clara and her magical Nutcracker doll as the clock strikes midnight and the Nutcracker Prince comes to life. As they make their journey through a winter wonderland they enjoy all sorts of adventures including a meeting with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the notorious Mouse King. Tchaikovsky’s enduring score is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia with choreography by David Nixen OBE. Tickets from www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
FOUNTAINS BY FLOODLIGHT
See Fountains at its seasonal best as dusk falls. With a floodlit Abbey, lights in the trees and live choral music coming from the cellarium.
Visit the BBQ at the visitor centre from 3pm to 5.30pm for a pulled pork sandwich and mulled wine and listen to local bands and singers providing the live music between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
Booking is not needed but the performances are informal so there is no seating. Lights and music takes place on November 28 and selected dates until December 28.
LEEDS REINDEER TRAIL, LEEDS CITY CENTRE
A great way to get into the festive spirit while indulging in a spot of retail therapy. The Magical Leeds Reindeer Trail comes with a downloadable map so you can tick off the reindeer as you spot them around Leeds City Centre.
Key reindeer include Leeds City Council’s glittering gold stag, Leeds Museum’s unusual giant deer, the UK’s first ‘Bludolph’ with wi-fi and Northern Ballet’s Nutcracker inspired Christmas Tree.
Real reindeer also feature on selected dates at Kirkwood Market and the Merrion Centre. www.visitleeds.co.uk
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
Book your tickets for the fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which flies into the West Yorkshire Playhouse next month.
One of the world’s favourite musicals, from Ian Fleming, the man who brought the world James Bond, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has audiences of all ages enchanted by its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance.
Can Professor Potts and his two children out with Baron Bomburst and the Child Catcher with the help of Truly Scrumptious? Find out from December 2.
THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE
Closer than Lapland but with all the Christmas fun, Stockeld Park is a winter wonderland sure to put anyone in the festive mood.
Explore the Enchanted Forest, skate on a real outdoor ice rink or visit Santa in his outdoor Yorkshire grotto.
Set in woodland on the 2000 acre estate, The Christmas Adventure also incorporates the estate’s Christmas Tree plantation. More than half a million Christmas trees are grown at Stockeld and are available to buy in the Big Top.
For ticket prices and more information www.thechristmasadventure.com