School Holidays & Annual Events West Leeds

Christmas Holiday Activities, Events and Parties

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A Merry Grinch-mas at The Rainbow Factory

17th December 2018 – 4th January 2019

Oh no! The Grinch has bumped his head and can’t remember anything. He’s back to his old Grinchy ways. It’s up to Grandma Noo-Noo Who and all the children to help retell the story of how ‘The Grinch Stole Christmas’ and remind him of its true meaning. But it’s no easy task. They must get his heart two sizes bigger and make him believe he’s the best Christmas Cheermeister in Whoville. The clock is ticking. Christmas doesn’t start until he says the magic words…

Hold on to your baubles and nail down your tree for this uniquely scripted, funny and heartwarming re-telling of the Grinch who Stole Christmas. Featuring original songs, dance, puppetry, magic and lots of laughs

This show has been specifically designed for the whole family to enjoy, ideally from the age of 2+.

Show Length: Approx. 45mins

Rainbow Factory Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Ln, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750

For tickets visit the Rainbow Factory Website 

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Festive Story & Rhyme Times at Farsley & Pudsey Libraries

14th, 17th, 19th and 21st December 2018

Join us for a FREE festive story and rhyme time at the library, featuring songs, Christmas tales and crafts. Suitable for families and children under 5.

Farsley Library – 2.15pm, Friday December 14th

Farsley Library – 2.00pm, Monday December 17th

Pudsey Library – 9.30am, Wednesday December 19th

Pudsey Library – 11.00am, Friday December 21st

No booking required.

Click here for more details on each of the above libraries, including opening times.

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Lotherton Halls’s Christmas Experience

23rd November – 23rd December 2018 

23rd November – 23rd December 2018 

Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk through the Captains Wood around the estate. Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet the elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories.

There will be hot and cold food and drink, including mulled wine and hot chocolate in the Christmas Courtyard and Elf Village

Weekend activities include family magic shows in the house (booking required) and Christmas stalls in the Elf village.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

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Santa’s Grotto The Arctic Tour at Tong Garden Centre

17th November – 24th December 2018

Santa’s personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this never-before-seen grand tour where you’ll get to meet Santa and, if you show your backstage pass, then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift*!

The tour will take 30-40 minutes and includes an interactive journey before meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

Pre-booking Required.

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.  Tel: 0113 285 3506


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The Deep – Festive Fishmas

December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Come in from the cold this December and enjoy a jolly day out for the whole family. With over 5,000 animals to explore it’s a cracker of a time to head on down! Take part in the festive fishmas trail and create your very own winter wonderland – follow the clues around the attraction as you go. Make a sand art calendar for just £2 in the Learning Centre (weekends in December plus every day from 26 December to 6 January); the perfect gift for your loved ones and finish off with a delicious festive treat in Castaways Café. Plus, we are offering a FREE mince pie with every hot drink between 1st and 23rd December.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). Tel:  01482 381000.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

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The Princess & the Sprout and Other Festive Tales at Leeds Central Library

Sprouts About at Leeds Central Library this Christmas!

7th-31st December 2018

Wrongsemble Theatre Company presents ‘The Princess and the Sprout & Other Festive Tales’, the only festive show in Leeds this year catering specifically to 3-8 year old audiences.

Deep within the stacks of Leeds Central Library something magical is happening – a host of children’s stories have sprung to life from the pages of the books! Don’t miss these fantastic festive fairy-tales brought to the stage by the brilliant Wrongsemble, with a sprinkling of live music, wonderful characters and beautiful puppetry. Followed by an interactive stay and play session with the cast on stage after the show.

Experience a unique retelling of three beloved festive tales, re-imagined from within a one-of-a-kind pop-up theatre created specially for Leeds Central Library. Leeds’ premier Christmas show is an unmissable family experience for ages 3-8 and their grown-ups!

Show Length: Approx. 50mins

Location: Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB

Prices: Children/Concessions £5,  Adults £7, Family of Four £20

Dates: 7th-31st December, times vary. There will be Relaxed and BSL Interpreted performances.

For tickets and more information visit Wrongsemble’s website.


A Christmas Carol Leeds Playhouse 2018

20th November- 13th January 2019

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds but the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer.

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life.

Suitable for ages 7+

Leeds Playhouse,  19 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LYTel: 0113 213 7700

A Fantasy Christmas at Harewood House

24th November 2018 – 6th January 2019, 10am – 6pm

It’s Christmas Eve 1929 and two little boys are looking forward to the morning ahead. Whilst they sleep their dreams start to come to life …Welcome to a fantasy Christmas at Harewood

For the second year running, Harewood House will open at Christmas.  Enter a Christmas dreamscape that extends from the House into the surrounding grounds, with festive-themed music, events, demonstrations and experiences, including an encounter with Father Christmas.

Suitable for Toddlers.  Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.  Tel: 0113 218 1010

Abbey House Museum Santa’s Grotto

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm

Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, write him a letter, dress up, decorate a Christmas ornament and have a go at our Christmas trail and counting competitions in our decorated streets. Make lovely family memories and don’t forget to bring your camera to take lots of special pictures!

No booking is necessary. Normal admission applies. NB Grotto price not included in admission, £4.50 per child (includes a present).

Ticket: £4.50 not including admission 

Relaxed Santa for children with additional needs

8th December, two sessions at 9.30 –10.30am and 10.30-11.30am.  Booking is essential for the relaxed sessions.

A relaxed session for children with additional needs and their families. Santa’s elves will be around to help children with craft activities and Santa will be in our Victorian Streets so children can choose how and when to approach him.

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH, Tel: 0113 378 4079

Aladdin at The Alhambra Theatre Bradford 2018

08 Dec 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

Hop aboard a magical carpet and fly to Old Peking in this year’s must-see festive show Aladdin. Starring the undisputed King of Bradford Panto, Billy Pearce, stage, screen and pantomime legend, the one-and-only Christopher Biggins and Blue star Simon Webbe. 
This includes a new, relaxed performance on the 8th of January.
The Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ. Tel: 01924 848 806

Baby Yoga Christmas Party by Diddly Oms

19th December 2018. 11am-12pm

As Christmas is coming, Diddly Oms are celebrating with a baby yoga party! The session includes an extended festive yoga class, games and a Christmas treat for each little one.

Tickets £7. Siblings £3.50

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies.  Call Helen 07764963312 or

Elev8 Dance Studio, Horsforth

Beauty And The Beast Pantomime at Carriageworks Theatre 2018

Fri 23 Nov – Mon 31 Dec 2018

Be our guest on a journey of enchantment in one of the most loved fairy tales and pantomimes of all time. Featuring spellbinding special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes, magic and mayhem, Beauty and the Beast guarantees to be the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Relive one of the most enchanting and magical stories of all time as the Carriageworks Theatre brings this timeless classic to life for all the family.

Relaxed performances: 6th December 2pm and 27th December 2pm

BSL performance: 13th December 6:30pm

The Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.  Tel: 0113 376 0318

Bolton Abbey – Christmas Countdown

1st – 24th December 2018, 9am-4pm

Begin the countdown to Christmas and to get in the festive spirit with a stroll through a wintery Strid Wood and spot the wooden Christmas trees dotted along the trail.

Each Christmas tree has a number of oversized advent calendar doors waiting to be opened….

See what clues lie behind the 24 doors and do your best to solve the festive crossword puzzle. Trail sheets will be available at the kiosks on arrival.

This is a free event, however, the estate’s admission applies. Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion.

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL. Tel: 01756 718000

Boomchikkaboom Christmas Specials

Christmas and new year special events from Boomchikkaboom:

28th November 2o18. 3pm. Santa’s Advent Calendar Drop, LS12, LS13, LS16, LS18, LS19, LS28

30th November 2018. 10.30am. Elf on the Shelf, Messy Playa Special, Goals, Kirkstall

30th November 2018. 3pm. Santa’s Advent Calendar Drop, LS6, LS7,LS8, LS9, LS14, LS15

1st December 2018. 1pm. Underground Fitness Club Family Rave, Bramley, LS13 2TD

3rd December 2018. 10.30am. A Very Reggae Christmas ft. Rasta Claus, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

3rd December 2018. 11.30am. Rasta Claus Pop-Up Grotto, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

5th December 2018. 1pm. The Mini Jingle Bell Baby Rave, Mumspace, Mothercare

5th December 2018. 11am. The Stickman Messy Playa’s Forest Special, Scholes

7th December 2018. 1pm. The Mini Jingle Bell Baby Rave, Horsforth

10th December 2018. 10.30am. The Stickman Messy Playa Special ft. Santa Claus, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

12th December 2018. 1pm. The Mini Jingle Bell Baby Rave, Mumspace, Mothercare

13th December 2018. 10am. A Very Merry Family Rave, Goals, Kirkstall

14th December 2018. 10.30am. Festive Family Rave ft. Santa Claus, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

15th December 2018. 10.30am. Rasta Claus Pop-Up Grotto, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

16th December 2018. 10.30am. Hot Chocolate with Santa in the Woods, Scholes

17th December 2018. 10.30am. Christmas Movie Mess, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

18th December 2018. 10.30am. Christmas Pop-Up Soft Play and Chill, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

19th December 2018. 1pm. The Mini Jingle Bell Baby Rave, Mumspace, Mothercare

21st December 2018. 10.30am. The Stickman Messy Playa Special ft. Santa Claus, Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds

22nd December 2018. 11am. Magical Messy Forest, Scholes

Booking required.

For more details on locations, how to book and age suitability, visit the Boomchikkaboom Facebook page or website.

Bramley Villagers Club Kids Christmas Party

Sunday 16th December 2018 12.30 – 4.30pm

£3 a ticket ( Disco games, face painter, Mick the magical balloon maker … the BIG MAN arrives at 2.30 to read a Christmas story with the kids ).

Booking required.

Bramley Villagers Club, Moorside House, Broad Lane, Bramley LS13 2HF.  Tel: 0113 257 8571

Christmas at Eureka

24th, 25th November, Weekends in December and Daily from 19th -23rd December 2018. 17th & 18th December designated Toddler Days

Seasonal Show – ‘A Place for the Winter’
A 30 min interactive show in the theatre suitable for children 3- 7 years. It’s almost time for the animals to hibernate but Dormouse isn’t too keen. He’s never experienced this time of year before and is just too curious to go to sleep. Hedgehog must help his young friend understand the season and find just the right place to rest, but will he do so before Old Man Winter arrives? (The seasonal show will also be available  from 27th Dec – 6th Jan apart from New Years Day)

Santa’s Grotto

Visit Santa and his friendly elves in the enchanted grotto. £4 per child. Open 11am -4.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm during term time. (*The grotto will open an hour early (10am-11am) just for children with autism to meet Father Christmas.)

Normal admission applies.

Eureka, 2 Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069


Christmas at Kirkstall Abbey

Christmas At The Rainbow Factory

Hot Chocolate with Anna & Elsa – 27th & 28th December 2018, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Add an extra sparkle to your Christmas, with everyone’s favourite royal sisters!

Cosy up with Elsa and Anna for a festive tale beneath the Storybook Tree, create a magical hot chocolate with tasty toppings and decorate your own princess cupcakes! Event lasts 1hr

Elf’s Magical Christmas Adventure – 27th & 28th December 2018, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Santa’s Elves have come to play and have lots of fun planned with games, stories, crafts, baking AND a delicious hot chocolate. Event lasts 1 hr.

Rainbow Factory, Unit 13C, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, LS28 5LY

Christmas Movie Marathon At Canal Mills

Saturday 22nd December 2018, 1.00pm-Midnight.

Christmas Movie Marathon at Canal Mills with Sneaky Experience!  Dig out your Elf onesies and reindeer antlers to join us in embracing all things Christmassy. Kick off the Christmas season in style with big laughs and silly jumpers. Expect the best Christmas movies, the tastiest street food, music and more.

  • Love Actually – 1.00-4.00pm
  • Home Alone – 5.00-8.00pm
  • Elf – 9.00-Midnight (inc after party)

Early Bird Tickets: Per Film: £8.50 + b/f  or  all 3 Films: £20 + b/f .

Full Priced Tickets: Per Fim: £12 + b/f . All 3 Films: £25 + b/f .  Tickets on sale 10am. Friday 2nd November from the Sneaky Experience website.

Booking required.

Canal Mills, Brandon Street, LS12 2EB Leeds

Christmas Nativity at Bolton Abbey

Saturday 15th December 2018. Performances start at 11 am and 1:30 pm

Bring the whole family along to the outdoor promenade nativity play in the ruins of Bolton Priory. Starring farm animals and young members of the community, it promises to be a memorable, festive experience.

Performances will last approximately one hour. The performance will move around the priory ruins. Warm clothing and suitable, sturdy footwear is advisable. There will be opportunities to meet the animals after each show.

Refreshments will be on sale after each performance in the West Tower.

FREE event – the Estate’s usual admission fee applies

Bolton Abbey Estate

Christmas Quackers by Curly Tales at Leeds Libraries

15th – 24th December 2018

Curly Tales are a Leeds based children’s theatre company; committed to empowering children through magical theatrical experiences. They want to remind children that they are in control of their destiny and empower them to be the best and most giving version of themselves.

Christmas Quackers is a brand new festive adventure for little ducks aged 3-7 and their grown ups. Jam packed full of live music, original song and plenty of silliness.

15th December, Halton Library, 10.30am

15th December, Chapel Allerton Library, 1.30pm

15th December, Deepdale Community Centre, 4pm

17th December, Horsforth Library, 5.30pm

21st December, Calverley Library, 10.30am

24th December, Farsley Community Church, 11am

Pre- booking required via Ticket Source.

Christmas Weekends At Temple Newsam

Saturdays & Sundays from 1st- 23rd December 2018. 10am-3pm

Visit the Farm and get warm by the fire in the Joiner’s shop and let your Christmas creativity run wild with our Christmas crafts – transform a pinecone into a cute Christmas friend. On the 1, 2, 15, 16 come and make a Christmas table decoration or on the 8, 9, 22, 23 a Christmas wreath using natural materials from the estate.

Saturdays & Sundays from 8th- 23rd December 2018. 1pm – 4pm
Carry on to the finely decorated House and enjoy the changing programme of live performance of carol singers, musicians and dancers. Check out the festive feasts enjoyed by residents of Temple Newsam’s past, see the gifts, play our games, dress up and join the quest to hunt down presents for Arthur the Elf.

Tickets for Father Christmas can be purchased in advance 0113 3367460 or email

Normal admission charges apply.

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

Cinderella Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime At City Varieties 2018

30th November 2018 – 13th January 2019

The timeless rags to riches tale is given a soulful twist by our cast of incredibly talented actor-musicians who slip seamlessly between their panto characters and playing in the house band.
You’ll be wowed by this fast-paced panto mixing traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a panoply of classic chart-topping pop and soul hits played live in stage – but keep your wits about you or you might just get rocked by the legendary Boulder Battle !

Not recommended for children under 4 years of age.

City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW.  Tel: 0113 297 7040

Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour In Leeds 2018

Wednesday 21st November 2018, 12pm – 8pm

The 2018 tour will kick off in Glasgow on the 9 November and visit 24 locations nationwide, before making its final stop in London on 16 December.

Visit the truck in a glittering winter wonderland setting and enjoy a free 150ml can of Coca-Cola zero sugar, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Original Taste. Don’t forget to put your empty can in one of the recycling bins to help us with the global World Without Waste pledge – to collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one sold by the year 2030.

The truck will be in Leeds on Wednesday 21st November at ASDA Pudsey, LS28 6AR.  For details of all the stops on the tour click here.



Cottonbudz Christmas Party With Santa

Saturday 15th December 2018 11am-12:30pm

Santa is coming to Cottonbudz.   £8.50 per child / £4.50 for under 1’s wishing to visit Santa and get gift.  The price includes: 90 minutes use of Cottonbudz + a visit to Santa and a gift from Santa + Christmas party bag.

Adults are free and drinks/cakes can be purchased. (There will also be a reduced food menu available)

Suitable for babies and toddlers.  Booking required. 

Cottonbudz, 54A Oaklands Road, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1LQ.  Tel: 01132571188

Diddly Oms Toddler Yoga Christmas Party

19th December 2018. 9.45-10.45am

As Christmas is coming, Diddly Oms are celebrating with a toddler yoga party! The session includes an extended festive yoga class, games and a Christmas treat for each little one.

Tickets £7. Siblings £3.50

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.  Call Helen 07764963312 or

Elev8 Dance Studio, Horsforth

Fairburn Ings Festive Quiz Trail

14th December 2018 – 4th January 2019, 9am – 4pm

Walk off the excesses of Christmas with a festive themed quiz trail at Fairburn Ings, suitable for all ages.

Fairburn Ings, Castleford, WF10 2BH

Father Christmas In The Woods At Oakwell Hall

Friday 21st December 2018, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire and make a wooden Christmas decoration. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child.

Pre-booking required.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG.  Tel: 01924 324761.

Festive Films for all the Family at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills

4th – 23rd December 2018, 2pm-3.30pm

Head to the Palace Picture House throughout December for a different family Christmas movie matinee. For £9 a family of five can go to the cinema and get the chance to look around the rest of the museum as well!

Closed Monday.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Canal Road, LS12 2Q. Tel: 0113 378 3173


Free entry Xmas films at Belgrave Music Hall

Kids Christmas Party At Armley Conservative Club

Saturday 22nd December, from 2.00pm

Our annual kids Christmas party!   The Christmas Party for Members children and grandchildren will take place on Saturday 22nd December from 2.00pm.

Entertainment followed by refreshments for the children and finally a visit from the main man SANTA .

Armley Conservative Club, Theaker Lane, Armley LS12 3NU.  Tel: 0113 263 8393

Kids Clubhouse Christmas Party

TBC 2018

Ticket only event (£10 per child), includes: Santa’s Grotto & Gift, Children’s Meal, Festive Treasure Hunt, Crafts & Disco.

75A New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QD . Tel: 0113 393 334

Leeds Christkindel-fair

16th-22nd December 2018 (every Fri, Sat & Sun)

The Festive Family Funfair will be taking place on Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street (between the Headrow and St Anne’s Street) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 16 November until 22 December between 11am to 9.30pm (6pm on Sundays).

Rides will include Bungee Trampolines, Dodgem, Mini Miami, Disco Fever and Hook a Duck. Plus, there will also be a food swing grill and some refreshments stalls.

No booking required.

Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds,LS1 3AH

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Friday 9th November – Saturday 22nd December 2018. 10.30am – 9.30pm Monday – Saturday. 10.30am – 7.30pm Sundays.

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds’ annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel and daily programme of light entertainment.

Every Sunday families can enjoy a children’s show in the open air market square, featuring sing-alongs, games, face painting and balloon modelling, with appearances from the Winter Wonderland Princesses and other characters. 11am -1pm. (Except 11th November)

Santa’s Breakfast Experience – Join Santa for Breakfast in the Alp Chalet each Saturday and Sunday from 24th November until 22nd December from 10.30-11.45am.  Booking required.

Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 378 6988

Leeds City Museum – Hibernate

22nd December 2018- 6th January 2019 (Museum closed 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan)

Spend some time hiding out at the museum with cosy colouring activities, and search for animals that hibernate!

Tiny Tigers under 5 crafts run as normal on Fri 21 Dec, 28 Dec & 4 Jan 10am-11.45am.

Rory Saturday Club crafts run as normal on Sat 22 Dec, 29 Dec & 5 Jan 11am-12.15pm

Free events.

Leeds City Museum.

Leeds Dads Christmas Party

2nd December 2018, 2pm-4pm

Join their FREE Christmas Party. Expect music, games, dancing, great food and Santa!

Bangladeshi Centre, Roundhay Centre, Leeds, LS85AN

Leeds Hidden Christmas Festival With Sneaky Experience

14th-16th December 2018, 10am-11pm

Leeds Industrial Museum – Happy Christmas

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December 2018, 10am – 5pm and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd December, 1 – 5pm

In the run up to Christmas you’ll have the chance to make your own reindeer feedbag. The perfect thing to help tired reindeers on their busiest night of the year.

Normal admission applies

Armley Mills, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Leeds Industrial Museum – Happy Hogmanay

27th, 28th, 29th December 2018, 10am – 5pm and 30th December 2018, 1-5pm

In the lead up to New Year you’ll be able to make your own Hogmanay gift bag and will learn all about the traditions behind this festival.

Normal admission applies

Armley Mills, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Meet Santa and his Reindeer at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Centre

8th December 2018 at 11:30-2:30pm

Come to Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park on Saturday 8th December and meet Santa and his reindeer. Santa will be giving out treats for the children and there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with Dasher and Prancer, and posing for selfies with Santa!

We hope to see you there!

Messy Christmas at Left Bank Leeds

Sunday, 16th December 2018 from 12:00-16:00

Bring the children along for some fun Christmas themed crafts. There will be cutting, sticking, biscuit decorating, crown making and plenty of glitter!

This year, we will also have a storytelling room where you can choose to take a seat, settle in and listen to some festive stories being told. The bar will be open selling delicious festive treats and drinks. Tickets are £3 for your first child and £1 for each additional sibling. They cost slightly more on the door – book in advance for the cheapest price.  All money raised will support the development of Left Bank Leeds Charitable Trust.

Suitable for Toddlers.  Booking advised.

Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, LS6 1LJ Leeds.  Tel: 0113 278 5822.

Monster Kidz Christmas Pyjama Party

Wednesday 19th December 2018, 4.00-7.00pm

This year we’ve decided to throw a Christmas Pyjama Party, so we want to see all the kidz and adults in their best Christmas Pyjama.  Kidz will get the chance to make there own magical reindeer dust, to guide santa on Christmas eve and to meet Santa himself and receive their own personal gift.

Tickets are £10.99 per child (available to purchase at Monster Kidz), includes hot meal, unlimited juice and unlimited play.

Toddler friendly.  Booking required.

Monster Kidz,  Unit B, St Catherines Business Complex, Broad Ln, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2TD.  Tel: 0113 257 1942

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Weekends from 1st – 23rd December 2018. Trains depart 9:35am, 11:10am, 1:55pm & 3:30pm

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself in his grotto on board the train.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 01751 472508

RHS Harlow Carr – Stories with Santa

30th November – 2nd December, 7th-9th December & 14th-24th December 2018. 

Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift.

With your e-ticket, you can enter the garden up to an hour before your session time with Mr & Mrs Claus to have a quick walk around the Winter Garden, take part in our Christmas craft activity and  make some magical reindeer food to take home with you.

Pre-booking required.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 56541

Santa Is Coming For Tea At Cafe Lux

Come and have tea with Santa on Saturday 15th December from 3.00-4.20pm.  There will be lots of fun activities including tea with Santa.  Each child will also get to meet Santa and pass on their letters if they wish.  They will also receive a gift.

Tickets are £5 each and are available from from the cafe.

Manor House, 23 Robin Ln, Pudsey LS28 7BR.  Tel: 0113 395 5832

Santa Specials at Middleton Railway

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16h, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2018, 10am-5pm

Santa Specials: Weekends from 1st-23rd December & Monday 24th December 2018. Trains – 10am,10.45am,11.30am,12.15pm,2.15pm,3pm,3.45pm

Board the Santa Special awaiting at the platform.  Keen eyed children will soon spot Santa and his elves boarding the train.  On the journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 0845 680 1758

Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Every weekend from 1st December 2018 & Christmas Eve

Every year the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway run Santa Specials. Join us for a journey behind one of our iconic steam locomotives for festive fun when Santa Clause travels along the Railway spreading goodwill all around.

The Railway StationHaworthBD22 8NJ. Tel: 01535 645214

Santa’s Little Helpers at Abbey House Museum

18th – 21st December 2018, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm

Festive fun craft activities for the under 5s.

No booking required.

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Shake Rattle & Boogie Christmas Specials

Come along to the Shake Rattle & Boogie Christmas Special session! A dance and music class for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with lots of festive cheer! This fun and interactive workshop is £5 per child and siblings are welcome to join in too! There will be Christmas song singing, instrument ringing, Pom Pom shaking & scarf dancing as well as all the magical elements that come with a Shake Rattle & Boogie workshop!

17th December 2018. 10am & 11am. Calverley. Calverley Methodist Church, 137 Carr Road, Pudsey LS28

18th December 2018. 10am. Adel. Studio Sixteen, 151A Otley Old Road, LS16 6HN

19th December 2018. 9.30am. Horsforth. Old Kings Arms, The Green, Horsforth, LS185JB

19th December 2018. 1.30pm. Holt Park. Kids Academy, Holtdale Approach, LS16 7RX Leeds

21st December 2018. 9.45am. Horsforth. Old Kings Arms, The Green, Horsforth, LS185JB

21st December 2018. 1pm. Farsley. Farsley & Calverley Children’s Centre, Farsley Farfield Primary School Cote Lane, LS28 5ED

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

To reserve your child’s place simply ‘like’ the Facebook Page, click ‘going’ on the event then buy your tickets here:-

Shrek The Musical At The Grand Theatre Leeds 2018

Tue 18th Dec 2018 – Sat 6th Jan 2019 

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Access performances:
– BSL Signed performance: Thursday 20 December 2018, 7pm
– Audio Described performance: Sunday 6 January 2019, 2.30pm

The Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ.  Tel: 0844 848 2700

Sleepy Santa Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

27th -30th December 2018, 10am -3pm

Santa, his elves and his reindeer are all exhausted after their hard word over Christmas, can you find them napping around the abbey in our trail?

Free event, no booking required.

Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Sling Swing Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

Sunday 16th December 2018 from 11:00-13:00

Sling Swing Leeds is hosting a Christmas party.  We’ll have lots of festive fun dancing and playing party games. We have a bubble machine and lots of decorations and lights.  There’s a prize for the best fancy dress outfit as well as prizes for dancing games. We’ll have some party snacks and a present for every child too!  The activities are aimed at children aged 0-5 but everyone is welcome.

Suitable for babies and toddlers.  Booking required.

Hall Park Cricket Cafe and Bar, Hall Park, Horsforth LS18 5JY.  Call Nat on 07411 612640.

Splat a Sprout family challenge trail and activities at Abbey House Museum

27th – 30th December 2018, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm (29th Dec, 2 – 4pm only)

Are you sick of Christmas already? Bored of board games? Take it out on the sprout! Join in for a series of sprout related family challenges in the Victorian Streets.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers. Normal admission applies

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

1st November 2018 – 7th January 2019, 10.30am – 8.30pm

Enjoy the exciting Adventure Zones, including Real Ice Rink (*new covered for 2018), Nordic Ski Trail, fun filled Maze and Illuminated Enchanted Forest with four different Adventure Playgrounds.

17th & 18th November: Santa’s Arrival and Sleigh Parade

24th & 25th November: Giant Snow Globe

Entry to the Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during the winter.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

Sundown Adventure Christmas Spectacular

17th of November – 24th December 2018

The Christmas Spectacular ticket includes a pre-booked Santa visit on the Magical Night Before Christmas Ride and also free access all day to all the other park’s rides and attractions.

Pre-booking required.

Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX Tel: 01777 248274

The Leeds Big Wheel Of Light

16th November 2018 – 1st January 2019, 11am – 10pm (8pm on Sunday’s)

With a system of 25,000 LED lights, the 110 foot illuminated big wheel gives the whole family an opportunity to experience a bird’s eye view of Leeds cityscape during the festive period.

Price: £5 per person, children 1m or under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Check Facebook Page for Christmas holiday opening times and changes to schedule due to weather.

Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

The Magical Christmas Maze At The Light Leeds

8th, 9th, 15th & 16th December 2018, 2.00pm-4.30pm

This Christmas, follow the Magical Maze through to Santas workshop, where you can have fun making festive crafts with the Elves. There’s have yummy hot chocolate to keep you warm before you get to see Santa Claus himself!

All children will receive a gift from Santa.

Expected time around 30mins. All ticket proceeds go to Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids.

Booking required.  Tickets available via Eventbrite

The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL

The Victoria Leeds Festive Lodge & Grotto

7th – 23rd December

A Festive Lodge full of delights, enjoy bratwurst, fondu and other bites. There’ll be music, song and Christmas cheer, and a special guest who’s flown in by reindeer…

The Victoria Leeds Festive Lodge & Grotto arrives on the 7th of December.  This enchanting winter wonderland will be outside of Victoria Gate on Sidney Street. Father Christmas is set to be extremely busy checking his naughty and nice list, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to book a slot to see him at the Grotto below.  He will be visiting from the 8th-9th December at first, then from the 10th-14th from 2pm-6pm and then he’ll be back from the 15th-23rd December.

Booking required.  Remember to download the free Victoria Leeds PLUS app to enjoy a free hot chocolate at the Festive Lodge!

Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, LS2 7AU

Thwaite Mills Watermill – Indoor Make & Play

27th & 28th December 2018, 10am – 5pm and 29th & 30th December 2018 at 12 – 4pm

Beat the post-Christmas blues at Thwaite Mills, we will have indoor toys and games, plus a picnic area and craft activities to keep all the family entertained whatever the weather!

Normal admission applies.

Thwaite Mills Watermill MuseumThwaite Lane, Stourton, LS10 1RP . Tel: 0113 378 2983

Santa at Cannon Hall Farm 2018

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th – 24th December 2018 

Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in.   The diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner. They can then make their way to the magical grotto to meet Santa himself and receive a gift.

You can also book a Santa Special (Breakfast or Lunch With Santa)  Meet Santa, take a tractor and trailer ride and enjoy a Christmas singalong with Rudolph and the elves.

Pre-booking required.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley.  Tel:  01226 790427

Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway 2018

1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

Climb aboard the Kirklees Light Railway’s Santa Specials and travel in steam heated carriages to the North Pole (aka Shelley Station). Santa will be waiting in his grotto with sacks full of presents for the children.

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults will be treated to a mince pie and festive tipple and children will enjoy biscuits and juice in the heated marquee.

Children will have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity and colouring sheets and, if they want to brave the cold, have a run around on the outdoor playground.

Suitable for Toddlers.  Booking required.

Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West HD8 9XJ.