School Holidays & Annual Events West Leeds

New Year & Post Christmas Family Events

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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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Boxing Day and New Year Walks

10 child friendly Boxing Day and New Year walks you can enjoy in and around Leeds. Click here for more details.

Children on a Boxing Day walk in West Leeds Mumbler

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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 2018 – 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

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

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

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

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

Festive Quiz Trail At Fairburn Ings

14th Dec 2018 – 4th Jan 2019, 9am – 4pm

Price: Free, usual entry fee applies

This Christmas holiday work off your turkey with a festive themed quiz trail at Fairburn Ings…

Festive Quiz Trail.  Visit Fairburn Ings visitor centre between 9am and 4pm for your free quiz sheet. Suitable for all ages.

RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH.  Tel: 01977 628191

Fire & Ice New Years Eve Family Party

31st December 2018 from 6.30pm

Step into a world of Fire & Ice for the family party of the year at the Cedar Court Hotel, Leeds/Bradford.   From the fabulous fiery greeting through to the world of icicles and glitter, the children will be entertained with our games rooms and after the festive buffet blaze away on the dance floor to welcome in the New Year in style. Bar open at 6.30pm / Dinner served at 8pm / Bar closes at 1am / Disco until 1.30am. Dress code: Dress to impress.

Cedar Court Hotel, Leeds/ Bradford, Mayo Avenue, Rooley Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 8HW.  Tel: 01274 406606

Knaresborough Duck Race 2019

January 1st 2019, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

High Bridge in Knaresborough.  Join us for the annual duck race!

Our Annual Duck Race is again taking place on New Year’s Day 2019. Tickets are £1 each with the following prizes available:
1st 🐥 £100
2nd 🐥 £60
3rd 🐥 £40
4th 🐥 £30
5th 🐥 £20
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th 🐥 £10

Knaresborough High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 9AX.  Tel: 01423 799601

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 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

Legends: King Arthur at The Royal Armouries

29th – 31st December 2018, 10am-5pm

An action-packed themed weekend featuring the legendary leader of medieval myths and romances.

Inspired by our global collection, the Legends event season explores mighty and mysterious warrior legends from cultures around the world through storytelling, performances, combat demonstrations, music, film and activities for all ages.

FREE event. No booking required. 

Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999

Meraki Creative Hub Christmas Holiday Club

2nd-4th January 2019, 9am-4pm

Throwback film theme with drama, film making, pranks, slime workshops, science experiments and the usual crafts and games

Suitable for ages 4-11 years. £17 a day or £45 for 3 days.  8am drop off available (on request)

At the WOW Centre, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1LQ,

Email ( to book or find out more info!

Moo Music Christmas and New Year Special

28th December 2018. 9.45-11am

1hr 15mins of Messy Moo with their favourite Moo Music playing and a variety of Christmas and New Year themed stations to get messy with.
Come dressed to get messy, swimming costumes/shorts, nappies, old vests are ideal for Messy Moo!
Please remember to bring a towel!
Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. £7 first child. Sibling £4Book via Facebook page.
Adel Sports And Social Club, Church Lane, Adel, LS16 8DE Leeds

New Years Eve Family Fancy Dress Party At Pudsey Congs CC

Monday 31st December 2018 from 19:30-00:30

This year’s theme will be SPORT !!  So whether its your football team a famous sports person or even a sport anything goes. Lets see some creative costumes. Prizes are up for grabs !

There will be a fab disco and great atmosphere.  Children are allowed in all night so this is a perfect family night out.  Free Entry and Non Members welcome.  You can even bring your own food for a little fuddle.

Pudsey Congs Cricket Club, Intake Road, Pudsey LS28 9BZ.

New Years Eve Family Party at The Village Hotel, North Leeds

31st December 2018, from 6.30pm

Party the night away at our family dinner and disco. Let the bubbles flow as we countdown to midnight, while our DJ makes sure the dance floor is choc full of revelers into the early hours!

New Year’s Eve 3 course family dinner in the restaurant
Full Ticket Price : £40.00 per adult and £20.00 per child (Under 2 Free).

Village Leeds North – 186 Otley Road, Headingley, LS16 5PR.  Tel:  0113 323 6150

NYE Mini Rave with Boomchikkaboom

31st December 2018, 12pm -4pm

Join Boomchikkaboom for a Family Rave to celebrate the end of 2018.

Expect an explosion of fun, with snow machine, bubble machine, parachute fun, dance battles, photo booth and more. Aimed at walking tots to 8years but all ages welcome.

Sessions 12pm – 1.30pm & 2.30pm-4pm

Booking required via Boomchikkaboom website

The Piece Hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Rainbow Factory Disney NYE Party

31st December 2018, Sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Celebrate New Year as a family by joining some of the best-loved characters from Disney classics, for a sparkling event, sprinkled with pixie dust at The Rainbow Factory.  Expect crafts, dancing, games, singing and a whole lot more!

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. Includes party food.

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

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

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

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

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