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7 of the Most Exciting Events in Leeds this Winter

The vibrant city of Leeds has something for everyone this winter. With events ranging from festive ice rinks to tea with Santa, we’re confident there will be something for everyone. So, pack your scarf and gloves … a stay at The Pennine Manor offers access to this northern cultural hub.

Ice Cube @ Christmas

What says winter more than lacing up your skates? Replacing the annual Christmas Market (Christkindelmarket) which has been cancelled this year, this fun event will transform Millennium Square into a family-friendly wonderland.

Sample delicious food and drink from around the world, decorate gingerbread, shop at the market and experience music and winter-themed rides. Further details are to be announced on the official website soon.

Cinderella, the Pantomime

Also located in Millennium Square, the Carriageworks Theatre is set to put on an incredible show this winter. Watch Cinderella’s transformation from rags to the glass slipper and beyond, with the whole family in this 2-hour pantomime.

Performances start on 25th November 2022 and run until 8th January 2023, meaning you can continue the magic of Christmas into next year. Recommended for ages 5+ and big kids at heart, why not team your tickets with a joyous day at Ice Cube @ Christmas?

Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Another must-see event of the winter-Christmas calendar, Leeds Grand Theatre will host The Nutcracker between 20th December and 7th January 2023. Northern Ballet has an excellent reputation and has created audio-described shows (AD) so more people can enjoy a visit to this stunning venue.

Performances are set to take place at 14:00 & 19:00 so there’ll be plenty of time to explore Leeds’ attractions beforehand. Learn more about The Nutcracker Story here.

The Rugby League World Cup

Leeds loves rugby league. So, it seems only fitting that the city will host several of the Rugby League World Cup games at Elland Road and Headingley. With fierce competition expected, now’s the time to buy your tickets.

Or, will you absorb the atmosphere at the city’s Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival? The tournament kicks off on 15th October 2022 until 19th November 2022.

Strictly Come Dancing Live

Strictly Come Dancing is a highlight of television for many during the winter season. Escape the ‘January blues’ by adding The Live Tour (26th and 27th January 2023) to your plans for next year.

See the contestants’ dances being scored by the judges and soak up the atmosphere of this well-loved show, at the Leeds First Arena. Book your tickets here – with VIP hospitality experiences available on both nights.

Illuminated Park Trail

Experience the vast 700-acre Roundhay Park after the sun goes down.

You will walk around the illuminated sights as you explore the sparkle of the park dressed with over one million lights. Just remember to stop and taste some savoury and sweet treats with a hot chocolate (or mulled wine) at the fire garden.

This exciting new event is happening between 8th December 2022 and 1st January 2023. Book your tickets today!

Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa

The British tradition of taking afternoon tea meets this very festive VIP at The Mansion House, also at Roundhay Park.

Father Christmas is accompanied by his workshop elves and the building will be suitably decorated between 11th December and 23rd December this year. Enhancing your stay here at The Pennine Manor, there are daily audiences with Santa. And, your little ones will be given their first Christmas present of the year.

Book your winter stay

Located just 21 miles from Leeds, the Pennine Manor opens up access to the world of festive events. Contact us to reserve your accommodation for an incredible winter break.

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