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17 superb things to do in Leeds this week

Written by
Rob Martin

Not long to go now, and we know some of you will be looking for ideas for Christmas gifts, so in our things to do guide this week we're including some ideas should you need to go out and fill those stockings. Here goes.


Christmas Hampers
We've found ten of the very best on Leeds for you to have a look at, from the healthy tasty treats on offer from Millie's to the indulgent delights of a basket full from Hotel Chocolat. 

Lambert's Yard
The three floors of this beautiful sixteenth century building have been a great place to visit since its current incarnation opened in November, and their 'stocking filler' range might just reveal something for that special someone. Or you could just treat yourself of course!

Victoria Quarter
You could always have a wander around the Victoria Quarter and see if inspiration grabs you. If the stunning architecture doesn't make you feel good about shopping, nothing will.

German Markets
Visit Millennium Square for the traditional German markets where you're sure to find something. Especially after a couple of glasses of warm gluhwein. 

OK, enough of shopping. What about the time you have on your hands in between preparing for next week? What about some 'me time'?


The Wood Beneath the World, Leeds Town Hall, Until Thu Dec 23, £8/£6
There's something quite enchanting about a forest, don't you think? Magical places, but slightly scary too. You're never sure what's going on behind those trees over there... And when that forest has grown out of the floor in the basement of the Town Hall, that's really something to see.

The Leeds Reindeer Trail, various locations, free
Have you seen the decorated full sized reindeer dotted around the city? There are fifteen of them, and we've got a handy map so you can find them all. Where? Here.

Museums & Attractions

John Fowler, Leeds Industrial Museum, until Sep 2015, up to £3.50
Works from the collections of several museums are brought together here to honour Fowler’s life and achievements, marking 150 years since his premature death.

Leeds City Museum
There's still time to catch the 'Roman Empire: Power and People' exhibition at our glorious City Museum, before it closes early in the New Year.

Duty Calls, Lotherton Hall, until Wed Dec 31, free-£5
At this time of year, we're all very well aware that duty does, indeed, call with the power of a megaphone behind it. So if you need to think about the kinds of family duty that mattered in times gone by, this is for you.

Music & Nightlife

Things are winding down a little on the gig circuit as people start to watch the pennies and plan for next week, but there are few good ones you can still catch.

Cast, Brudenell Social Club, Fri Dec 19, £17
As a sixth album, as yet untitled, gets a 2015 release, the band of Liverpudlians who grew out of 'Shack' and 'The Las' play an intimate gig with support from John McCullagh and The Escorts.

Two Sevens, Baby Jupiter, Fri Dec 19, free
Ready for reggae? Screaming for ska? This is the night for you.

Leed's Punk Rock Christmas, Brudenell Social Club, Sat Dec 20, £10
This is the perfect way to de-stress yourself, with a selection of local bands punking it up for the night. 


Peter Pan, Leeds Grand, Thu Dec 11 - Sat Dec 20, £10.50-£40
A lovely new version by Northern Ballet telling the tale of Wendy, her brothers and the boy from Neverland who never grows up. The music is by the Oscar-winning composer  Stephen Warbeck, who won the golden man for his score to 'Shakespeare in Love'.

White Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until Sat Jan 17, £12-£33
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? You will be after you see this great big warm hug of a show, starring Darren Day.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Carriageworks Theatre, until Sat Jan 9, £9.50-£18
Delightful traditional panto for all the family, based on the Disney tale.


Hyde Park Picture House
Did you know that this lovely old cinema house has a friends scheme? So if you have any cinema lovers you need to get something for, what could be better than an annual membership?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
So it's the finalé of the Middle Earth films, after fifteen years. Have a read of our interview with director Peter Jackson. We even got some of the cast to join in and ask some questions too. It's here.

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