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Things to do in Leeds… before Christmas

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As a town it’s perfect for a short break. Just like our serviced apartments and luxury hotels in Leeds city centre are.

The heart is easy to navigate, and crammed with fantastic shops, bars and clubs. In contrast the outskirts sit just a short journey away, and often hark back to days gone by- boasting Yorkshire stone and rural idylls.

Such a bustling place naturally comes alive at Christmas, and the surrounding Pennine hills are currently receiving a generous dusting of snow, causing chaos as drivers battle drifts and daytime temperatures below freezing. But still, warmth and goodwill defines the town at this time of year.

Like most major municipalities, Leeds is no stranger to a Christmas market or two, and we highly recommend the Christkindelmarkt in Millennium Square. Grab some stereotypically crafty gifts from the predominantly German sellers, take a nostalgic ride on an antiquated merry-go-round and then move inside for weissbier and meat filled brotchen in the Frankfurter Scheune. Afterwards, head back to your Roomzzz aparthotel, conveniently located nearby.

If historic festivities are more your sort of thing then take a trip to Harewood House- a great alternative to the heaving streets. There are rare birds on show, and 100 acres of award winning gardens to explore. But right now you can also find English gift stalls, brass bands, and festive food. Plus, special ‘behind the scenes’ events offer an insight into the priceless collections housed at this stately home.

Just down the road in Wetherby, and a seasonal favourite has made a welcome return. The Christmas cheer continues as Stockeld Park opens its family friendly Christmas Adventure. Ascend the big wheel and gaze across majestic vistas of North Leeds’ leafy suburbs, try your hand at cross-country Nordic skiing, skate on the ice rink, explore the enchanted forest and find your way out of the snowflake maze.

Heading back into town, and Leeds Craft Centre is offering visitors the chance to get Up Front and In the Spotlight with artists. Things kicked off last month, and run through to January. Jewellery, glass, ceramics, wire and woodwork will all be on show, lovingly created by some of the best designers in the UK. What finer place to pick up a real one off for that extra special someone?

By now the cold air will be kicking in, while stomachs are beginning to churn. Some fine food is in order then, and the best way to end your day. Whitelocks sits just off the hustle and bustle of Briggate, down a narrow snicket. Licensed in 1715, and originally named The Turks Head, the old stained glass and celebrated interior make for perhaps the most traditional place in which to fill your pre-Christmas plate. And the food is highly recommended too.