Things to Do During the Dark Nights

The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are now upon us. Avoid just going home and wasting your evening in bed, explore Leeds with this useful guide on things to do to lengthen your days during the dark evenings.

The German Christmas Market

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds' annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre.

Millennium Square will once again 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.

The market runs Friday 10th November to Sunday 24th December, 10.30 to 21.30 (19.30 Sundays).

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Leeds Art Gallery

After an extensive refurbishment, Leeds Art gallery recently re opened its doors to the public. For the first time in a generation, visitors can see the stunning glass ceiling that has been transformed into a new gallery. Experience the light-filled spaces and discover; a major exhibition by legendary artist Joseph Beuys and a stunning new wall painting Xanadu commission for the Victorian staircase by Lothar Götz and new collection displays.

The Art Gallery is free entry and open between 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday – Saturday and 11:00 - 15:00 on Sundays.

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Bars and Restaurants

Leeds is full of top quality bars and restaurants that suit all tastes, it would be hard to pick just one to recommend. So why not spend the winter months sampling a few… Check out the link below for some suggestions.

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From intriguing plays to impressive operas Leeds theatres offer an experience to suit everyone. With a number of theatres in Leeds you will be spoilt for choice.

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Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park

Why not try getting fit and have fun at the same time? Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park in Leeds is 9 different zones of jumping fun! Explore over 120 trampolines, giant airbag, awesome assault course, the world’s first fitness reaction track and much more!

It’s trampolining taken to a whole new level!

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The Climbing Lab

The Climbing Lab offers beginners and experienced climbing courses week in, week out at a state of the art indoor climbing wall located just off Kirkstall Road. The Lab love to teach, run exciting bouldering competitions, inspire you and create an amazing community of like-minded climbers.

You don’t have to be a climbing expert to use the indoor wall, you don’t even need a rope, just a desire for adventure. They even do student discount!

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Leeds International Film Festival

Celebrate Leeds’s film culture at Leeds International Film Festival. The world’s first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today the city is a leading centre for film culture right in the heart of Yorkshire, a major region in Europe for film production. See what’s on between the 1- 16 November across the city, Hyde Park Picture House will be showing a selection of movies.

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Free Gigs

From the hallowed ground of Brudenell Social Club to city centre bars like Oporto, Headrow House and Smokestack, you won’t struggle to find free gigs in Leeds. With up and coming talent taking to the stages all over the city, you can have a great night out and see a band or two before they hit the big time.

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By Accommodation Office
27 Feb 2020
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