Things to do in Yorkshire this Christmas

in West Yorkshire

Last night, Radio Leeds welcomed Welcome to Yorkshire MD, Robin Scott, to discuss Christmas Events in West Yorkshire, and as expected, there wasn’t time to run through all the great stuff happening across the region, however, below is a quick guide to things happening in the region this festive season.

Robin was interviewed by Sanchez Payne on the evening of 7 December 2022.

While reading the post, click here to open this Radio Leeds interview in BBC Sounds.

Christmas Markets

Harrogate Christmas Fair

Ends this Sunday 11th December at 4.30pm Arts, crafts, festive food: “you can use the FREE Candy Express road train to get around every day that the Christmas Fayre is on!”

Millenium Square, Leeds

From 25th November until Saturday 31st December 2022


Piece Hall, Halifax

Lots of stuff happening at the Piece Hall, Halifax on an almost daily basis.

Festive Experiences

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

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 At York Designer Outlet is on until Sunday 8th January 2023 

There’s an outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair, Santa’s Grotto and The Chalet alpine cafe

Stockeld Park 

Stockeld Park in Wetherby has Christmas activities until Tuesday 3rd Jan 2023

Illuminations, Santa, Ice Skating and more!

“one-of-a-kind projection light show costing over £100,000.”

Illuminated Trail at Roundhay Park 

Has “striking light installations designed by a range of international artists” – it ends on Monday 19th December

Temple Newsam

Father Christmas on weekends throughout December and daily between Tuesday 20th and Friday 23rd December. 

Lotherton Hall 

Christmas Experience until 31st December 2022

do a Christmas Walk, Visit Santa and meet the elves

Light up the Yorkshire Coast

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December – see lasers and projections across lighthouses and landmarks


It’s officially panto season, so check listings at your local theatre, but some we like the look of are below.


  • Leeds Playhouse until Saturday 31st December £14 | Age 2+

Jack and the Beanstalk @ The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Saturday 10th Dec 2022 – 22nd January 2023

  • Billy Pearce (panto legend)
  • Davina DiCampo (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy from Emmerdale)

Leeds Grand Theatre in December


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without music! As well as carols and brass bands, there’s also some big shows coming to town this Festive season.

Kirkstall Abbey Carols

  • 2pm – 3pm on Sunday 11th December 2022 Heritage Singers, a 24 voice chamber choir based in Leeds. No need to book.

Rod Stewart at First Direct Arena, Leeds

  • Leeds on Tuesday 13th December 7pm

Black Dyke Band and Bradford Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

  • Bradford on Saturday 10th December 6pm
  • £3 – £18 (SOLD OUT) |  Age 14+

Orchestra of Opera North events in Calderdale – Huddersfield and Dewsbury

The Nutcracker & The Snowman

  • Huddersfield on Tuesday 13th December 6pm

Christmas Gala Concert at Dewsbury Town Hall

  • Dewsbury on Thursday 15th December 7:30pm

Orchestra of Opera North Concert: Viennese Whirl

  • Huddersfield on December 30th, 2022 3:30pm

Christmas Sport

I don’t want to tempt fate by talking about the latter rounds of the World Cup, but Leeds United are playing Man City 28th December at Elland Road.

Robin Scott, Welcome to Yorkshire

For fans of horse racing, The Boxing Day meeting is taking place at Wetherby Racecourse as usual over 2 days, and there’s more jumps racing at Catterick and Doncaster that week.

Add Your Own!

Missed something above? Leave a public comment below with a Christmas event you are looking forward to, and share it with us all! Also browse the events pages to discover more. If you organise a community event, you can list those here completely free. Commercial events may be submitted here.

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