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Festive activities in North Leeds

Tis' the season to be jolly! Here is our guide to all of the festive fun happening in North Leeds.

Aladdin at the Carriageworks Theatre

Fri 26 November – Sun 9 January 2022, Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Hop aboard a magic carpet destined for the Carriageworks Theatre to see this year’s enchanting family pantomime, Aladdin.

Follow Aladdin on the journey of a lifetime as he soars through the skies in his quest for fortune and true love. Don’t miss this GENIE-us production full of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, dazzling costumes and laugh-out-loud jokes guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles, whether you’re three… or ninety-three!

Leeds’ favourite Jez Edwards is back for his eleventh year in a Carriageworks Theatre pantomime, starring as Wishee Washee. Joining Jez on stage is Aaron Steadman as Aladdin, the flamboyant Anna Phylactic as Widow Twankey, Ohaana Greeves as Jasmine, and Alexander Lee as Abanazar.

Book here.

3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

Christmas at Harewood

13 November 2021- 3 January 2021

Get your family into the Christmas spirit with a winter day at Harewood House!

- Roam 120 acres of gardens and grounds, decorated with shining lights, giant Christmas trees and marshmallow toasting fires!

- Spark the kids’ imagination with Upon a Christmas Wish in the House – a stunning immersive production telling a Christmas tale like never before

- Delve into hidden valleys and skip across stepping stones in the Himalayan Garden, and say “Merry Christmas” to the penguins, flamingoes and parrots in the Bird Garden

- Run, jump and play on Harewood’s beloved Adventure Playground, and explore this year’s new Woodland Wonderland

- Enjoy yummy festive drinks, snacks and lunches – hot chocolates and pie & peas anyone?

- Buy thoughtful gifts in our two Christmas shops, and discover local independent makers at the Festive Gift Fairs on selected weekends

Book here.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG

Christmas at Mother Shipton’s

20th November- 24th December 2021. Times vary depending on the day you would like to visit.

What to expect this Christmas:

· See Santa (socially distanced)

· Meet Chief Elf Chestnut

· Optional add-on purchase of a special soft toy gift to receive from Santa’s Elf Helper whilst you meet Santa

· Winter Woodland Walk

· Festive Displays & Scenes

· Christmas Post Office

· Adventure Playground*

· Cave where Mother Shipton was born*

· Petrifying Well*

· Gift Shop

· Museum

· Wishing Well

· Wishing Logs

· Take-Away refreshments available to purchase

· Picnic tables available & toilets open

· Dog Friendly (on a lead, the only place that dogs can’t go is inside the adventure playground)

*Subject to weather conditions

Tickets are for timed sessions. Most sessions allow up to 2.5 hours within the attraction.

Booking here.

Mother Shipton's Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD

Pinocchio by Northern Ballet

7th – 11th December 2021

In a faraway land, a hard-working and lonely carpenter wishes for his puppet Pinocchio to come to life. By the magic of a wishing well his dream comes true! Pinocchio is playful and mischievous and must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. Join Pinocchio on his adventure as he discovers that where there is love and honesty, there is always magic.

An original retelling of the classic children’s story, Pinocchio is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

With sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions for children are not to be missed.

An original ballet based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

£8 Adults, £6 Children, £1 Babes in Arms. Book here.

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

A Forest Full of Christmas Secrets, This Green Moon

4th-19th December 2021

The legendary trail to find the true meaning of Christmas is back. Grab a map from one of our Wizelves at the gate and join the Swilligogs on an adventurous journey by lamplight to uncover the clues and solve the mystery.

Wonderful treats, food and drink will be available and you can come and unwind amidst the sparkle and enchantment of the ancient forest. Join us at the fire for a spiced cider and a toasted marshmallow for the kids.

Find tickets online from This Green Moon. Booking required.

This Green Moon, Swillington Farm, Swillington, LS26 8QA

Christmas Illuminations at Temple Newsam

November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath the trees illuminated in Christmas colours. For a moment of reflection, pause at mesmerising, flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and glimpse Father Christmas along the way!

Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a spiced winter warmer or luxury hot chocolate shared with someone special.

Your very merry Christmas starts here! Limited event capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice. Book here.

Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE

Christmas at RHS Harlow Carr

Glow’ Winter Illuminations, 18 November- 29 December

Immerse yourself in the festive season with a magical adventure through RHS Garden Harlow Carr as dusk falls. Special lighting effects will bring a touch of magic and colour to the garden’s magnificent trees and shrubs; see iconic features including the Queen Mother’s Lake, Streamside, Winter Walk, Doric columns and Alpine House transformed into enchanting after-dark highlights.

Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB