Out of term time activities

We know that a lot of students stay in Leeds over the holidays and after term finishes, so there’s a wide range of events and activities which you can get involved with to make the most of these times of year.

Christmas in Leeds 2017

Are you staying in Leeds over Christmas this year?

Look out for our Christmas in Leeds booklets (PDF), containing events listings and information on what to expect from Christmas in the UK. 

Printed booklets will be available from International Student Office, Global Café, Leeds University Union, the Business School, Parkinson Court, the Language Centre, and other locations across campus. 

Join the Christmas in Leeds Facebook group to meet other students staying in Leeds over the Christmas period, arrange socials and start planning your holidays.

You will need a University of Leeds email address to join the Christmas in Leeds 2017 Facebook group. If your Facebook is not already connected to your University of Leeds email address, all you will need to do is go to ‘Settings’ then ‘General’, and then add your University email address under ‘Account email address(es)’. You can also add your University email address as your ‘primary email’, if you wish. If you are having any further difficulties with this, please email globalcommunity@leeds.ac.uk with your University of Leeds email address and Facebook name so that we can invite you to the group. Please note that the University is closed from 17.00 on Thursday 21 December 2017 to 09.00 on Tuesday 2 January 2018. If you are having any issues during this time please try the first tips above, or ask a friend already in the group to invite you to it. 

Please take necessary safety precautions when arranging to meet with people from the group for the first time. We recommend you go with a friend and meet in a public place.

There are plenty of events and activities happening on campus and around the city to keep you entertained, from craft workshops and carol concerts, to cafes and Christmas parties. Take a look at what’s on below and keep checking back for new events!

Events on campus

Wednesday 13 - Sat 30 December
Virtual Exercise Classes instructed in Mandarin (The Edge, 17.30-19.30) Free, must book

Monday 18 December, 9 January
Global Café (LUU Common Ground, 17.30-19.30) 

Wednesday 20 December, 3 January
International Students’ Club (Emmanuel Centre, 18.00-19.45) 

Tuesday 19 December
Traditional Christmas Meal (University House, 12.30-14.30)

Friday 22 December - Monday 1 January 2018
University closed and will reopen on 2 January 2018 but check out our off-campus events below.

Tuesday 2 January 2018
Christmas Book Club (Level 12, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, 14.30-15.30)
Free, family friendly, just turn up

Events off campus

The following events are organised by the University. Staff in purple t-shirts will be on hand to introduce you to one another, so don’t be afraid to come alone. Sign up by 18 December for events taking place after 22 December. Events with a charge are subsidised so may be less expensive than buying elsewhere.

Thursday 21 December
Rainbow Junk-tion Introduction (Meet at LUU entrance to walk to Rainbow Junk-tion Cafe, 12.00-14.00)
Free, family friendly, just turn up

Saturday 23 December
Football Match: Leeds vs Hull (Meet at Corn Exchange in city centre to travel via bus to Elland Road Stadium, 13.15-18.00) - Tickets are no longer available, so you must have already bought a ticket in advance.

Monday 25 December
Rainbow Junk-tion Christmas Lunch (Rainbow Junk-tion Cafe, All Hallows Church LS6 1NP, volunteer from 08.00 or eat from 12.00-15.00)

Wednesday 27 December
Meet to Eat (Meet at Customer Service Lounge 1st floor, Trinity Shopping Centre, 12.00-14.00)
Free, family friendly, just turn up

Friday 29 December
Get Out Get Active Countryside Walk (Meet at Parkinson Steps, day trip)

Sunday 31 December
Rock’n’Roll Pantomime: Aladdin (Meet at City Varieties Music Hall, LS1 6LW, 11.30-15.00) - Tickets are no longer available, so you must have already bought a ticket in advance.

Events in the city

Here is a small selection of events from across the city. These events are open to everyone and are family friendly.

Every Saturday, 25 December and 1 January
Park run (Woodhouse Moor also known as Hyde Park, 09.00-10.00)

Friday 10 November – 24 December
German Christmas Market (Millennium Square, 10.30-21.00 Mon-Sat/19.30 Sun)

Friday 24 November – 1 January
Magic Lantern Festival (Roundhay Park, 17.00-22.00, £9-15)

Thursday 14-21 December
Leeds Hidden Christmas Market (Kirkstall Abbey, 18.00-23.00 and 11.00-16.00 weekends)

Tuesday 19-21 December
A Winter’s Trail at Skelton Grange (Skelton Grange Environmental Centre, LS10 1RS, 16.00)

Sunday 17 December
Messy Christmas Craft Activities for Kids (Left Bank Leeds, 14.00-16.00)

Wednesday 20 December
Celebrations from Around the World (Family Workshop) (Leeds Discovery Centre, 10.00-12.00)

Wednesday 27 December
Creative Fun for Under Fives (The Tetley, 10.30-11.30 or 11.45-12.45, free but book in advance)

Thursday 28 December
Family Art Workshop (The Tetley, drop in between 11.00-15.00, free)

There are many more activities and events taking place across the city. Why not book tickets for traditional shows such as carol concerts, ballets, and musicals? You could even visit the stately homes of Lotherton Hall or Temple Newsam for their traditional Christmas experiences.

For more events in the City, including opportunities to experience Christmas traditions, visit:

Volunteering and community activities

Many see the festive period as a chance to get involved in their community and help others. Start looking early for volunteering opportunities using the following websites:

We have partnered with the Rainbow Junk-tion Cafe, part of the Real Junk Food Project network, to offer opportunities to volunteer this Christmas. See the off campus events listings for more details. Find out more about the cafe at http://rainbowjunktion.org.uk

Throughout the festive period
Oxfam Christmas Shop Volunteer

Saturday 16 December
Volunteering Day (Bedford Fields Forest Garden, drop in between 11.00-16.00, free)