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Leeds will be arty this Christmas


Carousel in Leeds - what's on this Christmas
The festive season is upon us and the city of Leeds is celebrating with exhibitions, crafts and its annual Christmas market

We all have our favourite Christmas traditions – the ways in which we like to celebrate the holiday season. However, in its bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023, Leeds will be doing things a bit differently this year. 

From now until mid-January the city will play host to a range of exhibitions, craft sessions and shows that will display work from various generations and cultures. Although, of course, this is all in addition to the German Christmas market that visits the area every year. 

Here's everything you need to know about the planned events and how you can be a part of them. 

Leeds Christmas Market
Millennium Square
Until 20 December 
Offering a wide range of gifts you'll struggle to find anywhere else, Leeds Christmas Market is a fantastic place to shop around for quirky presents that are perfect for your loved ones. With a twinkling carousel, hot drinks on tap and all of the German delicacies you could possibly want, it'll certainly keep you happy, warm and entertained. 


Craft Centre & Design Gallery, part of Unfold
City Art Gallery
Until 9 January 
Showcasing the work of more than 300 designers specialising in ceramics, glass and wood, Craft Centre & Design Gallery is offering you the opportunity to get your hands on some truly unique presents. Showing no less than seven unique exhibitions, the gallery is worth a visit whether you're on the hunt for gifts or not. 


Japanese Winterland, part of Unfold
The Arts Space, Leeds Central Library
Until 10 January
Showcasing Japanese yarn craft and encouraging you to get involved, Stitch-Up will be turning Leeds City Library's Art Space into a Japanese winter wonderland. Free drop-ins and workshops are available, where you will be able to help the artists add to their beautiful installation.


British Art Show 8
Leeds Art Gallery
Until 10 January
Organised every five years, the British Art Show displays the best work of a new generation of artists, making it a fantastic measure of where contemporary art in the UK is today. When the show moves on to Edinburgh in January 2016, Leeds Art Gallery will close its doors for a year while it receives some essential refurbishment work, so this will be your last chance to visit the gallery before it reopens in 2017. 


The Feast Wagon, part of Unfold
The Tetley
Until 10 January
A series of new commissions will see a range of original artwork being displayed across the city. Using sculptural installations, text works, collage and a number of billboards, artists have explored the idea of cultural exchange and the possibilities for personal or collective change. The starting point for the show is the now famous footage of horse-drawn carriages crossing Leeds Bridge in 1888, which is believed to be the first use of moving film in history. 

Published in: November 2015

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