Leeds has become a top UK shopping destination for those looking to get away for the weekend. An array of stylish hotels is attracting visitors to enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping.

When the shopping all gets too much, though, check out some quirky pit-stops for a welcome escape.

The Festive Yard at the Grade 1 listed Victorian building, The Corn Exchange, will provide you with a memorable escape from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of Leeds. Enjoy festive food, drinks, music, and arts, whilst perusing the best of independent retailers.

Alternatively, you can find a stillness in the midst of the festive chaos by taking a seat at the table of Christmas with Us at Leeds train station.

This interactive art installation allows revellers to enjoy a moment of reflection and share in an intimate conversation over a warm drink. ‘Christmas with us’ reveals personal stories, highlighting the beauty and the difficulty of the Christmas season.

At Victoria Gardens, Thor’s Tipi is also giving relief from the high-street. Feast on wholesome winter drinks and fodder to celebrate in a Viking inspired, pop-up tipi bar, nestled in the heart of the city.

Cosy up in front of log fires and twinkling lights or enjoy the Winter garden with Christmas trees, atmospheric lights and outdoor heating.

For a real getaway, climb aboard Leeds Big Wheel on Victoria Gardens, and take a moment to escape the busy streets for quiet reflection while appreciating the great city views from a sky-high position.

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