Even if you know a city well, there are always unexpected surprises and hidden gems to be discovered. From drinking venues to boutique shops, Leeds is a place of discovery.

This year, why not try a visit to the Arctic Bazaar at Art Hostel on Kirkgate, a-friendly Nordic-inspired snug complete with interactive artworks, family-friendly activities, a curated marketplace, and even a mobile sauna!

In this mysterious world of warming spices, salted liquorice, and black ice, you can indulge in hot chocolate, Glögi, and sweet bites to eat.

At Christkindlmarkt, Kuh Stall is an outdoor-indoor bar with hot festive drinks and a roaring fire, or alternatively head to the Ski Hutte, an apres-ski bar where hosts play tunes on their Glockenspiel!

There are all sorts of unexpected surprises happening in Leeds over the Christmas period. Search for screenings of classic Christmas films, and you’ll find a number including The Snowman at Leeds Town Hall and The Muppet Christmas Carol at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen care of Dawsons Arthouse Christmas Kids Club, plus plenty of others.

The Belgrave Christmas Feast on 9 & 16 December will also see food and beer traders, craft stalls, and brass bands come together for an unexpected celebration of all things Christmas.

Make sure you have a wander down some of Leeds’ quieter streets and ginnels this Christmas – for a pint or a present – and you’ll discover some fantastic, hidden treats.

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