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Follow a festive trail through Leeds this Christmas


Discover a host of glimmering, glittering illuminated attractions in Leeds city centre this festive season with a trail of sparkling, shimmering trees.


This year, a number of show-stopping Christmas trees will be springing up in new locations, with the added adornment of innovative lighting in key locations – all bringing festive sparkle to new parts of the city.


Follow the bright lights and look upward, discovering a giant walk-through, colour-changing tree on Briggate. See delicate handmade winter features adorning office areas and witness a wash of Christmas colour to a key pedestrianised shopping area.


The trail, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) this Christmas, will enable people to experience some festive spirit in new parts of the city, with statement trees in Dortmund Square, St Peter’s Square, Granary Wharf and outside first direct arena. Briggate will also come to life with a vibrant, shifting show of colour with a ‘not to be missed’ immersive, interactive pixel tree.


The trail will also shine a light on some of the city’s much-loved iconic buildings and inject a festive feel with creative artistic installations. Lighting up the old alongside the new sees the beautifully lit Holy Trinity Church shine bright next to the neighbouring Trinity Leeds and its giant Kissmas Tree, whilst the Queens Hotel Leeds is dressed majestically in white, flanking the city’s more traditional Christmas tree in City Square.


Park Square, Sovereign Street and Bond Court will be given a festive glow from a series of lit wintery blooms handcrafted from recycled packaging sourced from Leeds businesses, and inspired by the textures of frost, ice and snow.


Coming to the city this year in the countdown to Christmas is a special interactive treasure hunt – The Lost Present – which will enable people to see the city in a new light, whilst also reuniting a gift with its owner.


The trail provides a fun, interactive and engaging way to experience Christmas in Leeds with a series of new festive installations, in addition to the host of other festivities going on in the city – from the Leeds Lights and the return of the Christkindelmarkt to Millennium Square (one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK) to the Merrion Centre’s Magical Christmas and Victoria Leeds’ Christmas Grotto and Festive Lodge.


Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive, said:

“LeedsBID has looked to spread some additional festive sparkle throughout the city centre, extending out from the retail areas, with new statement lights and trees to enhance the overall Christmas experience for those coming into Leeds.”


“Trails like this encourage people to explore the city and enjoy all it has to offer this Christmas.  These enhancements go a long way to brighten the mood and lift spirits not only during the festive period but during the dark winter months.”


In the countdown to the festive trail launching this weekend, the Windows of Leeds letters in Leeds Station have had a Christmas make-over, providing a joyful welcome to all those coming into the city.


Vinny Burke, Station Manager at Leeds Station, said:

“The letters really brighten up the station and we hope the new artwork will put all visitors to Leeds in the festive mood.”


The trail officially starts on Saturday (10th November) from 4pm, with the switch-on of the pixel tree on Briggate, accompanied by the sound of the hugely talented Hyde Park Brass.


Members of the public can pick up maps detailing all the installations on the trail from Leeds Welcome Ambassadors and from key locations across the city centre, including hotels and the Visitor Information Centre (Visit Leeds & Art Gallery Shop), as well as being able to download a digital version from



Find out more at christmas.welcometoleeds.co.uk and follow all that is going on in Leeds this Christmas on social media via #LeedsChristmas

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