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Old November 18th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #1
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Christmas 2006/7

http://www.festiveleeds.com/
Whats on 2006

Victoria Gardens – Leeds Lights Switch
9 November

On Celebrity stage-based event marking the beginning of the festive season.

Contact: 0113 395 0891

Launch of Corn Xchange Xmas Retail Therapy Thursdays
Thursday 16th November

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Millennium Square – Christkindelmarkt
17 November – 17 December

German Christmas market.

Contact: 0113 395 0891

Leeds City Varieties – Oliver!
21 – 25 November

The well known family musical.

Contact: 0113 243 0808

Harewood House – Crafts at Christmas
24 – 26 November

Christmas craft fair makes a welcome return to Harewood.

Contact: 0113 218 1000

The Great Veggie Roadshow
Fri 24th November – 11am – 5.30pm

FREE (Healthy eating and lifestyle exhibition)

Christmas Craft and Design Fair
Sat 25th Nov every day through until Sun 7 Jan 07– FREE

This is THE place to go if you are looking for gifts that are a little more personal and individual or if you just fancy a treat for yourself. The fair actually runs every weekend throughout the year but from the end of November it is on every day and the number of stall holders doubles to over 40. There is a fabulous range of handmade goods and artwork for sale. From trendy leather bags and belts to interior accessories – these are products you definitely will not find on the High Street. There are also a handful of stall holders who will personalise or custom make items for you.

West Yorkshire Playhouse – The Wizard of Oz
25 November – 3 February 2007

Join Dorothy and Toto as they follow the yellow brick road.

Contact: 0113 213 7700

Record and CD Fair
Sun 26 November – 10am – 4pm - FREE

Leeds Town Hall – Choirs of Leeds Cathedral and Leeds Parish Church
4 December

Seasonal music for Advent and Christmas, including favourite carols and hymns. Free entry.

Contact: 0113 247 8334

The Carriageworks – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
6 December – 6 January 2007

This year’s traditional family pantomime tells the tale of the beautiful Snow White.

Contact: 0113 224 3801

Leeds City Varieties – Dick Whittington
6 December – 7 January 2007

Family panto magic with the legendary rock fight.

Contact: 08456 441 881

The Grand Theatre – A Christmas Carol
12 – 23 December

A Christmas Carol combines traditional ballet and captivating theatre in a production that has delighted audiences for over a decade.

Contact: 0870 121 4901

Leeds College of Music – Musical Carousel - Five in a Bar Quintet
17 December

Help Santa, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman get into the Christmas spirit. Most suitable for ages 3 – 7.

Contact: 0113 224 3801

Leeds Town Hall – Sellers International Band
18 December

Lunchtime concerts offering music for all tastes. Free.

Contact: 0113 247 8334

Leeds Town Hall – Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts, Fine Arts Brass, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
21 December

The annual family carol concerts at Leeds Town Hall.

Contact: 0113 224 3801

The Grand Theatre – Spirit Of Christmas
26 December – 1st January 2007

The glittering all-singing, all-dancing Christmas spectacular crosses the Atlantic and comes to Leeds.

Contact: 0870 121 4901

Leeds Town Hall – Viennese Whirl with the Orchestra of Opera North
30 December

Waltz into the New Year with music to sweep you off your feet!

Contact: 0113 224 3801

City Centre – New Years Eve Firework Display
31 December

Celebrate the start of the New Year with a fantastic city centre firework display.

Contact: 0113 395 0891

The Grand Theatre & Opera House – The Magic Flute
12 January – 15 February 2007

Opera North’s new production of The Magic Flute.

Box Office: 0870 121 4901

Ice Cube
13 January – 4 March 2007

Get your skates on for the UK’s largest temporary outdoor ice rink.

Contact: 0113 395 0891

Retro Fair
Sunday 3rd December – 10am – 4pm FREE

Vintage is more than a trend, it’s here to stay! This is the country’s largest Retro Fair featuring furniture, clothing, hats, jewellery, accessories and collectables spanning from 1945 – 1975. Whether you’re a collector or just someone who likes a rummage, the fantastic atmosphere at The Corn Xchange (a giant antique in itself) makes for a unique Sunday outing.

Federation NYE Extravaganza
Sunday 31st December – 10pm until late (TBC)

Listings Corn Xchange Nov – Dec
The Corn Xchange is a stunning Grade 1 listed building at the heart of the city’s trendy Exchange Quarter. It houses over 40 independent retailers selling a wide range of goods from fashion to gift ware. There are also two cafes, one licensed. For further info on all events please see www.cornx.net
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FREE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PARK AND RIDE
www.leedsparkandride.co.uk
Route 1 555. Burley Road-The Headrow
Route 2 777. No service this year
Route 3 888. Woodhouse Moor-The Headrow
Every 10 minutes until 1830 daily.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #2
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2007 Ice Cube:

It's ice to see you again – Cube returns
BY ANDREW HUTCHINSON

IT is now firmly established as the super cool jewel in the crown of Leeds' winter events calendar.
The Ice Cube is set to make a welcome return to Millennium Square later this month.
Organisers are hoping thousands will get their skates on to make full use of the 1,200 square meters of real ice during its seven week stay from Saturday, January 13.
And weather permitting, the UK's largest outdoor ice skating rink and its adjoining nursery rink will be open to the public every day until Sunday, March 4.
The Ice Cube is among a string of special events and attractions organised by Leeds City Council throughout 2007 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the city.
Councillor John Procter, Leeds City Council executive board member responsible for events, said: "The Ice Cube really is tremendous fun and a fantastic way to burn off some of those Christmas calories.
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"It is accessible to everybody from children aged two right up to their grand parents and great grandparents.
"We have special themed sessions for groups such as schools and wheelchair users. There is even a heated rink side apres skate cafe where you can warm up, refuel with a snack or simply watch the action."
The attraction is sponsored by the Yorkshire Evening Post along with 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828.
Simon Logan, 96.3 Radio Aire breakfast show presenter, said: "January is not renowned for being full of fun, but here in Leeds we've found the best way to beat the post Christmas blues.
"The Ice Cube is an amazing winter wonderland right in the heart of Leeds. And this year is full of great special events so keep reading the Yorkshire Evening Post and listening to 96.3 Radio Aire for more details."
For information on opening times and prices contact The Ice Cube hotline on (0113) 3950891.
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www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube for details
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Old January 5th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #3
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They should ditch/move the German market and have the ice rink going from early December IMO.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 10:14 AM   #4
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Yeh I think the ice cube should start in December; but the German market shouldn't be ditched. I think it should be moved to Briggate or Dortmund Square.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #5
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..hey for our new Year meet up we could all go skating!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #6
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Yeh I think the ice cube should start in December; but the German market shouldn't be ditched. I think it should be moved to Briggate or Dortmund Square.
That is a good point. I think the city would feel much more cosmopolitan if the market was on Briggate with the ice cube going on in Millennium Square at the same time. There would probably be concerns over delivery vehicle access for the usual shops.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #7
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I doubt it; theyre held on the street in many other cities, and both Dortmund Square and Briggate are wide enough for the markets, and for access to retail units.
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Nice idea BUT:
I believe the weather isn't cold enough in December guarantee frozen ice
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They use Millennium Sq for NYE
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Not anymore; the event is in Victoria Gardens and cancelled fireworks this year were to be launched from 4 sites over the city (unspecified sites; people encouraged to go to places where you can overlook the city).

And the weather in December is cold enough to ensure frozen ice; the temperature has to be below 12c; and through December it is. Other cities host ice rinks during December.
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