Kirkstall Abbey’s Nutcracker Extravaganza – Leeds Hidden Festival to Showcase Independents

As the wonderfully atmospheric Kirkstall Abbey lights up this Christmas, it will play host to a feast for the senses from 14 – 16 December.  Children and their families will walk through a hidden entrance during the daytime, into an enchanted world, never without snow, and with a surprise around each corner and archway – live brass bands playing chart music and Christmas classics, dance performers, acrobats, nutcracker soldiers, an LED ballerina, vocal artists, street food, mulled wine and themed cocktails.

Photographs provided by Creative Marmalade.

When the children are all tucked up in bed, the adults can enjoy the evenings – shop, eat, drink, watch, dance, sing and absorb the magic.

10am tickets will allow the opportunity for small children to visit the elves as they make the children’s toys.  Every child can decorate a toy, meet Santa, listen to his story and join the Children’s Christmas Disco. 

Local independent traders will be selling decorations, personalised gifts, cheeses, chutneys, brownies……and so much more.   Street food will pop-up underneath the arches of the abbey, along with a themed bar with a variety of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. 

The magic runs across just three days, with 10 time-slots to choose from:

Friday 14th December                            5 – 7.30pm | 8.30 -11pm

Saturday 15th December                       10am – 12.30pm | 1.30pm – 4pm | 5 – 7.30pm | 8.30 -11pm

Sunday 16th December                          10am – 12.30pm | 1.30pm – 4pm | 5 – 7.30pm | 8.30 -11pm


Tickets are available here and will not be available on the door. They are likely to sell out fast so booking early is strongly advised.


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