Avoid just going home and wasting your evening in bed

The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are now upon us

Wintertime is a big ball of fun when it comes to celebrating the holidays, going on vacation and setting your intentions for the new year.

But, once all the December excitement dies down, the rest of the season can be a real drag. Not only do many of us get hit with a case of the “winter blues,” but the cold weather and dark days can make us tired and keep us from being productive.

As people who have certainly struggled in the past with being productive during winter, we’ve made it a mission to change our ways. Keep reading for how to avoid being lazy during the chilliest season.

Things to Do During the Dark Nights

The German Christmas Market

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds’ annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre.

Millennium Square will once again be transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel and daily programme of light entertainment.

The market runs Friday 10th November to Sunday 24th December, 10.30 to 21.30 (19.30 Sundays).

Leeds International Film Festival

Celebrate Leeds’s film culture at Leeds International Film Festival. The world’s first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today the city is a leading centre for film culture right in the heart of Yorkshire, a major region in Europe for film production. See what’s on between the 1- 16 November across the city, Hyde Park Picture House will be showing a selection of movies.

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From intriguing plays to impressive operas Leeds theatres offer an experience to suit everyone. With a number of theatres in Leeds you will be spoilt for choice. Check out more.

Bars and Restaurants

Leeds is full of top quality bars and restaurants that suit all tastes, it would be hard to pick just one to recommend. So why not spend the winter months sampling a few… Check out for some suggestions.

Free Gigs

From the hallowed ground of Brudenell Social Club to city centre bars like Oporto, Headrow House and Smokestack, you won’t struggle to find free gigs in Leeds. With up and coming talent taking to the stages all over the city, you can have a great night out and see a band or two before they hit the big time.

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