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2018-11-20 Print

Hidden Festival Transforms Leeds Abbey into an Enchanted Nutcracker Extravaganza

Christmas market and festival bonanza hits the historical Kirkstall Abbey this December with festive fun for all ages.


Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds is to play host to an enchanted Nutcracker themed extravaganza, this Christmas as the ancient ruins are lit up, offering a spectacular backdrop to an immersive feast for the senses this festive season, 14 – 16th December.
Ticket holders will enter the event through a secret entrance, into an enchanted setting, where snow falls daily. Once inside there’ll be interactive experiences abound for the ho-ho-whole family! Round every corner and archway guests will find festive surprises and delights, including live brass performance, dance performance, music, acrobatics and a whole host of tasty treats – from street food to mulled wine, and themed cocktails.

The hidden experience unravels over two and half hours; family friendly by day, giving the perfect opportunity to let your hair down, and unleash your dancing hooves. Not only will there be striking vocal performance and breath-taking dance taking place up on the main stage, there’ll also be wandering acts popping up to enchant visitors including nutcracker soldiers, acrobatics, a brightly shining LED ballerina and much more.

For those with little ones, 10am tickets will grant the opportunity to visit the elves, who will be busy making toys in their workshop – each child can join in, and decorate their own toy, and they will even meet the one and only Santa Claus himself, just in time for a story with the big man, as well as the chance to bust a move at the Children’s Christmas Disco!

Leeds Hidden Christmas Festival will showcase local independents – the perfect opportunity to get those stocking fillers, unique gifts, decorations, personalised gifts, brownies, little loaves and stock up on cheeses, chutney and gin, just in time for Christmas day. You can shop, eat, drink, celebrate, watch, dance, sing and be dazzled… all in one unique and magical setting.

Festive local street food will pop-up underneath the arches of the abbey, offering tantalising explosions for the senses, and the themed bar will keep your cockles warm, serving mulled wine to warm those winter chills, as well as festive fizz, wintery craft beers, Christmas gin, and a variety mocktails 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 via and will not be available on the door. They are likely to sell out fast so booking early is strongly advised.
Get ready to be whisked away into a sugar plum fairy-tale this Christmas.
Notes to Editor:
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• Venue - Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, West Yorkshire
• Interviews: available with Julia Benfield, Director at Sneaky Experience & Jamila Juma-Ware, Marketing Director at Creative Marmalade.
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• For more information or for press passes please contact:
Matthew Wignall
t: 07931 797 472

Contact Info
Matthew Wignall, Press Contact
Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH

Phone: 07931797472