Holiday Inn Express Leeds - East
2 Aberford Road, Oulton
LS26 8EJ
United Kingdom

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Yes, it’s almost that time of year again, CHRISTMASSSS! Although not the most popular destination for winter staycations, Leeds has so much to offer in the run-up to the Christmas holiday. From festive German Markets and Tipi tents to Christmas lights, ice skating and the Leeds Big Wheel, there are endless reasons to visit the Yorkshire city this Christmas. In this blog, our budget Leeds hotel shares the ultimate guide to Leeds at Christmas time. Read on for the top places to go, and festive things to do!


Christmas at Harewood House

Step into Christmas at Harewood House. Created by acclaimed British artistic duo, Davy & Kristin McGuire, the house really comes to life, with music, lights and festive cheer. With workshops, events and a chance to meet with famous Mrs Claus and Father Christmas – who have taken residence once again in Terrace Cottage. 23rd November 2019 - 5th January 2020.


Christmas at Harewood House[photo credit: Harewood House]


Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Once again, Millennium Square will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland as Christkindelmarkt returns to Leeds. With traditional wooden stalls, festive decor, pop up bars and a Christmas carousel ride, it's bound to put you in the festive spirit. The markets open on Friday 8th November until Saturday 21st December 2019.


Leeds Christkindelmarkt[photo credit: Leeds Inspired]

Nordic Ski Trail at Stockeld Park

Set off through an enchanted forest trail and experience the winter illuminations from a different view at Stockeld Park. The 1.2km Nordic Ski Trail route is suitable for all ages over 6, the experience even includes cross-country skis for the little ones. So, what are you waiting for? A magical winter adventure awaits you, so get booking your tickets! 14th November 2019 - 6th January 2020.


Stockeld Park[photo credit: Stockeld Park]


Christmas Shopping

Regarded as a shopper’s paradise, Leeds is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done and dusted. With the Trinity Centre, Victoria Leeds and hundreds of shops to browse you’ll easily be able to find the right presents for your friends and family. The city is also bursting with restaurants and cafes, both independent and chain, so you won’t struggle to find somewhere to enjoy a pitstop and refuel on some delicious food.


Victoria Gate[photo credit: Retail Gazette]


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Holiday Inn Express Leeds - East Reviews


Galway, Ireland

I stayed here for 2 nights in one of the disabled access rooms. I was staying alone as a wheelchair user, so a little worried about coping with things.

I had no problems whatsoever. The staff were extremely helpful and made my stay a pleasant and comfortable experience. I would certainly stay here again.



No kidding, but within 30 minutes of our arrival we had booked a further visit for later in the year. The surrounding area is very pleasant, the location appears quiet and is convenient for many local sites and attractions. The room, including bed was very comfortable, the staff most helpful.

Breakfast is included in your price here and much to choose from including bacon, sausage, egg, porridge, cereal, muesli, fruit, yogurt etc etc. I find this, for what we paid, hard to beat. We have family nearby so this is a good location and what we paid for what we received excellent value.



On arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady at reception who sorted everything out. Once we were checked in and got to our rooms, the room was all set out and was very clean. Beds very comfy and price was right, would definitely recommend.



I have had the pleasure of staying here three times now and it never fails to impress! The hotel itself is well kept, very clean and tidy. The staff are amazing and just can’t do enough to make you feel welcome.

Breakfast is always hot and fresh, be it yogurt and fruit or full English you will enjoy! Beds are really comfy and the room its-self is great with good blackout curtains.



I get to stay in a lot of different Holiday Inn's up and down the country, and this surely is one of the best. Great location, spotlessly clean and wonderful staff that couldn't do enough for you. Comfortable refurbished rooms and a great breakfast. What more could you ask for!


Melbourne, Australia

A friendly place to stay with nice rooms, good breakfast and most importantly great staff. Handy for Leeds and York with easy parking and a carvery nearby. What more could you want. Once again I want to stress the really good staff.



A varied group of 5 but the hotel met our requirements well. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable, great having free WiFi, and breakfast included. The staff were very helpful and we found it an ideal location for touring around Yorkshire.



Recently stayed at the Holiday Inn East Leeds. Lovely friendly staff and a nice warm welcome. Beautiful clean and cosy rooms. Not one fault with this hotel, free breakfast and a Toby carvery joined on to the hotel, perfect. Paid £55 per night. Well worth it. Will definitely recommend and will stay again.



Nice and spacious rooms, bathroom very clean, everything in working order and free breakfast!

Location about 25 mins from Leeds city centre, however worked well for us as just off the motorway so able to get to other locations quickly. Staff very friendly, would definitely come again.



Spent a couple of nights here. We stayed in an accessible ground floor room which was great. Very spacious. The bed was very comfortable and we slept really well.

Continental breakfast is included in the price which was very reasonable. Staff were lovely - sorting out our key card when it stopped working and finding me a nail file when I asked for one.

We went for a meal in Leeds one night and to a reception at Oulton Hall on the other. Staff arranged taxis both times without fuss. A small but perfectly functioning bar was welcome too!

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