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

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The Christmas countdown is well and truly on in Leeds and the city is positively buzzing with festive cheer, twinkling lights and exciting seasonal events! Need a little guidance for how to spend the holidays this year or just looking for some inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! Read on for our Leeds’ hotels guide to Christmas in Leeds.


Sensational Shows

Christmas is a great time of year for theatre lovers with a huge variety of excellent performances on offer across Leeds’ many stage venues nearby our Leeds hotel. For families and musical fans, the ever-popular Shrek the Musical is touring at Leeds Grand Theatre from the 18th December until the 6th January; expect plenty of laughs and larger than life characters!

For something a little more traditional, head to Leeds Playhouse to see A Christmas Carol from the 20th November to the 19th January for a truly Victorian Christmas.

 Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime (oh no it wouldn’t!). This year Cinderella get’s a makeover in Cinderella’s Rock n’ Roll Panto at City Varieties from the 30th November - 13th January, or see Beauty and the Beast at the Carriageworks Theatre from the 23rd November – 31st December.

Also at Leeds Grand Theatre is Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker, experience Christmas magic from the 4-16th December.

Sensational shows

Seasonal Shopping

If you need to get your Christmas shopping done while staying at our hotel in Leeds, then you’ve chose the ideal location as Leeds is the third largest shopping destination in the UK outside of London! For all of your high street favourites head to Trinity Leeds or for designer and luxury gifts visit Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter. Alternatively, Leeds offers a huge variety of unique and independent shops, try Leeds Corn Exchange for quirky and vintage finds or grab a bargain at Kirkgate Market!

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Exciting Events

If shopping or theatre isn’t your thing then don’t worry, there are lots of Christmas events going on in and around Leeds close to our Leeds hotel! For thrill seekers, visit Leeds Christkindel-Fair at Victoria Gardens from the 16th November -22nd December and enjoy rides such as the dodgems, bungee trampolines and of course classic hook-a-duck and foodie treats! 

For the ultimate Yorkshire festive day out then experience Christmas at Lotherton Hall (23rd November – 23rd December), there’s a whole range of seasonal activities on offer! Take the 12 Days of Christmas Walk through a magic winter wonderland and relax with a mulled wine in the Christmas Courtyard.

For the second year, Harewood House will be receiving a 1920s makeover as visitors enter a Christmas dreamscape extending to its surrounding grounds with festive music, events and experiences to be discovered. The event is running from the 24th November – 6th January.

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Holiday Inn Express Leeds-East is a comfortable and affordable hotel near Leeds city centre. To check availability, contact our Leeds hotel team on or call 0845 112 6039.


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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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