Get ready to shake your baubles with some of the best Christmas parties in Leeds
Searching for the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with your work colleagues can be daunting, especially with so many people to organise. With a whole host of venues and restaurants to choose from, finding the best for you and your team can be challenging. Luckily, you’re onto a great start by choosing to celebrate in Leeds. Renowned for its charismatic atmosphere, warm hospitality and thriving night scene, this really is the finest city for getting into the festive spirit.
To make things a little easier, we have listed some of the top spots for celebrating the festive season this year in Leeds!
Break tradition with Malmaison’s Christmas celebration; twisted cocktails and devilishly good dining means there’s a strong chance of getting home very late. The menu is bursting with festive flavours and produce fit for fine dining, making it a guaranteed evening of elegance. Set your taste buds tingling with a selection of starters, including confit chicken & woodland mushroom terrine and citrus cured smoked salmon, before tucking into the main event and leaving you questioning your loyalty to Mum’s cooking. Enjoy Mal’s take on a Christmas roast with a Ballotine of free-range turkey, prosciutto and pork, accompanied with a cranberry compote or try their Spinach, ricotta & chestnut ravioli and savour the season. Oh, and leave a little room in your Christmas outfit for one a their tipsy puds! With Steamed Christmas pudding served with brandy custard and Mulled wine poached pear trifle on the menu, it won’t be long until you’re up on the dance floor.
Effortlessly oozing sophistication and glamour, Dakota Deluxe Leeds is the ideal spot for celebrating this Christmas. Join them this season for a delectable three-course meal from their festive menu; an expansive selection of Christmas classics that have been prepared to perfection using only the finest ingredients. Set the tone for a magical dining experience with a choice of Chicken Liver and Truffle Parfait, served with spiced plum chutney and toasted broiche or Smoked Salmon Blini and creme fraiche caviar. For the main event, tuck into a Ballotine of Yorkshire Turkey, chestnut and apricot stuffing or opt for a Pithivier of Artichoke, spinach, Harrogate Blue and beetroot. Be sure to save room for one of the delicious desserts, as Dark Chocolate and Orange Delice with creme chantilly sounds too good to miss. If the night’s still young, take advantage of the stunning terrace and taste a wide selection of classic cocktails and inhouse creations, perfectly mixed.
One of the oldest hotels in Leeds, the Cosmopolitan Hotel promises a vibrant atmosphere with a traditional touch. With an abundance of Christmas celebrations to choose from, there is something for everyone – so don’t worry if you and your colleagues can’t agree on a evening to party, the Turkey and Tinsel Lunches are just as spectacular as the Party Nights (though they come without the dreaded headache in the morning). Alternatively, travel through the decades to the sounds of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s with Festive’s Thursdays. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal, including all of your favourite Christmas dishes, before kicking off your shoes and heading to dance floor for the disco.
Set the tone for a Winter Wonderland Christmas at Leeds Marriott Hotel, located in a quiet, leafy square in the heart of the city centre just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds train station. Prepare for elegance as you make your red-carpet entrance, followed by an evening of fizz and fine dining. The menu promises to deliver sensational flavours and seasonal dishes with Cream of butternut squash soup, herb crème fraiche and croutons to start and a choice of Chicken supreme with chestnut and sage seasoning or Roast beetroot, feta and spinach tart for main. A bit of a sweet tooth? Not to worry, dessert is a delicious Salted caramel cheesecake, served with vanilla sauce and toffee popcorn. If that wasn’t already enough, round off your sumptuous three course dinner with coffee and mince pies, before making a beeline to the dance floor where you can dance the evening away with the Marriott’s resident DJ.
Join the Clayton Hotel Leeds this Christmas and make this year’s staff do one to remember. Located just minutes from Leeds’ lively city centre and nestled in amongst the dazzling display of Christmas Lights, it’s an enchanting way to celebrate the Christmas period. Tuck into a delicious 3 course meal, with each carefully curated dish championing some of the best festive flavours and seasonal ingredients. From a warming bowl of lightly spiced carrot & coriander soup to a traditional plateful of Roast chicken breast with cranberry and sage stuffing, it’s a menu that’s sure to get your taste buds tingling. Not to forget a sweet treat to finish with; whether you opt for the deliciously classic Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or choose to delve into their heavenly vegan Chocolate & coconut tart with raspberry coulis, there’s no doubt you’ll have sweet memories of this night!
Enjoy a festive atmosphere in stylish surroundings with Novotel’s Christmas party nights. Packed full of food, drinks and fun; the vibrant setting promises to be the perfect back drop for an evening of celebration. The menu sees traditional favourites take on a fresh twist, with Home cured gin salmon, sour cucumber and wasabi emulsion setting the tone for the evenings culinary experience. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Turkey dinner, right? Novotel have upped the ante with their Turkey breast escalope filled with sausage meat stuffing and wrapped in streaky bacon with kale and cranberry relish or for those wanting to try something a little a different this year, the Hake supreme with mussel bouillabaisse is sure to tantalise your taste buds. Christmas pudding with Brandy sauce is for afters, before the music is turned up and the party moves to the dance floor.
Discover the magic of Christmas whilst overlooking City Square with Plaza Plaza Leeds and their ‘Sparking Christmas’ party nights. On arrival, enjoy an unlimited sparkling drinks reception before sitting down for a celebratory three-course dinner. For 2018, the expert team of chefs have created a selection of festive dishes with a modern touch, along with influences from their multi-award winning Chino Latino Pan-Asian Restaurant & Bar. Begin the evenings dining with a choice of Chicken liver and Cranberry pate, served with spiced apple, beetroot and thyme chutney or Creamy carrot and potato soup before making the difficult decision between Turkey Roulade (with all the trimmings) or Beef Wellington, accompanied with wild mushrooms, thyme and roast potatoes. Dessert is Caramelised orange cheesecake, on a chocolate brownie base with a citrus cream. Once the food has settled and the fizz is in full swing, dust off your dancing shoes and enjoy live music from Park Plaza’s resident DJ until the early hours!
Join Radisson Blu this Christmas for an evening of elegance, indulgence and extravagance. The hotel’s stylish, and recently refreshed restaurant is the perfect setting for an exquisite three-course meal. The menu is a celebration of Christmas classics, finished and served with their own Firelake flare. Set your taste buds tingling with a selection of tasty starters, including White onion soup with chestnuts and Chicken Liver Pate with apple and maple syrup salad. Main is a choice of Turkey paupiette filled with apricot and onion stuffing, Roasted Fillet of Seabass or Roasted Butternut squash risotto with Wensleydale. Be sure to save some room for dessert, with the Winter Berry and Apple Crumble served with custard promising to be a truly satisfying end to an already divine dining experience. Located only a short walk from Leeds bustling Greek Street, continue the celebrations with a drink (or three) in one of City’s liveliest scenes.
Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a legendary evening at Royal Armouries. Party until the early hours with your greatest music hero’s, including Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Tina Turner! Enjoy an exuberant Christmas this year, experience a full production show with the world’s best sound and look alike tribute artists, band and dancers. Start the evening off right with Happy Hour 6pm till 7pm, before indulging in a delicious three-course dinner. The indulgence doesn’t end there, with chocolate fountains, cocktail and gin bars available.
Why not take a chance on Hilton Leeds this Christmas and join them for their Abba tribute band night. Get the evening off to a tantalising start with a delicious Mamma Mia inspired menu. Kick off the Greek themed dining with chicken and lemon sour with orzo pasta or char-grilled vegetable terrine, served with tzatziki, courgette fritters, crumbled feta cheese and kalamata olives. Main is a choice of slow-cooked blade of beef in a red wine and shallot jus, whole char-grilled sea bream or spanakopita, a spinach & feta filo parcel served with green beans. Finish with a traditional Baklava for dessert before an evening of entertainment including music from Abba tribute act and the resident DJ. If you’re a Dancing Queen (or King) this is the perfect celebration for all you Super Troupers to kick start your festive season!
Looking for something completely different? Britain’s favourite pop band Madness will be at the first direct arena this December for a Christmas party like no other. Receive VIP treatment with a dedicated entrance for you and your guests and a suite host on hand to ensure that you have everything you need to make it a staff party like never before. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a eating copious amounts of great tasting food; so you’ll be able to tuck into the Christmas buffet and enjoy a plate of all your favourite dishes whilst soaking up the vibrant, arena environment. This non -traditional Christmas party is bound to bring everyone laughs, enjoyment and memories – though I can’t promise you won’t want to forget these in the morning.