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There are lots of ways to enjoy the many events at Light Night. Create your own journey around the festival using the map and guide or join in with one of the many guided trails, art runs, grab a water taxi or jump on the Light Night Rider.


Light Night Rider

Our very own free hop on hop off bus service!

Stopping at all the Light Night zones, the Light Night Rider is a great way to get between all the different events throughout the evening. Fully accessible, all stops will clearly be marked with Light Night bus stop signs. 


Light Night Trails​

Light Night Leeds has a whole range of amazing activities and events across the city centre ready for you to explore. Too many events to choose from? If you need a little help here are some suggestions of routes you may want to follow depending on your area of interest. All trails and routes are accessible unless stated in the listing.

Family Friendly Trail

Giant Dandelions - Merrion Gardens

The Phoenix in the Stone - Civic Hall

Owl’s Shadow on the Moonlit Earth - Central Library

Waterlight Graffiti - Victoria Gardens

Apparatus Florius - Park Square

Flame Oz - Victoria Square

Fireflies - Town Hall

Light Trail

Light Water, Dark Sky - South Bank

The Falls - Queens Hotel

Intersection - Central Square

Phase Revival - Town Hall

The Phoenix in the Stone - Civic Hall

[in]visible - St John the Evangelist Church

Entranced - Howard Assembly Room

Performance Trail

Make sure to pick up a Compound 'ticket' first from Yorkshire Dance.

6pm Bish Bash Bosh - St Peter's Square

6.15pm Manic Chord’s Elemental Takeover - West Yorkshire Playhouse

6.45pm Compound - Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre

7.20pm We Are Universe - Kirkgate Market Event Space

7.50pm Entranced - Howard Assembly Room

8.20pm Owl’s Shadow on the Moonlit Earth - Leeds Central Library

8.45 Flame Oz - Town Hall

9pm Spark! - Victoria Square

9.30pm Alchemy - Queen Square, Leeds Beckett University


Thursday’s Light Triathlon - Victoria Gardens

Laiki#4 - Leeds City Museum

Owl’s Shadow on the Moonlit Earth - Leeds Central Library

Waterlight Graffiti - Victoria Gardens

Fireflies - Town Hall

SHINE Artist Trail

Thursday’s Light Triathlon - Victoria Gardens

Fireflies - Town Hall

Laiki#4 - Leeds City Museum

Footsteps - St John the Evangelist Church Gardens

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Information and FAQs

On the night all venues will have staff and / or volunteers available to assist and answer any queries.

Official Light Night photographers and videographers will be covering all events for marketing and publicity purposes. By attending any Light Night event you are consenting to your image being recorded. If children and/or young people will feature in the photograph or recording, the photographer or videographer will seek the verbal permission of their parent or carer. If children are to be featured prominently in an image or recording, parents or carers will be asked to sign a consent form.

Photographers and videographers will have Light Night staff ID. If you have any concerns please speak to them directly.

As Light Night events take place in public spaces we cannot control other people taking images of events on phones or cameras.


Will there be any Town Hall Tours?

Light Night Leeds is a great opportunity to explore heritage sites after dark, so please check the programme to see which venues are included this year.

Please note that we are not hosting Town Hall Clock Tower Tours as part of this year’s Light Night Programme (PDF 5.1MB).

However tours are open the public on the final Monday and Saturday of each month, with exclusive Christmas Lights Evening Tours taking place on the 7th, 14th and 21st of December.

For dates, availability and to purchase your tickets for a Town Hall Tour please call the box office on 0113 376 0318 or visit the Town Hall website.

Do I need to book or buy tickets?

All our events are free. However, please be aware that some do have limited capacity and may require a ticket.

The Light Art Cities Symposium, Light Night Art Runs, Light Night Ride and Light Night Lantern workshop all require pre-booking online. Please see their individual pages for information on how to book.

Compound at Northern Ballet Theatre has limited capacity and will therefore be ticketed. Tickets will be free and can be collected on the night from Northern Ballet Theatre box office (for a specific performance time). Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Where can we eat and drink during the evening?

Light Night Bites, an exciting food market will spread across Cookridge Street, Millennium Square and Victoria Gardens, is bringing a whole host of cuisine into the city with dishes to suit everyone.

There are a also variety of restaurants throughout the city centre. Visit Leeds has more information about the food and drink offer in Leeds.

Who can I ask for general assistance?

As well as venue staff, Light Night will have staff and volunteers stationed throughout the events. They will be noticeable in their white or blue Light Night fluorescent vests.

Where will I be able to find toilets / baby change facilities?

All of our main indoor venues have toilets, accessible toilets and baby change facilities. The public toilets on Millennium Square will also be open. Disabled toilets will be available in Millennium Square. Leeds City Council’s fully accessible, mobile Changing Places Toilet (HDU) will be on Millennium Square.

On the night please ask a member of staff or volunteer if you need directions. If you have any specific accessibility queries please contact us on 0113 378 6989 or contact the particular venue directly.

Are the events suitable for children?

Light Night is a family-friendly event. Our brochure (PDF 5.1MB) gives details of events specifically designed with children in mind.

If I am travelling to Leeds by car where can I park?

There are various car parks and on street parking available throughout the city. For full details of Leeds City Council car parks, please visit the City centre parking and information page.

Where do I go for medical help?

There will be medical staff covering all of the outdoor areas. If you need assistance, please let the nearest member of Light Night staff or security know.

If you are in any Light Night venue please let the nearest member of staff know your needs.

Will the event still go ahead in bad weather?

Some events may be postponed or cancelled in the event of severe weather – please look out for updates on the night via our social media pages. We advise visitors to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor events and prepare for all weathers.

If I am travelling from outside Leeds where can I stay overnight?

Leeds has a wide range of accommodation on offer for visitors. Visit Leeds has lots of information on where to stay and parking facilities in and around the city centre.

If you’ve got a question that you can’t find the answer to, e-mail us at or call 0113 378 6989


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