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Leeds Christmas Markets

16 October 2015

Find Unique Gifts and Festive Food at Seasonal Markets this Winter

With winter just around the corner, attention is turning towards the most wonderful time of the year. Within the next month, the streets and parks of Leeds and its surrounding area will begin to be transformed into themed Christmas markets offering live music, seasonal treats and exclusive shopping experiences to enjoy. Use our guide to plan your festive winter break in Leeds, with many outstanding markets and events to choose between.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

13th November – 20th December 2015

As one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, the Leeds Christkindelmarkt now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Over 40 wooden chalet style stalls will be placed in neat rows to offer easy access to an array of handcrafted gifts, cards and charming tree decorations, as well as a choice of delicious German specialities. With savoury options including bratwurst sausages and schnitzels, to gingerbread hearts, candied fruits and stollen for the sweet-toothed, there’ll be a tempting snack to suit all tastes. Themed indoor venues will also offer up a whole host of treats including the Frankfurter Scheune festive meeting hall and the popular Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery, which is worth booking in advance.

The area within the already impressive surroundings of Millennium Square will be transformed into a picturesque continental village with sparkling lights and festive greenery adorning each wooden frame. Returning for its 14th year, the free-entry seasonal event will offer an enjoyable atmosphere as well as family-friendly entertainment including a traditional carousel.

Otley Victorian Fayre

6th December 2015

With Victorian dress encouraged, choir performances providing the soundtrack and the scents of traditional foods filling the air, Otley’s Victorian Christmas Fayre will take visitors on a journey back to the era when festive celebrations as we now know them began. Situated a 45 minute drive from 42 The Calls, the scenic village is surrounded by countryside and dispersed along the curves of the River Wharfe, which will offer a beautiful backdrop to the rows of stalls and traditional fairground rides on offer. Wreath and fairy-light filled boutique windows will be in competition for the village’s shop display prize, while the Bellman will wander through its courtyards and alleys calling out the latest local news.

A shopping guide will be available to purchase on the day to offer suggestions on where to sample the highest quality festive foods and drinks from local suppliers. While street organ music plays, dance troupes will impress crowds and Punch and Judy shows will entertain the little ones. With such a fun-filled events programme that will also feature a Santa’s Grotto in the market place and an awe-inspiring after-dark lantern parade through the village streets, Otley will offer a truly enchanting day out for the whole family during a luxury stay in Leeds this December.

A Unique Christmas Shopping Experience in Leeds

Alongside bigger events, there will also be many more seasonal markets scattered around Leeds, which in the past have included the likes of Brandon Street Christmas Market and Leeds Dock Christmas Market; known for championing Yorkshire produce and gifts, as well as offering up seasonal specialities including gingerbread Prosecco. The city’s streets and historic arcades are also brimming with independent boutiques, including those found in the Corn Exchange, which will be ideal for finding the perfect present for that hard-to-buy-for recipient.

Festivities in Leeds will commence from Thursday the 12th of November when the lights will be switched on during a free event in Victoria Gardens. An array of celebrations will be on offer just a 10 minute stroll from 42 The Calls, including a beautiful firework display and the chance to see that magical moment when the city centre becomes illuminated in one of the UK’s largest displays. With such a wide variety of seasonal events and shopping destinations to explore, Leeds is the ideal destination to get into the festive spirit… and find the perfect gift. If you’re thinking of booking a winter weekend away in the city, we have a selection of sought-after offers and packages that will deliver an exceptional four-star stay in its centre.

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