Christkindlmarkt – German Christmas Market
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.
Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic festive village from Friday 11 November until Sunday 18 December with new stalls and venues.
The new market layout will include an open air square with a stage that will feature a daily programme of music as well as a weekly children’s show every Sunday morning from 11am (except Sunday 13th Nov). The family-friendly event will include sing-alongs, games, face painting, balloon modelling and appearances from winter wonderland princesses and other costumed characters.
Also new for this year will be a special Santa’s Breakfast experience for children and families in the Alp Chalet every Sunday morning (except Sunday 13th Nov) between 10 and 11.30am.
Tickets for the Santa’s breakfast will be available by advance ticket only from the city centre Box Office in Leeds Town Hall.
Another new feature for 2016 will be the brand new Ski Hutte bar, set in a bespoke authentic alpine chalet with hand crafted decorations and a traditional Glockenspiel playing up to 30 different melodies, and offering an apres-ski inspired ambience.
Returning this year will be the Alp Chalet - a Bavarian styled restaurant with a new lunch time menu for 2016 and the much loved ‘Kuh Stall’, complete with a real log fire. Reservations are recommended in advance at the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery and can only be made in person at the venue.
The Leeds Christkindelmarkt also includes more than 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalet stalls along with the traditional Christmas Carousel ride. Stalls at the market will include German delicacies like gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, soups and goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits together with seasonal gifts, decorations, jewellery and handcrafted toys.
In respect of Armistice and Remembrance Day commemorations, the market will not open until 12pm on both Friday 11th and Sunday 13th November.
The annual Christkindel Fair will also be taking place on Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Friday, November 18 and Sunday, December 18.
Christmas stalls serving a variety of festive refreshments together with themed children’s rides will also remain open on Victoria Gardens throughout.