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The welcome return of the traditional German markets to the city centre

Experience the continental atmosphere of Leeds’ Christkindelmarkt with its twinkling lights and traditional carousel ride as it once again returns to Millennium Square.

There are over 40 authentic German wooden chalet stalls to browse, or you can retreat to the cosy surroundings of the ‘Kuh Stall’ log-style cabin or ‘Alp Chalet’ Bavarian eatery.

Get a merry Christmas gluhwein and sample some speciality foods, listen to live evening entertainment, buy handcrafted gifts and take the kids along for a selection of children’s rides.

There are other markets going on too.

If you're after something less traditional, explore the Asian Bazaar in Kirkgate Market, Europe’s biggest indoor market, between 4th and 30th December. Fusing Asian and Indian cultures, this open air market offers stalls of softly woven silk saris, ornate jewellery and exotic spices.

Every Sunday in December, up to Christmas, Briggate Farmers Market offers foodies the chance to taste sweet and savoury treats from a selection of local independent cheesemongers, bakers, greengrocers and butchers.

For a truly alternative shopping experience, visit Artsmix arts, crafts and produce market on Albion Place. Every Saturday throughout November and December, visitors can dig deep into the treasure chests of handmade goodies on display to find a selection of unique Christmas gifts, from bespoke jewellery and homewares, to bunting and plenty in between – with some scrumptious edible treats on offer too.


By: Rob Martin

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