The countdown to Christmas in Leeds got under way in earnest today as details of the city’s annual German market were announced.
Taking place as usual in Millennium Square, the Christkindelmarkt event will open on Friday, November 8.
More than 750,000 people are expected to flock to the attraction, which will feature dozens of traditional wooden chalet stalls selling items such as toys, jewellery and decorations.
Visitors will also be able to sample seasonal food and drink as well as German delicacies including bratwurst sausages and goulash. Extra fun will be provided as, for the first time, the event’s Frankfurter Scheune festive meeting hall hosts entertainment activities for kids from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Sundays.
The market is being organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with Frankfurt City Council, with support from the Yorkshire Evening Post and Real Radio.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds’s executive member for leisure and skills, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Christkindelmarkt, which, now in its 12th year, has proved to be a very popular attraction for thousands of people to visit every year. Once again there will be a range of stalls offering an array of gifts and food and drink, in what is always a fantastic festive atmosphere that all the family can enjoy.
“It is also really great news that for the first time there will be a weekly event offering activities for children to enjoy and take part in.
“These promise to be really great fun, and will add another dimension to the Christkindelmarkt experience.”
The market will open from 10.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 7pm on Sundays, with the exception of Remembrance Sunday on November 10 when it will open at midday.
For further information, visit the www.leeds.gov.uk/christmasmarket web page or contact the council events team on 0113 395 0891. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you