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Tick off your present list with Christmas shopping in Leeds. Get lost amidst the gleaming marble, intricate mosaics and wrought iron of Leeds’ historic shopping district #LeedsChristmas
Victoria Quarter Christmas Tree 2018 - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council


Whether it’s hunting for treasures in stunning listed buildings, getting lost in a world of luxury brands or uncovering some of the best festive finds at boutique shops, a shopping break in Leeds is guaranteed to get you in the mood for a spellbinding Christmas. Plus, there are plenty of Magical Christmas Markets for you to explore!

Leeds’ newest addition to the retail scene is Victoria Gate. Home to the largest John Lewis department store outside London and a range of designer brands, including 17 new to Leeds, Victoria Gate is the perfect place to pick that special something. 

Offering over 120 of the UK’s favourite brands under its iconic glass roof, Trinity Leeds is an ideal place to find something special for the whole family. 

Trinity Leeds, Christmas - Carl Milner for Visit Leeds
Victoria Gate Christmas 2018 - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council


If you’re looking to spoil your loved one this year, Leeds’ Victoria Quarter is the place to go for luxury buys. Bathed in Victorian splendour, the Grade II listed arcades make a spectacular setting for a shopping spree.


The Grand Arcade is one of the oldest shopping arcades in Leeds City Centre, and it is well worth a visit as it is a treasure trove of hand-made delights. It's a true haven for anyone who wants to shop somewhere different, and find something not available on the traditional High Street.


A visit to the Merrion Centre will leave you feeling festive! Step inside their magical, immersive adventure, Santa's Grotto - The Elfington Factory, and see first hand where Elves tinker making all things Christmas, before finding your way to see the big man himself.



With an array of cool independent shops Queens Arcade is the ideal place to browse. From a show-stopping party outfit and vintage jewellery to cuddly toys and clothing boutiques, you could while away hours ticking off your Christmas list.

If you’re struggling to find a gift for the person who has everything, Leeds Corn Exchange is the place for you, offering independent boutiques that specialise in one off fashion pieces, vintage delights and quirky gifts; all in the setting of a beautiful Grade I listed building.

A Christmas shopping trip in Leeds isn’t complete without a visit to the city’s historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market, is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and contains 400 stalls inside and a further 200 outside offering freshness, variety, and value for money with a friendly service in a vibrant atmosphere.

Once the list is ticked off head over to The Light to relax in one of their popular restaurants and catch a movie at Vue.


Leeds Corn Exchange Christmas - Carl Milner for LCC



The Christmas Jewellery Show 2019 at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery. Tuesday 5th November – Saturday 11th Jan. 

Leeds German Christmas Market (Christkindelmarkt). Friday 8th November - Saturday 21st December 2019. 

Leeds Record and Book Fair at Kirkgate Market. Saturday 9th November and Saturday 14th December. 

A Speciality Christmas Market at Leeds Kirkgate Market. Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November.

Christmas Makers Fair at Ilkley Manor House. Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December.

Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market. Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December. 

Etsy Made Local Market at Leeds City Museum. Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market. Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

Otley Victorian Fayre at Otley Courthouse. Sunday 1st December.

Leeds Vintage Market at Kirkgate Market. Saturday 7th December.

Christmas Markets Weekend at Harewood House. Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December.

Girl Gang Leeds Festive Market 2019 at Left Bank Leeds. Sunday 8th December. 

WinterFest Vegan Christmas Market at Leeds Town Hall. Sunday 8th December.

Christmas Stalls at Kirkstall Forge. Thursday 12th December. 

Artistry Christmas Market at Leeds City Museum. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December.