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Tick off your present list with Christmas shopping in Leeds. Get lost amidst the gleaming marble, inricate mosaics and wrought iron of Leeds’ historic shopping district #LeedsChristmas


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.

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. Join Trinity Leeds for their Wonder Weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November. Pucker up for a wonder-filled weekend of treats, beats, live entertainment and the switch on of Europe’s biggest Christmas Kissing Tree.

Victoria Gate - 23rd Oct - Giles Rocholl
Victoria Quarter - Christmas 2014


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! Youngsters can enjoy the giant festive bauble and FREE Santa's grotto from 18th November. This year the city’s longest-established shopping centre will also have the addition of a festive, winter garden with a magical post box for posting those all-important letters to Santa.



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.


Christmas at Leeds Corn Exchange. Credit Simon Dewhurst