Five Festive Markets to Find the Perfect Christmas Treat

20th November 2019

If it’s all about finding the perfect Christmas gift for that special person; then forget about trudging along the busy high street or scanning the internet, why not spend a relaxing hour or two at a local Christmas market. Meet and speak to the artists and makers and choose the ideal present – and why not treat yourself whilst you’re there!


Speciality Christmas Market
Leeds Kirkgate Market: 29 – 30 November, 9am to 5pm (Free entry)
Featuring over 20 stalls and showcasing local makers, you’ll find everything from artisan wood crafts to homemade Moonshine and hand-crafted jewellery to baked goods. With so much to choose from you’re sure to find that perfect Christmas gift.


Etsy Art Market

Leeds City Museum: 30 November – 1 December, 11am to 4pm (Free entry)

Etsy Made Local is back in Leeds for a 5th year! Spread across two days with 35 different makers and designers each day to showcase the best local creative talent, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year they are hosting a Creative Fun Day on Friday 29 November where you can make your own Christmas presents with Etsy sellers; learn how to sell your own handmade goods online as well as shopping from the best creative businesses in Leeds!



Artistry Christmas Market
Leeds City Museum: 14 December, 11am – 3.30pm (Free entry)

Visit Artistry’s Christmas market and pick up Christmas gifts from some of Yorkshire’s finest independent makers in the beautiful setting of Brodrick Hall. Its aim is to connect the community with new emerging and established artists and makers; celebrating traditional and contemporary crafts, you will find an eclectic mix of artisans specialising in areas such as art, jewellery, felting, silversmithing, textiles, glassmaking and ceramics to name but a few. For that extra special something this is one not to be missed.


Harewood Christmas Markets
Harewood House: 7 – 8 Dec and 14 – 15 Dec, 10am – 4.30pm (Entry included in Freedom Ticket)

Discover some thoughtful and interesting gifts this Christmas, in the heart of Harewood’s festive experience, Unlock the Magic. For two weekends in December the Courtyard will be packed with a variety of stalls which include food and drink, craft, contemporary wares and gifts, just in time for Christmas. The most interesting and easy way to buy lovely handmade, local presents this Christmas.


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Kirkstall Abbey Christmas Market
Kirkstall Abbey: 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 12 – 3pm (Free entry)

The regular Kirkstall Abbey Deli Markets are held in the picturesque 12th century ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. For this special Christmas market, soak up the glorious Abbey setting whilst supporting local businesses and sampling tasty treats. With nearly 50 unique stalls, you can enjoy a weekend afternoon browsing hand-made crafts and local produce from across Yorkshire.

This festive period, why not take it easy and do your Christmas shopping in a more relaxed environment. Pick a unique present from a local artist or maker.