Five Festive Shopping Hotspots

9th November 2021

Leeds is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, making it the perfect spot to get all your Christmas shopping done in one trip! With everything from luxury brands, high street names, unique independents and handmade markets, Leeds has your Christmas wish list all wrapped up.


The amazing architecture of Victoria Quarter’s Grade 2 listed arcades and the glamorous modern Victoria Gate combine to create Victoria Leeds, one of the country’s most stunning shopping destinations.

Home to some of the most desirable s including John Lewis & Partners, Harvey Nichols, Reiss, Anthropologie, L’Occitane and many more, the award-winning centre is the perfect place to inspire your Christmas shopping list and make finding the perfect gift simple. With a wide range of stylish restaurants, bars, cafes and kiosks, there’s plenty of options for a quick snack, a pre-theatre cocktail or a romantic rooftop meal for two.



Trinity Leeds has three floors full of all the great high street names from Next to M&S, Urban Outfitters to Hollister, Pandora to Lego all under one iconic glass roof.

With over 120 brand names, you’ll have your Christmas shopping completed in no time, leaving you free to relax and enjoy restaurants and bars including Alchemist, Franco Manca, Wagamamas, Crafthouse and the unique food concept Trinity Kitchen. Located in the heart of the city centre, Trinity opens on to Briggate, Leeds’ main high street, where you’ll find House of Fraser, JD Sports and ZARA.




Christmas shopping in Leeds wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the historic Kirkgate Market, one of the largest indoor markets in Europe.

With over 150 independent traders selling everything from fashion to flowers, jewellery to hardware, Kirkgate is known for its wide selection of shops and vendors and their regular events include record and book fairs, arts and craft markets, farmers market and even a vintage fair. It’s the ideal place to source the freshest festive produce or a distinctive stocking filler in a vibrant atmosphere, or just take a break from your shopping and sample street foods from across the globe in the Market Kitchen.

Nearby is also the Corn Exchange, a historic building bursting with independent retailers, creatives, collectors and craftspeople. This local community is fuelled by individuality and uniqueness, allowing its customers to have a truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This year the centre of commerce will be hosting their very own Christmas market, complete with food and drink stalls on the lower floor.



If you’re seeking something truly unique, the breath-taking historic arcades of Leeds combine luxury shopping with small, independent retailers, allowing shoppers to get the best of both worlds.

Unearth that quirky Christmas gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself in the network of architectural gems including the Grand Arcade, Queens Arcade and Thornton’s Arcade. Each of these covered walkways has their own exclusive atmosphere with its beauty preserved for visitors to enjoy for years to come.



In the heart of the city centre, Leeds has some wonderful shopping centres, ideal for picking up all your Christmas essentials. Visit the Merrion Centre, the city’s longest-established shopping centre, or the St John’s Centre to buy those important Christmas cards and wrapping paper, with a great mix of retailers for that last minute gift or stocking filler. Plus, Santa himself might be popping in to visit the grottos!

The compact city centre has a fabulous range of over 1,000 shops, offering a shopping experience like no other UK city. With a huge array of new restaurants in the Arena Quarter it’s the perfect place to take a break, refuel and refocus.



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