Leeds German Christmas Market 2018 - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council Cropped



24th November 2023

With many eager to experience a Magical Leeds Christmas, the festivities in the city kicked off with the opening of the Christmas Markets (operated by the award winning company Market Place Europe), the return of Millennium Square’s popular fairground attractions and the arrival of Santa and his elves.

Known for its reputation as the foodie capital of the North and one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, the launch of a Magical Leeds Christmas see’s even more tempting treats and unique gifts on offer. Bursting with festive spirit, Leeds will be the merriest place to be this Christmas, with plenty to see and do for all the family over the festive period.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “We couldn’t be more excited for the festive transformation that Leeds will see this Christmas. With the new markets stretching widely across the city centre it’s sure to give even more people, places and businesses the chance to be part of one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year. 

“It’s going to be a magical time and we look forward to bringing everything from traditional chalets and local produce and drinks to delicious food from across the world to Leeds.” 

Many visitors have had their first look at this year’s highly anticipated Leeds Christmas Markets, offering an impressive variety of seasonal artisan food and drink and bespoke handcrafted gifts, including French crepes, warming Glühwein and intricate Ecuadorean jewellery. With a wealth of stalls and up to 20 different nationalities represented at the markets, it is the perfect place for those looking to tick off that all-important shopping list and indulge in a truly Leeds Christmas experience.

Observant shoppers, may notice the presence of life size nutcrackers as they make their way through the city. These make up the Nutcracker Trail, with each nutcracker displaying a letter and a QR code. Solve the Nutcracker Trail mystery word and you may be in with a chance of wining vouchers to spend at the Christmas Markets. The children will also be able to visit Santa at his giant advent calendar near the Corn Exchange, Monday to Friday at 5pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

For more family fun, visitors to Millennium Square can take a skate around the ever popular outdoor ice rink or take in the breathtaking views of Leeds City Centre from the dizzy heights of the Wheel of Light. For those looking to enjoy some family entertainment, a variety of spectacular shows and pantomimes are being shown at Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties, Leeds Playhouse and the Carriageworks Theatre.

There is so much on offer throughout the city this year, to keep track of Christmas Market news, and travel advice, follow Visit Leeds and Leeds City Council Facebook and Instagram accounts. For all you need to know about Leeds this Christmas go to: www.visitleeds.co.uk/winter-season.

The Leeds Christmas Markets open daily at 10am and operate from 24th of November until 6pm on 22 December.

Opening hours are (Please note that some Market locations will open at 10:30am):

Mon – Wed: 10am -7pm

Thurs – Sat: 10am – 9pm

Sun: 10am – 6pm

Christmas Market Locations:

In collaboration with Market Place Europe, Leeds City Council have created a map of the Leeds Christmas Markets and a Magical Leeds Christmas Experience. To download the map, click the link below:


  • City Square
  • Outside the Corn Exchange
  • Briggate
  • New Briggate
  • Albion Place
  • Lands Lane
  • Headrow
  • Bond Street
  • Dortmund Square
  • Millennium Square alongside the Ice Cube