Leeds Christmas Markets

Leeds Christmas Markets

24 November until 22 December

Leeds is going to be bigger and better this Christmas! We’re so excited that this year Leeds will have a large-scale traditional Christmas Market experience which will make use of different spaces across the city.
For the first time ever, streets and spaces all across the city centre will be hosting plenty of traditional, timber market stalls decked out in festive lighting and will include international, UK, Yorkshire and Leeds traders. These will be located:

  • Lands Lane (outside WH Smith)
  • Top of Lands Lane (next to the Core shopping centre)
  • The Headrow (outside TK Maxx)
  • Dortmund Square
  • Albion Place
  • New Briggate
  • Corn Exchange
  • Top of Briggate
  • Bottom of Briggate (opposite Trinity Leeds)
  • Bond Street
  • City Square


The new Christmas market will also feature two Christmas-themed outdoor bar areas with the Windmill bar on Briggate and Apres at Sally’s on Quebec Street (close to market stalls on City Square which is outside the train station).
There will be lots of family-friendly events and experiences which will run alongside the market, complementing the city’s long established traditional Christmas offer on Millennium Square and Victoria Gardens including the popular Ice Cube outdoor skating rink, market stalls and other themed attractions. This will also be in addition to the fantastic range of Christmas shows, pantos and outdoor experiences on offer! To help you make the most of your Christmas Markets experience we’ll be creating a special Christmas Markets trail so watch this space for further information. (see the Read More below)
Leeds is a creative city with a thriving independent scene, and at Christmas there are artisan fairs throughout the festive season with local artists and makers selling their wares. Whenever you visit Leeds this winter – make sure you include one of these markets in your travel itinerary. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a mulled wine, support local makers and pick up truly unique gifts for loved ones (and maybe even something for yourself!)

The full opening hours for the Leeds Christmas Markets are as follows:
10am – 7pm Monday to Wednesday

10am – 9pm Thursday to Saturday

10am – 6pm Sundays 

(some locations opening from 10.30am)

Millennium Square - Tom Martin for Visit Leeds


Can you locate all the Nutcrackers in Leeds City Centre and solve the mystery Christmas word? Leeds Christmas Markets is bringing you a Nutcracker Trail! As part of Leeds Christmas Markets we have placed Nutcrackers in various locations around the City Centre. Locate all the Nutcrackers to solve the mystery Christmas word for your chance of winning a voucher to spend at Leeds Christmas Markets. Simply scan the QR Code on any Nutcracker and follow the instructions provided.

Alternatively, you can collect a physical copy of the trail map, alongside a Children’s Activity Booklet, at Leeds City Museum, Central Library, The Carriageworks and Leeds Playhouse and return your completed trail map to the Leeds Christmas Markets Office located at the Corn Exchange Christmas Chalets.

Festive events, choirs and more

As if that wasn’t enough festive fun, there’ll be special events throughout! Read more to see the full list of activity.

Read More
Leeds Kirkgate Market - credit Carl Milner Photography for Visit Leeds
Leeds loves a market at Christmas…

Various dates throughout  December
Saturday 2nd December All Day –  Little Fox Charity Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 9th December All Day – TOM-O Sustainable Christmas Gift Market
Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th December & Saturday 23rd  – Little Fox Charity Christmas Craft Fair



Various dates throughout November and December
The oldest part of Leeds city centre is home to one of Europe’s largest indoor markets; the iconic Grade 1 listed Kirkgate Market dates from 1875 and is the birthplace of Marks and Spencer, with a replica of the original Penny Bazaar. As well as over 150 independent traders to source your fresh festive produce, Kirkgate Market has a packed Christmas programme starting with speciality markets and festive visitors.

A Very Merry Market by Eat Your Greens & Tomorrow Store. Saturday 18th November 11am-5pm. Free Entry

Art House Art Fayre. Saturday 18th November 10am to 5pm. Free Entry

Leeds People Choir. Saturday 18th November 1pm to 2.30pm.

Little Fox Charity Christmas Craft Fair. Saturday 25th November 10am to 4pm. Free Entry

Leeds Concert Band. Saturday 25th November 12noon to 1pm.

Advintageous Vintage Christmas Market. Saturday 2nd December 10am to 4pm. Free Entry

Leeds Phoenix Choir. Saturday 2nd December 10am to 11am.

Swarthmore Education Centre Christmas pop-up shop. Monday 4th to Friday 8th December 11am to 3pm.

Leeds City College Christmas Market. Tuesday 5th December 11am to 3pm.

Leeds Autism Christmas Market. Wednesday 6th December. 

Leeds Christmas Record Fair. Saturday 9th December.

Christmas Chorus Singers. Saturday 9th December 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Leeds Compass house Christmas Market. Monday 11th – Friday 15th December 10am-2pm.

Rock Choir Market Kitchen. Friday 15th December 12-1pm.

Nubian Noire Christmas Market. Saturday 16th December 10am-4pm. Free Entry

See Santa walking around Kirkgate 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Dec 11-3pm

FREE Roller Rink! LS-TEN presents Leeds Christmas Roller Rink23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December 11am to 3pm. Free 30 minute sessions bookable online.



First and Third Sunday of the month. Briggate.
Leeds Farmer’s Market is a food market featuring the best local produce in Yorkshire. Whether it’s game or farmed foods, its shoppers can be certain of freshness and quality. Its stalls are opened on the first and third Sunday every month.



Every Saturday until Christmas on Albion Place 10:00 – 18:30
Situated in the heart of Leeds City Centre, the Albion Place pop-up Artsmix Market is great fun and offers shoppers original creative goods at great prices.



3rd December. Royal Armouries.
Filling New Dock Hall with over 100 carefully curated independent designer makers – from artists, designers & printmakers, to florists, beauty, wellbeing, jewellery, fashion, artisan food sellers, and many more! Here, unique ideas cross paths with a sustainable ideology, and small-batch and preloved are king (or queen)! It’s the ultimate one-stop winter market!
And how’s about some seasonal feasting? Leeds Winter Market will bring a host of food vendors with plenty of irresistible choices for meat lovers, vegans, vegi’s, flexi’s and not to mention the little people! You can feast on lunch with fresh ingredients or take home some locally produced food hampers or artisan deli products and small batch gins and beers.




10th December. Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
The last Mahogany Market of 2023, support local and black owned businesses this Christmas. There will also be a Santa Experience at the Leeds Playhouse on the 25th November.


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