What’s on at Leeds Christmas Market – German Christkindelmarkt 2020

Leeds Christmas Market is known as Christkindelmarkt – a traditional German Christmas market. Set out as a festive village, the markets loops around Millennium Square. It’s very pretty, most especially when dusk begins to fall and the twinkling fairy lights cast a magical glow over all the wooden chalet style stalls.  We visited on a gloriously crisp, blue-sky day in early December.

Leeds Christmas Market - German Christkindelmarkt

Leeds Christmas Market

The stalls sell all manner of goodies like these lovely Christmas decorations.

Leeds Christmas Market - German Christkindelmarkt

Then we have this gloriously multi-coloured old fashioned Xmas market sweet stall.  Pick and mix anyone?

There are larger chalets providing food and drink for the Yuletide revellers, with jolly festive music spilling out of their doors.

Leeds Xmas Market

Leeds Xmas Market

This moose sang and moved around, much to the delight of the younger market shoppers!  Inside there were tables at which to eat and drink.  At another stall, amazing smells were wafting into the cold air.  Here you need to repress a childish snigger as you can buy Knobi Brot (German garlic bread if you are wondering!).

Knobi Brot - Garlic Bread

If garlic bread is not your thing, then you could go for a Giant German Sausage, Currywurst or chips!

Just round the corner from Leeds Xmas Market, in Victoria Gardens on The Headrow you will find the seasonal Viking pop-up Thor’s Tipi, selling Christmas cocktails and hot drinks.  There are loads of fab restaurants in Leeds, but a seasonal pop-up is always a lot of fun.

There is a food stall there too where you can indulge in such delights as mulled wine, burgers (more) sausages and loaded fries.


Back at Christkindelmarkt, Leeds German Christmas Market you will also find a traditional carousel which is a marvellous treat for the kids, as well as a lovely treat for the eyes (there is something splendid about an old fashioned carousel, quite mesmerising to watch!).

Leeds Christmas Market - German Christkindelmarkt

There is a daily programme of light entertainment and street theatre too, so keep an eye out fir that.

Leeds Christmas Market Dates and Opening Times

7th November 2020 to 19th December 2020

10.30am – 9.30pm (7.30pm on Sundays)


If you like Christmas Markets there are lots more in Yorkshire – we’ve also reviewed York Christmas Market.