Shop and soak up the festive atmosphere at the German markets in Leeds
Now that November is here, you can legitimately start getting excited about Christmas – after all, there’s only a few short weeks left before the festive period begins. And what better way to get yourself in the festive mood than to visit the German Christmas markets in Leeds this November and December?
The charmingly titled Christkindelmarkt, which are officially open from November 8th 2014, are something of a tradition in big cities such as Manchester and Leeds. Thousands of people keen to do some Christmas shopping in a rather different atmosphere than a typical retail centre flock to Millennium Square in Leeds every year.
And visitors certainly won’t be disappointed this year.
There are over 40 wooden chalet stalls to browse at this year’s German markets in Leeds, selling everything from jewellery to handcrafted toys, decorations to Christmas cards. Let’s not forget about the speciality food, including bratwurst sausages, soups and goulash, Gluhwein, gingerbread, candied fruits, schnitzels and stollen. The atmosphere at the Leeds markets is delightfully festive, with colourful lights, cosy eateries and just enough Christmassy decorations and music to start off your festive season (without making you feel sick of Christmas already!)
The market is completely free, although you will need some spending money if you plan to buy some Christmas presents. It’s open from 10.30am to 9.30pm all days except Sunday, when it closes at 6.30pm.
Why not make a weekend of it?
The market, although not the biggest of German markets in the country, does take some time to get round and can easily absorb a whole happy but exhausting day of shopping, eating and socialising. If you’re travelling to Leeds to do some Christmas shopping, why not make a weekend of it by heading back to Weetwood Hall at the end of your day at the markets?
As well as comfortable, contemporary accommodation, Weetwood Hall also has a fantastic Friday Fizz offer, which includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco in your room and a delicious Yorkshire breakfast the following morning all from just £60 per room.
If you’d like to take things a little easier, go shopping in Leeds on a Sunday and take advantage of the Sunday Slumber special which offers a bargain price of £29 for your room and breakfast when you spend £50 on dinner. If you are planning to make a day of it, visiting the German markets in the daytime and heading back to Weetwood Hall for dinner and a well-earned sleep, this is definitely the way to save yourself some money. That’s more left over to spend on Christmas presents for your loved ones, or an extra mug or two of Gluhwein for yourself!
So, if you want a different, home-spun Christmas shopping experience, steer clear of the shopping centres this year and hit the traditional German Christmas markets in Leeds instead. It’s fast becoming a crucial part of the Christmas experience, so make sure you don’t miss out.