Why Leeds is such a great Christmas shopping destination
Many of the UK’s biggest and best cities have their temptations when it comes to where to do your Christmas shopping, but there’s one that just might have the edge – the northern city of Leeds.
Leeds is known as a mecca for shopping all year round, but it really steps things up a gear as the festive season approaches. In fact, it has featured in many ‘best cities for shopping’ lists around Christmastime, including Superbreak’s Top 10 Best Christmas Shopping Cities in 2014.
Here are just a few reasons why you must swing by Leeds city centre to pick up your Christmas essentials this year:
- The brand new Trinity Centre. If you want top high street brands like Next, Armani Exhange, River Island and Topshop, a visit to the sparkly new Trinity Centre is a must.
- Victoria Quarter. The Victoria Quarter in Leeds is an historic shopping arcade that has been beautifully restored. It now has a charming Victorian aesthetic, a stunning stained glass roof and some of the newest and most exciting shops and brands in the region, including one of the few Harvey Nichols stores outside of London. The variety of its shops, including a focus on fashion and technology, has led to the Victoria Quarter being known as the “Knightsbridge of the North”.
- Kirkgate Market. Known as one of largest covered markets in Europe, this shopping hotspot has everything – from fresh food, drink and produce to flowers, jewellery, crafts and haberdashery. An extra special feature is Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a series of classes teaching the art of making simple, healthy and tasty meals from scratch, launched by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
- The Corn Exchange. If you want boutique, independent shops, the Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange building is the place to find something unique and really special.
- German Christmas Markets. No UK city wanting to pull in the crowds in December would manage it without a traditional Christmas market, and the Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is one of the best in the country. A traditional German market with all the bratwurst, gluhwein and gingerbread you could want, along with gifts and decorations, make sure you soak every bit of the festive atmosphere at this much-loved annual special event.
Don’t tire yourself out! A compact city centre with everything you need
We’ve mentioned all of the shopping hotspots of the city, but where Leeds really excels is its size and layout. Christmas shopping can be utterly exhausting, but not in Leeds where everything you need is in walking distance of its centre. It’s compact and convenient, but utterly fabulous.
If you do manage to exhaust yourself amongst the Christmas shopping crowds, it might be a good idea to book somewhere comfy to stay at the end of the day, rather than schlepping all the way home. Leeds is well-known for its great value, top quality accommodation too – for a taste of what’s on offer, consider a stay at Weetwood Hall just outside the city centre.