It’s the time of year, where all over Europe Christmas Markets are popping up. Here in Leeds, it’s no different with the launch of Leeds Christmas Market.
Helen and I have been visiting Leeds Christmas Market together ever since we got together back in 2014 and before that separately with our families for many years.
In this post, we’ll be covering absolutely everything you need to know about attending the Leeds Christmas Market this year. So, whether you’re a local or coming from afar to see the event, you can be sure you’ll have a great time!
Where Is Leeds Christmas Market
Leeds Christmas Market is held in the famous Millennium Square, North of the City Centre. It’s been held in this location for as long as I can remember (at least since I was a child) and is a fantastic location within the city to visit for the Christmas market event.
The address for Leeds Christmas Market is: Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD, United Kingdom
How To Get To Leeds Christmas Market From Leeds Train Station
Getting from Leeds Train Station up to Millennium Square where Leeds Christmas Market is situated will take around 10 minutes by foot.
The walk is rather uphill. However, there is a taxi drop off point just outside Leeds Train Station and a drop off point just next to Millennium Square should they be required. Uber operates in Leeds and a journey of this length will likely cost you just a couple of pounds.
If you’re a new Uber user you could get this journey for free by signing up with our discount code: CWHFJ
Leeds Christmas Market Opening Times
The Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is open from 10.30am – 9.30pm Monday to Saturday, and then 10.30am – 7.30 on Sundays.
Leeds Christmas Market Parking
There are a number of parking spots close to the Leeds Christmas Market. The majority of which are on the streets and are a pay and display service operated by the council.
Alternatively, if you’re willing to park more central to Leeds City Centre then the capacity and availability is better so you should find a parking space easier (Victoria Gate or Trinity Leeds are great examples).
Public Toilets Near Leeds Christmas Market
There are general public toilets inside the Christmas Market which are clearly signposted (go to the carousel and it’s at the back/top of the market from there)
There’s also accessible toilets for those who are unable to access the public toilets or require additional space. These are situated by the first aid booth in the top left-hand corner of the Leeds German Market.
Otherwise, there are a number of bars and restaurants that back out onto Millenium Square whos toilets you may have the ability to use. However, you may be asked to purchase something in return for the use of their facilities.
How Much Does It Cost To Visit Leeds Christmas Market
Entry into Leeds Christmas Market is completely free. Which means you’ll only need money to park/travel to the market and pick up any food, drinks or souvenirs during your visit.
Things To Eat At Leeds Christmas Market
There is so much good food at the Leeds German Market, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Upon entering the market we found Chocolate Prolines. These come in a variety (around 20) of different flavours and are coated in either white, milk or dark chocolate.
If you fancy something savoury then there’s a number of different German huts scattered around the market serving a range of tasty foods.
Things To Drink At Leeds Christmas Market
You’ll find a lot of traditional German beers for sale at Leeds Christmas Market. These are available from a number of different locations throughout the market, with the central drinking point being the beer tent.
You are not permitted to bring your own alochol into the perimiter of the Leeds German Market and you’ll also be served your beer in a plastic cup. The vast majority of places within the German Market in Leeds accept card payments and the places serving alcohol are no different.
Leeds Christmas Market Beer Tent
As with most years at the German Market in Leeds. The beer tent is located in the centre of the market. This area is only small and has a capacity of around 200 people so you’ll expect to queue during peak times.
Things To Buy At Leeds Christmas Market
There are so many fantastic gifts to buy at the Leeds Christmas Market you’ll be spoilt for choice. These vary from traditional German handmade toys and decorations, through to candles and scented coffee beans.
Personally, our favourite things to buy at the German Christmas Market in Leeds are the handmade German ornaments. These are super cute and can be purchased for just a couple of pounds. We love buying them when visiting the market in Leeds as there something you’d struggle to buy on the high-street (non-mass produced at least)
Is Leeds Christmas Market Suitable For Families & Kids
Leeds Christmas Market welcomes families with children. It can get very busy at times so be sure the children are comfortable with crowds and stay close to you at all times.
Best Time To Visit Leeds Christmas Market
The busiest time for Leeds Christmas Market is a Friday and Saturday evening.
Making the best time to visit in our opinion being Monday – Thursday. The market is more popular in the evening so if you’re planning on a visit, try and go over lunch / early evening to avoid any crowds.
Is There Free WIFI At Leeds German Market?
Situated in Millenium Square, the Leeds German Market benefits from free public WIFI. This can be accessed when completing a basic ‘login’ style form with name and email address details.