Family themed events at city German Christmas market hit the heights

Picture caption: Cllr Katherine Mitchell (standing at the back, black jacket) with youngsters at the fantastic family-fun Sunday events.

Two special mornings of children’s themed activities at one of the city’s most popular festive visitor attractions, have already proved to be a big hit.

Held every Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm, over 200 children have enjoyed the delights of Leeds Christkindelmarkt’s first two 2014 family events, which each year continues to move from strength to strength. On offer as part of the interactive programme includes music, games, costume characters, face painting and new for this year, arts, crafts and card making with Pop Up and Play.

To ensure that as many youngsters as possible are able to join in the fun on a Sunday morning, only immediate family members (parents, grandparents and siblings) will be permitted to accompany children attending the event who are aged 12 years or under.

Councillor Katherine Mitchell, Leeds City Council’s lead member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Our children themed activity mornings are a really important part of the Leeds Christkindelmarkt, and it was fantastic to see so many families have such a great time at the first two Sunday events.

"I am delighted to say that this year we have added a few more treats to our interactive programme, which includes arts, crafts and card making with Pop Up and Play."

In a first for the Leeds German Market, a specialised mobile ‘Changing Places’ toilet for the disabled is also on site this year. Facilities in the toilet, which has sufficient space for up to two carers, includes a hoist and adult-sized height adjustable changing bench.

Open daily from 10.30am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 6.30pm on Sundays, the market offers a variety of gifts including handcrafted seasonal gift ideas, toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and unique festive decorations together with the very best in authentic German Food & Drink.

Over 750,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 13th annual Christkindelmarkt traditional German Christmas Market which is located on Millennium Square and is organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with Frankfurt City Council and supported by media partners Heart and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Other key family attractions taking place in the city as part of the city’s ‘Magical Leeds’ offer, include the mysteriously new and exciting ‘Wood Beneath the World’ in Leeds Town Hall and the Christkindel Fair family funfair which is open on Victoria Gardens up until Sunday 21 December 2014 and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Cookridge Street (between the Headrow and St Anne’s street). To find out more about ‘Magical Leeds’, please see www.magicalleeds.co.uk

Notes to editors:

For more information, call Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/christmasmarket.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk