Leeds German Christmas market set to wow visitors once again

Caption: The fantastic Leeds Christkindelmarkt is set to open this Friday.

One of Leeds most popular events, the Christkindelmarkt, is once again set to open its doors on Millennium Square this Friday.

Beginning on Friday 14 November, as one of the centrepieces to the city’s ‘Magical Leeds’ marketing campaign, visitors will be able to take into the sights, sounds and tastes of one of the most established traditional German Christmas markets in the UK.

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

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome back the fantastic Christkindelmarkt to Millennium Square, which remains one of our city’s most popular festive attractions.

"A wide range of stalls offering a selection of gifts will once again be on offer, and it is really great news that again we will be offering a weekly children’s event at the market.

"With a host of other activities and events also being held in the city centre as part of the city’s ‘Magical Leeds’ programme, this really does promise to be a Christmas never to forget."

On offer will include a scenic winter village featuring over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls decorated with festive greenery and twinkling colourful lights, themed indoor venues and the traditional Christmas carousel ride.

Over 750,000 people are expected to attend the 13th annual Christkindelmarkt, which organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with Frankfurt City Council and supported by media partners Heart and the Yorkshire Evening Post, is all set to provide a continental style festive shopping experience. A variety of gifts will also be available, including handcrafted seasonal gift ideas, toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and unique festive decorations.

For those people who enjoy a range of seasonal food & drink as they take in the delights of the market, traditional German delicacies will also be available, including gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, soups and goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits.

The Frankfurter Scheune festive meeting hall, Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery and the ever popular Kuh Stall will once again provide visitors and shoppers alike with a cosy retreat in which to relax. Due to the popularity of the Alp Chalet, dinning reservations are recommended in advance and can only be made in person at the venue.

Building on the successful introduction last year, the popular weekly children’s event in the Frankfurter Scheune will take place every Sunday morning between 10.30am to 12.30pm featuring an interactive programme of music, games, face painting and costume characters. The chance to take part in fun bakery sessions will also be available, and new for the children’s events, there will be family-fun activities including arts, crafts and card making with Pop Up and Play.

Kurt Stroscher, head of events and marketing at Frankfurt City Council said:

"It is an honour and a very special pleasure to be holding an authentic German Christmas market in the heart of Leeds for the 13th consecutive year.

"This is a great cooperation between Leeds and Frankfurt and after all this time our British friends now know all about the German Christmas traditions and spirit. We would like to say thank you very much to everyone in Leeds for this great success."

The market will be open daily from 10.30am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 6.30pm on Sundays. The popular Frankfurter Scheune will be closed Monday - Saturday between 4.15pm to 5pm. to allow for the venue to be cleaned and re-set for the evening entertainment programme. On offer in the evening will be live music provided by the popular traditional German show band. Due to high demand, no advanced bookings are available for the evening session with entry strictly on a first come first served basis.

In addition to the various market offerings, the annual Christkindel Fair will also be taking place on Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street (between the Headrow and St Anne’s street) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 21 November to 21 December 2014. Open from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays, the fairground and will feature the popular dodgems, flying chairs, convoy, cups and saucers rides amongst others together with a traditional candy floss and refreshment stall. A selection of children’s rides including a themed reindeer ride will remain open on Victoria Gardens throughout.

As another key family attraction as part of the Magical Leeds offer, people are reminded not to miss the mysterious new and exciting ‘Wood Beneath the World’ taking place in the Leeds Town Hall from 17 November. To find out more about ‘Magical Leeds’, please see www.magicalleeds.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The German market will be open from Friday 14 November 2014 until Saturday 20 December 2014.

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