Market feels festive spirit with new decorations

The Christmas spirit has arrived at Kirkgate Market as the lights have been switched on, new decorations hung and music is filling the halls.

Earlier in the year Leeds City Council gave a grant to the traders of £100,000 to spend on marketing and promotion at the market. The traders chose to order in new decorations and put the money towards a bus campaign marketing the attraction on the lead up to Christmas.

Along with putting up new decorations, some of the older decorations that were showing their age are being revamped and given festive flare by Passion4Fashion, a network of Housing Providers and Support Agencies in Leeds dedicated to tackling exclusion creatively through Art Fashion and Design.

There are plenty of festive activities going on at the market this year, including brass bands, musicians and visits from Santa. Each Saturday in December Santa will be at the market giving out presents and visiting his stepdaughter Sadie Claus as she sets up stall in the 1904 hall.

Along with Santa, every Saturday in December there will be reindeer on the open market and a bespoke Christmas play about Santa working at the market performed by children’s theatre company Alive & Kicking in the 1904 hall.

Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion said:

“The market looks really festive with the new decorations and music playing throughout the halls.

“There is plenty going on at the market on the lead up to Christmas, and it is an excellent place to source a true British Christmas dinner, with all the food you could possibly need.”

Sue from passion4fasion said:

“Lively passion4fashion volunteers Melody, Thiat, Thea and Toni loved their recent challenge to re-vamp some Christmas decorations for Leeds Market.

“The giant Christmas garlands to be hung up above the aisles needed a little TLC and an injection of colour and creativity! In true passion4fashion style, the girls re-cycled dusty old baubles donated from an attic or two and created lovely ribbon features from bargain cloth purchased from the market itself.

“This years colour scheme was red gold and green and for only a few pounds and some kind donations the girls were able to spruce up the decs beautifully!”


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