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The City's Best Christmas Markets and Fairs

2 December 2015
The City's Best Christmas Markets and Fairs
With Christmas fast approaching, the City is awash with an exciting assortment of festive inspired fairs guaranteed to both help tick off your ever-growing shopping list and get you into the Christmas spirit. Dotted all over the City at various points this month, regardless of whether you’re an organised early bird or a last minute kind of shopper, there’ll be a market on hand to help you through this somewhat stressful period and provide you with everything you require for the month ahead. Whether you’re looking for some stocking fillers, a unique gift for a loved one or you simply fancy sampling some German delicacies and of course, a stein or seven, here’s our round-up of the best Christmas markets this month.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt, Millenium Square

13th November – 20th December

As you probably noticed, last month welcomed the Leeds Christkindelmarkt or in more familiar terms, The German Market as it returned for its 14th year to the heart of Leeds City Centre. The much-loved Christmas market annually sees Millennium Square converted into a mini winter wonderland with over 40 wooden chalet stalls all adorned with festive decorations and Christmas lights. The stalls offer everything from delicious sweets to handmade ornaments , whilst the Alp Chalet Bavarian is the perfect place to sample traditional German cuisine and get a bit merry whilst soaking up the buzzing atmosphere. It’s time to grab your coats and hats and venture out for a festive fun-filled evening.

St Gemma’s Christmas Market, Moortown

4th – 5th December

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St Gemma’s annual Christmas market will be held on the first weekend in December so it’s the perfect chance to get ahead of the Christmas shopping and buy some fresh decorations for your tree. Sip on hot mulled wine and sample everything from German sausages to homemade cakes whilst listening to carols from local choirs and musicians...now, if that doesn’t get you into the festive spirit then we have a serious Scrooge on our hands. Get set to browse the selection of stalls, all enticingly presented with a range of festive delights including gifts, food, jewellery and clothing and the best part is, all your pennies will be helping such an amazing cause.

A Christmas Fair at Munro House

5th December

Gathering the residents of Munro House (Colours May Vary, Café 164) with some other favourites of the City (Friends of Ham, North Star Coffee, Northern Monk Brewery, Noisette Bakehouse and Leeds Bread Co-op) the Christmas Fair will involve a classic mega-raffle with prizes that include alt-J tickets and a meal for two at Bundobust. In true Christmas spirit, all this goes in aid of Leeds charity Simon on the Streets and support charity St Anne’s. The Fair will commence at 4pm till 7pm and continue on, party-style, in the art gallery till 9pm.

Etsy Made Local Christmas Market, Leeds City Museum

6th December

A new and special addition to this year’s festive market scene is the Etsy Made Local Christmas Market. Adding a festive touch to Leeds City Museum in early December, the market will be made up of over 30 creative businesses with the intention of celebrating local crafters and designers by showcasing their incredible talents. There’ll be a range of handmade, vintage and supplies stalls where you’ll be able to take your pick from a selection of beautiful items and maybe even treat yourself too...You’ll also be able to brush up on your creative skills with craft workshops and listen to Etsy talks which will be running throughout the day.

The Christmas Fayre at Holbeck Underground Ballroom

6th December

Linking their festivities with the Veg Out Christmas Market at Northern Monk owing to the short stroll between the two, theatre company Slung Low are returning to Holbeck Underground Ballroom for yet another year of their Christmas Fayre. Entertainment comes in the form of dozens of stalls selling jewellery, crafts and vintage goods, live music from a range of performers, Christmas-inspired story-telling, carol singing and a whole bunch of festive activities to keep both you and your family entertained. Food and drink-wise there’ll be hog roasts, vegetarian Moroccan stew, cakes and mulled wine...more than enough to keep your energy levels high for the Christmas shopping.

Veg Out Christmas Market, Northern Monk

6th December

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You may have headed there for a well-earned beer or treated yourself to one of Grub and Grog’s finest breakfast, lunch or dinner options, but did you know that come December 6th, the upstairs at Northern Monk will be transformed into a Veg Out Christmas Market? Kicking off from midday right through till 7pm, you’ll be able to tick off your shopping lists with their range of festive gifts, vintage clothing, natural beauty products, records, art prints and foodie gifts. The fun doesn’t stop at the shopping, so grab a glass of Grub and Grog’s mulled wine and listen to live music performances from local band Sifaka, theatre from Skipton’s Penny Plain Theatre Company and participate in festive inspired art workshops with Modes of Expression. Scribble these dates down in your diary and come and have some festive fun.

Unique Gift Fair at The Corn Exchange

12th – 13th December and 19th December

The Unique Gift Fair returns to The Corn Exchange this month with around 25 captivating stalls selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts. Not just any gifts though. These are gifts that you won’t find anywhere on the high street, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking one-of-a-kind presents this Christmas. A popular event for both locals and tourists alike, you can expect to find everything from jewellery to artwork to aromatherapy and with many of the gifts having been handmade in Yorkshire, you can also check out some local talent whilst you’re at it. Taking over The Corn Exchange for two consecutive weekends, if you miss it the first time round, there’s always the second...

Hannah is head of Retail Therapy and Health and Beauty at Leeds Living. She is an English Language Graduate with a penchant for all things fashion and beauty.