Visiting the Christkindelmarkt – the German Christmas market held annually in Millennium Square, Leeds – has been a tradition ever since I was student at Leeds Uni.
The square outside Leeds Civic Hall is filled with cute craft stands, authentic food and drinks, and fairground rides and attractions, and always gets me in the Christmas mood! There used to be an amazing Bavarian beer tent as the main attraction, complete with oom-pah band, however this has been replaced with a cute faux ski lodge and outdoor stage for music and entertainment. Although the tent was definitely the highlight, it had got to the stage where the entrance queues were a tad ridiculous, so this new setup is much more relaxed.
The little stands and stalls are perfect for getting your hands on unique gifts – I quite often buy my Secret Santa presents from the Christkindelmarkt. This year I bought a really sweet spinning tealight holder with a pretty snowflake design, and a Galileo thermometer (because why not?)
Here are a few little snaps from the market: