The Christkindelmarkt is back in Leeds this Christmas, with a mix of festive stalls, traditional entertainment and German beer…
The German Market is a Christmas tradition that started 15 years ago, and while we may have lost our beloved Frankfurter Scheune, it’s still one of the highlights of the festive season – so you’ll be happy to know that this year, you can enjoy it for even longer. It’s opening on Friday 10th November 2017 and it’ll be staying open right up until Christmas Eve.
Over 40 stalls to shop at
When it lands in Leeds this November, you’ll have a real German Market to explore, complete with over 40 traditional stalls selling all manner of goodies. Of course, there’ll be food, with sweets, chocolate, honey, gingerbread and more to wrap up and place under the tree. You can also indulge in tasty treats, like crepes, pretzels, potato fritters and Frankfurter sausages as you wander around, not to mention mulled wine, cider and beer.
But it’s not all edible. They’ve got loads of present-worthy pieces for you to pick up, taking you from traditional wooden toys on one stall to jewellery on the next, with candles, ornaments and crystals along the way.
Oodles of family activities
This year, the German Market will be better for families than ever before. Head to the Alp Chalet from 10:30am to 11:45am every Saturday and Sunday, and all through the school holidays, for Santa’s Breakfast Experience. You’ll enjoy a tasty buffet with savoury treats like brotchen, bratwurst and scrambled eggs alongside doughnuts and cakes – but more importantly, you’ll have a chance to meet Santa and his elves.
Outside there’s more to enjoy. The carousel will once again return to Leeds Christmas Market, giving the kids a taste of traditional entertainment – no doubt it will bring back a memory or two for all the parents and grandparents too. They’ll also have free children’s shows every Sunday between 11am and 1pm (except Remembrance Sunday on 12th November 2017) – as well as face-painting, sing-alongs and balloon modelling, with a host of festive characters to keep the kids entertained.
Eat, drink & be merry
2017 will see the return of the Alp Chalet, a laid-back restaurant with a focus on good food and good times. They can squeeze about 200 people inside, as well as the band – and if you’re one of them, you’ll be treated to a restaurant-style experience with waitresses bringing you tasty treats like medallions of red deer and juicy crackling roast pork. Wash it all down with traditional German beers or try something a little bit different, like a hot caipirinha.
The Alp Chalet will be joined at the Christmas market by Kuh Stall, an outdoors-indoors bar with a roaring fire where you can warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Alternatively, head to the latest addition to the German Market – the Ski Hutte. It’s exactly what the name suggests, an apres-ski inspired bar where you can enjoy a drink or two while they play 30 tunes on their Glockenspiel.
The Christkindelmarkt is open from Friday 10th November until Sunday 24th December 2017.