Visit Leeds German Market at Christmas
Many people want to get the most authentic experience possible over the festive period when they go for days out in the UK.
Luckily for people visiting Leeds any year during the festive period, the city brings a taste of Germany to its very core with the Christkindelmarkt.
A proud tradition in Leeds over the last few years, the German Christmas market is a hugely popular experience for everybody, providing all sorts of fun for the whole family. The bright lights and enticing smells emanating from dozens of specialist stalls brighten up the city's quiet-yet-beautiful Millennium Square, home to many of Leeds' oldest and most eye-grabbing buildings as well as many bars and restaurants.
However, getting hold of food and drink is far from hard at the Christkindelmarkt. As days out in the UK go, it's easy to indulge yourself in the classic German staples: burgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, potato cakes, stew and other treats are all available. Of course, it goes without saying that plenty of sweet treats are available too; doughnuts, stolen, gingerbread and strudel are very popular among customers, though other packaged goods can be bought for Christmas stockings and for over the festive period and beyond.
And to drink? The ever-popular Frankfurter-Scheune beer hall provides the most authentic bier-keller experience this side of the English Channel with real German wheat beer, mulled wine and a specialist food menu. You can even keep your one-litre glass as a keepsake from your day out in Leeds.
No beer hall is complete without entertainment. A resident band from the south of Germany flies in every year, so the same popular faces are seen by regulars. As self-declared lovers of the city, they make sure they entertain the masses on benches in the main hall each evening over the weekend with music, combining electric guitar, saxophone, trombone, drums and keyboards to play a remarkable number of classics from the UK in their own unique way. They even slip in the occasional popular German song.
Children are also well catered for in between the wooden stalls. Traditional Christmas carousel rides are the hardest thing to miss as a full-sized classic merry-go-round is imported into the city, along with dodgems and a helter skelter.
The day out in Leeds at the Christkindelmarkt wouldn't be complete without a look at some of the wares available outside the realms of food and drink. German traders provide a huge range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone, selling handcrafted toys, jewellery, cards, festive decorations and handmade clothing, so many mementos may be brought back after a great night in the city.
Visitors to the market will see the attractions open between 10:30 GMT and 21:00 from Monday to Saturday, while on Sundays it closes at 20:00. However, selected stalls and the beer hall remain open until 23:00.