Fans of the festive season will be raising a cup of mulled wine to the return of Leeds’ Christmas market.
The annual Christkindelmarkt returned to Millennium Square today as the city’s countdown to Christmas continues to gather pace.
The German Christmas market, which is now in its 14th year, is expected to attract an estimated 750,000 people to the square over its five week long stay in Leeds.
Organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with Frankfurt City Council, the market includes more than 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls colourful lights and themed indoor venues along with a traditional Christmas carousel ride.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, officially launched the market today with representatives from Frankfurt City Council.
She said: “The return of the Christkindelmarkt is always one of the highlights of the year and we’re delighted to welcome such an exciting and popular event back to Leeds once again.
“The market is one of the biggest and best in the country and something we’re really proud to host, especially because it’s become such an established and much-loved part of the festive season for so many people.”
The market will be open daily from 10.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 6.30pm on Sundays.