Welcome to Christmas in Leeds!

Christmas in Leeds is a community website with the single aim of spreading the magic of Christmas throughout the City of Leeds. We start our campaign in mid-September when our countdown to Christmas begins. We look out for those early signs of Christmas arriving in Leeds such as the Christmas lights going up and the arrival of the Christkindelmarkt (German Christmas Market) on Millennium Square.

Christmas in Leeds supports Leeds City Council and the Christkindelmarkt to promote the Christmas season. We offer fantastic competition prizes, along with the most exclusive festive updates.

As we move to the end of October, we start to reveal information about the Leeds Lights Switch On at Victoria Gardens and the much anticipated opening of the Christkindelmarkt (German Christmas Market) on Millennium Square.

The most magical time for Leeds is when the Christmas lights are sparkling above the streets, the Christmas carollers sing and the city streets are bustling with festive shoppers. Wrap up warm and join in!

One of the only places to receive the most up-to-date authentic news updates is here at Christmas in Leeds.


Handpicked events in Leeds this Christmas

There are lots of events happening across Leeds this Christmas with many recommended ‘handpicked events’ listed on our events page. If you’re hosting a public Christmas event within the Leeds area, let us know and we may be able to advertise it for free. Two of Leeds’ most popular hand-picked events are below.


Leeds Lights Switch On
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Thursday 8 November from 18:45 until 20:30

Every year, Leeds starts the Christmas countdown with the spectacular Leeds Lights Switch On. In recent years, the event has been held in early November, usually on a Thursday evening at Victoria Gardens. Enjoy the festive sing-a-long music, appearances from local and national talents and count down the seconds until the lights are switched on and the fireworks are lighting up the skies. Find out more »


Christkindelmarkt (German Christmas Market)

Friday 9 November – Saturday 22 December

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds’ annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square is transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel and daily programme of light entertainment.
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