|Millennium Square towering over Leeds Christmas markets|
Christmas is to the Western World what Diwali is to Indians.
A time to exchange gifts, buy new clothes or items, meet friends and family,
enjoy good food and lot of laughter,
lights and joy all around to light up the spirits from the mundane profanities
of everyday life.
Around Christmas time, people are willing to open up their
wallets and ready to indulge in purchasing and shopping. This not only ensures good business to High
Street retailers, but also is a good source of
income for temporary markets and traders who travel far and wide from other
countries to make their monies during the festive season.
Every year during Christmas, there is a German market put up
at Millennium Square – the heart of Leeds city centre. This Christmas market is
called “Christkindelmarkt”, and is
indeed- a little piece of Germany in the heart of Leeds City Centre. This
market attracts more than hundred thousand visitors for about a month before
The market consists of over 40 wooden stalls – which look
like Wooden cabins from the outside. Each of these stalls are put up by
authentic German traders providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for
everyone including; handcrafted toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and festive
This also includes speciality foods and traditional German
delicacies such as gluhwein, sausages, goulash, soups, gingerbread and candied
fruits, crepe` and other delicacies. Not to forget the German beers, giving you
feeling of your own “Novemberfest” or
|Gluhwein in traditional cup!|
|The temptation of German beer!|
Apart from the wooden stalls the other attractions are the
games in and around the German markets – which keep families, friends and kids
glued enough. The shiny flashbulbs lighten up the nights – underlining the
feeling of joy & enjoyment for all folks enjoying the market!
A must visit for anyone who would like to experience a
little bit of “continental Europe” in UK and hear Germans speaking measured
English with a cute European accent. I would advise one to not miss gluhwein
(warm wine), beer & crepe’!