Welcome to Christmas in Leeds!

Christmas in Leeds is a community website with the single aim of spreading the Magic of Christmas across the City of Leeds. We start our campaign in mid-September when the 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 a truly Magical Christmas with fantastic competition prizes, along with the most exclusive festive updates.

As we move closer to the end of October, we start to reveal information surrounding 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 along the streets, the Christmas carollers sing and the city streets are bustling with festive shoppers. Wrap up warm and join in!

The only place to receive the most up-to-date authentic news updates is here at Christmas in Leeds.

Events in Leeds This Christmas

There are many events happening across the City of Leeds this Christmas with many of them 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 publicise it. Some of our most popular hand-picked events include:

Leeds Lights Switch On

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)

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. Find out more »