Family Festive Spirit At Leeds Christmas Markets (Christkindelmarkt)
Wendy Keniwell, Family Correspondent
If you're wanting to get into the festive spirit, there's no better way than by visiting a Christmas Market.
And if the budget won't quite stretch to the flights and accommodation you'd need to get to one of the European Christmas markets, why not try going to Leeds instead?
The Leeds Christkindelmarkt is a traditional German Christmas Market set up in Millennium Square in the heart of Leeds City Centre.
Whatever you're into, you're bound to find something to appeal. On wandering round the chalet stalls, you'lll find goods such as traditional wooden toys for the children's stockings, or maybe something to decorate your tree with. There are also stalls selling crafts, tealight holders, and warming candles.
After all that shopping, warm yourself up by visiting one of the Bavarian Eateries, where you will find an array of hot German sausages, which you can wash down with a mug of mulled wine (also known as Gluhwein) or some hot chocolate.
Make sure you're hungry when you visit, as the choice of food is mouthwatering. I settled for a hot, spicy sausage in a bun, followed by a glass of mulled wine. If you don't quite fancy that, there's also some lovely sounding Goulash soup to fill you up.
I was privileged to catch a German band doing warm-up exercises in the eatery I visited, and was treated to a rendition of 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'. Even the Grinch himself would have found it hard not to feel some festive cheer at this!
If you don't want to sit down to eat, eat on the go while wandering about as there are all manner of food stalls. From huge pretzels, to crepes, from fried feta cheese sticks to candied nuts, there's something to suit all tastes.
There's plenty for the children too. Treat them to a fruit kebab dipped in chocolate or a ride on a traditional carousel. Re-live your youth by sitting atop one of the horses with your children and carousing around. Just make sure you haven't had too much mulled wine cheer beforehand!
The market is open daily until December 16th.
Family Festive Spirit At Leeds Christmas Markets (Christkindelmarkt), 13th November 2012, 23:25 PM