Thursday, 7 November 2013

German Christmas market set to open on Friday

Caption: Councillor Lucinda Yeadon and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray take in the delights of a stall at the German market with a trader.

The ever popular Leeds Christmas market will once again be opening its doors on Millennium Square this Friday.

Beginning on 8 November, as part of the council’s new ‘Winter WonderLeeds’ programme, visitors will be able to take into the sights and sounds of an authentic Christkindelmarkt, which as always will be hosted by traders from Germany.

On offer will include a scenic winter village featuring over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls decorated with festive greenery and twinkling colourful lights, themed indoor venues and the traditional Christmas carousel ride.

Over 750,000 people are expected to attend the 12th annual Christkindelmarkt, which organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with Frankfurt City Council and supported by media partners Real Radio and the Yorkshire Evening Post, will provide a continental style festive shopping experience.

A variety of gifts will be available, including handcrafted seasonal gift ideas, toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and unique festive decorations.

For those people who enjoy a range of seasonal food & drink as they take in the delights of the market, traditional German delicacies will also be available, including gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, soups and goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits

The Frankfurter Scheune festive meeting hall, Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery and the ever popular Kuh Stall will once again provide visitors and shoppers alike with a cosy retreat in which to relax. Due to the popularity of the Alp Chalet which opened for the first time last year, dinning reservations are recommended and can be made in person only at the venue.

New for 2013 will also be a weekly children’s event every Sunday which will be available for families between 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Frankfurter Scheune with a programme including Santa, music, magic and bakery. This event will not be available on Sunday 10 November due to the late opening of the market on Remembrance Sunday.

Another change to the Frankfurter Scheune this year will see the venue closing for an hour each day Monday – Saturday between 4pm to 5pm. This will allow for the venue to be cleaned and re-set for the evening entertainment programme. On offer in the evening will be live music provided by the popular traditional German show band.

Due to high demand, no advanced bookings are available for the evening session with entry strictly on a first come first served basis.

Anyone keen to get a memento of their visit to the market will also be able to purchase photos from official event photographers.

The market will be open daily from 10.30am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 7pm on Sundays. Due to arrangements for Remembrance Sunday on 10 November, the market will not open on that day until 12 noon. On Monday 11 November, please note the market will open at 11.15am.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"The Annual Christkindelmarkt continues to be a firm favourite in Leeds, and I am really looking forward to seeing the market once again play its special part in our city’s festive offer.

"A range of stalls featuring a wide range of gifts and food and drink will be available on Millennium Square, and it is great news that for the first time a weekly children’s event will also be held at the market.

"With a range of other activities and events also being held in the city centre as part of the council’s ‘Winter WonderLeeds programme, this really does promise to be a Christmas never to forget."

Kurt Stroscher, Head of Events and Marketing, Frankfurt City Council said:

"It is an honour and a very special pleasure to be holding an authentic German Christmas market in the heart of Leeds for the 12th consecutive year.

"This is a great cooperation between Leeds and Frankfurt and after all this time our British friends now know all about the German Christmas traditions and spirit. We would like to say thank you very much to everyone in Leeds for this great success."

Notes to editors:

The German market will be open from Friday 8 November 2013 until Wednesday 18 December 2013.

For more information, call Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit

Christkindelmarkt forms part of the city’s wider festive activity programme ‘Winter WonderLeeds’ which focuses on the best in Leeds Christmas markets including the ‘Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre’ Crafts Market on Victoria Gardens and a new 17 day Christmas festival on Briggate, running from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 December.

Brand new for 2013, Winter WonderLeeds on Briggate will feature a giant marquee housing 20 stalls showcasing food, drink, crafts and festive goods celebrating the very best of Leeds; whilst an events space will provide arts, culture and entertainment for all ages. For further information visit

In addition to the various market offerings, a Festive Family Funfair will also be taking place on Cookridge Street (between the Headrow and St Anne’s street) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 22 November to 15 December 2013.

Open from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays, the fairground and will feature the popular dodgems, flying chairs, convoy, cups and saucers rides amongst others together with a traditional candy floss and refreshment stall.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Leeds launches ‘no second night out’ initiative

A new campaign aimed at keeping rough sleepers off the streets in Leeds is launching next week(Tuesday 12 November).

The national ‘No Second Night Out’ campaign, will see Leeds City Council working with St Georges Crypt and the Crime Reduction Initiative(CRI) based in Leeds, and will focus on assisting anyone sleeping rough in Leeds to make sure they don’t spend a second night out on the streets.

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All media are invited to the launch event for ‘No second night out’ at St Georges Crypt on Tuesday 12 November at 12pm. Cllr John Hardy, Leeds City Council lead member for homelessness, Charlotte Woollard from CRI, Chris Wilson from St Georges Crypt and a former rough sleeper will all be available for interview. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.

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In Leeds, the council’s housing options service, CRI’s street outreach service and St George’s Crypt all work in partnership to identify rough sleepers and provide respite accommodation at the ‘Leeds Hub’ whilst their accommodation, health and wellbeing needs are identified. The aim is to ensure all rough sleepers are offered a suitable housing option within 72 hours of arriving at the hub.

As part of the national campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to play an active role in helping end rough sleeping through reporting sightings of rough sleepers to a newly launched telephone line. Once a rough sleeper referral has been made, local services will rapidly assist the rough sleeper with access to the hub and appropriate support.

Councillor John Hardy, Leeds City Council lead member for homelessness said:

“We are working hard in Leeds to prevent rough sleepers having to stay out for more than one night.

“As we move into the winter months it is important that we try and do all we can to work with any rough sleepers in the city to see how we and our partners can help and assist them.

“Rough sleepers may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of day or night, and moving from place to place, and not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and support is available to them.”

Charlotte Woollard at the CRI said:

“The CRI Street Outreach Service aims to locate new rough sleepers and assist them to leave the streets by visiting sites in response to information from the public and partner agencies as well as rough sleepers themselves.
“With support from the Homeless Transition Fund (HTF), a dedicated No Second Night Out Coordinator works closely with Leeds City Council to offer all new entrants to the Leeds Hub a viable route out of rough sleeping as well as practical support to get the services they need.”

Chris Wilson, care centre manager at St George’s Crypt said:

“We’ve been caring for the homeless and vulnerable for the past 83 years and working in tandem with the council and CRI for almost two years on ‘the Hub’.

“This scheme has been very successful and we’re looking forward to taking it to the next level by trying to put an end to people being left without accommodation and support for more than one night.”

‘No Second Night Out’ is an opportunity for all who are concerned about rough sleeping to help prevent individuals in a crisis situation becoming entrenched in a dangerous lifestyle.’
To report sightings of rough sleepers members of the public can call 0300 500 0914. If the rough sleeper requires urgent medical assistance, 999 should be called.

Notes to editors:

No Second Night Out (NSNO) is a government campaign that aims to end rough sleeping through partnership working, ensuring that no new rough sleeper needs to sleep out for more than 1 night.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450