Leeds Christmas Market has been cancelled for the third year in a row, organisers have confirmed.
Blaming the aftermath of the pandemic, Leeds City Council said in a statement: “The German Christmas Market has not been held in Leeds since 2019.
“Following the pandemic and combined with foreign travel work visa costs and complications, it was mutually agreed with our friends in Frankfurt that it was no longer feasible to bring the German market back to Leeds.”
It added: “We are committed to making sure Christmas in Leeds is always an exciting and memorable time and work with our partners across the city on a programme of festive activities.”
The highly popular Christkindelmarkt is run in collaboration with partners from Frankfurt city council, and ran annually at Millenium Square before the pandemic hit.
The market was originally set to return for its 20th anniversary on November 5th, however, Leeds City Council will instead host a festive ice rink at Millennium Square with street food, drink, and family-friendly rides.