Does the arrival of the Christmas Markets affect the local businesses?
Christmas begins early in Leeds this week with the arrival of the annual German Christkindelmarkt Market in Millennium Square, and the annual Christmas light switch on the day before.
On Friday 8th November, the traditional Christkindelmarkt Market stalls will open their doors to the public once again to kick start the Christmas festivities in Leeds city. This is a busy time for everyone, bringing in people from all over the Leeds area.
But as a result of the incoming festivities will the businesses next to Millennium Square be positively affected or will they have a negative impact from the Markets?
Two of the big Millennium Square businesses had a few things to say about the subject.
“It’s busier. The sales go up by about 25% compared to the normal day” says Mark Rider, Whetherspoons representative.
Matt Spindley, Vodka Revolution representative agrees, telling us “It’s definitely (a) positive (effect), we’re right next to it so as it hits we expect it to be busy and we look forward to it. It becomes part of what we base our day to day business around, so it does play a big part to us”.
Over the course of the past two weeks, work has been underway to make sure the chalet style shops will be ready in time for Friday’s opening.
The market includes the usual traditional shops and cosy retreats, as well as opportunities to have breakfast with Santa and a drink in the Ski Hutte bar.
The partnership between this Leeds Christmas Market and Frankfurt Am Main (city council) clearly brings in a lot of custom for Leeds and is a highlight of the public’s Christmas shopping experience.