How did that happen? I am sure that we have been through a time warp as it only seems like a couple of months ago since I was at the opening of last year’s Christmas Market. I honestly don’t recall putting my hands on my hips or bringing my knees in tight, and, as for pelvic thrusts, I would certainly have remembered!

Anyway, I have checked my calendar and there have been the customary number of days in 2022 so it must be right. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, in fact there is lots of good stuff coming up over this festive season as we finally break free from the shackles of the other C word – hopefully – and old. familiar cool Yule events resume.

Along with the traditional offerings is this Christmas Market organised by Rolling Social Events, which only started last year and proved such a success that it is back again. This time it will have lots of new features such as Christmas stalls from Mahogany Market and Indie Makers, and that is before you even start looking at all the wonderful shops already in the building.

Dijon Boys, they’re absolutely mustard.

Dijon Boys will be providing an alternative Christmas menu, that will be Easter eggs and hot cross buns then, no, wait, not that alternative. There is ox cheek stew with polenta mash and braised red cabbage or how about embutido stuffing sandwiches with sauerkraut and gravy, or maybe harissa spiced winter veg pastilla. Probably better than my suggestions given the probable temperature outside.

As well as this food residency there will be pop-ups from several other independent traders including Don’t Feed The Dog and Shouk.

Latitude Wines will be on hand, not only to sell you a great range of wines and spirits, but also to run masterclasses. I think we all know how to drink, mate! Sorry, my mistake again, these are to educate us on the fine art of distilling with workshops highlighting the produce of Filey Bay whiskey and Woodford Reserve bourbon, been there – done that! To book a place on a masterclass go to

There will be a bar – natch – as well as games, and live music from local artists including The Pretend Beatles (isn’t that Oasis?), Matt Baxter and Hayley Gaftarnick, as well as a festive sing-along with Lucy’s Pop Choir and Joy Choir.

I took this at last year’s Christmas Market. I think they were told that there was a traffic light system for ordering food!

The Christmas Market at Leeds Corn Exchange runs from Friday to Sunday for seven weeks from 11th November with opening times on all days from 11.30am until 8.00pm.

For something a little different the basement will be also available for private hire and corporate bookings each Wednesday and Thursday during this period. For enquiries please email

Photographs provided by Chapter81 unless otherwise stated,

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