Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country.
Now in its tenth year, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.
Birmingham’s own traders offer an entirely different selection of beautiful hand-crafted items at the Christmas Craft Fair, created by local artisans, as well as ethnic goods imported from all over the world.
Venue: Victoria Square and New Street
Date: Thursday 18 November – Thursday 23 December 2010
Time: 10am – 9pm
Traditional stalls offer the usual array of beautiful handmade toys, Christmas decorations, original jewellery and craft goods as well as a helter skelter and carousel to keep younger visitors entertained.
Visitors can enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, German beer, and for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes and marzipan sweets.
At the heart of the market in Victoria Square each year is a traditional bandstand where musicians perform every lunchtime and evening. Groups of local carol singers and school children also stage special performances throughout the festive period.
Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt (www.frankfurt.de) for more than 40 years.
The partnership is celebrated every year by a range of economic, political and cultural events and exchanges involving schools, business, and community groups.