Frankfurt Christmas Market … Birmingham
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 17 November – Friday 23 December 2011
Time: 10am – 9pm
Tel: 0121 464 2012
Traditional stalls offer the usual array of beautiful handmade toys, Christmas decorations, original jewellery and craft goods as well as a 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.
Why not make a weekend of it?
With so many stalls to browse (180 including the Craft Fair – pictured), why not avoid the evening crowds by taking advantage of one of the great centrally located hotels and stay for the whole weekend?
With the markets right on your doorstep for a relaxing morning browse, there are also plenty of other activities in Birmingham to keep you entertained for the whole weekend.
Visit www.visitbirmingham.com for more details.
Visitors to the markets can often get fantastic discounted rates at participating hotels.
How to get to Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair
The Frankfurt Market is centrally located in Victoria Square just minutes away from New Street station. The Craft Fair is in the adjacent Chamberlain Square, home to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library.