There is just one day to go to the opening of Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market, now having run for the last 13 years and it has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. Brummies claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and it's now the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.

The German Market is held in Victoria Square and New Street, Birmingham, every November and December. The largest Christmas market outside Germany, it attracts dozens of stallholders - many from Birmingham’s twin city Frankfurt - and more than 2.8 million visitors. On offer are German food and drink, toys, decorations, jewellery and crafts. Local traders hold a Christmas Craft Fair at the same time in nearby Chamberlain Square.

Pretzels, scnhitzels, bratwursts, and knoblauchbrot will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbeer, mulled cider, or tasty hot chocolate. And whilst you're here why not pick up some presents for your family or indeed yourself in the form of the ever-favourite crystal lamps, Sounds of Nature, hand-crafted leatherwork, rugs, and much more besides!

Looking at what visitors to the market think.On, UK reviewer Crazycat gave it four stars out of five and said: "For a fab day out if you are based in the UK, it’s well worth a visit. The market is located in the centre of Birmingham so very easy to get to by train or car. There are a wide variety of stalls selling a good selection of products although there were several that were not selling anything particularly festive or authentic. Overall, though, you could pick up some nice German gifts. Food choice was fab with a wide range to choose from, as well as the usual Gluhwein stands.The market will take a couple of hours to explore, and afterwards there are some other attractions to take a look at. The shopping centres are large and include some big names including Harvey Nichols. There is also the area around the canals - Brindleyplace - that’s nice for a wander too and don't forget the open-air ice skating rink in front of the Birmingham Library in Broad Street ’’.

Birmingham’s Christmas market is now the biggest German market outside Germany and Austria and opens for business from 10am to 9pm on Thursday, November 13 (tomorrow!), running until Monday December 22.

If travelling by car use the,  Town Hall, Paradise Circus, NIA, Snow Hill, Markets or Dudley Street car parks.

To plan your journey by public transport phone 0870 608 2608 or visit

See you there!


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