The holidays are coming as not only has Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market arrived but Colmore BID and partners are bringing a month-long festive market with a mixture of stalls this month. Known as ‘Christmas in Cathedral Square’, the event will take place in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral between November 17- December 19, with over 50 festive vendors taking to the chalet stalls.
Delivered in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Cathedral and Danter Attractions Limited, the market will provide a platform for local businesses, producers and craftspeople in the area surrounding St Phillip’s Cathedral and Pigeon Park. Traders will be able to showcase their goods in the run up to Christmas, complimenting other established festive events in the city centre like Birmingham’s German Christmas Market.
Michele Wilby, CEO of Colmore BID, said: “Christmas 2020 was not what anyone had planned. Interaction with family and friends was limited and many did not feel like it was a cause of celebration. For 2021, we want Christmas in Colmore Business District to be one to remember, but for good reasons. Christmas in Cathedral Square looks to support and expand the city’s Christmas offer, providing a platform to support our diverse local talent.
“We hope to create an experience which animates the District, engaging with those that work in the area, while also attracting many other visitors. Over the years we have delivered a breadth of successful projects with Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Cathedral and are looking forward to strengthening this relationship with the addition of Danter Attractions. While it may seem early to be talking about Christmas, it will be here before you know it.”
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of the Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham’s festive events attract millions of people to the city centre every year and I’m pleased that we are continually reviewing the Christmas offer. Working in partnership with Colmore BID, we’ve been able to develop a market that will showcase local products as well as food, drink – further supporting our city as we emerge from the challenges of the past 18 months.
“Inevitably Christmas will look different again this year, so we are working with our partners to ensure people remain safe as they enjoy the festive season in Birmingham. The addition of Christmas in Cathedral Square bolsters an already strong programme of events in the city, which we hope people of all ages, from Birmingham and beyond, will come and enjoy.”
Visitors can tuck into food and drink from the likes of Hookway’s, The Pineapple Club, Loki Wine, Purecraft Bar, The Christmas Carvery, Java Roastery, Fruit Dippers, Dirty Dogs and Fries, Mumbai Grill, The Saucy Stallion and The Donut Shack. Plus, Brummies can enjoy a pint from a choice of two pop-up pubs including the fittingly-named Pigeon in the Park and a helter skelter pub that might leave you in a spin.
You can download the Christmas in Cathedral Square map and a full list of vendors here. The month-long market is open from 11am-8pm daily.