Feeling Christmassy yet? If not, this might get you in the mood. One of the best Christmas markets in Europe is back in Birmingham as of today (November 3). Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, drawing people from all over the country. If it can’t beat your bah humbug blues, nothing will.
According to a recent study from Christmas Tree World, the Birmingham Christmas Market is ranked the fourth best in the UK. Not only that, but it is also the country’s longest Christmas market. It won’t wrap up until December 23, giving you an incredible 50 days of non-stop Christmas shopping!
Selling everything from gluhwein (mulled wine) to schnitzels, traditional toys to weissbier, the market is set up for seven weeks in Birmingham city centre. Thanks to food stalls also selling stollen, bratwurst, pretzels and roasted almonds, the sweet smell of the holidays will permeate from its iconic spot on Victoria and New Street.
Frankfurt Christmas Market is open everyday from 10am to 9pm. The only exception being on November 13 (Remembrance Sunday) when the Christmas Market in Birmingham will open at the later time of 1pm. Plenty of time to get into the Christmas spirit if you’re still feeling a little bah humbug.
The ice rink has also returned, which alongside the ferris wheel, will hang around Centenary Square until the later date of January 8, between 10am and 10pm. Both perfect for friend-dates, date-dates, and big family days out. Make sure to book tickets for the ice rink here.
This is Frankfurt Christmas Market’s 22nd year in Birmingham. It made a triumphant return last year following a fallow year in 2020. And served as a reminder as to why so many make the pilgrimage to the UK’s second city come Christmastime. Bright lights, brilliant decorations, smells of spice and exciting activities. But if you still can’t quite get in the mood, the sound of free live music in the heart of Victoria Square will win you over. It’s enough to make the heart of the biggest grinch in your family grow three sizes.
For more information about Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market head to the website here.