Thursday 16 November – Sunday 24 December
Opening Times: 10.00am – 9.00pm daily
The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria is the centre piece of our city’s festive celebrations, and returns to Birmingham each year in mid November.
It is the ultimate Christmas experience, and will have you feeling festive from the minute you step foot into the City Centre.
From Beers to Bratwurst, Christmas carols to Crêpes, The Frankfurt Market has everything you need to get you in the spirit of the season. But just in case you need persuading, here’s our 8 reasons why The Frankfurt Market is a must visit this Christmas.
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8 reasons why you have to visit The Birmingham Frankfurt Market
- To eat all the German treats your heart desires
Along the whole length of the German market, you will find many a vendor selling a traditional German Bratwurst. Cooked on a swinging grill, the Bratwurst comes in a Brotchen (roll) and with your choice of traditional toppings, such as onions and mustard. For the hungrier amongst us in search of a challenge, try one of the foot long Bratwurst! Also available are pretzels with every filling imaginable, but will you go for sweet or savoury? Go on… We won’t tell if you have both…
- To have a hot Glühwein (mulled wine)
Glühwein is a traditional and loved hot alcoholic Christmas drink which is usually made of white and red wine and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon slices and aniseed. If you are unsure whether to get some, the smell will help make your mind up – Gluwein is literally the scent of Christmas, and can be smelt all throughout the market. It is the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter’s night.
- To indulge yourself with Crêpes
Yeah okay, we know Crêpes are traditionally French, but who cares, they’re delicious! And can be found at our Christmas market! Whether you go for savoury filled with cheese and ham, or satisfy your sweet tooth with Nutella and banana, they are one of the many culinary highlights of the German Market.
- To sing along with the singing moose
Over the years, Birmingham’s singing Christmas moose (Chris Moose) has become a famous attraction in his own right. Located directly in front of the Council House entrance, the singing moose guarantees a Christmassy atmosphere and a lot of fun for young and old. Spread the Christmas cheer by signing along to his jolly song.
- To listen to traditional Carols & Christmas songs
Whether it’s a choir singing a traditional carol or Mariah Carey belting out from a nearby shop, there’s always a mix of seasonal songs at the Christmas Market. There are daily bands on the Christmas stage and Carol Singers throughout the market. If you weren’t feeling festive before your visit you definitely will be now!
- Drink a crisp German beer
Do as the Germans do and grab your stein full of crisp German beer. It goes perfect with bratwurst, crepes, pretzels and well, just about anything! The refreshing taste will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian Beer hall, but please, drink responsibly!
- Take a ride on the Carousel
Take a one horse ride through the German Market on the fantastic ornate carousel. Situated in Victoria Square, the sights and sounds create a festive fairground for the whole family to enjoy. Hopefully you’ll be having so much fun you’ll be laughing as you go – Ho Ho Ho.
- Soak up the Christmassy atmosphere
There’s nothing more festive than the Frankfurt Market. Wrapping up warm and heading out into the crisp cold air will have your nose glowing brighter than Rudolph’s. But who cares, grab a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate or Gluhwein and bring all your friends and family along. Soak up the yuletide spirit, goodwill to all men and joy to the world!