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Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market 2015

12 November to 22 December, 10:00am - 9:00pm

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, we claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.

Pretzels, schnitzels, 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! Why not have a go at a simple phrase or two?  Click the link to our German language guide to the Christmas Market. http://bit.ly/Brum_Market.

Again this year the marzipan in the stollen is the return of the outdoor ice skating rink in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Broad Street until 4 January.

Christmas Craft Market

Things to do at the Christmas Markets

Eat a German Bratwurst & Brezel

German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it "Laugenbrezel" (lyle pretzel).

The West Midlands' own traders offer an entirely different selection of beautiful hand-crafted items at the Christmas Craft Market, created by local artisans, as well as ethnic goods imported from all over the world.

Stalls offer a huge range of locally hand-crafted items, including decorative ironwork, wood carvings, handbags, toys, musical instruments and organic soaps and cosmetics.

Other stalls offer fantastic ethnic handicrafts, imported from all over the world from places such as Africa, India and South America.

In addition to the crafts, a huge range of locally produced food and drink is on offer to tantalise hungry shoppers, including organic sausages and real ale from local micro-breweries, as well as home made chutneys and cheeses to take home and enjoy.

Coupled together, the two markets generate an incredible atmosphere and a unique shopping experience, creating the feel of a small, bustling village within the heart of the city centre.

Together with the huge range of Christmas events on offer, Birmingham’s Christmas markets offer a delightful and exciting experience for all visitors.

With so many stalls to browse, 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. 

How to get to Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market

The Frankfurt Market is centred in Victoria Square in front of the Council House and stretches down to the Rotunda. The Craft Market and ice rink are in Centenary Square, home to the Library of Birmingham. Pedestrian access between the two sites is via Fletchers Walk.Birmingham is going to be busy this Christmas, with the popular Christmas markets happening alongside the redevelopment of the Paradise site.

Our advice is to use public transport or to cycle or walk to the city centre wherever possible. For more information on rail, bus and Metro services, and an interactive journey planner, visit Network West Midlands.If you have to travel by car, please check for the latest road closures and allow extra time to complete your journey. The nearest car parks are Town Hall, Paradise Circus (accessed via diversionary route), NIA, Snow Hill, Markets or Dudley Street.Coach operators will be able to drop off passengers in Brunel Street and should then move away from the area to find suitable parking. Secure coach parking is available at Brewery Street Coach and Lorry Park.

From 15 November the Eastern arm of Paradise Circus between Great Charles Street and Paradise Street will close with all traffic re-routed onto a new road layout, there will also be some changes to bus services from the city centre to destinations including Harborne, Dudley, Oldbury, Merry Hill and Stourbridge. Full bus details are available from National ExpressFull details of measures affecting the city centre this Christmas, together with graphics showing access for road users, pedestrians and cyclists are available at 


Toilets - including accessible toilets for wheelchair users - toilets are on Waterloo Street and in Centenary Square. Please note people will not be allowed into the Council House to use the toilets there!

For more information visit www.germanchristmasmarketbirmingham.com
While you are in Birmingham why not take a look at other things you can do visit www.christmasinbirmingham.com
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Christmas music on the bandstand

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