Birmingham City Council

Frankfurt Christmas Market 2013

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country, and with Birmingham quoted as being the worlds fastest growing Christmas and New year destination (article from Birmingham Mail) if you haven't visited before, come and see what it is all about and soak up some of the festive atmosphere.

Having run for the last 12 years, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is now the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.

Birmingham's 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.

Venue: Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square & Chamberlain Square
Date: 14th November – 22 December
Time: 10am – 9pm
Tel: 0121 303 3008

 Frankfurt Christmas market

Traditional stalls offer the usual array of beautiful handmade toys, Christmas decorations, original jewellery and craft goods as well as a carousel to keep younger visitors entertained.

Visitors can enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, German beer, and for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes and marzipan sweets.

Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt ( for more than 40 years.

The partnership is celebrated every year by a range of economic, political and cultural events and exchanges involving schools, business, and community groups.

Why not make a weekend of it?

With so many stalls to browse (around 190 including the Craft Fair - pictured), 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.

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Visitors to the markets can often get fantastic discounted rates at participating hotels.

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

The Frankfurt Market is centrally located in Victoria Square just minutes away from New Street station. The Craft Market is in the adjacent Chamberlain Square and continues through to Centenary Square, home to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library.

For Teachers:

Get your Pupils prepared for the Market – with Special Packs for Schools

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

Useful city centre parking information.

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

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Willmott Dixon, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies, has agreed to sponsor Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market for the next three years.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city.

With 160 years of experience, the company provides services within the built environment to Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships Managing Director, Mick Williamson, said: “As part of all our contracts, Willmott Dixon strives to embed itself within the communities we serve and make a real difference to the lives of people living locally.

Over the last 12 years, the Frankfurt Christmas Market has become an integral part of the Birmingham community during the festive season, and we are proud to be supporting the venture for the next three years. The market echoes our own company values by bringing together all members of the community and celebrating the rich culture of the city.

Visitors to the Birmingham Christmas Market will have an opportunity to win Lufthansa tickets from Birmingham to Germany. The competitions will be available at F20, F27, F80 & F75 stands and they can either take part in a quiz or enter a fun photo competition, aptly named “Snap, scan and win”, the second competition asks entrants to take a funny photo of themselves or with friends and family next to a Lufthansa poster or flyer. Entrants simply scan the QR code on Lufthansa posters and flyers or visit The best photos will be posted each week on the Lufthansa Facebook page at Other prizes on offer are a Kindle Fire and John Lewis gift vouchers.

Lufthansa offers a range of highly competitive fares for both business and leisure travellers from Birmingham from as little as £99 return inclusive of all taxes and charges as well as a high quality product which provides passengers with their seat, hold and cabin baggage allowances, in-flight food and drink, on-line, mobile and airport check-in possibilities for one all inclusive fare. It also includes the opportunity for passengers to collect miles with Europe’s largest airline loyalty programme, Miles & More.