The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is one of the largest and longest running Christmas markets in England. The market takes place in Birmingham every December and draws visitors from all over the country.
The Christmas market in Birmingham over December is the biggest Christmas market outside of Germany. It is an annual event that takes place every holiday season. The market is scheduled to run this year from November 18 to December 23, 2010. The markets are spread across Chamberlain Square, New Street and Victoria Square in downtown Birmingham. The event typically starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It is free to attend the market, but you will need to pay money for goods, food or beverages.
The market contains nearly 90 stalls that sell everything Christmas related from handmade toys to decorations to jewelry. A thrifty craft stall that sells affordable goods opens in Chamberlain Square in late November. This stall is very popular and goods usually sell out quickly. There will also be German wines available that are typically not sold in the UK. There are also many German sweets and drinks to purchase as you shop.
Parking can be somewhat limited during the Christmas market, especially in late December right before Christmas. The markets also get very busy on Saturday and little parking will be available. People are advised to take public transit or to walk to the markets in order to cut back on street traffic. Be advised that there is limited free parking available.
A traditional German bandstand plays in Victoria Square every day during the Christmas market at lunchtime. There are also occasionally evening concerts.