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Christmas delights

Posted on October 20 2008 at 3:00:22 0 comments


The world’s largest authentic German Christmas market to be staged outside Germany or Austria returns to Birmingham again this year, with more than 90 stalls bringing a truly festive experience to the city centre. 

Now in its eighth year, the Frankfurt Market is the centrepiece of the city’s Christmas events calendar, and is expected to attract more than two million visitors to the city during its six-week run. 

Traditional stalls will offer the usual array of handmade toys, decorations, jewellery and craft goods, while a helter skelter and carousel will keep younger visitors entertained. 

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

At the heart of the market in Victoria Square will be a traditional bandstand where musicians will perform every lunchtime and evening. Groups of local carol singers and school children will also stage special performances throughout the festive period. 

This year the Frankfurt Market will be joined by Birmingham’s Christmas Craft Fair, which is double the size of last year with over 50 stalls filling the adjoining Squares.

Visitors to the Craft Fair can enjoy an entirely different collection of stalls, with local traders selling items created locally and imported from all over the world.

Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt for more than 40 years. The partnership is celebrated every year by economic, political and cultural events and exchanges involving schools, business, and community groups. 

The Frankfurt Market will run from November 13 to December 23 in Victoria Square and New Street, and is open from 10am to 9pm daily.

The Craft Fair will run from November 20 to December 23 in Chamberlain Square and Centenary Way, and is open from 10am to 8pm daily.

For more information see or call 0121 464 2012.

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