A German Christmas in the U.K. | Photo by Geoffrey Sutton
A German Christmas in the U.K. | Photo by Geoffrey Sutton

A taste of German markets in the UK: Birmingham Christmas Market

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

The telltale signs of the impending season have arrived. Wooden chalets lining the city’s old town, Glühwein stations suddenly appear, and the sights and sounds of the holidays are starting to take hold. If you’ve ever visited the German Christmas markets, you know what I’m talking about. City centers are transformed into winter (and shopping) wonderlands, and there’s no denying the special magic surrounding them. Although there are plenty of markets and seasonal festivals here in the U.K., they don’t quite compare to the originals, with one exception – the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Thanks to a special collaboration with the city of Frankfurt, the largest German Christmas market outside of mainland Europe is held in the centrally located city of Birmingham. Ironically, this industrial city was once a market town in the Middle Ages. With shimmering lights and more than 100 stalls to peruse, it’s easy to feel as though you’re walking through the center of a German village. Grab a steaming mug of Glühwein or hot chocolate while shopping traditional holiday wares. Hungry? There are plenty of delicious pretzels, gingerbread cookies, schnitzel and bratwurst to quell your cravings.

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is open through Dec. 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. 

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