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Frankfurt Christmas Market (Birmingham )
Member Name: samgriff
Frankfurt Christmas Market (Birmingham )
Disadvantages: Sometimes you cant find anything to buy
One day last December I was in Birmingham and met my sister for lunch and we decided to go to the Frankfurt market that is on in the middle of Birmingham every year.
The market is on in Victoria Square in Birmingham every year from the end of November to the end of December and if you are ever in the area I seriously suggest that you go as it is a wonderful place to be at Christmas time.
To get there is extremely easy, just come out of New Street Station in Birmingham via the Pallasades exit. Go down the ramp, turn left and walk a few hundred metres and then you are at the Frankfurt Market. It is in victoria Square and literally anybody new to Birmingham can find it as there are sign posts everywhere. If you are not sure just ask and someone will point you in the right direction.
As you first walk onto the first hut, or chalet, you begin to realise just how festive this market can be. Surrounded by Christmas lights and the many people who are always there, the atmospheres in the place are simply astounding. There are dozens and dozens of huts that sell a wide variety of products.
The main reason I go to this market is the food that they sell there. It is absolutely delicious! When we were there we decided to try something that was like small pancakes with Nutella on. They were absolutely gorgeous and I would eat so many of them. The smells when you are walking around the market are just to die for; you really could spend quite a lot of money just on food such as burgers, sausages and my favourite, honeyed cashew nuts!
Yes the food is pretty impressive and they sell quite a lot of it, however they also sell lots of chocolate which is another big seller. They have tonnes of sweets and hundreds of varieties of chocolates you can buy there. They are all delicious and I wouldn't recommend visiting the market on an empty stomach or else you really will be spending quite a lot of money.
The market sells lots of other products such as jewellery, toys and different craft products. It's all very unique so if you are someone who doesn't like mass produced stuff, then this is the place for you. Everything has a certain charm to it, and the prices aren't bad either. In fact the market is free just to walk around which I always think is a nice touch. It has a great atmosphere at Christmas time at night when its all lit up so just walking around you can have a good time.
There is usually some form of entertainment in the middle of the market most days, there has been the last few years I've been. It's usually a brass band playing most times which gives a jovial feel to the market. Also there is a carousel for kids to keep entertained if they get bored of looking around. There was also a man as Santa for a picture opportunity for the kids. I thought it was mechanical and got a bit scared when it said hello to me!
Overall I think the Frankfurt market is a great place to spend a couple of hours if you are ever in Birmingham at Christmas time. It has a wonderful atmosphere and you can't help but feel a little cheerful and Christmassy by the time you go home. With plenty of huts and different things you can buy such as delicious food and great presents, it truly is a wonderful market. The gifts are quite unique, i haven't bought anything from there in the past few years apart from food so try to look at all the huts for some interesting products.
The Frankfurt Christmas market is on annually usually from 15th November to 23rd December.
It is open daily from 10am to 9pm in Victoria Square, Birmingham."
Summary: A great market full of atmosphere
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