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Germany and Christmas Meet in Birmingham

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Giant pretzels, half metre bratwurst, pizzabrochten, hot waffles…I’m not going to lie, it was a greedy evening. Luckily I had my sister and mum to help eat my way round the Birmingham Christmas market.

Birmingham Christmas Market, Token, Birmingham Christmas Market

No doubt there will be a queue for the food, but rest assured it moves quickly. You’ll need to pay for your food as you queue and you’ll then be given a token to exchange for your food.

Birmingham Christmas Market, Token

Birmingham Christmas Market

Don’t despair, for veggies there’s yummy pizzabrochten. It translates as pizza rolls and is literally a little rolled up pizza. You can have five for £4 and that was waaaay too much even for me. You need to leave enough room for other goodies.

Birmingham Christmas Market

I suggest you wash it down with a good stein of beer or glühwein. Now I’m afraid, the queue is a little less orderly for the popular drinking stands. You’ll need to nuzzle into the crowds and edge your way to the front. It’s worth the wait though. You’ll be able to choose from weissbier, half a beer, gluhwein with Baileys or Amaretto, hot chocolate with all the trimmings – basically everything that could possibly remind you of Christmas. They are a little pricey, but bear in mind that you’ll get £3/4 back if/when you return your glass.

Gluhwein, Mulled Wine, Festive Drinks, German Drinks

Next stop…yummy coconut macaroons.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Or perhaps some delicious gingerbread, nuts, or sweets.

Birmingham Christmas Market

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So many decisions. Well, there are 180 stalls and it is the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria, so it is going to be tricky to decide.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Just two minutes from New Street Station in the centre of the city, you won’t have any problems finding the little log cabins that temporarily house the Christmas market from Frankfurt, Germany. Simply follow the crowds down to Victoria Square and Centenary Square.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

The market is enclosed by some stunning buildings that are lit up really elegantly.

Birmingham Christmas Market

And there are some lights that are just for fun.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

Whilst not necessarily my kind of thing (I was all about the food), the stalls are full of cute presents, some of which are quite traditional. I definitely enjoyed meandering about, looking at the crafts.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

Actually, I did make one little purchase. A lovely handmade wreath for my door – I’d been wanting one since I’d visited the market in Munich, so I was pleased with my £6 find. Don’t you agree it looks super sweet?

Birmingham Christmas Market

Aside from a few drunken revellers who had clearly overdone it on the glühwein, the Christmas market in Birmingham is a novelty alternative if you’re not able to go to the original German market in Frankfurt. The stall holders are genuine and the goods, especially the food are really authentic. We even managed to fit in some chocolate covered marshmallows.

Birmingham Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market
Yes, there are two boxes. Don’t judge…

The market runs for five weeks from 14 November until 22 December 2013. The stalls open at 10am and close at 9pm. I recommend you visit in the evening for a truly festive experience.

I’d love to know if you’ve visited Birmingham Christmas market this year, or in the past. What’s your favourite stall? Perhaps you’ve visited one of the markets in Germany – what did you think of it? X

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