Birmingham’s internationally renowned Christmas Markets return to the city for six weeks from Thursday 17th November – and for the first time will remain open until Thursday 29th December.

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This year the Frankfurt Christmas Market – organised by Birmingham City Council in partnership with Frankfurt Tourism and Congress GmBH, and sponsored by Wilmott Dixon – forms part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the cities’ twinning.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Carl Rice, will officially open the Christmas Markets on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 17th November at 5.30pm: Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square.
  • Saturday 19th November at 11.55am: Christmas Craft Market, Ice Rink and Big Wheel in Centenary Square.

The Mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldman, will join the Lord Mayor on 17 November for the 50th anniversary celebrations and the opening of the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

The Lord Mayor said: “It is a tremendous honour to be able to officially welcome the Christmas Markets back to Birmingham – especially as this year marks the 50th anniversary of our twinning with Frankfurt.

“This is one of the most anticipated events in Birmingham’s calendar, drawing millions of visitors to our city each year, and for many its arrival marks the start of the festive season.

“With two distinct markets offering a wide array of gifts, food and drink, plus the ice rink and big wheel, there will truly be something for everyone.”

Together, the Christmas Markets comprise of 140 stalls spanning approximately a mile from Centenary Square, along New Street to the Bullring. Pedestrian access to Centenary Square from Victoria Square will be via Fletchers Walk – a route that is well signposted.

The Frankfurt Christmas Market features festive stalls in Victoria Square and New Street selling a wide range of products and tempting foods, plus live performances on the bandstand and music from Heart 100.7 – this event has become the biggest authentic German market outside Austria and Germany. It will be open from Thursday 17th November until Thursday 29th December.

The Christmas Craft Market will be based in Centenary Square with a host of stalls offering a wide range of handicrafts and locally-produced food and drink. It will be open from Saturday 19th November until Tuesday 20th December.

Both markets will open every day from 10AM to 9PM, except Christmas Day when the Frankfurt Christmas Market will be closed.

The popular ice rink and big wheel, which also returns to Centenary Square, will be open from Saturday 19th November until Sunday 8th January, from 10AM to 10PM. Ice rink sessions are on the hour and last an hour. Tickets can be booked in advance at www.iceskatebirmingham.co.uk  

Visitors to the Christmas Markets are being reminded to use public transport wherever possible, as important works continue as part of the well-publicised Paradise redevelopment.

(Image: Ross Jukes)