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Planning to visit Birmingham’s Christmas Market in 2020? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHAT ARE THE BIRMINGHAM GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS?

Officially called the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, the Christmas markets consist of lots of open-air stalls (with some cover in places – very handy when it is raining). You can buy a wide range of crafts for Christmas presents, food, drinks, sweets, jewellery – mostly from Frankfurt in Germany as the name implies – but also locally made arts and crafts by Birmingham artists.

The market makes a great afternoon/evening out in the city centre as there are plenty of food and drink stalls (both sit-down and stand-up ones). These consist of German pub-style beer stalls as well as places to sip a Glühwein – a traditional German drink to sip at a Christmas market (or on the ski slopes!). A trip will certainly get you in the festive spirit.

For children and families there are small fairground rides too such as helta-skelters and merry-go-rounds as well as plenty of appetising food stalls for hungry nippers.

Birmingham’s Christmas market is one of the biggest and best in the UK. The markets are an annual event in the city’s calendar usually launching six weeks prior to Christmas. 

WHEN DO THE 2012 CHRISTMAS MARKETS OPEN?

The 2019 Birmingham Christmas Markets open on Saturday 7th November and finish on Wednesday 23rd December. The markets are open daily between 10am and 9pm. Remembrance Sunday (8th November) when the market will be open from 1pm – 9pm.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS?

The markets run from right outside our front door at Rotunda (part of Bullring), all the way to the top of New Street and into Victoria Square outside the Town Hall and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. They are over a kilometre long

HOW DO I GET TO THE MARKETS?

You can take the bus, tram, train or car to reach the Birmingham Christmas markets. Taking the train is one of the easiest ways to travel into Birmingham in the busy lead up to Christmas. Coming into either New Street or Moor Street train stations and you’ll be just a couple of minute’s walk from the start of the markets. We recommend you start at the Rotunda Square end of the markets and work your way up New Street to Victoria Square.

If you do decide to travel by car the Bullring’s underground car park is a good bet although it can get very busy in the run-up to Christmas. To find out more information on how to Rotunda Square, visit the Travel Tips section of our website. And if you are staying with us at Rotunda, we offer discounted overnight parking at Bullring.

Is there disabled access for visitors?

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is located on Victoria Square and New Street and the whole market can be accessed by wheelchair users, as it is possible to take a route that avoids steps.

Can I visit with a registered assistance dog?

Yes visitors with assistance dogs are welcome, however, please keep in mind that the Christmas Market can be very busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so you may wish to time your visit for earlier in the day or on alternative evenings.

Where should I park when visiting the Birmingham Christmas Markets?

There is ample parking in the vicinity of the Christmas Market. Details of city centre car parks can be found on the Parkopedia website. Please note that the Birmingham City Council car park on Navigation Street does not have a lift and may therefore be unsuitable for some visitors

Are there toilet facilities at the Birmingham Christmas Markets?

Public toilets are located on the junction of Victoria Square and on Waterloo Street (in the area adjacent to the stage). Please note that there are no public toilets inside the Council House.

Accessible toilet facilities for disabled people are available on site in the area adjacent to the stage on Victoria Square.

Do I need to bring ID to the Birmingham Christmas Markets?

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is committed to selling alcohol responsibly. As part of that commitment, they operate Challenge 25 for the sale of alcoholic and certain non-alcoholic drinks. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy age-restricted products. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  1. Photographic driving licence
  2. Passport

Please bring the correct form of ID with you as bar staff do not have the discretion to accept any other forms of ID.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY TO ENJOY THE BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS MARKETS?

With the markets starting right outside the front door, our Staying Cool at Rotunda serviced apartments are in an unbeatable location to get the most out of your visit. One major benefit is that you can keep dropping your purchases off at reception and we will take them up to your room for you so you don’t have to struggle getting around with bags while you enjoy the markets. Check out our exclusive offer for Christmas Market bookings in the offers section of our Birmingham page.