The Birmingham Christmas Markets will be back in 2023 – the main Frankfurt Christmas Market opens Thursday November 2 – and we have put together this handy guide to help you plan your trip including how to get here, which route to follow, other Christmas markets and activities in Birmingham and of course, where to stay.
WHAT ARE THE BIRMINGHAM GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS?
Officially called the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, the Christmas markets consist of lots of
The market makes a great afternoon/evening out in the city centre as there
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 to seven weeks prior to Christmas.
WHEN ARE THE BIRMINGHAM GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS?
The 2023 Birmingham German Christmas Markets dates run from Thursday 2nd November to Sunday 24th December 2023.
The markets are open daily:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 9.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Please note, on Remembrance Sunday (12th November) the market will not open until 1pm.
BIRMINGHAM CATHEDRAL SQUARE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Local stalls, food and drink and live music will also be opening in nearby Colmore Business District at Christmas in Cathedral Square. Brum-made crafts and gifts as well as food and drink from other regional businesses will be on offer.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS?
The markets run from right outside our front door at Rotunda (part of the 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 Birmingham New Street or Moor Street train stations and you’ll be just a couple of minutes’ 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 get to Rotunda Square, visit the Travel Tips section of our website. And if you are staying with us at Rotunda, our independent aparthotel in the heart of Birmingham city centre on New Street, we offer discounted overnight parking at Bullring.
Is there disabled access for visitors?
You’ll find Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market located along Victoria Square and New Street and the whole market can be accessed by wheelchair users and visitors with mobility impairments. It is possible to take a route that avoids steps although there is a slight incline at the Victoria Square end.
Can I visit with a registered assistance dog?
Yes, visitors with assistance dogs are welcome. This particular Birmingham 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 evening.
Where should I park when visiting the Birmingham Christmas Markets?
You will find ample parking in the vicinity of the Christmas Market. Details of all city centre car parks can be found on the Parkopedia website. Please note, the Birmingham City Council car park on Navigation Street does not have a lift and may therefore be unsuitable for some visitors. The Bullring car parks are also nearby.
Are there toilet facilities at the Birmingham Christmas Markets?
You can find public toilets at the junction of Victoria Square and on Waterloo Street. There are no public toilets inside the Council House. Birmingham New Street station (a two minute walk away) also has plenty of free public toilets.
Accessible toilet facilities for people with disabilities are also 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:
- Photographic driving licence
Bar staff do not have the discretion to accept any other forms of ID.
ARE THE ICE RINK AND BIG WHEEL ATTRACTIONS NEARBY?
Yes, you can combine a trip to the Christmas Markets with a skate at the ice ring and a ride on the big wheel. Both are located in nearby Centenary Square and run from early November until early January each year, between 10am and 10pm, except on Christmas Day. Find out more and book tickets online.
What else can we visit near the Birmingham Christmas Markets?
Birmingham’s own Alison Hammond stars in the UK’s biggest regional panto – Jack and the Beanstalk – alongside Hippodrome favourite Matt Slack; back for his 10th year!
Doomed to sell his trusty cow, join Jack and his family as they fight to outwit the evil giant, win riches beyond his wildest dreams. Featuring stunning sets and costumes from The London Palladium, and bundle-loads of laughter, this is the panto you’ve ‘bean’ waiting for!
Just yards from Staying Cool at Moor Street station, you can hop aboard the ever-popular Shakespeare Express on selected dates throughout autumn and winter for a journey of history and scenic delights. The vintage steam train takes you to Stratford for a day filled with sightseeing. Make your journey even more special with Sunday lunch or afternoon tea.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY TO BEST ENJOY THE BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS MARKETS?
With the Christmas Markets starting right outside our front door, our stylish and sustainable Rotunda aparthotel is in an unbeatable location. One major benefit is that you can keep dropping your purchases off at reception. Our team will take them up to your room for you so you don’t have to struggle with bags while you enjoy the markets.
Special thanks to Visit Birmingham for providing us with some of the beautiful festive imagery featured above.