Birmingham Christmas Market

What is Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market?

With over 120 stalls, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic Christmas market outside Germany and Austria. Here at Staying Cool, we see the day that the market opens as the start of our Christmas season. Outside our Rotunda HQ, the air is filled with the scent of temptations such as glühwein (mulled wine), roast almonds, hot chocolate, weissbeer and bratwurst. 

How long has the market been running?

The relationship between Birmingham and Frankfurt is a long established one. The market celebrated its 50th year in the city in 2016.


When does Birmingham’s Christmas market open this year?

The market opens on November 16th, 2017.


When does the Christmas market close this year?

It closes on Christmas Eve.

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What days of the week does the Christmas Market open?

It’s open seven days a week.


What time does the market open?

It opens daily at 10am

What time does it shut?

It closes at 9pm


What’s the best way to travel there?

Birmingham city centre is always busy and especially so in the run up to Christmas. There is plenty of parking available (the Bullring car parks are convenient), but it’s probably best to let the train take the strain. The market is just a couple of minutes’ walk from two Birmingham train stations - New Street and Moor Street.

What can I get to eat and drink there?

The market is festive foodie heaven. Sit outside (well wrapped up) and enjoy delights such as pretzels, bratwursts, schnitzels and roast almonds. The traditional drinks on offer include glühwein (often in very kitsch mugs!), weissbeer and warming hot chocolate.


Is the market good for Christmas shopping?

Yes, and it’s a lovely way to shop. You can buy beautiful gifts which are otherwise hard to get hold of in the UK. The Germans ‘do’ Christmas very well and the stallholders offer handcrafted items such as wooden decorations, jewellery,  Christmas tree baubles, crystal lamps, leatherwork, decorated festive biscuits and traditional wooden toys.

The Christmas market is right in the heart of Birmingham city centre, so you could easily combine your visit with a trip to the huge Bullring shopping centre, funky Grand Central or the classy Mailbox.

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Is there any other entertainment on offer?

A visit to the big wheel and ice rink has become an integral part of a trip to Birmingham Christmas market  for many people. The wheel looks very beautiful and makes for a great photo. This year, the big wheel and ice rink are moving from their usual location at Centenary Square (which is being redeveloped) to Eastside Park, just down the hill from our apartments.

There’s also free entertainment on at the bandstand in Victoria Square. The events schedule can be seen on line

What are the quietest times to visit the Birmingham Christmas market?

Friday and Saturday evenings are always peak times. Early evenings can also be busy as Brummies love to stop off on their way home from work. There’s a lovely, buzzy atmosphere but if you’d prefer a quieter experience then visit outside these peak hours.

Is there wheelchair access to the market?

The market runs along Birmingham’s New Street and around Victoria Square. The whole market can be covered using a step-free route.

What’s the most relaxed way to visit the Christmas market?

That’s an easy one. Book one of our serviced apartments. The market starts at our front door and you can shop, drop and drink glühwein to your heart’s content. We’re perfected located to make the most of the market and enjoy a visit to Eastside Park for the big wheel and ice rink.

Special offer

Book with us using code XMAS17 and enjoy 10% off plus a free bottle of mulled wine to enjoy in your apartment or take home with you.

The office is valid on all bookings staying between Friday 16 November and Saturday 23 December 2017.

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Please check the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market website for updates.