After the end of term, on Saturday, I went to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham. The market is along New Street and in Victoria Square, which is all very close to Birmingham New Street Station if you are getting the train from Leicester for the day (I got an open off peak return for just under £10 with a railcard). The market is open from 10 am to 9pm, everyday up until the 23rd December, so there’s still time to head over to Birmingham before it finishes!
The market is pretty big (the biggest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK) and it was pretty busy when we were there, although unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best on Saturday so it was quieter than I think it could have been! There are stalls selling baubles and other decorations, scarfs, jewellery and other trinkets. But for me it was the food that was really good. There are loads of options including pretzels, churros, garlic bread, bratwursts and waffles!! As with any German market there is a lot of beer, but if like me beer isn’t your favourite drink there are plenty of other options such as Glühwein (mulled wine). You pay a deposit on your cup or tankard when you buy your first drink and then get it back when you return them at the end of the day.
There is also an ice rink and big wheel close to The Woodman Pub on New Canal Street. These are open until January 6th, but would make a great addition to a trip to the Christmas market. The ice rink is also covered so don’t worry if it’s raining you can still skate.
All the market stands are quite elaborate structures and look very festive, there were even carol singers upstairs on the balcony of one! All in all it is a great trip for a festive day out, but make sure you wrap up warm!