Although the odds of a white Christmas in Birmingham are slim to none this year, that does not mean a trip to Birmingham is one to miss out on.

With the Frankfurt Christmas Market having opened in November, along with sensational dining in Brindleyplace, and a variety of events hosted in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, there is plenty of ways to enjoy a day-trip to the UK’s second-city this December.

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The Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market is a firm favourite event both for those who live locally and those visiting from across the UK and overseas. Every Winter, Birmingham buzzes with Christmas spirit and cheer at the first sign of the Market’s arrival.IMG_9190

With over one hundred stalls, containing sweets, presents and ready-to-serve food and drink, there really is something for everyone.

It is said to be the largest, authentic German market outside of Germany or Austria, offering traditional and tempting goods, such as pretzels, weissbeer, schnitzels and bratwurst. And, of course, there is hot chocolate too!

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Spanning from the Bullring Shopping Centre to Victoria Square – not to mention that this year, the Ferris wheel and ice skating are located toward Millennium Point – this a perfect opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Birmingham area, and have a look around the UK’s wonderful city.

It is a fabulous day-trip to take with family or friends – or both! – and enjoy the festive cheer and atmosphere that is on offer.

IMG_9209Not to mention, there is also live music and entertainment, on and off, leading up to Christmas day.

There are multiple train stations situated near the Market itself, including Birmingham’s newest addition, Grand Central, which opened at the end of 2015.

So, if you’re really feeling the Christmas spirit, or seriously need to finish any last-minute Christmas shopping, why not stop by Birmingham’s favourite event of the year and browse all the amazing stalls!

[Photography: Frankfurt Christmas Market, Victoria Square, Birmingham. [02/12/17]]

Brindleyplace

Alongside the Christmas Market, Brindleyplace is worth a visit whilst on your day out. Situated by the lovely Birmingham canal, it offers a diverse range of restaurants and cafes, including the Pitcher and Piano, the Slug and Lettuce, and All One Bar. So, there is bound to be something for everyone.

15577957_348420762191302_4241975074405441800_oWith stylish terraces, beautiful interiors, and fabulous foods, Brindleyplace could complete your hard day of shopping with a scrumptious meal next to a delightful view.

And even if you’re not hungry, it’s a perfect place for photography lovers to get a few shots, especially come evening and night-time.15590943_348420402191338_1462411529413997974_o

 

[Photography: The Water’s Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham. [02/12/17]


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Finally, for all those art and history lovers, we have just the place for you.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is situated in Chamberlain Square – a very short walk from the Frankfurt Market. Adm18920501_440956369604407_625982321157334559_nission is completely free for all, and it is open until 5pm most days.

The history gallery contains the fascinating story of Birmingham, looking back in time at it’s medieval beginnings, up until it’s suburban expansion in the present day. There is also a Mini Museum, which encourages the younger visitor’s to Birmingham to dress up, play historical games and read storybooks.

The Birmingham School of Art is another section, show-casing progressive work from the 19th century onward, produced in Birmingham.

Newer exhibits also include the Faith in Birmingham section, which was recently expanded in 2017. With Birmingham having such a diverse range of culture and community, this section represents over ten different faiths. It was developed after two years of consultation from a variety of groups and communities across the city.

There are also a range of talks and tours available, which can be discovered on the Museum & Art Gallery website.12440539_159590737740973_596306670663951737_o

And if you’re feeling festive, there’s bound to be some Christmas events to attend, including Santa’s Grotto, which is running until the 17th December 2017!

[Photography: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Sqaure, Birmingham. 29/08/17]

 


So, why not visit Birmingham this Christmas? With the Bullring Shopping Centre & Grand Central full to the brim with shops for every occasion, Christmas shopping can be done in no time, and hey, there might even be time to visit one of the events above.

 

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