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.
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.
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!
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.
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]]
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.
[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.
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.
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.