The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the most popular Christmas traditions in Europe in terms of the number of visitors. Its creative and sophisticated stall decorations, the breathtaking surroundings of Paulsplatz and Römerberg, the fun holiday activities, and the huge Christmas tree make it one of the most beautiful holiday markets in Europe.
For the 8th straight year, Birmingham brought the Frankfurt Christmas Market to town, making it the centerpiece of the 2008 Christmas events calendar. Let’s take a look at last year’s events.
What, where, when
The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham in 2008 was the biggest holiday event in England and the longest and biggest of its kind outside Germany and Austria. Over 90 stalls were set to bring an authentic festive experience to the center of the city.
The stalls were spread across Upper New Street, Chamberlain Square, and Victoria Square, with many other activities held around the city. The events attracted an estimated 2 million visitors to Birmingham during its November 13 – December 23 run.
Frankfurt Market in Birmingham
Traditional stalls offered a wide range of Christmas decorations, traditional handmade toys, and beautiful jewelery. The market also had a carousel and a helter skelter to keep children and younger visitors entertained.
Stalls also sold German mulled wines that aren’t usually available in the United Kingdom and other German goodies such as German beer, grilled sausages, pretzels, vegetarian options, crepes, gingerbread, and marzipan sweets.
The Christmas Craft Fair joined the Frankfurt Market. It was double the size of 2007 with more than 50 stalls scattered around Chamberlain Square as well as the Centenary Way bridge. The stalls sold handcrafted items produced locally and also imported products from other countries.
There were also Family Days for family enjoyment. Highlights were the Secret Santa Hunt and other fun games and activities for the whole family to keep the visitors and shoppers entertained.
Other holiday fun
At the center of the Frankfurt Christmas Market was a traditional bandstand where songs were performed every lunchtime and evening. What’s more, shoppers were entertained by groups of local school children and carol singers who staged special performances throughout the market run.
Diwali celebrations were also held at Millennium Point, with fireworks display and live Indian music, dance, and food. Visitors also enjoyed the open air ice skating and the procession of brightly lit canal boats from NIA to The Mailbox.
With the success of the 2008 Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham, we can expect that it will be bigger and better this year.