Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas Markets in the UK for 2011

I thought some of you might like to know where the best Christmas Markets are.

I definitely recommend the Frankfurt market which is in Victoria Square, Birmingham. It's no more than a 5-6 minute walk from New Street Station  (it's outside Birmingham Town Hall) and Snow Hill Station is also close.

Did you know Birmingham is the sister city to Frankfurt in Germany? I've been to this market twice (in 2008 and 2009) and I absolutely love it. I suggest going on a weekday if you can, it's still busy but less busier than on weekend's, but this year my friend and I are meeting up with some other friends on Saturday, 3rd December.
What I love about this market is the smell of Gingerbread and Gluhwein (mulled wine). Gingerbread's traditional in Germany at Christmas and so is Marzipan. The market stall holders travel from all over Germany to sell traditional wooden Nutcrackers, handmade chocolates, handmade ornaments, handmade toys, traditional German food, clothing etc.

 The Frankfurt/Birmingham Christmas market starts on 17th November and ends on 23rd December 2011. It opens daily from 10am until 9pm! It's Free and it gets very crowded.

I'm also going to the Dickens Christmas Market at Rochester Castle in Rochester, Kent running from 30th November until 18th December 2011 and the Derby Christmas Fayre. The Derby Christmas Fayre opens 1st December until 24th December 2011.

Here's a link to a website showing you all the UK Christmas Markets.

Be aware there are free entrance to markets but also bigger ones you might have to pay for and/or they are timed so you have a set time for shopping.

The Frankfurt/Birmingham Christmas Market is open, spend as much time there as you like. We spent a good 6+ hours there with food and coffee breaks.

I definitely recommend you check out a Christmas Market this year!

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