Tuesday, 8 December 2015

visiting the christmas markets - birmingham

Being a huge lover of Christmas, naturally Birmingham's Christmas Market has been on my to do list for many years as I was born and still live in the city. With a couple of work friends, we decided to kick off the Christmas season and made our way to the market. If you are thinking of attending the Frankfurt Christmas Market or just want to know more about it, then here are my five top things I have learned:
Start your experience off with a beer! The Germans know how to make good quality beer and the market is just full of stalls offering just that. You'll pay around £4 a pint, plus a £3 deposit on the glass which you can either take back to the bar or keep yourself. Some stalls offer the paper cup option but if you want the experience then you should definitely go for the glass.

Attend the market on an empty stomach! Trust me when I say you will not go hungry at the market, never have I seen so many food stalls in my life. Start off with a yummy hot dog. If you are not a fan of sausages there are plenty of other stalls offering hog roasts. If you are foolish enough to eat before arriving to the market there are plenty snack options like a pretzel and roast chestnuts. For those with a sweet tooth save room for waffles and nutella crepes!

Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine! "If the weather outside is frightful" then nothing can be more delightful than a hot drink. You'll find the stalls offer more than your average mug of hot chocolate. You can get anything from brandy to baileys added, as well as marshmallows and cream. 

Get those last minute Christmas gifts! It was not just those yummy food stalls that caught my eye, there is plenty more to see. You can find traditional Christmas decor like nutcrackers, of all shapes and sizes and wreaths. Besides the festive gifts you can also find things like handmade jewellery, candles, and woolly hats. The market is a great place to find unique gifts and inspiration for those who are hard to buy for.

End your day by going ice skating! The ice skating rink is a definite must do. Even if you have never skated before it still is a fun experience especially with friends. It's £9.50 for adults for 49 minutes on the ice. There is also a photographer that's always on the ice with you if you would like a picture taken with your group of friends to treasure forever.

Have you visited the Birmingham Christmas Market or any other ones?

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