Birmingham’s Christmas markets are set to bring sleigh-loads of seasonal cheer back to the city this year after the silent nights of 2020’s lockdown.
And it looks like there will be several to choose from, whatever your taste in festive fun.
So what exactly is going on for Christmas 2021?
We’ve put together a guide to what’s happening and will add details of any other markets as and when they are announced.
Birmingham German Market
November 4 to December 23
This is known more formally as Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham, because it is brought over here every year by Kurt Stroscher, Frankfurt City Council’s Director of Festivals and Events.
The German market takes place in Victoria Square and New Street and will be accompanied by the return of Ice Skate Birmingham’s Big Wheel and Ice Rink in neighbouring Centenary Square. Those will run from November 4 until January 9, longer than the market is on.
With 5.5 million visitors making it the largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria, Birmingham’s seasonal spectacular offers a wide range of traditional goods and gifts, along with a selection of food and drink including weissbier (German wheat beer), gluhwein (mulled wine), bratwursts, schnitzels and pretzels.
Christmas in Cathedral Square
November 17 to December 19
Run by Danter Attractions, the company behind the Big Wheel and Ice Rink, this offers a more locally-aimed alternative to the German-themed city centre attraction.
It will take place in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral and aims to be a seasonal showcase for Midlands traders and artisans.
All traders must have a presence within the wider Birmingham region and must have an address or business presence relating to Birmingham to apply. It promises a mixture of around 30 craft, gift, food and drink stalls. Find out more here.
A one-off Christmas market organised by a different operator was held in the cathedral grounds in 2018.
Christmas City Social Birmingham
November 25 to December 18
The Suffolk Street Queensway underpass in front of The Mailbox will once again be transformed into a festive market for the Christmas at City Social event.
The market will host independent stalls selling an array of crafts, gifts and food and drink treats including mulled gin, hot Pimms, and Roastie Toasties – roast dinner in a sandwich.
You can also find Bavarian beers, live music, local DJs and a new cocktail bar. Find out more here
City Social first launched in 2017 and quickly established itself as a secret festive oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby busy German Market.
Organised by AllinAll Hospitality events company, it makes full festive use of the neglected underpass between New Street and The Mailbox.
Winter Funland at the NEC
December 9 to January 2
A brand new Christmas event, comprising a festive food and drink market, a giant ice rink, a circus, fairground, and Santa’s grotto is coming to Birmingham NEC Arena.
It will be the UK’s largest indoor funfair, organisers said.
Unlike the other Christmas markets, Winter Funland is purely indoors and has an admission charge. Tickets cost £23.50 each, or £89 for a family of four, plus a booking fee. Book tickets here and find out more here.
Grotto tickets cost an additional £5 per family and all ticket prices do not include the cost of refreshments.
Glen Ramsden, Winter Funland Birmingham event manager, said: “We have been delivering fun-filled Christmas events in Manchester for the past three years, so we are excited to be bringing Winter Funland to the Midlands for the first time. I can promise it’s a great way to celebrate the most magical time of the year.”
Check back for the latest on any more market events announced for Christmas 2021.
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