Open date set for Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 - here’s when the German Market will open

The date for the 2023 Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham has been set

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The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham city centre has had its future secured for another five years. Birmingham City Council hailed the city’s relationship with its sister city Frankfurt on Tuesday (July 25) - and it has been confirmed it will go ahead this year, despite the authoritiy’s financial issues.

The market’s economic value has been annouced as £350 million. At the cabinet meeting, members said the expenditure created from the ‘biggest authentic Christmas market outside of Germany’ supports over 7,000 jobs. The five-year deal will run from 2023 to 2027.

The annual market, which sees over 100 stalls set up in Victoria Square and along New Street, first came to Birmingham in 2001. Apart from 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been held every year since and has grown significantly since the inaugural market when just five stalls were set up.

When will the German Market in Birmingham open in 2023?

The 2023 Frankfurt Christmas Market will begin on November 2 and run to Christmas Eve on December 24. Here’s the daily times of opening throughout each week:

  • Monday to Thursday: 11am to 9pm
  • Friday: 11am to 9.30pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 9.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 9pm - Please note, on Remembrance Sunday (November 12) the market will not open until 1pm)

Birmingham and Frankfurt first signed an economic and cultural partnership agreement in 1966. This was renewed in 2016 on its 50th anniversary to encourage more links between schools, universities and businesses.

A survey undertaken during the 2021 market that questioned 500 attendees showed the average spend for day visitors was £58.19. Those staying overnight spent an average of £123.50. Prior to this agreement, some costs relating to waste management and security amounting to £322,000 had fallen on Birmingham City Council. This new deal will move these financial obligations over to the market operators.

‘It enriches our Christmas and makes Birmingham a sought after tourist destination’

At the meeting, cabinet member for transport Cllr Liz Clements said: “In the Frankfurt Christmas Market we genuinely have something that is unique. We need to preserve this.

“It’s a part of our relationship as a partner city with Frankfurt and it’s really important we have that showpiece. It enriches our Christmas offer and makes Birmingham a really sought-after tourist destination.”

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Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, Cllr Roger Harmer, said: “The success of the Frankfurt Christmas Market is something that has been built over a long period of time. Could I ask that we start to examine opportunities for such a relationship with our twin city in Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia?

“Clearly, we are not going to be able to do very much at the moment but once Ukraine expels its illegal invaders from its lands, there will be a huge amount of rebuilding to do. One small part we could play is to develop that sort of relationship with our twin city.”