Just like clockwork, the German Christmas Market opened in Birmingham in 2022 ready for the festive season once more. There’s is nothing like walking through Birmingham City Centre when it’s lit up at night with beautiful Christmas lights accompanied by the singing moose and smell of sausages and gluhwein.
Like it or loathe it Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a selection of tempting food and drink. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and roasted almonds will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with weissbeer (wheat beer), German lager or tasty hot chocolate - in addition to gluhwein, of course.
This year, you can even get vegan sausages for the first time. You will find these available in several spots and a separate vegan stall selling halloumi and falafel sandwiches which can be bought for £5 each on New Street. Residents and visitors have been flocking to the market to get a look and experience the festivities before it ends on December 23 at 9pm.
However, for most people this year, the cost of everything is in sharp focus. Some say celebrations are going to be gloomier this year with people having less disposable income because of the cost of living crisis.
Regardless, of your situation, if you want to make an informed choice about where to eat at the German Christmas Market, here are the prices of food and drinks:
- Falafel Sandwich - £5
- Halloumi Sandwich - £5
- Falafel and Halloumi sandwich - £5
- Poffertjes - Prices range from £4.50 to £6.50 for different toppings and flavours
- Chocolate marshmallows - You can get a box of nine for £8 and a box of 20 for £18. A single piece is £1.50.
- Bratwurst are for £6 but a currywurst is £0.50 more.
- Chips are £3.50
- Hot mulled wine of white wine - 175ml - £6
- Hot mulled wine of red wine - 175 ml - £6
- Hot red wine with rum - 175ml - £8
- Hot red wine with Amaretto - 175ml - £8
- Mulled wine with rum, Amaretto and cream - 175ml - £9
- Hot cherry wine - 175ml - £6
- Hot cherry wine with cherry snaps - 175ml - £8
- Hot apple juice - 175 ml - £4
- Non-alcoholic punch - 175ml - £4
- Half pint of beer - £4.50
- Pint of beer - £6.50
- Double pint - £12.50
- Alcohol free beer - £6.50
- Soft drinks - £2.50
- Water - £1.50
If you are not pleased with the German market, there are five other markets to explore in Birmingham this year between now and the big day. You’ll find the second biggest one over at Cathedral Square, and more are coming to the Flapper, Canal Square, Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter.