When does the Birmingham German Christmas Market 2021 start?

Birmingham’s German Christmas is coming back after a year away - and it’s just weeks away

<p>Birmingham’s German   Christmas market is coming back for 2021 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)</p>

Birmingham’s German Christmas market is coming back for 2021 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The city centre will once again be transformed into a festive wonderland with the return of the popular Birmingham German Christmas Market this winter.

Millions of people have travelled to the heart of the city in previous years to enjoy the festivities the market brings, and while Christmas 2020 looked very different due to the pandemic, the much anticipated event - also known as the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market - is all set to return this time around.

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When is Birmingham’s German Christmas Market?

The market will return to Birmingham on November 4.

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that the market will return to Victoria Square and New Street this year on November 4 and will run until December 23, from 10am to 9pm daily, except on Remembrance Sunday (November 14), when the market will be open from 1pm to 9pm.

But with planned public realm works around Victoria Square, the market will have fewer stalls this year.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has been extremely popular over the years (Frankfurt Christmas Market Ltd)

How will Covid impact the market?

Crowd control measures and a reduced number of stalls are some of the safety measures due to be in place this year.

A statement on the market’s website says: “Our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, stallholders and other staff at the market. This year that includes monitoring the latest Covid-19 information and working with public health and other partners to ensure that Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is an event that everyone can enjoy safely.

“We have reduced the number of stalls to create more space and will be putting additional Covid-19 measures in place.”

The city council has also confirmed that this year’s event does come with the caveat of change or cancellation, should Covid restrictions come back into effect during the winter.

What else do we know?

The big wheel and ice rink is also due return to Centenary Square and run from November 4 until January 9, between 10am and 10pm, except on Christmas Day. You can book tickets here.

Musicians from Germany and Birmingham will also be returning with lunchtime and evening music sessions from Monday to Friday and performances on the weekends. Further details of the line up will be available nearer the time.

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