In pictures: Beer rolls in for Birmingham Christmas markets

Giant glasses of beer, bratwurst hotdogs, a singing moose and stalls of sweets and treats as far as the eye can see – Birmingham’s Christmas markets are back.

In pictures: Beer rolls in for Birmingham Christmas markets

Look closely and Father Christmas and his reindeer can be spotted above the bar

The annual takeover by our European cousins has become synonymous with the festive season in Birmingham. 

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Just like the X Factor, the German market is guaranteed to appear in the weeks running up to Christmas, but if the drawn-out singing contest may be beginning to grow tiresome after being with us for more than a decade, the same cannot be said of the market.

Stalls have been set up and barrel-loads of beer brought in as final preparations have been made this week before the opening night tonight. 

More than four million people are expected to pass through in the next few weeks. Around 190 stalls line the streets of Victoria Square, Centenary Square and New Street as the world-famous Frankfurt Christmas Market and adjoining Christmas Craft Market – the largest outside Germany and Austria – gets set for launch once again.

Always massively popular with people from the West Midlands and beyond, visitors will once again be able to roam the market with a beer glass in hand – providing they pay a deposit ensuring its safe return – so they can sample dozens of different variations along the route.

For those who don’t fancy a beer, fear not, there will also be plenty of German mulled wine Gluhwein to go around.

Top 10 ways to treat yourself on a visit:

  1. Eat a German bratwurst

  2. Rent a beer glass and sample dozens of German beers

  3. Drink a hot Gluhwein

  4. Enjoy a chocolatey crepe

  5. Sing along with the singing moose

  6. Take a ride on the big wheel

  7. Pick up a Christmas gift – jewellery and crafts are available

  8. Ice skate – with a penguin if necessary

  9. Buy German sweets

  10. Ride on the carousel

And what would the German market be without the bratwurst sausages on almost metre-long baguettes? It all enough to keep you warm on even the iciest evening.

Among the products on sale are handmade gifts, including ceramics, candles, glasswork, jewellery and Christmas decorations. A number of stalls also feature traditional German items such as wooden toys, nativity scenes and marionettes. A range of traditional German breads will also be on sale.

Aside from treats to eat, drink and buy, the usual attractions, rides and entertainment will be running near the council house, while the ice rink and big wheel will be arriving in Centenary Square on Saturday.

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Beginners who are not so confident on the ice will be able to skate with plastic penguins, which will be acting as aids.

The singing moose, called, of course, Chris Moose, will be back hanging outside the council building blasting out some festive favourites.

But people visiting the market are being warned to be on their guard, with with several pickpockets having struck truck in recent years.

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