Top things to do at Birmingham's Frankfurt Market

Hot glühwein, bratwurst and bier - it can only mean one thing, Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair has returned.

Top things to do at Birmingham's Frankfurt Market

Millions of people will visit Birmingham to see this year's Frankfurt Christmas Market

Millions of people are set to visit the city's hugely popular festive event which runs until December 22.

Now in its 14th year, this year the market - the biggest of its kind outside of Austria and Germany - will have 190 stalls packed with festive foods, crafts and gifts.

With so much to see, we've put together a list of the 10 things you shouldn't leave without trying.

10. Roasted hot chestnuts
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Snack on some hot roasted chestnuts as you browse the stalls

One of the unmistakable smells of the market is the stalls selling hot, roasted chestnuts. Try them with a bit of melted butter or a sprinkling of salt and wash it all down with a glühwein or hot chocolate.

9. Invest in some knitwear

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Wrap up warm with some winter woollies
If 'the weather outside is frightful', get your mittens on and it will be a little bit more delightful. There's a great choice of woolly hats and scarfs on the market stalls  - so make sure you wrap up warm on those chilly nights.

8. Buy a traditional Christmas decoration
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Get your hands on a traditional decoration - great for your own home or as a lovely gift

There's some beautiful decorations and handcrafts available on the stalls which make great gifts. Browse the wide range of candles, jewellery, tree decorations, Christmas cards and more. 

7. Listen to traditional carols and Christmas songs

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The festive music plays a big part of the market's atmosphere
Carols in the City as well as daily bands on the Christmas market stage create a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mug of glühwein while listening to traditional Christmas song or great jazz music. 

6. Take a ride on the carousel
German Market carousel
The carousel is great for visitors young and old
The ornate carousel is great for visitors young and old. It also makes the perfect backdrop for the obligatory selfie!

5. Sing along with the singing moose
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The singing moose, aka Chris Moose, has become so popular it even has its own Twitter account

Perhaps the market's most famous resident, the singing Christmas moose or Chris Moose has become an attraction in its own right. It even has its own Twitter account @thechrismoose, churning out hilarious tweets during the festive season.

4. Indulge yourself with chocolaty crêpes

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Some chocolately crêpes are a must

Although crêpes are traditionally French, they are one of the various food delights of the market. Topped with hot chocolate sauce or filled with banana. they area MUST! Go on... treat yourself. 

3. Drink a German bier

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Enjoy a crisp beer from one of the many stalls
If mulled wine just isn't your thing - enjoy a crisp German Bier to accompany your Bratwurst. Thirsty soles can get their hands on a two-pint glass

2. Sample a bratwurst and wash it down with a mug of hot glühwein 

Isabelle Ahrend from Bremen on the grill in 2013
Isabelle Ahrend from Bremen on the grill at the 2013 market

A visit to the market would not be the same without sampling some of the festuve food. Get your chops around a bratwurst sausage and wash it down with the traditional hot, spicy mulled wine. For a few quid you can even take the mug home with you, which serves as a perfect little souvenir.

1. Soak up the festive atmosphere

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Soak up the festive atmosphere at the market

Even if you don't fancy braving the crowds for shopping, or the long queues for some food or drink, there's no doubt that there's few places in the city that offer up some Christmas cheer like the Frankfurt market. So even if you just take a walk along the outskirts to get that festive feeling, it's well worth it.

By Jody Ball

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