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