We’re on a coach and off to the Birmingham Frankfurt German Christmas Market

Did you know that it’s the largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria? Nor did we!

Apparently, it offers a large range of traditional goods, gifts and a selection of tempting food and drink. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts and roasted almonds will tempt your taste buds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, Weissbeer, tasty hot chocolate…. so let’s see…

We are travelling with Impression Holidays from Peterborough… you will find them in the Westgate Arcade Offering a complete selection of day trips as well as holidays by coach. Now don’t frown, they are not just for seniors, although I’m no spring chicken (lol) they are for anyone! If after reading this you are not convinced then just visit them and grab a voucher for your gran, your granddad or your auntie, so they can have a great day out instead!

We parked up at Serpentine Green ready for our coach pickup at 9.20am. Other pickups after ours were Yaxley and Huntingdon… there are around 57 seats on the coach and very nice too… adjustable seat belts, reclining seats (great for your return journey 😉), seat holders for your magazines, drink holder and a toilet on board.

Sat down and we’re off, time to read their magazine on what other day trips and holidays they do… after looking through I might just treat myself to a spring day out and take my mum too for some mother-daughter time! 🥰

Margaret Street was our drop off point at 11.45am and we were given directions of where to go for the market on the main Victoria Square which was just a 2 minute walk away round the corner.

Oh my gosh – what a market! It’s huge.

It starts outside the town hall, where Queen Victoria stands tall watching over all the German cabins, the colourful carousel and even possibly the star on the enormously tall Christmas tree at the bottom of the square. The cabins weave around the square up and down all the levels. There’s food & drink everywhere… whether you’ve a sweet or savoury tooth there’s something for you. German sausages in all sizes with mustard, curry sauce and more, chocolate covered fruit skewers, jam filled doughnuts, fine chocolates, hot chocolate and schnapps and beer. It’s definitely a festive feeling you get when walking around. But it doesn’t stop there…. go down the stairs and you’ll be at the top of the main walkway through the town and guess what? It’s all the way down filling the street; stall after stall after stall.

The market gets busier as the day wears on so my advice is buy your goodies early to save on the later queues. You’ll find wooden baubles, glass snow globes, crystal hangers, scarves and hats, ceramic houses, and much more.

We walked all the way to the Bull Ring Centre, patted the famous bull and then continued past Santa cabins, reindeer and elf ornaments… more frankfurters and chocolates…down as far as we could go and we reached the Snow House. A lovely area for drinking in a covered bar and vip igloos to drink in too. It’s fabulously Christmas.

We ate in a local restaurant nearby to get warm and were recommended to see the big wheel, so right back up to the top we walked. Two policemen kindly directed us and off we went passed Victoria Square, round near the new Paradise being built and Centenary Walk. There’s a large covered ice rink for skating and the big wheel all lit up ready for rides… errr not for me today though thanks.😉

As the sun sets the market really does start to twinkle as every cabin comes more to life with fairy lights aglow and of course the Christmas tree looks stunning. It really is a sight to be seen as we take one last meander around. Baubles purchased, chocolates picked, new gloves bought (as I’d dropped one), and a doughnut for the coach ride back. 😋

We were all ready and waiting as Andy pulled the coach up at 4.45pm. I think we were all glad to get in as it was cold and we had tired feet definitely. (11,600 steps done and 500+ calories burnt.. where’s that doughnut?) Our arrival home should be about 7.45pm.

Well done, we’ve had a great day out, no problem parking and a great price too. (£21)

Impression Holidays has some fabulous days out in their day trip listings which include famous landmarks (Royal Albert Hall £59.50), river cruises (aboard the Judith Mary £42.50), shopping destinations (Milton Keynes £21), historic houses (Downton Abbey £48), designer outlet (Bicester Village £23), guided tours (Dad’s Army Tour £29.50) and some coastal resorts (Southend on Sea £27) which will be great in the summer time, even Tutankhamun’s exhibition £50. However, they also offer trips to shows down in London at a fraction of the cost for normal tickets. (Pretty Woman from £66, Les Mis £76)You also won’t need to worry about parking, traffic jams or driving in London because you’ll be taken to your destination direct.

The company offer you a great ride, from some good pickup points on a luxurious fleet of coaches which all have an on-board toilet, air-conditioning, panoramic windows and reclining seats which are really comfortable by the way; have armrests, a foot rest and fold down tables.

You’ll find Sue and Katie really helpful in the Westgate office offering up lots of knowledge and info on their trips & hols. Tel 01733 267025 and have a chat or go in and pick up their brochures.

I’ll be looking through and choosing another very soon!

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Further info: Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

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