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  • Writer's pictureSara Moscoso

Birmingham, England: Christmas Market

Christmas markets are probably my favorite thing about the holiday season in Europe. In America we have Christmas markets too, but not to this extent. Christmas markets originated in Germany and were originally celebrated during the four weeks of Advent. Each year in November, cities across Europe install Christmas markets with ornate light displays, carnival rides for kids and families and stalls of seasonal food, drinks, and various gift items to purchase. Noah and I have not yet visited a German Christmas Market yet, but it’s on our bucket list! This year, we visited Birmingham, England for their Frankfurt Christmas Market. It was so much fun! The Birmingham market is the largest authentic market outside of Germany and offering traditional food and drink.


One of my favorite parts of this market are the little souvenir cups they sell when you purchase drinks. Spiked hot cocoa comes in the cutest little mug that you can carry around throughout the market and have refilled. We also enjoyed the rides and displays erected throughout the city. At night, the market turns into a magical place with lights and rides. It’s so beautiful seeing the Christmas tree lit up. Noah and I will definitely be exploring more Christmas markets, hopefully ones in Germany or Austria while we are in Europe.

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