THE GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR 2023

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BIRMINGHAM'S FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET





Travelled from home on the Cross City line to New Street station Before hitting the Frankfurt market we paid a visit to the Marks & Spencer store on High Street. It was the last day of trading from this site which was opened in 1957. M&S are moving to occupy two floors of the closed Debenhams store in the Bull Ring Centre.

New Street station SP0786 : The frontage of New Street  Station Birmingham by Roy Hughes Marks & Spencer, High Street SP0786 : Marks & Spencer High Street Birmingham on last day of trading by Roy Hughes

The market was again laid out all along New Street from The Rotunda to Victoria Square and in front of the Town Hall and Council House.

Welcome to the market SP0786 : Welcome to Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 by Roy HughesOn a Saturday eveningSP0786 : Busy Saturday evening at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market by Roy Hughes

Some of the stalls along New Street SP0786 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023on New Street by Roy HughesEveningSP0786 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market Saturday 9th December 2023 by Roy Hughes
SP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 New Street by Roy HughesOn a Saturday eveningSP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market - Busy Saturday evening by Roy HughesDaytimeSP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 from Ethel Street by Roy Hughesand in the EveningSP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market stall on New Street by Roy Hughes

Burlington Arcade and Piccadilly Arcade ready for Christmas SP0686 : Burlington Arcade Birmingham ready for Christmas 2023 by Roy Hughes SP0686 : Piccadilly Arcade Birmingham ready for Christmas 2023 by Roy HughesEveningSP0686 : Piccadilly Arcade during Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market by Roy Hughes

It was very lively outside the Town Hall and Council House

SP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 by the Town Hall by Roy HughesEven busier on SaturdaySP0686 : Outside the Council House at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market by Roy Hughesthan in daytimeSP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 outside the Council House by Roy Hughes SP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 in Victoria Square by Roy Hughes SP0686 : Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 2023 by "The Floozie in the Jacuzzi"in the Jac by Roy Hughes
The Christmas treeSP0686 : Christmas tree and Frankfurt Market in Victoria Square Birmingham by Roy HughesLooks better at nightSP0686 : Christmas tree at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market by Roy Hughes


If you've been to this market before you know what to expect. It's big, brash and lively and all much the same as it has been since it started twenty-three years ago. There did not, however, seem to be quite as many stalls as usual and the prices seemed to have risen dramatically - perhaps there's a connection there? Still, it's well worth visiting, and it certainly brings a lot of tourists to the City.

We made a return visit on a busy Saturday evening - what a difference[/b]

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