Get the most out of living in Birmingham this Christmas

God, I am so sorry if this is the first Christmas-related post that you’ve seen this year, but it’s time. From here on out, you’re probably going to see so much writing about Christmas, and why it’s brilliant, and it’ll be absolutely sickening. You won’t be able to do so much as even look at a Turkey by the time you get to the 25th.

If this is the only Christmas post that you read this year, then, uh, thanks. Thanks for making the choice to read this one. It is, after all, a pretty quintessential guide. Some would say unmissable – especially if you’re living in Birmingham. I’ve lived here for quite a few years now, and there are a number of unmissable things to do each snowy season. Here’s how to get the most out of living in Birmingham this Christmas.

p.s. In a rush? Saved you a scroll: markets, a wheel, penguins(!!), adorable walks in the cold. Now get back to wrapping presents.

The Frankfurt Markets

They are, quite literally, impossible to miss. The Frankfurt Christmas Markets practically make my whole December. Perfect for a thoughtful gift, these markets come packing with handmade arts and crafts, as well as ornaments and haberdashery that would look perfect on your bookshelf.

Even if you choose not to buy anything to gift or show off, there are so many tantalising treats up and down New Street. From fairly fresh doughnuts to stuffed sandwiches, stein-filled beers, or even a goblet of hot chocolate – your taste buds will thank you later.

 I’d recommend going in the week if you can – ideally during the day to avoid the crowds – but really, nothing beats seeing the sights at night, all lit up and breath-taking.

The Wheel

Full disclaimer: I’ve never been on the Big Wheel, but I really appreciate it. Located right outside Birmingham Library, The Wheel will give a great view of the fun happening all over. Right next door is a huge ice rink that’s gone under a major refurb in recent years. When I first went, it was much smaller and open-air, but they’re probably realised that lots of poor weather and an equal number of visitors does not make for a good mix.

As a result, that whole area is a lot busier than it was when I moved to Birmingham all the way back in 2015. Even if you’re not skating, though, it’s well worth going, if only for the atmosphere.


Who doesn’t love penguins? They’re probably in my top 10 favourite animals of all time, right behind tawny owls. You can explore a trail for absolutely zero money that will take you all over central Birmingham. There are 15 penguins to find all over Birmingham, and it’s a trail that you can explore for absolutely zero money. Get ready for a lot of walking.

It’s a fab way to see the city, especially if you’ve got a friend who’s never seen Birmingham up, close, and personally. Mix it in with the other activities that I’ve suggested and you’ve got a whale of a day out.

Adorable walks in the cold

I was trying to find a different way to word this, but it was really tricky. I wanted to word this in a way that sounded more appealing than you simply being a little cold at Christmas but, you know what? Let’s call it what it is: an adorable walk in the cold.

Sure, you could go on these walks at any time of the year, but there’s something so lovely about setting out, with someone you love, on a cold winter morning, wrapped up in a coat and scarf, braced for the day. I love walking around the city centre – especially up the canal – and down to the University of Birmingham, which also hosts magical events at this time of the year.

What will you be doing to make the most out of living in Birmingham this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

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