Second numbers are up:12. Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, we claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.
The market is on for nearly six weeks and, while some residents and city businesses might groan about the disruption to normal activity that it causes over that period, it means those who do want to visit the market have plenty of time - and can go there again and again if they love the event.
Among the products on sale are handmade gifts, including ceramics, candles, glasswork, jewellery and Christmas decorations. Rock crystal lamps and chocolate scissors are among the more unusual items you will find.
A number of stalls also feature traditional German items such as wooden toys, nativity scenes and marionettes.
Visitors are also able to sample the delights of German mulled wine (gluhwein), bratwursts (grilled sausages), weissbier (German wheat beer) and, for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread and marzipan sweets. German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it "Laugenbrezel”
There's also mulled cider, hot chocolate, giant deep-fried onions, Berliner doughnuts (they don't have a hole in the middle), reindeer burgers and marshmallow cables. In addition, a range of traditional German breads and pastries are baked fresh on site each day.
There are plenty of things that appeal to youngsters, including stalls of toys and sweets, a carousel, Chris the singing moose and all the sparkling lights and decorations.18. Nativity
The Nativity refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus in the gospels of Luke and Matthew.
The canonical gospels of Luke and Matthew both describe Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, to a virgin mother. In the Gospel of Luke account, Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, and Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. Angels proclaim him a saviour for all people, and shepherds come to adore him. In the Matthew account, astronomers follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the King of the Jews. King Herod orders the massacre of all the boys less than two years old in Bethlehem, but the family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth.Here
is a vicar retelling the story in his own way
is a typical (or not so typical) school / church production which are staged across the country every year.