Blogmas Day 5: Birmingham Christmas Market

Hey, hey, hey! Another festive cracker for you guys today. I had my first Christmas Market experience of the festive season (just to warn you, it’s the first of many…). I go to Warwick University, which is technically not in Warwick but happens to be very close to Birmingham. So, myself, Conor and my lovely friend Sophie (you can find here blog here – check it out she is amazing!) hit Birmingham’s German Christmas Market. Consider this a pre-game to the Cologne Christmas market next week. 

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If you get chance to visit Birmingham Christmas Market, you have to go! It’s super cute and festive and they have loads of German stalls and places to grab yourself food and a mulled wine. There’s 20 inch sausages (naughty), German donuts, fudge, pulled pork, hot chocolate, hot wine, hot pretty much any alcohol beverage you fancy. Not exactly a wide variety of choice for a vegan/plant based diet but a lot of choice for meat eaters! Forget about those macros for the day and enjoy yourself!

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In terms of stuff to do, like any Christmas market, if you don’t like stalls with baubles and scarves, you’re pretty limited BUT… If you do then you’re in for an absolute treat. I got Mum and cute little bauble and Conor picked up a little surprise for his parents (I won’t give any spoilers, just incase they’re reading…). We opted not the take the trek to the ice rink considering than none of us can skate and I was already on my second alcoholic tipple, however, it’s there! It’s not where it was last year so it would be a bit of a walk if you fancy it but, let’s be fair, walking round shops and seeing Christmas lights isn’t exactly a hardship.

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I love a good Christmas market! They make me feel so Christmassy. Is it just me that prefers to lead up to Christmas more than the day itself? Christmas shopping and pre-Christmas day festivities are so lovely and can be really inexpensive. It cost us under £4 on the train and there is no need to pay for entry in Birmingham. Food and drink is quite expensive (an average of £6 for a hot dog and about the same for an alcoholic drink) but the donuts were £1.50 and I paid just over £2 for a cute little handmade bauble. The whole thing cost me under £20 and that was with food, drink and presents, so not too bad and super worth it. If you fancy giving it a go the market starts literally around the corner from Birmingham New Street Station so it’s super easy to get to. Pretty much everywhere is done up for Christmas so it’s so easy to make a day of it and get yourself some Christmas shopping on your travels.

I absolutely loved it and feel super festive now. Plenty more Christmas Market posts will be coming up during this year’s Blogmas so don’t you worry. Roll on Cologne… 

Jamie x

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