Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes will be joined by German Ambassador to the UK Georg Boomgaarden and German pop sensation Patrick Lindner as he officially opens Birmingham's 42-day festive party - the Frankfurt Christmas Market on Thursday (Nov 12)
Heading into its ninth year, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is now a major highlight in the city's calendar and the economic impact has steadily increased.
The market, which last year attracted a record 2.8million visitors to boost the city's economy by a staggering £67million, is open seven days a week (10am to 9pm) from November 12 to December 23.
This year's event will be bigger than ever, with stalls stretching down New Street as far as The Marketing Birmingham Welcome Centre.
The fun begins at 10am on Thursday before the Lord Mayor and Mr Boomgaarden officially open this year's market at 5.30pm.
They will be joined by Lindner and Heart 100.7 breakfast presenters Ed James and Rachel New.
The Lord Mayor said: “I'm proud of the fact that we host the largest German Christmas Market staged outside Germany and Austria and the Frankfurt Christmas Market is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year in Birmingham.
“The event has grown from strength to strength over the last nine years and brings a huge number of visitors to Birmingham every year.
“Many of the stallholders return from Germany year after year because they're assured a warm welcome and the market is a real symbol of our longstanding friendship and partnership with the city of Frankfurt.”
Staged in Victoria Square and New Street, the Frankfurt Christmas Market features traditional stalls offering handmade toys, Christmas decorations, jewellery, clothing and craft goods.
Visitors can also enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (GlÃ¼hwein), grilled sausages, pretzels, German beer, gingerbread, stollen, crepes and marzipan sweets.
The market will also once again incorporate a Christmas Craft Fair, featuring a selection of beautiful hand-crafted items created by local artisans, as well as ethnic goods imported from all over the world.
Notes to Editors
Frankfurt Christmas Market
Venue: Victoria Square and New Street
Date: Thursday 12 November - Wednesday 23 December (Craft Fair from 19 November Chamberlain Square and Centenary Way)
Time: 10am - 9pm
Tel: 0121 464 2012
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is once again sponsored by Heart 100.7
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes will officially open the 2009 Frankfurt Christmas Market on Thursday November 12 (5.30pm). He will be joined by German Ambassador to the UK, Georg Boomgaarden and German pop star Patrick Lindner.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is part of a whole programme of Christmas events planned in Birmingham. Click on the link below for the festive programme in full.
Birmingham's market is the largest authentic German market held anywhere in the world outside Germany and Austria.
The following stats appeared in the Frankfurter Neue Presse. The table lists the most visited Christmas Markets in Germany. If included, Birmingham would finish fifth with 2.8million but our partners in Frankfurt are predicting the 2009 market will see us matching them at 3million.
1st – Cologne 4 million
2nd – Dortmund 3.5 million
Joint 3rd – Frankfurt and Stuttgart with 3 million each
4th – Munich 2.9 million
BIRMINGHAM 2.8 million
5th – Dresden 2.5 million
6th – Nuremberg 2.2 million
7th – Erfurt 2 million
Joint 8th – Berlin-Spandau and Hamburg with 1.8 million each
Joint 9th – Aachen and LÃ¼beck with 1.5 million each
10th – Braunschweig 0.85 million
For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501