Last day of Birmingham Christmas Market

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market closes today, after thousands visited over the six-week opening period.

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Last day of Birmingham Christmas Market today

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market comes to an end today. The 190 stalls have been selling gifts, treats, food and drink since the 14th November, but after today, the sellers will be packing up and returning to Germany.

Thousands of people have come to the city to visit over the last six weeks, helping the city to become the fastest growing tourist destination over Christmas and New Year.

This timelapse video shows Birmingham's market, along with the giant wheel and ice rink, next to the new library, which was today announced as building of the year.

Video credit: Theo Gove-Humphries

Hundreds head to German Market for opening day

Hundreds of people have packed into Birmingham city centre for the first day of the German Christmas Market.

Now in its 13th year, the market is said to be the biggest outside Germany.

Shoppers enjoy Birmingham Christmas Market today
Shoppers enjoy Birmingham Christmas Market today Credit: ITV News Central

This year, the market features 190 stalls and an ice rink, as well as the usual range of entertainment and seasonal drinks.

Shoppers in Victoria Square head to the opening day of the German Market
Shoppers in Victoria Square head to the opening day of the German Market Credit: ITV News Central

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Safety warning as Christmas market returns

The Birmingham German Christmas Market has opened for business - and police have urged visitors to make sure their belongings are safe from thieving fingers.

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The Frankfurt Xmas Market is here! Visitors welcome! Locals enjoy and help to set an example – keep personal belongings safe and secure.

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Final preparations in place ahead of Christmas Market

Traders are putting the finishing touches to their stalls in Birmingham today ahead of the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

The talking moose awaits the crowds Credit: ITV News Central

Attracting visitors from across the UK and Europe, the Birmingam market stretches for a mile across the city centre.

Some of the food on offer at the market Credit: ITV News Central

The ice rink will also return this year, along with traditional German food and drink like Gluhwein and wurst.

Snowmen and reindeer decorations line the stalls Credit: ITV News Central

Frankfurt Mayor 'delighted' to open Birmingham market

Peter Feldmann, Mayor of Frankfurt said it is "heartwarming" to see so many people return each year to the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. Speaking about the market he said:

I am delighted to join Birmingham's Lord Mayor in opening Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market which has a truly authentic feel to it. It is really heartwarming that local people and indeed visitors from all over Britain enjoy the market and return each year to enjoy its sights and taste our traditional food.

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