Get your skates on - Birmingham's German Christmas market is back!

The German Christmas Market in Birmingham has officially opened and the main attractions are back in full force after an unprecedented break.

The ice rink is one of them and it can welcome more than 200 skaters an hour.

Along with the return of the famous ice rink, there's also the Big Wheel - with panoramic views of Britain's second largest city.

And of course, the sausages are back as the German Market celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

More formally known as Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham, is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria.

ITV Central News Reporter Rosie Dowsing had the pleasure of being the first skater back on the ice as it opened after two years

This market is affiliated with the city of Frankfurt and there are 56 stallholders in the city this year.

This is smaller than normal because of Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

The Director of Events for Frankfurt City Council, Kurt Stroscher told ITV Central News coming to Birmingham this year "was a challenge".

He added: "Because Brexit is the reason, all things are much more difficult than in the past.

"Nevertheless, we are all really happy to be back in Birmingham"

In its peak year the market generated over £400million for the local economy, so it's a big deal for the city.

This year, organisers have taken coronavirus into consideration, and have taken steps to ensure that the festive market can be enjoyed safely.

They told ITV Central: "Thing's are a little more spaced out than you might be used to".

The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council described some of the measures in place, saying "You'll see hand sanitiser stations all around, and the people serving you will be wearing masks or behind screens as appropriate".