Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Time, Birmingham & Gluhwein

Birmingham, our second city, is a magical place at Christmas. Every year, a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) comes over from Frankfurt in Germany. Local craft stalls are added to the market, which now numbers nearly two hundred stalls.
It stretches from New Street, through the main shopping area outside the railway station, through Victoria Square and Paradise Circus, right into Centenary Square, where it joins a temporary ice skating rink and a Big Wheel.
Add to this, the Christmas lights, and it is a spectacle of colour, music, food and crafts.

'Brasso', the wonderful bull at the heart of the Bullring Shopping Centre, sporting his Christmas Elf look

The Christmas tree outside St. Martin's church, at the bottom of the Bullring

the revamped New Street Station, and the Grand Central shopping plaza

the lights in New Street, and the Frankfurt revolving bar, a main feature every year

the Big Wheel outside Symphony Hall in Centenary Square

Next year, the work will have finished in Paradise Circus, and the display will be bigger and even better