Last weekend I made the most of the mild weather by visiting not one, but two Christmas Markets. Trip one took in the Lincoln Christmas market, set in and around the beautiful surroundings of Lincoln Castle. I try to go to Lincoln each Christmas, loving the chance to drink mulled wine whilst browsing all the stalls. I particularly like the leather and sheepskin stalls which have a great mixture of bargain buys and more luxurious items. Lincoln City is also a great place to shop, with some brilliant vintage stores, charity shops with hidden treasures, and small independents that are perfect when you are looking for something a little bit different.
Lincoln Christmas Market
My second trip of the weekend was a family affair, taking in the now famous Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham City Centre. This is truly a foodies paradise, with everything from Ostrich Burgers, enormous bratwurst sausages, Eggnog donuts, and my personal favourite – chocolate covered strawberries and grapes on skewers (amazing!). There are stores dedicated to traditional wooden toys and decorations, including beautiful Nutcracker dolls, and also lots of handicrafts and textiles. With the exquisite carousel and the return of the ferris wheel it is a winter wonderland, and my Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to what is my favourite market of all.
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham