Here are five festive ways to spend your time in Birmingham this Christmas.

Birmingham may be the underdog of UK city breaks, but it has so much to offer during the festive season, with lots of events happening in and around the city in the lead up to Christmas.

Whether you’re living in Brum or just visiting, here are a few things you could get up to this December.

Photo: Anneli Salo

1. Visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Is it us, or does the Christmas Market in Birmingham get better every year? There’s lots of delicious food stands for you to sample the finest German foods and drinks, including Brezel (a type of bread), Bratwurst sausages, and of course, mulled wine.

With Carols and Christmas tunes, handmade gifts to browse and a carousel for the kids – and big kids! – this is the place to come if you’re really looking to get into the festive spirit. In fact, it’s the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria.

2. Enjoy a festive knees-up at the Old Joint Stock

The Old Joint Stock - a pub and theatre venue on Temple Row – is hosting Christmas by Candlelight on 15 and 22 December. With live music, festive food and a towering Christmas tree, the event is hosted by the Musical Theatre Company.

You don’t need to book in advance, but this is one of the Old Joint’s most popular events of the year, so be sure to arrive early if you’re hoping to bag a good spot.

3. Take your family to the Big Family Festival

One for all your families out there: The Big Family Festival Christmas Cracker is being held at the Mill in Digbeth on 15 December, and there’s lots of fun activities for you and your children to enjoy, from craft workshops and book readings to talent show acts and a magician.

Tickets to the event cost £10, and there’ll be a chance to meet Father Christmas and some well-known children’s TV characters, too – the perfect treat for your little ones in the run up to the big day.

4. Sing along at the Symphony Hall

On 22 December, the Symphony Hall is hosting the ultimate festive party - Now That’s What I Call Christmas Live brings all your favourite Christmas hits to stage, performed by a live band and some sensational singers.

Tickets start at £28 and the Symphony Hall is located right in the city centre, so you can always head out for some food or a stroll around the Christmas market, too, and make a real day of it!

5. Dirty Vegan: Festive Edition

The crazy popular Dirty Vegan pop-up night is back with a festive twist on Sunday 22 December! With three sittings throughout the night, your £30 ticket will cover the cost of all your food and a complimentary drink, as well as a surprise gift.

You’ll also be invited to a live music event with Shanty Town Collective, and then DJ Mylz will be taking over to have you partying until one in the morning.

Birmingham is a fantastic city with lots going on all year round, making it a great place to study! The Arden Birmingham Study Centre is located just a couple of minutes from New Street station.

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