A Christmas market is to be held later this year in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral.
Called Christmas in Cathedral Square, it is expected to host 30 craft, gift and drink stalls and will run from November 17 to December 19.
The event has been organised by the Colmore Business Improvement District in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the cathedral and funfair supplier Danter Attractions which will operate the event.
It is not a replacement for the Frankfurt Christmas Market which is held in Victoria Square and usually attracts five million visitors a year but was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The 2021 event is expected to go ahead after Birmingham City Council confirmed earlier this year that it had started planning for the market however no dates have so far been announced.
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Colmore BID chief executive Michele Wilby said: “Christmas 2020 was not what anyone had planned.
“Interaction with family and friends was limited and many did not feel like it was a cause of celebration. For 2021, we want Christmas in Colmore Business District to be one to remember but for good reasons.
“Christmas in Cathedral Square looks to support and expand the city’s Christmas offer, providing a platform to support our diverse local talent.
“We hope to create an experience which animates the district, engaging with those that work in the area while also attracting many other visitors.
“While it may seem early to be talking about Christmas, it will be here before you know it.”
Cllr Ian Ward, leader of the Birmingham City Council, added: “Birmingham’s festive events attract millions of people to the city centre every year and I’m pleased that we are continually reviewing the Christmas offer.
“Working in partnership with Colmore BID, we’ve been able to develop a market that will showcase local products as well as food, drink – further supporting our city as we emerge from the challenges of the past 18 months.
“Inevitably, Christmas will look different again this year so we are working with our partners to ensure people remain safe as they enjoy the festive season in Birmingham.
“The addition of Christmas in Cathedral Square bolsters an already strong programme of events in the city, which we hope people of all ages, from Birmingham and beyond, will come and enjoy.”