If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit then Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is the place to be this season.
The real authentic Christmas markets in Germany and Austria are a truly festive occasion but if, like a lot of us, money is tight at this time of year, then Birmingham's market is the next best thing.
Returning for its 11th year, the festive event is set up just a five minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station and includes over 180 stalls selling all sorts of gifts and jewellery to give to your loved ones.
The event starts on 15 November to 22 December, 10am-9pm, and there is plenty there for people of all ages.
It is near enough impossible to visit the market without trying a German Bratwurst (red and white sausage) and Brezel (bread). This type of 'hotdog' is a real traditional German food and one which they are very proud of.
However, this isn't the only type of food served at the market and if you aren't particularly keen on sausages, or you are still hungry after trying one, then there is plenty of other food to get your teeth into.
One highlight in particular is the crepes, which is a type of pancake dessert. Kids will absolutely love these and they come accompanied with either chocolate sauce or filled with banana.
Of course, all this food wouldn't be half as good without something to wash it down with and one main reason the market is very popular is because of the German Beer. And, if a pint glass isn't enough for you to have your beer in, they also do two-pint glasses, which admittedly might leave you with no hands in order to hold it.
If beer isn't quite to your taste, there is also the fabulous Gluhwein (mulled wine). This is made out of either red or white wine and is served at a warm temperature. So if it is a freezing cold night, wrap up warm and make sure to try one of these. But please do drink responsibly.
For the kids, there are carol singers scattered everywhere across the market which will really make them feel in the Christmas spirit and there are plenty of gifts and toys for them to empty your pockets with.
If you haven't visited Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market then please do so, as it is highly recommended and if all the decorations and festive songs in all the shops haven't made you feel all 'Christmassy' then this will.