Birmingham's Christmas Events Schedule

By on 11/11/2011 in News

Birmingham Christmas Parade

This year's Parade includes a nativity scene float with Mary, Joseph and shepherds followed by the Three Wise Men … riding real camels!  They are joined by reindeer, elves and tap dancing turkeys as Father Christmas takes a break from his busy schedule to visit Birmingham and turn on the Christmas lights.

 Date/times: Saturday 12 November, 5.30-6.30pm

Venue: city centre

Cost: Free

More info: 0121 303 3008   www.birmingham.gov.uk/christmas-parade

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Christmas Craft Fair

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge favourite with both locals and visitors to the city from the UK and Europe.  The largest authentic German Christmas market to be staged outside Germany or Austria it is the centrepiece of the city's annual Christmas events calendar.

 With continental sights and sounds, the Frankfurt Market combines with Birmingham's Craft Fair to offer 180 picturesque stalls for you to browse in search of that perfect Christmas present.

 Dates/times: 17 November - 23 December, 10am-9pm daily

Venue: Birmingham Frankfurt Market: Victoria Square and upper New Street. Craft Fair: Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square.

Cost: Free

More info: 0121 303 3008. www.birmingham.gov.uk/frankfurtchristmasmarket

 Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto

An enchanting and festive experience awaits you!  All children visiting Father Christmas in his Museum grotto will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to have their picture taken.

 Date/times: 26 & 27 November, 3,4,10,11,17 - 21 & 23 December; Sat 11am - 4pm, Sun and weekdays 12.30 - 4.30pm

Venue: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Cost: £2.50 per child. Free for accompanying adults.

More info: 0121 303 1966. www.bmag.org.uk

 Nativity Trail

The Museum and Art Gallery is putting the true spirit of Christmas at the centre of its activities with the return of the Nativity Trail through the galleries.

 The free trail highlights great masterpieces in the city's collections that depict the Holy Family as seen through the eyes of some of the greatest artists over the last 500 years.

 Date/times: 29 November 2011 - 6 January 2012

Venue: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Cost: Free

More info: 0121 303 1966. www.bmag.org.uk

 Christmas Delights

See the former home of Matthew Boulton decorated with festive greenery and discover Christmas traditions of the past.  Includes mulled berry punch and a mince pie served in the housekeeper's Room.

 Date/times:  1 & 15 December, 11am - 12.30pm

Venue:  Soho House, Handsworth

Cost:  £6

More info:  0121 554 9122  www.bmag.org.uk

 Aston Hall by Candlelight

Lit by around 300 shimmering candles, visitors will be able to see the Jacobean mansion at its most breathtaking.  This year, the Hall will celebrate a Victorian Christmas, with musicians, actors and performers recreating a 19th century household as it entertains a very important royal visitor and revels in the season's festivities.

 Date/times: 2 - 11 December

Venue:  Aston hall, Trinity Road, Aston

Cost:  £12 adults, £10 children (6 - 16 years) and concessions - proof of status may be requested, £44 family (2 adults, up to 3 children).  Tickets must be booked in advance.

More info:  0121 303 1966  www.bmag.org.uk

 Father Christmas at the Nature Centre

Combine a trip to see Father Christmas with a visit to see a wide range of exotic animals.  Ticket includes a visit to Father Christmas, present, badge, colouring sheet and a chance to feed some of the animals.

 Date/times: 3,4,10,11,17,18 December, 10.30am - 2.30pm, half hourly session times

Venue:  Birmingham Nature Centre, Edgbaston

Cost:  £5 per child, normal admission charges apply.  Tickets and time slots must be booked in advance.

More info:  0121 471 7775

 Christmas Plant Sales

Top quality surplus poinsettias, cyclamen and hyacinths at bargain prices.

 Date/times:  10/11 & 17/18 December, 9am - 4pm

Venue:  Cofton Nursery, Lickey Road, Rednal, B45 8RY

Cost:  Free entry

More info:  0121 453 1044

 These events are organised by Birmingham City Council over the Christmas season.  For more information on Christmas events, go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/thingstodo

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 For more information please contact Debbie Harrison  debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk  : 0121 303 4476

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