Birmingham’s Christmas Parade

By on 05/11/2013 in Culture, News

Birmingham's Christmas programme begins this weekend when Father Christmas and his reindeers switch on the city's Christmas Lights.

Organised by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham's Christmas Parade is on Saturday 9 November at 5.30pm.   Father Christmas will lead a host of spectacular festive characters through Birmingham city centre.  A key highlight will be the nativity, closely followed by real camels carrying the Three Wise Men. 

This year's parade showcases the Christmas Pantomimes and features Snow White, Peter Pan and Aladdin.  And they'll be joined by Snowmen, Jack Frosts, stilt walking Christmas trees, roller skating puddings, baubles and Christmas crackers!

There's also a chance to see the 'Polar Express' and a fairy tale Fire Bird - both illuminated for added spectacle.

Leaving from Victoria Square the Christmas Parade makes its way through the heart of Birmingham city centre, winding along Colmore Row, Temple Row West, Temple Row, Bull Street, High Street and New Street before finishing back in Victoria Square. The best places to see the parade en route should be on Temple Row West, Temple Row and Bull Street.

Before and after the parade, visitors will be able to get close to the reindeer, camels and a donkey in Victoria Square.

The parade will end in Victoria Square at 6.30pm and visitors can download a memento of their visit with photograph from inside a giant snowglobe, in Victoria Square from midday to 7pm.

The Parade line-up and timings are correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change. For further details please visit: http://events.birmingham.gov.uk/events/christmas-parade-and-lights-switch-on/

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Notes to editors

Parade Schedule:

  • 3pm Reindeer/Camels/Donkey penned in Chamberlain Square
  • 4.30pm Form up of Parade
  • 5.30pm Parade Start
  • 6.30pm Parade Finish
  • 6.30pm – 7pm Reindeers/Camels/Donkey penned in Victoria Square/ Walkabout from parade characters

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