Christmas events in Birmingham

By on 24/11/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Christmas Craft Fair - now open!

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 193 picturesque stalls for you to browse in search of that perfect Christmas present.

Dates/times:        17 November - 23 December, 10am-9pm daily
Venues:        Birmingham Frankfurt Market: Victoria Square and upper New Street
Craft Fair: Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square
Cost:                Free
More info:        0121 303 3008

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto - starts this weekend

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

Nativity Trail - starts next week

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

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

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

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

Carols in the city

Birmingham's biggest open air carol service is back for its ninth year.  From 2 - 4pm, the Cathedral Square will be full of fun free activities including a living nativity, live music, inflatables, gift-wrapping and giveaways. This will be followed by an open air carol service hosted by the Lord Mayor and the Bishop of Birmingham at 4.30pm.

Date/times:        10 December, 2 - 5.30pm
Venue:        Cathedral Square, city centre
Cost:                Free
More info:        0121 262 1840

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

All these events are organised by Birmingham City Council over the Christmas season.

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