Credit crunch Christmas

By on 08/11/2009 in News

With Christmas already on the horizon, Birmingham City Council is ensuring that everyone, regardless of their budget, has the chance to get into the festive spirit with a whole range of free and low cost events.

The free Christmas Lights Switch On concert on the 14 November will see a host of top stars take to the stage.  This year's line up from BRMB is stronger than ever, with the Sugababes, JLS, Pixie Lott, Little Boots, Alexandra Burke, Taio Cruz and the Noisettes just some of the amazing artists to perform.

There is also plenty for young families to do, with the popular Christmas Reindeer & Lantern Parade on Sunday 15 November.  Real reindeer will be pulling Santa on traditional Scandinavian sleighs, followed by a whole host of Christmas characters and local school children with lanterns, and all for free.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “Birmingham City Council is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents and providing a wealth of leisure opportunities for all people to enjoy.  We know that this has been a difficult year economically, so many of our Christmas events are free or very low cost, allowing people to enjoy the festive season whatever their budget.”

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will also be hosting visits from Santa every weekend from 28 November until Christmas, with each child receiving a special gift.  At just £2 this is great value for money.  The gallery's free Nativity Trail will allow visitors to see how some of the world's greatest artists have depicted the story of the birth of Jesus over the last 500 years.

The city's famous Frankfurt Christmas Market, opening on the 12 November, is always free to browse around and soak up the atmosphere.  Family Days at the markets are also planned for 14 November and 5 December, when free kids' activities with Heart FM and special offers and discounts will be available.

The city's beautiful parks will be providing plenty of free outdoor festive fun, including  the chance to make natural decorations, tree dressing and the Search for Santa in Lickey Hills Country Park.

For more information on Christmas events in Birmingham, call 303 3008 or go to


Media contact:
Emily Malcolm on 0121 303 8794 or 07766 923 352

Media accreditation applies for the Christmas Lights Switch On, please contact Emily Malcolm on the above details to request a press pass.

Frankfurt Christmas Market
12 November - 23 December (Craft Fair from 19 November)
10am - 9pm
Family Days (with extra activities and entertainment) on 14 Nov and 5 Dec)
Victoria Square and New Street

Christmas Lights Switch On
14 November, 2 - 7.30pm
Millennium Point

Christmas Reindeer and Lantern Parade
15 November, 4.30 - 5.30pm
High Street to Brindleyplace

Thomas Vale Pantomime Horse Grand National
22 November, 1 - 3pm
Centenary Square

For more information on Christmas events, call 0121 303 3008 or visit

Father Christmas at the Museum
Every weekend, 28 November - 20 December
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
£2 per child
0121 303 2834

Nativity Trail
1 December - 3 January
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
0121 303 2834

Aston Hall by Candlelight
3 - 12 December
£10 adults, £8 concessions, £36 family (2 adults, 3 children)
Tickets from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Gas Hall reception or book by phone on 0121 303 1966 or online at

Christmas Celebration
5 December, 10.30am - 4pm
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
0121 554 3598

A Boulton Family Christmas
13 December, 12 noon - 4pm
Soho House
£6 adults £4 concessions, £18 family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)
0121 303 1966

Tudor Christmas
19 December, 12 noon - 4pm
Blakesley Hall
£6 adults, £4 concessions, £18 family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)
0121 464 2193

Cofton Nursery Plant Sales
1 - 24 December, Monday-Friday, 9am - 3pm, (9am - 1pm, Christmas Eve)

National Tree Dressing Day
5 December, 11am - 1pm
Lickey Hills Country Park
0121 447 7106

Father Christmas at the Nature Centre
Every weekend from 5 – 20 December
Birmingham Nature Centre
£3 per child, plus usual admission charges
Booking essential on 0121 472 7775

Seasonal Crafts
13 December, 11am - 1pm
The Shire Country Park
Booking essential on 0121 702 2739

Search for Santa
December 20, 11am-4pm
Lickey Hills Country Park
Follow Santa's trail through the woods to find his grotto and presents.
£2.50 per child
Booking essential on 0121 445 6036

Make a Natural Christmas Decoration
20 December, 11am - 12noon & 1 - 2pm,
Edgbaston Reservoir
Booking essential on 0121 454 1908

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