The wonderful (and free!) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery launches its Nativity Art Trail at 2pm on Friday, 30th November.
From a 16th-century enamel to Pre-Raphaelite favourites, the Nativity Art Trail offers the chance to view the Christmas Story through 500 years of art.
The trail features favourites such as The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones and a stained glass window made for the Methodist Chapel in Cradley Heath. It runs until January 6th.
You can also visit Father Christmas in his grotto at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
The BBC Good Food Show starts at the NEC tomorrow and runs until Sunday, December 2nd.
The show can be reached easily by train from central Birmingham and our apartments at the Rotunda. Trains to the NEC from Birmingham New Street take from 10-15 minutes.
If you are looking for an alterarnative to panto this winter, The Birmingham Stage Company is staging James and the Giant Peach until February 2nd, 2013 when it will go on tour.
The Birmingham Mail gave the show five stars and said, "At the end of this near-two hour show the cast left the stage to long and loud applause and waves from cheering parents and children - the best review of all."
Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently staging a production of Cinderella at the Hippodrome. It runs until December 9th.
'This sumptuous Cinderella is a banquet for the eyes' THE INDEPENDENT
Televised by the BBC in 2010, this is a stunning production with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Respect due to The Electric cinema for coming up with some really creative alternatives to the usual office Christmas party.
We'd love to attend a private screening of It's A Wonderful Life with an ice cream usherette. But there are lots of other ideas such as connecting an Xbox 360 or Play Station 3 to the big screen and hosting a videogame tournament or hosting an awards ceremony.
You can explore all of the options here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch this space for details of a great Christmas competition we are launching on December 1st!
The Midcentury Modern show takes place in London next month and it is not to be missed if, like us, you love mid-20th century design.
Birmingham is deservedly renowned for its shopping. And now the city has its own dedicated shopping website, Shopping In Birmingham. Take a look if you're coming to stay with us for some serious retail therapy!
The concert features Orchestra of the Swan's virtuoso leader, David Le Page, who takes centre stage with a very special performance of one of the most popular works in the repertoire. Also featured are Respighi and Peter Warlock's own reflections on the Baroque world of 18th century Europe.
The event begins at 1.30pm with a free pre-concert talk with Artistic Director and Birmingham Post Chief Music Critic, Christopher Morley.
15 minutes after the concert, you can meet the conductor, soloists and members of the orchestra in the Lower Bar.
The tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Please call 0121 345 0603 and tell them Staying Cool sent you.
Santa Claus is coming to town and will be at Cadbury World every weekend from November 24-December 23.
You can buy discounted tickets for Cadbury World when you book with Staying Cool. We'll also be popping a lovely festive treat in the apartments from December 1st!
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