Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is a fascinating area of the city to explore. If you're staying with us in the city in the lead up to Christmas, Visit Birmingham's guide to JQ festive events is well worth a read.
Following the success of its film/wine combos, The Electric cinema is holding its first Film Food Club on December.
December 25th is only a few weeks away and the centre of Birmingham is looking lovely as the Christmas Lights were switched on last Friday.
However, the city centre will go into festive overdrive from this Friday when the Frankfurt Christmas Market gets underway. It runs until December 22nd and the hundreds of stalls are open until 9pm each night. The market is delightful and not to be missed!
Only a week to go! Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market - the largest authentic German market outside Germany & Austria - returns next Thursday.
We love having the market outside the Rotunda. It's wonderfully Christmassy!
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Birmingham's celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, are amongst the biggest in the UK.
Visit Birmingham has information on when and where where you can enjoy Diwali in the city, including a free event hosted by BBC Asian Network on November 18th. There will be plenty on offer for all the family including music, dancing and a dedicated Kids Zone.
Air Canada's Enroute Magazine has taken an in-depth look at Birmimgham's foodie scene.
The Yummy Brummies piece by Laura Osborne features interviews (and tastings) with many of the city's major players.
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Fireworks are the big deal in Birmingham this weekend as Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Night, but you could also:
The Christmas Parade should make a great trip out. It features a fantastic line up of events such as the chance to see live camels carrying the Three Wise Men, and an aerialist performing a breathtaking sequence from inside a huge candle.
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