Christmas in Birmingham 2017
Tuesday October 10, 2017
We love to make sure that visitors to Staying Cool at the Rotunda in Birmingham have a great time. Here are some of our suggestions for great things to do in Birmingham in the lead up to December 25th.
Any ideas for a Christmas night out in Birmingham?
How about Roy Wood’s Rockmas at Symphony Hall? On December 16th, the man who brought us 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' will be joined by Paul Young. Mark Radcliffe’s band will open the show. It all sounds slightly bonkers yet brilliant at the same time.
Where can I see a great Christmas film?
The Electric cinema - Birmingham's brilliant indie - is showing a veritable smorgasbord of Christmas films ranging from Die Hard to Elf to the original Miracle on 34th Street. Things kick off in style with Gremlins on December 7th plus a Q&A with the film's star Zach Galligan. There are a few special showings such as The Nightmare Before Christmas with creepy treats and White Christmas with a winter wine tasting.
Where can we see Father Christmas?
This year, BMAG (Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum) is hosting Santa every weekend. For £5 per child, you get a photo with Father Christmas in his grotto plus a gift. The kids can also get to see all the cool stuff BMAG has to offer for free at the same time. Online booking is available
What Christmas family shows are on?
Birmingham’s biggest Christmas 2017 show is Cinderella at the Hippodrome, which runs from 19th December-January 28th. It’s the ultimate traditional panto starring Beverley Knight as the Fairy Godmother, Suzanne Shaw as Cinders and Strictly's Danny Mac as Prince Charming.
If panto isn’t your thing, then the Rep is putting on 101 Dalmatians. Birmingham Rep's productions are always top class and we can’t wait to see how they approach the whole 99 Dalmatian puppies challenge! 101 Dalmatians runs from December 30th-Jan 13th.
Where can we see the Christmas lights?
We'll have them in Birmingham city centre, of course, but if you love Christmas lights then why not book for the illuminated trail at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (29th November-January 1st)? The Staying Cool team really enjoyed this event in 2016. See the gardens in a whole new way with themed lights and music transforming them for Christmas. Afterwards, you can warm up with the roast chestnuts, mulled cider and hot chocolate on sale.
Is there a Christmas market in Birmingham?
There is indeed. Right outside our doors every year at the Birmingham Rotunda, Christmas suddenly arrives in the form of the Frankfurt Christmas Market (November-16th-December 24th). It’s the largest Christmas market outside Germany and Austria and we love having a mooch around the stalls gluhwein (strictly outside working hours, of course!).The extremely kitsch pot boots you drink the gluhwein from are brilliant and the market gives you that warm Christmassy glow.
What time should we visit the Birmingham Christmas market?
The market opens daily at 10am and closes at 9pm. It does get busy at weekends and after most offices close for the day. We’d suggest Monday or Tuesday as the quietest times. Why not stay over with us using our special offer for early in the week?
Does Birmingham offer anything classical for Christmas?
Handel’s Messiah is being performed by the City of Birmingham choir with the CBSO on Friday, December 7th at the Symphony Hall. The choir has performed this piece annually for over 90 years, so it’s a wonderful Brummie tradition.
Is Birmingham good for Christmas shopping?
With hundreds of shops, including five department stores, Birmingham really is a great place to shop. In fact, we even have an entire website devoted to shopping in Birmingham, so that you can see what’s on offer in advance and decide where to focus your energy. We’d recommend a ‘Shop and then Drop’ strategy with one of our Rotunda apartments as your Christmas shopping base. Christmas shopping is so much more fun when it involves staying somewhere gorgeous, right at the heart of the shops!