Christmas in Birmingham

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Birmingham looks wonderful in the weeks up to Christmas with even more going on than usual! The Frankfurt Christmas Market brings a festive buzz to the city streets and there are suddenly lights everywhere to lift dark winter days. If you're planning to spend a few days in the lead up to Christmas in Birmingham then we'd suggest that you plan well in advance to enjoy the best the city has to offer. We've picked some events that are bound to be very popular - book soon.     

Christmas bubbly
Planning to enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne on Christmas morning? Loki Wine (Great Western Arcade) is running a champagne tasting event on December 10th, which should help you to narrow down some top contenders. Tickets are £45.   

Let there be light
A first for Christmas in Birmingham!
 Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens will be transformed by The Magic Lantern Festival from November 23rd to January 2nd. The festival was a big hit in London last year and 2016 sees its Birmingham debut. Follow a trail which leads you past beautiful giant lanterns representing Christmas and Chinese culture and feel that festive vibe! Tickets start at £12.50 for an adult.

Skating and the big wheel
At Christmas an illuminated big wheel and an outdoor ice skating rink are installed in front of The Library of Birmingham. It’s a beautiful, hugely Instagramable scene! Tickets are on sale now for skating and the wheel.  They open two days after the Christmas Market and close on January 8th. Skating tickets are £9.50 for an adult.

Classical Christmas
Birmingham’s Symphony Hall has a beautiful interior that’s perfectly suited to a Christmas concert. The 2016 Christmas season offers delights such as Handel by Candlelight, The Town Hall Gospel Choir and a Strauss Gala. Christmas in Birmingham doesn't get much more Christmassy than this!

Belly laughs
The run up to Christmas can leave us all a little frazzled. Laughter is the perfect stress reliever and there are some top comedy names coming to Birmingham this December. Book now for Stephen K Amos, Shazia Mirza and 25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer. Birmingham’s Glee Club is running Christmas comedy nights if you fancy an alternative to the usual work Christmas party.

Fabulous food
We’re dining partners with The Wilderness restaurant because we can’t get enough of their adventurous, delicious food.  On TripAdvisor The Wilderness, which opened only a few months ago, is already rated as number two in Birmingham behind Adam’s Michelin starred restaurant. If you want to eat at The Wilderness in the lead up to Christmas then we’d advise you to book now, foodies!

Slap my thighs, it’s panto time!
Seeing the panto at the Birmingham Hippodrome is an annual treat for many people spending Christmas in Birmingham. It ticks all of the festive boxes – gorgeous theatre – tick, big names – tick, guaranteed fun – tick. Last Christmas, the panto was seen by an astonishing 119,000 people! This December and January, you can see Dick Whittington starring uber-talented John Barrowman, Eastender Steve McFadden and  - drum roll, please –The Krankies! Families go back to year after year to the Hippodrome panto, so thousands of tickets have already been sold - book quickly to secure good seats. Tickets start at £15.50.

Panto alternatives
Panto not your bag? Birmingham Royal Ballet bring The Nutcracker to The Hippodrome until December 13th. This sumptuous production has run for the past 25 years and was described by The Sunday Times as,“Magnificent....looking as fresh and enthralling as it ever did.” Tickets start at £19.

If it’s a family theatre show you’re after then the Birmingham Rep’s Treasure Island could be an excellent production. It runs from the end of November until January 7th . This looks perfect for  families who don’t do panto, but want plenty of adventure and action. Tickets start at £10.

MAC Birmingham has The Bear based on the book by Raymond Briggs. It should be a delight for younger children – kids are asked to bring along a teddy bear and to wear their pyjamas for evening shows, so they’re ready for bed. The cute factor will be through the roof at MAC this Christmas! (tickets £12.50).

Love the talkies?
The programme hasn’t yet been released at the time of publishing but Birmingham’s indie Electric cinema always offers a fantastic array of Christmas classics (previous offerings include White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life). Our advice is to get on the Electric’s mailing list and pounce quickly once tickets are released.

No room at the inn?
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge draw for visitors to Birmingham. We are delighted that it has been extended by a week this year and will run from November 17th to December 29th (usually it closes down just before Christmas). The Christmas Market is huge and lends the centre of Birmingham a wonderful atmosphere. 

There’s no entry fee for the Christmas Market, but if you are planning to stay over in Birmingham then we’d strongly advise you to book your stay now. Our chic serviced apartments are right in the centre of Birmingham (the market starts just to the left as you exit our building) and it’s one of our busiest times of the year. 

The image below shows one of our 5* penthouse apartments.

Staying Cool serviced apartments penthouse at dusk