Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Louise
Experience the magic of Christmas in Birmingham!
With the UK’s largest German market, a free Snow Dog’s trail, a Christmas cinema and magical carol concerts among the festive activities, Birmingham is a amazing place to be at Christmas.
Whether you’re coming with the kids, want activites on a budget or are happy to splurge – there is something for everyone.
Read on for our guide of the best things to do in Birmingham this Christmas
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Soak up the Atmosphere at Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Let’s begin with the most famous offering at Birmingham during December and that is Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market.
It’s one of the largest markets outside German and Austria and has been a tradition in the city since 2001.
Browse over 100 stalls featuring German crafts, gifts, decorations, and food. Try German delicacies including bratwurst, pretzels, stollen, weissbier (wheat beer), and glühwein (mulled wine).
The market is often accompanied by live music, carol singers, and other festive entertainment.
The market runs from 2nd November to 24th December 2023. Visit the Frankfurt Christmas market website for more information.
Glide onto Ice Skate Birmingham
Get your skates and glide onto the ice at Ice Skate Birmingham. Located in Centenary Square this large ice rink is covered so you can skate whatever the weather.
It’s a fabulous activity for all ages with snow aids for the youngest of users and it’s wheelchair friendly too.
Ride the Big Wheel
Photo credit : Birmingham Big Wheel / Facebook.
Enjoy the Christmassy views of the Birmingham while riding high on the big wheel. See Birmingham like you’ve never seen it before with views of Birmingham Library, Town Hall and the German market.
You can’t book tickets online. Just turn up and pay as you go.
Discover Birmingham with the Snow Dogs Trail
Take advantage of some free winter fun! Enjoy a festive walk around Birmingham and discover 10 Snow Dogs at key locations along the way. The sculpture trail is inspired by the animated tale of the picture book The Snowman.
Download a map or pick up a physical copy at Birmingham Library or Bull Street Customer Services.
Find out more about the snow dog trail.
Watch Your Favourite Christmas film at the Luna Cinema
Head to the Factory Works at the Custard Factory, Digbeth between 9th and 23rd December and enjoy a Christmas classic on the big screen.
The Luna Cinema has several showings every day. From The Elf to Die Hard 2 and a sing along version of Frozen, there is something for everyone.
Listen and Sing Along to a Carol Concert at St Philip’s Cathedral
Immersive yourself in the true meaning of Christmas at St Philip’s Catherdral.
Throughout December there are several amazing carol concerts taking place.
Join Birmingham City University there on 14th December. Listen to traditional readings and carols led by musicians from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There are minced pies and mulled wine after the service.
On the 19th December join in the recording of BBC WM’s carol concert.
There are also children’s and family carol concerts too.
Find out more at St. Philip’s Cathedral.
Christmas in Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square in front of St Philip’s cathedral becomes home to a Christmas market in November and December.
Browse stalls with crafts, ornaments and gifts from local vendors. Pop up food and drink vendors will satisfy any cravings. In addtion, there’s music from local people during the course of the event.
Follow the light trail at Luminate Birmingham
Light trails are sure to get you in the festive mood.
This year, Birmingham Botanical Gardens are hosting Luminate.
Wander around the mile of light trail in this beautiful setting. Stunning lights and clever light play set to music create a magical atmosphere you won’t forget.
Winter Funland at the NEC
If you’re looking for maximum family fun, Winter Wonderland at the NEC is the place to visit.
Enjoy 4 hours of unlimited fun fair rides, ice skating, an extreme motor bike show and a circus show – all included in one ticket price.
Christmas fun at The Exchange, Broad Street
At Saturday 16th December enjoy an all day family festive extravaganza at The Exchange on Broad Street.
There are Christmas crafts, screenings of festive films, music sessions and a storytelling workshop.
Best of all, it’s completely free!
Find out more about Christmas at the Exchange.
Meet Santa and Friends at Selfridges Birmingham
Bring the kids to catch Santa at Selfridges free of charge. Santa and his elves will be strolling the floors of Selfridges at throughout December and it’s free to see him. Check the Selfridges website for exact times. In addition, there is also a free Christmas showtime spectacle where Santa, his elves, dancers and a choir takc centre stage.
If you want to spend a bit more time with santa, Selfridges also provide the opportunity to take breakfast with the man himself. Plus you can browse the store with a Christmas DM banging out festive tunes.
Find out more about Christmas at Sefridges, Birmingham
Induldge in Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea
Sit back and relax with a festive afternoon tea. There are plenty of places located in Birmingham which have a themed offering during December. Here are a few to check out:
The Birlington Hotel
Enjoy a selection of festive finger sandwiches, baked bites, homemade cakes and scones alongside tea and coffee, or even a glass of fizz.
Come together over a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Induldge in a delectable selection of savouries, warm scones, mini cakes and puddings, while you soak up a magical festive atmosphere.
Delve into delish afternoon tea classics with a Mal twist, spruced up with a bit of festive sparkle. To top things off there’s also glass of Prosecco!
See the Jack and the Beanstalk Panto at the Hippodrome
The Hippodrome is home to the biggest panto in the Midlands. This year This Morning’s Alison Hammond stars alongside Matt Slack and Samantha Womak in the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
It runs from 16th December to 28th Jan
Enjoy free festive fun at B:Eats
Hear a story from Santa at 11am everyday between 18th and 22nd December at b:Eats by the Symphony Hall. There’s also free live music everyday between 1pm and 2pm.
Sit down, enjoy a hot chocolate or some food while you listen and enjoy.
Find out more at B:Eats
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