This festive season experience Christmas in Birmingham!

Use this site to plan your day, your visit, your stay.  Explore our Christmas events, shopping, food and accommodation, take advantage of great offers and download maps, guides and blogs from our expert team all in one handy site – it’s like Christmas has come early!

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Shopping in Birmingham

There’s no better destination to do your Christmas shopping than in Birmingham. Over the festive season, you can enjoy late night shopping with extended opening hours at Bullring, Mailbox and Grand Central, giving you the chance to tick off that all important Christmas checklist.
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Have you had a chance to visit the Big Wheel & @iceskate_bham at Eastside Green yet?🎡⛸🌟 Thanks to @wanderlustchloe for the amazing photo!📸 #ChristmasinBham

Bitters N' Twisted 7 independent venues set in one-off quirky settings in Birmingham

Bored of the same festive options? Need to break free from the same old chains? Independently ran, Bitters N’ Twisted Venues have been serving fun filled Christmas parties in Birmingham for over 10 years, using quality ingredients set in one-off quirky settings. Choose from seven fantastic independent venues dotted around the city… From South American to Contemporary classic! Plus, enter our competition for your chance to win a gin masterclass at The Jekyll and Hyde!
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The Blue Man Group UK Exclusive

28 December 2017 – 6 January 2018, various times The ICC Hall 1, Birmingham The global smash hit Blue Man Group comes to Birmingham for a UK-exclusive limited run of shows. Blue Man Group mixes art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology to create an unforgettable celebration of human connection. It’s an outrageous multi-sensory experience that […]
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Cadbury World's Christmas Celebration Weekends a scrumptious day out that’s choc-full of festive fun

Enjoy a scrumptious day out that’s choc-full of festive fun this Christmas at Cadbury World. Discover an assortment of chocolatey zones and a whole host of seasonal activities, every weekend from 18th November until 17th December & 21st-23rd December. Plus, save 20% on handmade chocolate gifts with our exclusive offer!
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Save 20% on handmade chocolate gifts at cadbury world

Save 20% on exclusive handmade chocolate gifts Choose from a range of chocolate gifts and seasonal novelties handmade by the Cadbury World chocolatiers and save 20% with this voucher. Handmade items include chocolate teapots, footballs, shoes, penguins and Christmas trees, available in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop at Cadbury World. In order to claim this […]
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Time to start getting those presents sorted!🎁 Why not head to one of our fabulously festive independent arcades to do some Christmas shopping?🌟 Thanks to @teamonkeygaz for the picture! #ChristmasinBham

Offers and Competitions

Blue Man Group competition Win a VIP package for two for the Blue Man Group The global smash hit Blue Man Group comes to Birmingham for a UK-exclusive limited run of shows between 28 December 2017 – 6 January 2018. This is your chance to win an amazing VIP package for two for the Blue […]
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West Midlands Trains

New names, new services, a new promise for you In the Midlands the West Midlands Railway brand is a local railway placing Birmingham at the centre of its network. We run the majority of the local services, as well as direct trains to many of the surrounding towns and cities, including Redditch, Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester, Hereford, […]
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Did you know late night shopping has started in Birmingham? Plenty of time to get the Christmas presents sorted!🎁 thanks to @james_never_jim for the great photo! #ChristmasinBham

Our festive feasts with bitters n' twisted

Bored of the same festive options? Need to break free from the same old chains? Independently ran, Bitters N’ Twisted Venues have been serving fun filled Christmas parties in Birmingham for over 10 years, using quality ingredients set in one-off quirky settings. Here at Visit Birmingham, we were lucky enough to try the Christmas offerings […]
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Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market 8 reasons why you have to go

Thursday 16 November – Sunday 24 December Opening Times: 10.00am – 9.00pm daily The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria is the centre piece of our city’s festive celebrations, and returns to Birmingham each year in mid November. It is the ultimate Christmas experience, and will have you feeling festive from the minute […]
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Christmas Markets Map

What’s the best way to get there?  Where’s the Ice Rink & Wheel? Is it too early to get  a Crêpe? Eradicate these questions now by downloading a oh-so-handy Birmingham Christmas Markets Map… Merry Christmas everyone! Download the Birmingham Markets Map here or click on the image below… (includes opening times for all markets & travel […]
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The 2017 Christmas Jumper Guide

Here at Visit Birmingham we understand and sympathise with how overwhelming the decision of choosing the most important jumper you’ll buy each festive season is. Do I want a classic sweat that looks like I’ve stepped off the film set of The Holiday, or does nothing say I LOVE CHRISTMAS more than a garish, bulb […]
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Visit Birmingham + IgersBirmingham Competition

When it comes to Christmas, Birmingham well and truly has it all: shops, food, drink, fun, entertainment and more twinkly lights than ever before. We have teamed up with Igers Birmingham to challenge the IGers Birmingham community to capture the magic of Christmas in Birmingham. The brief is purposefully wide – your photos can capture […]
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Christmas at The Mailbox

Where better to do your Christmas shopping than at the city’s premier shopping, lifestyle and restaurant destination, The Mailbox. With exclusive stores, 24-hour parking, thriving restaurants and an independent cinema, the Mailbox is your one-stop to the perfect day out. The hub for all things luxury, you can find top designer brands such as Calvin […]
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!❤️✨ Thanks to @oakstone.visuals for the great picture! Share your festive experiences with us, using #ChristmasinBham!📸

Christmas at Harvey Nichols

Celebrate the season in style at Harvey Nichols. Take a seat in their elegant restaurant and enjoy a delicious festive menu featuring the very best of the season or indulge in a tipple or two at their complimentary wine and spirit tastings from Costworld Gin, Emporium drinks and many more. Find the perfect Christmas present […]
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra spreading the festive cheer this December with a fantastic line up of concerts

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The CBSO is spreading the festive cheer this December with a fantastic line up of concerts...
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Blogs and Guides How to make the most of the festive season in Birmingham

Our festive feasts with Bitters N’ Twisted Bored of the same festive options? Need to break free from the same old chains? Independently ran, Bitters N’ Twisted Venues have been serving fun filled Christmas parties in Birmingham for over 10 years, using quality ingredients set in one-off quirky settings. Here at Visit Birmingham, we were […]
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Ice skate Birmingham & The observation wheel

Located at Eastside Green opposite Millennium Point. Ice Skate Birmingham, along with the Observation Wheel, gives you the opportunity to get festive in the beautiful Birmingham City surroundings. Share your pictures with us! Use #ChristmasinBham on Instagram and Twitter! 16/11/2017 to 07/01/2018 | Times 10am – 10pm daily (last skate 9pm) Closed Christmas Day – On […]
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Festive Performances Pantos, plays & ballets

The Nutcracker Until 13 December, Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker has been part of the City’s Christmas tradition for over 26 years and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome this November. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. […]
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Birmingham's Christmas Floating Market

9th December 2017 to 10th December 2017  10:00am – 5:00pm New Main Line Canal Arena Birmingham Towpath, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Roving Canal Traders Association Christmas Market is back in Birmingham this year but only for one weekend so don’t miss it! Pop along & find your favourite traders to buy some “not on the […]
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Christmas at Bullring & Grand Central

One of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Bullring is perfect for Christmas shopping. There are over 160 of the most imaginative and desirable shops for you to explore and once you’re all shopped out, why not refuel in one of the Bullring’s 25 restaurants? Part of the Bullring Estate, Grand Central is Birmingham’s […]
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Thinking of getting some Christmas shopping done this weekend? @bullring is looking lovely and festive to get you into the spirit of the season!🌟 #ChristmasinBham

A weekend choc-full of fun At cadbury world

When it comes to Christmas, I still get as excited now as when I was much younger. For me, combining my love for chocolate with lots of festive fun sounds like a great way to spend the day. This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Cadbury World’s first Christmas Celebration Weekend. We were welcomed […]
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Christmas at House of Fraser

House of Fraser commands pride of place on Corporation Street, packed full of the latest men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, as well as a wide range of home and beauty items – the perfect place to find any gift.     Upcoming events at House of Fraser   Christmas Grotto 30 Nov-24 Dec Brand Event […]
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Tomorrow we welcome back festive favourite, Chris Moose!🦌🎄 The Frankfurt Christmas Market opens tomorrow at 5.30pm, we can’t wait!💫 Thanks to @bhamupdates for the great photo! #ChristmasinBham

Travel Tips from Birmingham City Council

Birmingham will be a hive of festive activity again this year with the popular Frankfurt Christmas Market taking centre stage in the city for 5 weeks from 16 November 2017. Visit the Bullring Markets and the wheel and ice rink at Eastside to complete your Christmas day out. With so many exciting activities taking place, as […]
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Visitor Information   Where can I get Tourist Information in Birmingham? You can find out all you need to know in advance on our website visitbirmingham.com, or by following @visit_bham on Twitter. When and what time are the Christmas lights switched on? The City Centre Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.3opm on the 16th […]
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Christmas at Selfridges

Get Christmas all wrapped up at the iconic Selfridges department store which stocks all your favourite designers, the latest brands and is home to the world famous Food Hall.     Upcoming events at Selfridges Breakfast with Santa Every Saturday & Sunday From 2-17 Dec Sat 8:30-10:30am and Sun 10:30-12:30pm Fumo restaurant. Tickets £20 for kids, £25 […]
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#DIGMAS Christmas Fair

IT’S #DIGMAS: Birmingham’s favourite independent Christmas fair and family day out returns to the Custard Factory on Saturday 25th November from 11am to 5pm. The unmissable annual FREE event in Digbeth will feature a Santa’s Grotto, an indoor gift market, entertainment, delicious street food, festive family activities…and MUCH MORE! The line-up for the fantastic indoor Paperdolls Handmade Market is looking amazing! […]
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New Year at Bitters N' Twisted Venues

  Bodega South American Style Dinner – Drinks – Dancing Until Early 2018! Join us for dinner, no set menu, no fuss – just order what you fancy from our homemade menu – Then dance the night away in our basement bar, Sugarloaf with DJ Chi for one last Lucha Libre of the year! Music from Latino America: Salsa, […]
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Eat, drink & be merry! 6 alternative Christmas Dinners

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but if the thought of a festive roast with too much turkey and mushy Brussel sprouts isn’t exactly jingling your bells then listen closely my friend. I’m making a list – and I’m checking it twice – of all the best alternative Christmas dinners in the […]

Visit Santa At House of Fraser's Christmas Grotto

‘House of Fraser’s grotto is now open and it’s the only one of its kind in the city centre. This year, it has been given a brand new magical makeover thanks to top Birmingham artist, Temper! House of Fraser’s grotto is now open and is only one of its kind in the city centre and […]
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Bullring Car Parking

PARK FOR JUST £3 AFTER 5PM AT BULLRING – Start the Christmas shopping early with the centre’s evening car park offer Skip the rush-hour traffic and take advantage of Bullring’s new evening car park tariff; park for just £3 after 5pm during weekdays. You can now stop by the centre after work to indulge with some […]
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8 best places to buy your Christmas Tree

With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve taken the executive decision to gently force the public of Birmingham to start thinking about where they will make one of the most important purchases they’ll make this Christmas and arguably, this year. Are we talking of places to buy gifts for loved ones you ask? No sir, we’re talking […]
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Alpine Market at Brindleyplace

Brindleyplace is kicking off the festive season with a brand new Alpine Market in Central Square, bringing après-ski to the estate for the first time. Taking place between 1 and 23 December, the Alpine Market will bring traditional chalets, live music and a host of Yuletide treats to Brindleyplace. Nathan Sanghera, Marketing and Events Executive […]
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Magic Lantern Festival

24th Nov 2017 – 1st Jan 2018 | Kings Heath Park Illuminating Birmingham’s Kings Heath Park, after a successful inaugural event in 2016, the Magic Lantern Festival is back and ready to delight local residents and visitors alike. The perfect place to take little ones in the evening, the festival sees a whole host of […]
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Sara Preisler Gallery Folkloric

16 November until 8 January 2018. After another exciting year at The Sara Preisler Gallery they are looking forward to welcoming in an enchanted winter with this year’s Christmas collection! Step into an immersive world of folklore and fairytale exhibiting new collections from Britain’s most talented designers and artists. The Gallery displays wonderfully unique jewellery […]
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Getting festive at Drayton's Magical Christmas

Last weekend Christmas began in earnest. That’s because I, my children and my friend Rabia journeyed to Drayton’s Magical Christmas.  We had been before and knowing how utterly festive an experience this is, anticipation was at infuriating levels. Now, I’ve written about the Magical Christmas before (here), so this time around, I thought it would […]
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Classic Carols at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Classic Carols promises a programme of joyous seasonal and traditional music perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. Featuring songs including ‘Ave Maria’, Sussex Carol’, ‘Shepherd’s Pipe Carol’, ‘Tomorrow shall be my dancing day’ and ‘In the bleak midwinter’ together with carols for all to join in such as ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’; ‘Once […]
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Don't stay in a stable! Some recommendations of great places to stay

Ahhh Christmas, some say it is the most wonderful time of the year… some say it is the most stressful. However, us Brummies’ do not believe in Christmas being stressful, we believe in Christmas being a time to be selfish and relax. So, to make the most of your festive jaunt to Birmingham we highly […]
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Coca Cola Christmas Truck

Holidays are Coming as Coca-Cola reveals 2017 Christmas Truck Tour dates Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December, New Canal Street/Curzon Street It’s official: the countdown to Christmas has begun as Coca-Cola announces the return of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour. Now in its seventh year, the tour will visit 42 locations nationwide during the […]
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The Nutcracker

Until 13 December, Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker has been part of the City’s Christmas tradition for over 26 years and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome this November. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical […]
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Peter Pan - The Arena Adventure

20-24 December, Barclaycard Arena The producers of ‘THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PANTOMIME’ invite you to spend Christmas in Neverland with ‘PETER PAN’, their stunning new arena production, which is looking to be placed in the Guinness World Records as the World’s Biggest Christmas Show. It’s the perfect funny, festive, fantastic, family treat with a mix of […]
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The Hundred And One Dalmations

30 Nov 2017 – 13 Jan 18 at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre – find out more here Dalmatians Pongo and Missis enjoy an idyllic life with their humans, Mr and Mrs Dearly. Then one day, the house is filled with the patter of tiny paws when Missis gives birth to a litter of adorable puppies. […]
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Alice in Wonderland

Until 9 December Join The Old Rep Theatre on a magical adventure through a rabbit hole and into Wonderland! This modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale follows Alice on her journey through the enchanted and extraordinary Wonderland, meeting many peculiar characters along the way. From intriguing white rabbits, bizarre riddles, mad tea parties and […]
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Dedicated information for disabled visitors or those with limited mobility- helping you plan your visit to Birmingham. Throughout the website we offer as much detail as possible, so that you can make the best choice about how to get around, where to stay in comfort and what to see and do. Dedicated information for disabled […]
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Christmas at mac Birmingham

Little Angel Theatre: Me… Until Thu 30 Nov | Foyle Studio | £11.50 / £9.50, 2+ The world is a very big place, especially for a tiny baby penguin who is just finding her feet. The shimmering stars and glistening snow spin around our little hero, while the mountains tower high and the wind rushes to and […]
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Christmas made easy with love from Selfridges

No one does Christmas quite like Selfridges Birmingham – and for the 2017 festive season, expect an array of fabulous gifts as well as another extraordinary line-up of fun events for all the family. With stocking fillers for the youngest members of the family to high-end electronics, designer labels and jewellery for the luxury lover […]
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City Social at Suffolk Street Queensway

Until Friday 22 December Suffolk Street Queensway has been transformed into its very own Winter Wonderland – Christmas at City Social is here! Christmas chalets serve local food, drink and crafts whilst entertainment includes local acoustic artists, DJ’ and live bands. Treat yourself to hot Pimms, Bailey’s & hot chocolate, churros & chocolate fountain, Jameson’s […]
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Big Brum Buz Christmas lights bus tour

The Big Brum Buz Christmas Lights Bus Tour will take you from the heart of the city in Victoria Square to the glittering magical Jewellery Quarter and beyond. It promises to be a truly unforgettable night – Birmingham as you have never seen it before – prepare to be entertained and intrigued by festive stories […]
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham

Families can be first to play at new LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham located at Arena Birmingham Families across the region are set to gain exclusive access to Birmingham’s new indoor LEGO® playground before it opens to the public. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham will officially open its doors in summer 2018 but the new limited-edition First […]
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