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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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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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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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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Bitters N' Twisted Venues

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....!
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The Observation Wheel

Located at Eastside Green, opposite Millennium Point, the Observation Wheel gives you the opportunity to enjoy fantastic views of Birmingham. Relax and enjoy some of Birmingham’s most impressive sights, including Masshouse, the Custard Factory, the Bullring and the Rotunda. Riders will also be able to see the Victorian railway viaduct, and trains arriving and leaving […]
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Cadbury World's Christmas Celebration Weekends

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 for all the family, every Saturday and Sunday from 18th November until 17th December plus 21st-23rd December.
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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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Just over 1 week to go until the Frankfurt Christmas Market arrives!🎅🌟 #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 from 24th Nov 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 […]
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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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It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! Our Frankfurt Christmas Market returns to the city in just over 2 weeks!🎄🌟 #ChristmasInBham

Festive Performances Pantos, plays & ballets

The Nutcracker 24 November- 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 […]
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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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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 […]

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 Recognition Card Event Until Sunday 12 November Maybe […]
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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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Visit Santa At House of Fraser's Christmas Grotto

Come and visit Santa in his grotto at House of Fraser Birmingham this Christmas! Have the chance to tell Santa what you’d love for Christmas and find out whether you’ve made it onto the naughty or nice list! Santa arrives at the grotto on Thursday 30 November and is staying right up until Christmas Eve!   […]
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Got a question?

Where’s the Observation Wheel this year? Is there late night opening at the shops? Should I get a crêpe or a sausage? All these questions (well not the last one) plus more are answered in this handy FAQ section. Please check this section for your query, if you can’t find what you are looking for […]
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10% off your Christmas with the CBSO!

Exclusive Visit Birmingham Offer – 10% off your Christmas with the CBSO! A little early Christmas present from us: book any December CBSO Concert (or Viennese New Year) before the end of November and get 10% off your tickets. Simply quote offer code MBCBSO10 when booking online, in person or over the phone, and your […]
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Did you see the beautiful old carousel at @bullring over the weekend?🎠 Thanks to @markthepoethastings for the great picture!📸 Use #visitbirmingham to tag us in your posts!

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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Save 20% on exclusive handmade chocolate gifts

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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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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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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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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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, Edgbaston 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 festive season […]
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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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Ice Skate Birmingham

Located at Eastside Green opposite Millennium Point. Ice Skate Birmingham & Frankfurt Christmas Market 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 New […]
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The leaves are falling off the trees and the dark nights are here... winter is coming to Birmingham! Thanks to @gemlnicholls for the lovely shot📸

Christmas at mac Birmingham

Little Angel Theatre: Me… Wed 15 – 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 […]
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Harvey Nichols Christmas Shopping Party

Get cracking on those endless gift lists next week as Harvey Nichols hosts its Christmas Shopping Party. From fashion and accessories to beauty, food and drink, the luxury Mailbox store offers a host of stylish ideas for the perfect pressies. Shoppers can enjoy mulled wine, mince pies, Prosecco and tastings while being entertained by carol […]
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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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An evening spent with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

As the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) so effectively sum up – “Everyone knows that in Birmingham, Friday night is when you let your hair down – and the CBSO loves to party too!” – and having had the privilege to attend one of their Friday Night Classics I couldn’t agree more… The CBSO […]
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