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Festivities to enjoy in Birmingham this December

Christmas is coming, so we thought we’d help you get in the spirit with a list of festivities you can enjoy in Birmingham this December! From skating to shopping, it’s all part of the Christmas fun and not to be ignored (no scrooge’s please!)

Don’t forget to visit us for food at Cucina Rustica after your fun-filled festive day here in the city centre. We’ll be waiting to greet you with more Christmas magic!

Check out our Christmas Menu and book ahead if you fancy going all out Christmas for the day!

Enjoy working your way through our list of festivities!

German Market

We hate to state the obvious, but the German Market is a must to get the festivities rolling. If you work or live in the city centre, it’s been pretty hard to miss – but chances are, you just walk through it each day rather than enjoy it. Grab your friends and get the mulled wine flowing! If the drinks don’t take your fancy, the endless array of wonderfully crafted, traditional gifts certainly will. Whether it’s jewellery or tealight holders, something feels really great about buying from these traditional wooden stalls. Finally, don’t forget about the rides and the ice rink waiting down by Millennium Point to let your inner child free!

Magic Lantern Festival

Find an array of beautifully curated lanterns at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, illuminating the pathways, gardens and ponds. This beautiful show of lights will impress and dazzle, giving you a sense of honour to be a part of. The artistic sculptures feature both traditional Chinese and festive Christmas designs that will light up winter and warm the soul.

Christmas Arts Market

Birmingham’s MAC Gallery space is hosting a Christmas arts market for the first two weekends of Decemeber. Open from 11am-5pm the event is free entrance, giving you no excuse to not buy some local gifts this Christmas. We’ve all seen that post about artists doing a little happy dance when something is bought. So lets all try and make someone else’s Christmas great! With a host of talented designers and makers from Birmingham and afar, you can expect to find beautifully crafted jewellery, textiles, woodwork, stationery, gifts and cards. Support your local artists, it’ll bring extra festive cheer!

The Wizard of Oz – Stage Show

The Birmingham REP theatre is bringing one of the most popular tales of all time to our city. Directed by Liam Steel, the production reimagines a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by all generations of the family. Featuring your favourite songs and characters from the original film and a sprinkle of REP magic, this is certainly a treat that can bring all the family together this Christmas!

(Showing until January 13th 2019)


We all know, no matter how stressful it can be, part of the magic of Christmas is buying gifts for loved ones that you know they’ll adore! Birmingham as a city is great for shopping, so why not enjoy it! The decorations that line the Bullring and all of its shops definitely add that magical festive cheer to what can sometimes feel like a tedious task at this busy time of year. With retailers open late, there’s extra time to squeeze in more of your festive shopping and therefore enjoy the Christmas magic that’s sprinkled all over town!

Don’t forget about the independent stores, too! With many up here in the Jewellery Quarter, it’s definitely well worth a visit (as is coming to see our Christmas decorations and the festive view of St Pauls Square!)


Whatever festivities you get up to this month, we hope it’s filled with love and festive fun! We hope to see you soon!

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