Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar and, together with the neighbouring Christmas Craft Market, a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from across the UK and Europe.
Birmingham comes alive every winter with the arrival of the Market, a clear sign that Christmas is just around the corner.
With over 120 stalls there is something for everyone.
November 16th – December 24th
Come along to our Christmas Craft Fayre from 12.30 on Saturday 2nd December 2017. We have some lovely Christmas present ideas and lots more besides!
Castle Hall, Bridgnorth.
Bromsgrove town centre will play host to The Festival of Light, a truly magical outdoor event on Sunday 17th December. The Festival of Light, created in partnership with Artrix, NWedR and Bromsgrove District Council will bring together the people of Bromsgrove in a community celebration of togetherness, light and the Winter season. This atmospheric event is a large-scale, outdoor, multi-faith lantern procession guided through the town’s centre. Everyone is invited to join in with this accessible and celebratory parade or just admire and soak up the atmosphere as the candle lit procession travels from Poundland to Argos!
Artrix Arts Centre is programming the event and has collaborated with associate artist, Kristoffer Huball and outdoor arts company Beautiful Creatures to add to the visual spectacle. A striking 20ft giant puppet created by Beautiful Creatures will lead the parade through the town centre, searching for the community spirit of Bromsgrove.
In the run up to The Festival of Light individuals, families, local schools and community groups are invited to participate in a free lantern making workshop, creating their own lantern to illuminate during the procession.
There are lantern making workshops at Parkside, Bromsgrove District Council Offices on Market Street during December for making a simple pyramid lantern or those who enjoy a creative challenge make their own unique masterpiece. Lantern making workshops are free of charge and spaces can be booked via Artrix Box Office.
This free, family friendly event is open to everybody at 5pm on Sunday 17th December. For further information about the parade or to book a free lantern making workshop visitwww.artrix.co.uk or contact Box Office on 01527 577330.
Santa woke up this morning ready for another busy day getting ready for Christmas but HO NO his trousers are missing! In fact his whole magic Santa suit is now missing. Help Santa find his suit ready for the big day!
Childrens trail around Himley Park, start point is in Himley Hall’s Courtyard.
17th December, 11-3 pm.
Birmingham’s newest festive attraction follows a jewel-coloured trail amongst glowing hedgerows and under tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour as seasonal melodies hang on the air. Just ahead, wander through the twinkling Pealight Tunnel before stopping for a kiss at Mistletoe Moment. Framed by spectacular ribbons of brightly coloured light the Lawn Aviary Finale springs to life as it dances in time to much-loved Christmas classics.
Complete your Christmas treat under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows and enjoy the Botanical Garden’s well stocked gift shop and other traditional fare.For the young ones, and the young at heart, ride the Victorian carousel*, the steam-boat swing* or inside a giant bauble at the fabulous giant ChristmasTree*… and don’t forget to look out for Santa and his elves along the way.
Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR
t 0121 454 1860
Christmas Post Box launches Mon 13th Nov open everyday for your letters to Santa . It’s FREE and you can bring your written lists or get the kiddies to create one whilst you enjoy a cuppa
🎅🏻Festive Fun Package available NOW running all day everyday , you choose a time to suit ( book or walk in ) . Includes Kids Lunch / drink / cake / 2 festive craft / gift
Suitable for 2 years plus
£10 ( £9 sibling price )
Group discount available for pre booked 5 + children
🎄Rudolph our reindeer chum visits throughout the day to meet our kiddy customers FREE . Sat 9th/ 16th / 20th to 23rd Dec
🎅🏻 Christmas Elf Session 1045 and 245 Sat 2nd Dec £7.50 for letter from Santa/ reindeer food / gift / Storytime
Call or message 07528403158 for enquiries / bookings
Make sure this Christmas is extra special and visit Blists Hill with your friends and family to experience the best Victorian Christmas atmosphere on 9, 10, 16 & 17 December. Revel in celebrations and entertainment, 1800s style and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto!
See the Town decorated for Christmas, meet Father Christmas and see his reindeer, hear about Victorian Christmas traditions, Carol singers and brass bands, Christmas characters, unusual gifts to buy in the Victorian shops.
Visit to see Father Christmas with a gift is £3.50 plus admission – buy your tickets at the Grotto on the day.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums, call: 01952 433424. www.ironbridge.org.uk
Christmas on the Homefront:
December 2nd, 6.30pm.
December 7th, 8th & 9th, 7pm.
Traditional Christmas Eve:
December 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 6.30pm.
Black Country Museum, Telephone: 0121 557 9643
CRAFT & CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 10.30am – 5pm
Christmas shopping with over 50+ stalls including crafts, gifts and food exhibitors from around the Midlands. Tea room open.
You are all invited to join us for our Christmas Fayre! Free gift for all children under 12 from Santa’s Grotto plus facepaints, crafts, festive stalls and festive hot drinks and food. All welcome!
December 9th 4.30-7 pm.
The Storehouse, Albion Street, Brierley Hill.
Christmas Fitness Stars Session – drop the kids off, so you can get the shopping done, wrap presents or just have some ‘me’ time!
Session is suitable for boys & girls aged 4 years+. £6 per child
Thursday 21st December, 1-3pm.
Christmas themed games, dancing, parachute fun, disco and Christmas crafts.
Christmas in the Park
Thursday 21st December 4pm – 7pm
Churches together in Stourbridge return for this festive family evening. Christmas music and carols on the bandstand, refreshments, craft, lanterns , Santa’s grotto and more. Make sure you bring a torch / lantern with you!
Activities take place around the bandstand and at the activity centre. FREE entry, donations for some activities.
Kingswinford: December 1st 4.30 till late
Stourbridge: November 25th, all day event
Wall Heath: November 26th1-6 pm
Hagley: November 24th, 5-9 pm
For more information see the Events page-https://stourbridge.mumbler.co.uk/events/
There’s Christmas magic in the air! Our Winter Wonderland package runs from 1st – 24th Dec and includes a visit to see Santa in his Grotto set within the walls of the 11th century Castle.
Dudley Zoo, call: 01384 215313
You are invited to take the Elf Adventure Challenge. Enjoy an interactive, indoor experience full of fun, festive activities and action, for children and adults to enjoy together at Trentham Gardens. Take part in festive themed games, Elf challenges, join in with the music and listen to the Elves tell their stories. When you complete your challenges successfully you will earn a certificate and the title of ‘Honorary Elf. Who knows you may be called on to help Santa in his duties.
We promise you’ll leave the Elf Adventure Challenge jolly, merry and full of Christmas spirit! Challenges include learning how to build the toys, loading the sleigh and doing the Elf March! Sessions begin on the half hour and last for approximately 45 minutes. Garden entry is included in the cost of your ticket and booking in advance is recommend as there will be limited availability.
Every Saturday & Sunday from November 25th.
See Father Christmas in his magical Grotto and receive a Golden Key to unlock his workshop where each child will choose their own present! But seeing Father Christmas is only the beginning of all the festive fun……. We’ve a FULL DAY of festive activities. A Magical Christmas Experience for the Whole Family.
Every weekend from 25th November – 24th December 2017
PLUS Friday 8th December Evening and Weekdays 18th – 22nd December
Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, CV35 8XA, Warwickshire. Call: 01926 843411
Located within the iconic Centenary Square near the Frankfurt Christmas Market, Ice Skate Birmingham gives you the opportunity to enjoy fantastic views of Birmingham and the delights of the observation wheel experience.
When: November 18 to January 7
Apart from closing early at 6pm on Christmas Eve and being closed on Christmas Day, the rink and wheel will be open from 10am to 10pm daily.
Join us and our Krazee Kidz Team for our Biggest children’s Christmas Disco Party Ever! Meet all your Favourite Disney Princesses and Super Heroes, Minion, and our dancing Santa! A truely magical family fun filled afternoon not to be missed. There will be gift stalls and refreshments too. Children £8, Adults £5 & under 2s FREE.
December 16th: 2.30-4.30 pm.
Hagley Community Centre, Hagley, DY9 ONW. Call: 07746125997 for more information & ticket sales.
Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham is back and it’s bigger, better and so much more impressive than last year! The stunning landscaped grounds of Kings Heath Park plays host to the festival this year. This year’s Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the park turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colors, and artistic sculptures! Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life-size and larger-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from a ‘Gingerbread House’ to a magnificent giant lantern recreation of the iconic ‘Birmingham Central Library’.
The festival will not only wow visitors with its beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns, the entertainment area adds another dimension to this wonderful night out with a food and drink area, tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, a handful of fairground rides for children and merchandise marquee where visitors can buy a souvenir of their experience to take home. There is no better family-friendly festival to visit this Christmas…..
24th Nov 2017 – 1st Jan 2018 | Kings Heath Park
Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor Park offers a truly festive treat.
With over 25 rides and attractions in Thomas Land, other selected family rides, Father Christmas, live shows, guaranteed snowfall and every day ending in an amazing firework display.
Book early to avoid disappointment as we know this event is very popular. Check out our website for full information https://
Come and visit Father Christmas and his Reindeer at Hoo Farm.
Each family gets a 5 minute private session in Father Christmas’ grotto before visiting the Elf Village to meet his Reindeer. All children over 2 also receive a gift.
The experience is bound to be a fun, exciting and magical time with lots of additional craft activities available on the day as well (at an extra cost).
If you only visit one Father Christmas this year, make sure its this one! Father Christmas will be present from 11am to 3.30pm every weekend in December and Christmas week.
Pre-booking is essential, book your tickets by ringing 01952 677917 or emailing you contact details for a callback to email@example.com.
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
Preston on the Weald Moors, Telford, Shropshire, TF6 6DJ.
In an experience unique to Birmingham this festive season, come to the North Pole of the city in our Antarctic Ice Cave and meet the man himself as you look onto our family of cheeky Gentoo Penguins in the exclusive setting of our breath-taking chilly Ice Adventure area.
Plus don’t miss SEA LIFE’s underwater Christmas tree located in our amazing 360 Ocean Tunnel, and discover how we make sure all of our creatures have a very Merry Fish-mas! All this plus meeting Santa and a FREE gift from the man himself is included within all admission tickets for the perfect festive experience this holiday season! 25th November – 23rd December.
National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, The Water’s Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL
General Enquiries & Bookings – 0871 423 2110
Meet Santa – take a photo, receive a gift, make a craft & follow our Christmas Trail!
9th, 10th, 16th-23rd December.
Call 01384 812756/01384 815571.
Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley, Stourbridge, DY8 4AZ.
Baby’s 1st Sensory Christmas is a multi-sensory Moo Music, Christmas inspired, session for babies from newborn-walking. Your little one will be able to explore sight, sound, touch & smell while singing along to our original, funky and catchy tunes – we even have our own Christmas songs!🎄
Tickets are £8.00 (add £2.00 for a gift from Father Christmas🎅🏼) and include:
⭐️Christmas inspired, hours long, Moo Music multi-sensory session
⭐️One to one time with Father Christmas where you can have a FREE photo
⭐️Hot chocolate for grown ups
⭐️Option to have a gift from Father Christmas
⭐️Moo Music sticker & balloon on your way out
21st December, 10.30 am https://www.moo-music.co.uk/booking/booking.php?franchiseid=263
20th December, 10 am, Call 07913 416759
Check out more Christmas events for November & December on the events pages!
Tiddler & Other Tales: 30th August-1st September
David Walliams’ Awful Auntie: 27th November-1st December
Box Office: 0844 871 3011
Groups 10+ 0844 871 3031 (10am-6pm, Mon-Fri)
PJ is back with his family friendly show , full of laughs and tricks , a great way to keep the kids happy for a couple of hours after Christmas!
12-3pm, 29th December.
Scallywags, Level Street, Brierley Hill. Call 01384 77004.
The 2016 event was the biggest Santa Jog we’ve ever done, with record numbers of you donning your big red suits and getting into the Christmas spirit with us!
Which is why we’re so excited to do it all over again as we attempt to go even bigger and better than ever before.
Prices are £15 for over-10’s, £8 for aged 10 & under, and £2.50 for puppies.
5K run for Mary Stevens Hospice. Call: 01384 377778 to register.
Weekends from 11th November. Daily from 25th November – 24th December 2017.
A magical festive day out for all the family combining a 4 mile self-drive Safari, a snowy Winter Wonderland & a visit to Santa in his Grotto to make a truly memorable experience. 🎄
>> Book your time slot now! – www.santasafari.com << Prices:Adults – £22, Children (3-15yrs) – £18, Under 3’s – £6.50
Make your Christmas a truly magical one – travel in the company of Father Christmas on our all-new, premium, evening Santa Sleigh Express service! December 19th-22nd.
As the Christmas lights twinkle, join the steam train at Kidderminster and settle down at your comfy table or in your cosy private compartment for an exciting journey with Santa to Highley.
Both adults and children will receive a hot or cold drink and gingerbread treat on board, as you travel through the startlit Severn Valley.
Santa will come to greet you all, handing out presents to the children and posing for festive selfies. You will receive a special gift for the Christmas tree and a souvenir photo of your group with Santa to round-off your 120-minute journey. Trains depart from Kidderminster at 4pm.
Tickets are booked in tables of four – £100, or compartments of six – £150.
Passengers remain on the train for the entire journey.
See www.svr.co.uk for more information and bookings.
Visit Santa on his boat! Child: Boat trip & present. Adult: Boat trips, mince pie and drink.
Tickets £9. Free parking.
Booking essential on 01384 395216
December 16th, 17th 22nd, 23rd.
Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge
Come and meet Santa in his grotto and get a present on selected days this December:
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm
Every Friday Evening 4pm – 7.30pm
Every Wednesday 11am – 3pm
£6 per child pre-booked (£7 on the door subject to availability) – includes a present from Santa!
See Santa in his underground grotto at Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Join us for a magical experience like no other this festive season. Travel into our underground caverns by boat, see our hilarious family show amidst the lights and decorations, then meet Santa in his enchanted grotto Why not book a meal in our Gongoozler restaurant to complete your visit?
Fri 15 Dec 12pm-8pm
Sat 16 Dec 10am-5pm
Sun 17 Dec 10am-5pm
Thur 21 Dec 12pm-8pm
Fri 22 Dec 12pm-8pm
Sat 23 Dec 10am-5pm
The Elves Workshop in Singing Cavern. Cost £11.50 per person to include a gift for every child. Tickets available online at www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk or from 0121 557 6265.
Visit Santa & receive a gift over the Christmas period, tickets also include a visit to the Wild Zoo!
Running from December 2nd-24th.
Call Scallywags to book tickets: 01384 77004. Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green Vineyard, Bobbington, Staffordshire, DY7 5EP.
DAY ONE: On Saturday 9th December, we will have an incredible coffee morning here in the grounds of the Hospice, including a Winter Wonderland, craft market, afternoon barbecue and the chance for your little elves to meet Santa, Rudolph or both!
To meet either Santa or Rudolph is just £5 per child, or to meet both is £8.50 per child!
To book the Rudolph package, the Santa package or both, please call us on 01384 377 778! Places are limited so please do make sure you call early to secure your place!
DAY TWO: Day Two will take place in Mary Stevens Park, where we will have an all-day food festival, loads of fantastic live music, festive craft market and the chance to come and enjoy watching (or taking part in, if you’d like) our Santa Jog 2017!
Day two will start at 10:00am and run until 4pm!
We know what you’re thinking…spectacular!
Day One: Mary Stevens Hospice. Day Two: Mary Stevens Park.
Milkshake! Live – 22nd September
David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie – 26th-30th September
Mother Goose – 30th October
Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty – 8th December -13th January
Doctor Dolittle – 29th January-9th February
Annie – 19th-23rd February
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – 19th & 20th April
Telephone: 01902 573320. www.grandtheatre.co.uk
The Nativity Trail at Bodenham has long been a tradition popular with families for several years. We invite you to come and take part in our magical family event, following the stars, before reaching the live Nativity Scene in the farmyard barns; you may even be lucky enough to see a new born baby donkey!
You can take part in our competition along the way – answering questions along the trail before posting your entry in the Visitor Centre. The winners will be announced at the end of the Christmas Season and a prize awarded.
Nativity Trail included in normal admission into the grounds.
£6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16 years). Booking isn’t necessary – simply turn up and pay upon arrival.
Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit his favorite museum. Have a go at festive craft while you wait for ‘the big man’ to arrive with his sack full of presents! Father Christmas will meet everyone as a group and will have a gift for each child, there will also be time for photos before he has to go and check on the reindeer!
Tickets are £7.99 per child, children can be accompanied by a maximum of two adults. Pre-booking essential! December 16th.
Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR. Call: 01527 831363.
Come to Northycote Farm to meet Father Christmas, including children’s entertainment and stalls. Free entry. £3.50 to receive a present from Father Christmas in his grotto.
December 3rd – 11-4pm.
Northycote Farm, Underhill Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 7JF. Telephone : 01902 397906
Santa has confirmed that he will be coming to sycamore adventure this Christmas on 9th 13th 14th (14th specifically for children with additional needs) and 16th December! We have been told that it’s the best Santa visits ever where your children actually get time to chat with the big man! £5 per child.
We are taking bookings now. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 01384 813755.
Sycamore Green, Dudley, DY1 3QE.
We are looking forward to bringing you a special Winter Street Food Affair and festive Twilight Market, this time on a Saturday, down at the Bonded Warehouse on Canal Street Stourbridge. This free event starts at 3.00pm and ends at 9.00pm. This is an outdoor event so please do wrap up warm. Expect a festive celebration with fantastic food, buskers and winter warmers including hot chocolate, mulled wine and warm sloe gin. It’s an ideal opportunity to pick up those last minute gifts from our talented artists, crafters and makers and the retro and vintage stalls in the Twilight Market. We are delighted that Stourbridge Rock Choir has agreed to entertain us from 8.00pm until 8.30pm.
Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge. December 9th, 3-9 pm.
Winter Wonderland is a truly magical experience for both little ones and grown ups with many families
returning year after year.…
Visit Santa in his snow-capped log cabin, walk through Ice-Mountain, take a spin on the Winter Carousel and Sleigh Ride.
Visit the Elves’ Mail Room and Geppettos Christmas Toy Shop. See Santa’s Reindeers, Dancer and Prancer staying in the Winter Village.
Telford Town Park, Telford, TF3 4AY. Telephone: 01952 591633. www.wonderlandmidlands.co.uk