Area’s Guide to Festive Events

There is no avoiding it, the festivities are here with a bang this year so we say embrace the fun, try something different, and roll with it because if you are staying in the region over the holidays then Christmas is going to be hard to escape. We’ve rounded up a selection of events to treat the bah-humbug blues and give you plenty to do throughout December.

Frankfurt Christmas Market
Until 23 December
New Street, Chamberlain Square & Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre
birmingham.gov.uk/frankfurtmarket
Free entry
This year, Birmingham’s popular German Market stretches right to the end of New Street and offers almost anything from traditional German beer and sausages to roasted chestnuts and handmade Christmas presents. Thousands flock to the market everyday to get their fill of tasty bratwurst and warming glühwein.

Aston Hall by Candlelight
2-11 December
Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6JD
birmingham.gov.uk/astonhallbycandlelight
Adults: £12, Children: £10, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £44
The Jacobean Aston Hall is offering visitors the opportunity to walk through Sir Thomas Holte’s grand state rooms and the famous oak-lined Long Gallery by candlelight. The attraction will be lit by 300 candles and warmed by two historic fireplaces to coincide with the year’s festivities. Actors and musicians will be performing in and around the Hall.

Santa Hunts at The Black Country Living Museum
3-24December
Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ
bclm.co.uk
Adult: £13.60, Child: £8.00, Senior: £11 (Pre-bookings only)
Families visiting The Black Country Living Museum can embark on a hunt for Santa Claus this Christmas. Costumed guides and festive clues will lead the way to Santa himself, who will await all children with a surprise present. Tickets can be pre-purchased either online or by calling 0121 520 8054.

Christmas Party Night Dining at New Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield
8, 15 & 27 December, 7pm-12am
Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 1QX
handpickedhotels.co.uk/newhall
£45 per person
New Hall’s Christmas Party Nights offer small groups a festive, manor house dining experience. Guests are offered canapés and a reception drink, followed by a three-course meal and dancing until midnight. Hats, crackers and Christmas novelties are all included.

Christmas Fair at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
10 December, 11am-4pm
Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DU
wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wolves
Free entry
This year, the Art Gallery’s annual Christmas fair offers handmade cards, crafts and decorations and a meet and greet with Father Christmas. Craft-makers from across the region will be gathering in various parts of the Gallery and local choir performances will take place throughout the day.

SMACK! Presents: Future Trance: Xmas Party at Rosie Malone’s Coventry
10 December 2011, 10pm-3am
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5RW
livemusic.fm/venue/rosie-malones-coventry
£5 per person
Coventry’s top Irish bar Rosie Malone’s are hosting a big club night this Christmas, featuring DJ’s Davey Asprey, Kenny Kat, Raj Dollar and Dave Shaw. All drinks are buy one get one free and entry is just £3 for guests arriving before 12am.

Victorian Christmas Family Day at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
10 December, 10am
Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP
theherbert.org/
Free entry
Coventry’s most famous Art Gallery is hosting a Victorian Christmas Family Day this December. Festivities include Victorian ghost stories, Christmas carols, cookery demonstrations, choir performances and various Christmas activities.

Festive Weekends at Blists Hill Victorian Town
10-11 and 17-18 December, 10am-4pm
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DQ
ironbridge.org.uk
Adults: £14.95, Children: £9.95, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £45, Under 5s: Free
Shropshire’s famous World Heritage Site is hosting two festive weekends. Families can pet Father Christmas’ reindeer and visit Santa himself, before indulging in festive food, Christmas shopping and plenty of seasonal celebrations inspired by the 1800s. Additionally, townsfolk will be selling locally-produced goods, ranging from cast-iron paperweights to rocking horses and traditional Victorian presents.

Annual Christmas Fayre at Weston Park
10 & 11 December, 10am-4pm
Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Telford, TF11 8LE
weston-park.com
Free entry
This year, Weston Park’s Christmas Fayre offers more than 40 indoor and outdoor stalls selling local produce and traditional handmade crafts. The stately home will hold festive decorations and visitors will have the opportunity to order seasonal meats and sample local foods in the Granary Farm Shop.

Weston By Candlelight at Weston Park
15 & 22 December
Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Telford, TF11 8LE
weston-park.com
£75 per person
This stately dining occasion includes a 3-course meal and mulled wine, followed by coffee and mince pies to compliment a concert of seasonal music and festive carol singing. Overnight accommodation is available at extra cost, with room prices starting at £80.

Godskitchen Christmas Party
17 December, 9.30pm – late
Air Warehouse, Custard Factory Complex, Digbeth, B9 4AL
godskitchen.com
£13.50 per ticket
Godskitchen are providing Trance fans with a line-up of artists from across the globe to celebrate Christmas. Acts include Russell G, Ummet Ozcan, Andy Moor, Steve Arnold and many more. Festive costumes are encouraged.

Traditional Christmas Evenings at The Black Country Living Museum
19-21 December, 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ
bclm.co.uk/
Adult: £13.60, Child: £7.10, Senior: £11 (Pre-bookings only)
The Black Country Living Museum will be hosting carol singing, puppet theatre and brass bands, whilst its cottages are set to be illuminated by gas and candlelight to compliment the festivities. Roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and meet-and-greets with Father Christmas are all on the menu. Tickets can be purchased either online or by calling 0121 520 8054.

Xmas Blast Off & Cheeky Monkey at Wolverhampton Civic Hall
23 December, 10pm – 3am
North St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ
wolvescivic.co.uk
£4 per ticket
This Christmas, the Wolverhampton Civic’s two club nights ‘Cheeky Monkey’ and ‘Blast off’ are joining forces. That means Disco, Pop, Punk, Ska, Indie and Alternative Rock all in one night. Plus, the venue is offering complimentary curry and chips to the first 200 guests!


Boxing Day at The Vaults
26 December, 1pm-4pm
Newhall Place, Newhall Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 3JH
vaultsbirmingham.com/
£28 per person
The Vaults is offering a buffet-style lunch for anyone seeking a treat or two this Boxing Day. Food and drink available will include various starters and desserts along with a traditional roast and mulled wine. Tables can be booked between 1pm and 4pm by calling 0121 212 9837.

Casino Royale Night at The Vaults
28 December
Newhall Place, Newhall Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 3JH
vaultsbirmingham.com/
£15 per ticket
Popular Martini bar The Vaults is holding a Bond-themed Casino Royale event offering Black Jack, Roulette and Craps tables for any gamblers and movie-lovers out there. The venue will be lined with Bond memorabilia and proceedings will go to Caudwell Children, a charity committed to providing equipment and therapy for disabled children throughout the UK.

New Year’s Eve at Gatecrasher Birmingham
31 December, 10pm-late
182 Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 1DA
gatecrasher.com/
Prices from £45 per ticket
Thanks to top DJ’s Eric Prydz, 2ManyDJs, AN21 and Max Vangelli, Birmingham’s clubbing hotspot is all set to see in the New Year with style. Guests will be exposed to pyrotechnics, acrobatics, lasers, cannons and video walls along with the talents of numerous theatrical performers and dancers. Tickets can be purchased online.

Blast Off & Cheeky Monkey New Year’s Eve at Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 31st December, 9pm – 2.30am
North St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ
wolvescivic.co.uk
£9.99 per ticket
With ‘Blast Off’ in the Civic Hall, ‘Cheeky Monkey’ in Wulfrun Hall and ‘Go Go’ in the Civic Bar, Wolverhampton’s entertainment hotspot is all set to be the life and soul of the party this New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased either online or by calling 0870 320 7000.

Ec-lectricity NYE Extravaganza at HMV Institute Birmingham
31 December, 9pm – late
78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, B5 6DY
venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-institute/home
£25 per ticket (online)
After the success of last year’s Ec-lectricity, Birmingham’s four-room HMV Institute is re-hosting the event this New Year’s Eve with plenty of new acts. The line-up includes Chase & Status, MC Rage, Annie Mac, Micky Slim and many more.

New Year’s Eve at The Vaults
31 December, 7pm-late
Newhall Place, Newhall Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 3JH
vaultsbirmingham.com/
£5 per person
In honour of seeing the New Year in The Vaults will be hosting a raffle and pricing selected cocktails at £5 before 9pm. Prizes include a Magnum of Belvedere Vodka and a Magnum of Dom Perignon and raffle tickets are priced at £5 each.

Godskitchen NYE: Past, Present & Future
31 December, 9.30pm – late
Air Warehouse, Custard Factory Complex, Digbeth, B9 4AL
godskitchen.com
£22.50 per ticket
Godskitchen’s Past, Present & Future party is all set to see in the New Year with a real bang. The main room is set to play modern tunes, whilst the Nitrogen Room will be dropping classics all night long. The line-up includes DJ’s such as Sam Mitcham, John 00 Fleming, Tall Paul, Steve Arnold and more.

Broadway Casino NYE party
1 – 4 Broadway Plaza, 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham, B16 8LP
0121 456 5557
www.broadwaycasino.co.uk
Treating all their guests to a glass of bubbly on arrival and a delicious complimentary buffet between 8.30pm and 10.30pm the gaming floor will be open as normal while live entertainment from four piece band, The Kites will let you dance the night away in the lounge area if you lost all your money on Black.

New Year’s Eve Comedy at The Glee Club
Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD
www.glee.co.uk
0871 472 0400
4 headline acts will help you finish off 2011 with a bang until the midnight countdown and after-show party until 2am. Your guaranteed to see out the final hours of the year laughing your head off and having a fine time.

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