December Christmas Listings

Badger & BearIt’s oh so cold but we’re ready for a month of fun. It didn’t take us long to get in the festive spirit when we found out what the region has to offer us during this wonderful time of year. There’s Christmas markets, carol concerts, pantos and workshops aplenty to keep your holiday cheer up during December (illustration by Nicola Palmer) .

4 December

Tuesday Talks Carol Service
Birmingham Cathedral
1.00pm, Free

Christmas Light Switch on and Carols
Central Square, Brindleyplace
5.30pm, Free

5 December

Voluntary Services Overseas Carol Concert
Birmingham Cathedral
8.00pm, £8

6 December

Christmas Delights
Soho House
1.30pm, £6
See Soho House decorated for Christmas, take a tour of the House and learn how 18th century England would have celebrated the Christmas holiday.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Carol Concert
Birmingham Cathedral
7.30pm, £10

Solihull Christmas Craft Markets & Farmers Market
Solihull Town Centre
6,13, 20 December
Grab one-of-a-kind gifts from many craft and artisan stalls or indulge in the taste of Christmas, with the many fine foods and drinks on offer from the region’s top producers. Fine & local food Fayre – 15 December.

7 December

Joyeux Noël with the Curlew Ensemble
Birmingham Cathedral
1.00pm, £3

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Carol Concert
Birmingham Cathedral
8.00pm, £10

8 December

Vintage Fair
Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
10am-4pm, £1 (50p)
50+ stalls selling the finest vintage clothing, accessories, handmade crafts, gifts plus much more. The licensed bar will be open alongside a pop-up tearoom.

Christmas Celebrations
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
10.30am-4.00pm, Free
Costumed guided tours, carol singing by Enchant choir and festive refreshments in the tearoom. Buy those last minute presents in the gift shop, or choose from the extensive selection of designer jewellery.

Christmas at Winterbourne
Winterbourne House & Garden
10.30am, £5 (£3.50)
Enjoy Christmas fun, Edwardian style. The house will be decked out in all its seasonal glory with boughs of holly and a traditional tree. Upstairs there will be festive themed craft activities for children and Magic Lantern shows. Christmas treats will be available in the tearoom and traditional carols will be sung. To round off this day of family fun, there will also be a magical grotto where you can meet Father Christmas.

Brindleyplace Big Christmas Party
Central Square, Brindley Place
11.00am-3.00pm, Free
The annual Santas on the Run event raises money for Acorns Children’s Hospice. Join hundreds of people running, skipping, walking and jogging the route dressed as Santa in support of local life limited children. The celebrations will continue into the afternoon with the Brindleyplace Big Christmas Party.

Christmas Carol Singing
The Public
12.30pm, Free

Marketplace – Craft Fair
mac, Cannon Hill Park
11am-5pm, Free entry
The contemporary craft fair will feature a range of high quality work from exciting designer makers across ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and visual art. With more than 50 exhibitor stands each day, this is an exclusive opportunity to buy and commission the very best in unique crafts, direct from the maker (plus 9, 15 & 16 Dec).

The Bramall Festival of Music, University of Birmingham
7.30pm, £25/£15 (£20/£12), Students £7.50
Candlelit Christmas concert performed by the Ex Cathedra Consort.

Making Merry
The Herbert, Coventry
10.00am – 4.00pm, Free
The Christmas shopper’s haven offers unique handmade gifts, decorations and food in a relaxed seasonal atmosphere. Enjoy music from the region’s best choirs and acoustic musicians. Check out the vintage grotto in the atmospheric medieval Undercroft or browse the selection of craft and food stalls to find that perfect present with a personal touch. Workshops available.

9 December

Candle & Wreath Making
Moseley Bog, 12.30pm

Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra presents Fairy Tale Christmas
Birmingham Conservatoire
5.00pm, £10-12

Comedians and Carols
Birmingham Cathedral
7.00pm, £8.50
A Christmas Comedy Show with sing-along carols, featuring Paul Kerensa, Barbara Nice (AKA Janice Connolly; Phoenix Nights), Jo Enright (Trollied, Lap Rats, I’m Alan Partridge) and Gareth Richards (Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show).

Christmas with the Salvation Army
Symphony Hall, 7.30pm, £8-12

10 December

Swingle Singers: Yule Songs
Town Hall
7.30pm, £16.50-18.50

11 December

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Carol Concert
Birmingham Cathedral, 7.00pm, £5

Midlands Hospitals’ Choir – A Christmas Celebration
Symphony Hall, 7.30pm

The National Trust Back to Backs
Hurst Street, Birmingham
6.30pm-8.30pm, £12/£6.
Booking essential 0121 622 2442.
Visitors can enjoy an atmospheric evening of Carols sung by a local choir within the candlelit courtyard of the Back to Backs at its Carols in the Courtyard evenings. Visitors will be treated to mulled wine and mince pie.

13 December

Christmas Classical Concert
The Public, 7.00pm, £3.50

That’ll be the Day Christmas Show
Town Hall, 7.30pm, £23.50

Small Ensemble Series: An Early Music Christmas
Birmingham Conservatoire
8.00pm, £5.50 (£3)

14 December

Moseley Christmas Arts Market
Birmingham Cathedral, 9am – 5pm
Moseley Arts Market will be back in Birmingham Cathedral grounds for a Christmas market. Make sure you visit for your Christmas shopping and meet talented local designers and makers.

Christmas Comedy Showcase
The Public, 6.00pm, £14
Sean Percival, Al Rudge, Masai Graham, Jarred Christmas, Compere: James Cook

Colmore BID Christmas Themed Flatpack Film event
Birmingham Cathedral
6.30pm, £5. Book tickets via or by cash on the door.
Flatpack presents a Christmas film night within the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Cathedral. The evening’s programme starts with short films with a festive theme, including Edison’s 1910 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and end with a main feature – Buster Keaton’s 1928 feature, The Cameraman.

Kinver Late Night Christmas Shopping
Kinver High Street, Staffordshire
Until 9pm
Head to the picturesque village for a touch of independent shopping and pick up some last minute gifts and locally produced items.

15 December

Notorious Choir
Around Southside: The Arcadian, Hippodrome Piazza and Hurst Street
From 8pm, Free
Southside will be filled with the sound of music with singing from Birmingham’s Notorious Choir, and visitors can pose with friends and family in the festive Christmas cut-out boards. Santa will also be welcoming visitors to the district by handing out some Christmas gifts (and the 16, 22).

Live Nativity
Queen Square & Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, 11am – 3pm
A live nativity will be performed in Queen Square with real camels and donkeys. Meanwhile Sid and Scrat (Ice Age) will be around keep the kids entertained in Dudley Street and brass bands will serenade shoppers.

Victorian Merry Christmas
Blakesely Hall, 12.00pm, £8 (£6)
Blakesley’s annual Christmas celebration goes Victorian. Meet costumed characters, hear the choir and hand bell ringers.

Christmas Carol Singing
The Public, 12.30pm, Free

Carols in the City
Birmingham Cathedral
4.30pm, Free

16 December

Carols by Candlelight
Symphony Hall
2.30pm, £12.50-£36

City of Birmingham Choir: Christmas Treats
Town Hall
2.30pm, £5-£25

Christmas with the Town Hall Gospel Choir
The Drum: 7.00pm, £12.50 (£8.50)

18 December

Christmas Dinner and Carol Singing
Highbury Hall: 7.00pm

Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight
St. Paul’s Church: 7.30pm, £9.50-£30 (and the 19, 21, 22 Dec)

21 December

CBSO: Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh
Symphony Hall
7.30pm, £12.50-£40
(and the 22, 23 Dec)

Black Voices’ Christmas Special
Town Hall: 7.30pm

22 December

Christmas Carol Singing
The Public: 12.30pm, Free

Jingle Bell Christmas
Symphony Hall
2.30pm, £12.50-£36

23 December

mac Food Market
Cannon Hill Park
10.30am – 3.30pm, Free entry
Indulge yourself with tasty treats and specialist goods at a special festive edition of mac’s monthly food market. Come along and fill your shopping bags with delicious produce, just in time for Christmas.

Cathedral Singers
St. Chad’s Cathedral: 5.00pm

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Town Hall: 7.30pm, £16.50

27 December

Last Night of the Christmas Proms
Symphony Hall
7.30pm, £12.50-£36

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