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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Events in Birmingham

Welcome to Day 13 of Blogmas!

I live in a little town in the West Midlands, and although there isn't much to do our town at Christmas, we're just a tram ride away from Birmingham. I thought I would share some of the things happening in Birmingham over the festive period in case you have some spare time to fill over the holidays...


Ice Skating


First up, we have something I've always wanted to do... ice skating in winter. Ice Skate, Birmingham is a temporary outdoor ice rink set up for Christmas time. Pop your skates on and enjoy the ice skating session, then grab something to eat and drink or maybe have a ride on the big wheel. This year the rink has a roof so even in inclement weather will still be open.



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  • How much? Adults, £9.50 / Kids, £7.50 [Book tickets here]
  • Where? Eastside Green, Millennium Point – New Canal Street, Birmingham, B5 5RB
  • When? Open now until 7th January 2018, every day 10am - 10pm; last skate 9pm (closed Christmas Day)
  • Website: Ice Skate, Birmingham


German Christmas Market


I'm pretty sure most of us who live in or around Birmingham have visited the German Christmas market at some point, and although much busier than it used to be, it's still a really lovely place to visit if you go when it's a little quieter (avoid weekends and weekday lunchtimes and between 5-7pm). Get a bratwurst, have some crepes and a hot chocolate or German beer, then browse the many stores selling crafts and gifts. There's also a super pretty carousel you can ride.

Photo credit: birminghamupdates.com

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Christmas Lights Trail at the Botanical Gardens


If you want to go somewhere pretty and whimsical, then the Christmas Lights Trail at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is where you want to go. After the gardens close for the day, they light up the trail and you can walk through glittering trees and a twinkling tunnel. They have mulled wine and other treats on offer, and you can take along your own marshmallows to toast. They also have a carousel to ride.



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Digbeth Après Ski Party


Finally, if you're a partygoer looking for a night out, then check out the Digbeth après ski party. It's only being held on a few weekends leading up to Christmas, and it's a ski themed party in a fully heated marquee 'ski lodge'. On offer there will be live music, European beers, festive cocktails and alpine themed street food. There's also a best dressed competition for those dressed in skiing gear, and if you need to pick up something to wear, there will be a vintage ski wear shop there too. It all sounds a bit cheesy, but also quite fun?!


KEY INFO

  • How much? From £12.50 per adult, with reserved seat (over 18s only; food/drink not included)
  • Where? The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Birmingham, B12 0LD
  • When? Tickets are still available on 15th, 22nd & 23rd December 2017, 5pm - 11pm
  • Website: Digbeth après ski party


* All links/prices correct at time of publishing.

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