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Guest Post | What’s on this Christmas: Festive Cheer in Birmingham

Wednesday, January 16, 2013Ryan Mach

The UK’s second largest city, Birmingham, always does Christmas with style. Whether it’s the shopping opportunities, the evening entertainment or the festive events, this Midlands city is a hub for Christmas spirit. Spend the day here, or enjoy a longer stay and search for cheap hotels in Birmingham to keep prices low.

Frankfurt Christmas Market is back between November 15th and December 22nd. Whether you plan to take your little ones for a customary visit to Santa Claus, or you prefer to enjoy a glass of mulled wine on a cold winter’s day, you can at this hugely successful market. Last year saw a monstrous five million people enjoy the market stalls (all 193 of them!), the Christmas shopping opportunities and the traditional gluhwein. Erected in Victoria Square and lining New Street, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the biggest of its kind outside of Germany and Austria, so it’s no wonder people flock in their thousands to get a piece of this traditional action. Running in conjunction with the Birmingham Craft Fair again this year, the undeniable buzz that surrounds the city during the weeks running up to Christmas is sure to put you in the festive spirit.

Throughout every weekend in December, Father Christmas will be in his grotto in the Birmingham Museum, ready to grant the wishes of children who visit him. Tickets are available on the day and at just £3 per child, it will hardly break the bank.

On the 8th December, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter will be providing costume tours, carol singing and festive treats in the tearooms. It’s all free, unless, of course, you fancy buying a couple of last minute gifts – the exclusive designer jewellery would make a fabulous present for a loved one.

Head to the Crescent Theatre at Brindley Place during your stay, for Birmingham Repertory’s production of the Wind in the Willows, running until the 19th January. A classic tale of adventure and friendship, this wonderful production adapted for stage by Alan Bennett, filled with music and fun, will leave its audience satisfied, no matter what their age.

Enjoy a delectable meal in the heart of Birmingham, at the chic and stylish Malmaison. If you get in quick enough, the Early Bird menu is available until the 3rd December for £22.95 for 3 courses, while the Celebration Menu runs until Christmas Eve and offers a 3 course meal from £34.50. If you really fancy splashing out and are in the area on the main day, the Christmas Day menu is available at £79 per person.

Alternatively, if you fancy a little live music to accompany your Christmas meal, The Jam House is offering a dinner and a show for £37.50 – an ideal evening for you and your party to let their hair down and have a good night out.

Whatever your reason for visiting Birmingham during the festive period, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Book a budget hotel today and benefit from some fantastic deals, ensuring your visit is kind to your purse as well as memorable. 

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