7 alternative things to do this Christmas

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From wreath masterclasses to crazy golf, Birmingham has plenty of alternative options to bring the festive cheer!

Christmas Meringue Masterclass | The Plough, Harborne
Tuesday December 5

Christmas meringues! That’s a fool-proof way to impress your guests at dinner. Run by award-winning bakery product developer and pastry chef, Ella Townsend, this festive cookery class will have you walking away knowing just how to make that perfect festive meringue. Whether it will take the form of a snowman or some snowflakes, it’s sure to give Paul Hollywood a run for his money. To book tickets, click here!

Ghetto Golf | Custard Factory
Monday – Wednesday 3pm-1am & Thursday – Sunday 12pm-1am

Want the fun without the festive? Head down for a crazy golf experience like no other, with a selection of cocktails to quench the competitive thirst of the 18-hole game against your friends, plus mouth-watering street food and live music, it’s a great way to get the Scrooge’s in your life to enjoy themselves. Put aside all Christmas plans for one night as this is a crazy golf course that needs to be played. For more info, click here!

Festive Food Market | MAC Birmingham
Sunday December 17

Credit: Ben Fearnhead

Looking for some delicious festive snacks? MAC Birmingham is transforming into a haven of edible festive treats that are sure to please all guests at the dinner table this Christmas. With the added bonus part of the market being indoors, you’ll have a chance to warm up before braving the cold for the rest of the market in Cannon Hill Park. For those who love a food market but don’t quite fancy the crowds in the city centre, this is the place to be. The food is sourced locally from the likes of Butterbelle’s Pies and Vegan Grindhouse, plus lots more! For more info, click here!

Live Music Quiz | Malmaison Hotel
Monday 11 – Tuesday December 12

Think yourself a music quiz master, why don’t you try this one out? Malmaison Birmingham has teamed up with Cure Leukaemia and Elegant Entertainment to bring you the ultimate live music quiz. With rounds including missing lyrics and live mashups, it’s time to brush up your music knowledge as this night promises to not fall flat. For more info, click here!

Alpine Christmas Markets | Brindleyplace
Friday December 1 – Saturday December 23

Bringing the après-ski to Birmingham, Brindleyplace is transforming Central Square into a Alpine-themed Market – a nice new addition to the city’s festive celebrations. With stalls offering charcuterie, crepes, glühwein and plenty of handcrafted gifts, its time to wrap up and experience another part of the city’s festivities. For more info, click here!

Christmas Wreath Masterclass | Harvey Nichols
Tuesday 12 and Tuesday December 19

A Christmas wreath masterclass with celebrity stylist Richard Randall, yes please! Known for his work on 60 Minute Makeover, you will be in safe and very stylish hands as Richard will be lending his expertise for you to create the most lavish looking wreath on your street. To sweeten the offer, upon arrival, mulled wine and mince pies are up for grabs, and to top it all off you’ll finish off your evening with a delicious three-course meal in the stylish Harvey Nichol’s restaurant. To book tickets, click here.

Winter Craft Market | Ikon Gallery
Thursday December 14

Not only a market showcasing a unique selection of festive handmade gifts, decorations and cards, this market of course needs an artistic flare, cue demonstrations by local independent artists and other festive activities during the night sets this market apart from others in the city this festive season. Still need convincing? How about an exclusive 20 per cent off at the Ikon shop and seasonal treats provided by York’s cafe, peaked your interest now? For more info, click here!

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