These are the best things to do in Birmingham this Christmas

Watch a Christmas classic, indulge in a seasonal tipple (or two) and enjoy festive theatre – there’s something for all in Birmingham.

Festive Films at The Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema | 15th- 23rd December

Enjoy an array of Christmas films this season at the oldest working cinema in the country. Kick back and catch screenings of Love Actually, The Muppets Christmas Carol and plenty more family favourites. Home to luxury sofas, a bar and waiter service, Birmingham’s Electric Cinema is the perfect place to warm from the cold for cosy festivities. See the full film timetable here.

The Polar Express Train Ride

Moor Street Station | Now – 23rd December

The famous film is being bought to life through magic and charm as an exciting and immersive theatrical recreation. Departing from Platform 4 at Moor Street Station, see the scenes unfold on the hour-long train journey. For ticket information, click here.

Winter Film Festival

Brindleyplace | 13th-16th December

The free film festival has returned to Birmingham City Centre with a festive twist. Watch classics like Elf, Home Alone and The Polar Express on the big screen with plenty of blankets and heaters for the cosiest winter experience. For more information on times and titles, see here.

The Snow House

Bullring | Now until January

Step into winter with Bullring’s new festive chalet bar and igloo houses. Sit with six of your friends in the clear domed tents and enjoy a drink of toffee apple cider or mulled wine, all while overlooking St Martins Church. To hire an igloo and find more about the experience, see here.

Magical Lantern Festival

Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Now until 1st January

Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Magic Lantern Festival is a seasonal event of light and art representing Christmas and traditional Chinese culture. As the sun sets, brighten up your winter evening and enjoy the spectacular light displays and sculptures, perfect for the whole family. Find out more here.

Christmas at City Social

Underpass by The Mailbox | till 22nd December

This five-week Christmas event offers a great selection of food and drinks at all times of the day. Located in the heart of the city centre, choose from mulled gin, ‘roastie toasties’ and global cuisine. Accompanied by live music, shop independent traders with special film screenings also available on Sundays. To find out more click here.

Peter Pan Pantomime

Hippodrome | 19th December – 27th January

The classic high-flying adventure to Neverland is coming to Birmingham’s Hippodrome. With an all-star line-up led by singing sensation Jimmy Osmond, Comedy-actress and TV star Meera Syal and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, join Peter and the Lost Boys on the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure. Find out more here.

Coca-Cola Truck

Eastside City Park | 15th – 16th December

The ultimate festive mark of the season, see the iconic Coca-Cola truck arrive in the city for the annual tour and enjoy a free can to start the countdown from the 15th December. Click here for more information.

Lead image: Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

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