Top 10 things to do in the city this weekend!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Whether you’re trying to get into the festive spirit or heading out with friends, here are our top picks of how to spend your weekend in the city!

Christmas at the Botanical Gardens | Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Now – January 1

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Step into Christmas as Birmingham Botanical Gardens comes to life with its stunning light trail that is guaranteed to get you feeling festive in no time. Follow the path as you wander through the stunning gardens at night time for a magical experience – perfect if you’re searching for an alternative to the Frankfurt Markets. Find out more here.

Light up a Life | Oozells Square, Brindley Place | Thursday December 30

This Thursday from 6pm, Light up a Life will see Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice switch on Christmas tree lights in Oozells Square, with the lights symbolising the lives of those no longer with us. The free event includes live music from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Town Hall Gospel Choir and The Uptone Girls. Find out more here!

Gindependent Birmingham: Gin Battle | The Old Crown, Digbeth | Friday December 1

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Batten down the hatches for one of the biggest battles of the year as Gindependent Birmingham present: Gin Battle. Taking over The Old Crown, the battle is putting four of the best distilleries against each other to see who will take the crown of creating the best gin. So, if you fancy an evening filled with G&T’s, delicious street food, live entertainment and so much more, we suggest you grab your tickets for this quick – they won’t be around for long. Find out more here!

 Café Artum Digbeth Dining Club Takeover | Spotlight / Mama Roux | Friday December 1

Ahead of the launch of the shop that combines a love for music, food and coffee, this weekend the team behind Café Artum are teaming up with the mighty Digbeth Dining Club at Spotlight and Mama Roux’s to bring some awesome tunes to Birmingham’s much-loved street food hotspot. An evening filled with mouth-watering food and awesome tunes, what better way to spend your weekend! Full details here.

Magic Door | Lab 11 | Friday December 1

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Always a popular event in the city, Magic Door is returning to Digbeth’s Lab 11. Following the incredible success of the quirky club nights fifth birthday party earlier this year, December’s Magic Door promises to be bigger and better than ever before with three rooms, hidden spaces and plenty of glitter – of course. Prepare for a night out in the city like no other! Find out more here!

Steps | Arena Birmingham | Friday December 1

Put on your dancing shoes, Steps are returning to Birmingham! Nineteen years after releasing their debut Step One, the pop group took the UK by storm with their dance-pop hits including 5, 6, 7, 8, Tragedy, Stomp – the list goes on. Now, Claire, Lee, Faye, H and Lisa are back on the road and bringing the party to Birmingham Arena this Friday! Grab your tickets here.

Thor Ragnarok: £4 Screenings | Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen | Friday December 1 – Thursday December 7

Escape the cold and take date night to the cinema as Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen brings back its popular £4 screenings. This time around superhero fans can jump back into the world of Thor, who finds himself in a deadly contest where he faces his former ally, Hulk. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo, this jam-packed action movie is well worth a watch.

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity | Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery | Saturday December 2 – April 15 2018

Marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts was passed in England and Wales, the ground-breaking ‘Coming Out’ exhibition opens to the public at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this Friday. Including pieces from artists including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin, the exhibition includes a gallery trail which brings themes to life throughout the museum to raise awareness of the LGBT+ stories. Find out more here.

Etsy Made Local: Bert & Gert’s Market | The Custard Factory | Friday December 1 – Saturday December 2

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Head down to the Etsy Made Local Fair this weekend and pick up some beautiful handmade gifts made by local Etsy traders. From vintage goodies and stocking-fillers to stalls selling craft supplies, you’re sure to pick up some delightful bits and bobs to suit every budget and make your Christmas that little more special. Find out more here.

Scouting for Girls | O2 Academy | Saturday December 2

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 whole years since Scount for Girls released She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat and It’s Not About You. If you fancy dancing the night away and celebrating with Roy, Greg and Peter as they celebrate the band’s 10th birthday, you can grab tickets here!

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