A major city in England, Birmingham has been through numerous renovations throughout the years, such as the prestigious Bull Ring shopping centre, arguably the best shopping centre in the UK. Often named the city of culture, there are always interesting festivals and celebrations during the winter months. This is what makes Birmingham a perfect destination for a family-friendly Christmas break, or even the lull between the Christmas and New Year!
Book yourself into a hotel near the city centre and revel in the delights Birmingham has to offer.
The best stocking fillers
The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria is called the ‘Christmas Craft and Frankfurt Market’. The market sells traditional bits and pieces from Germany and Austria, such as; gifts, jewellery, decorations, handmade toys and the German delicacy, Glühwein, mulled wine with a German twist. The market spirals throughout Chamberlain Square with 180 stalls. The Christmas Craft Fair is adjacent to the Frankfurt market, where Birmingham’s brightest and best creative types showcase and sell their hand-crafted items. Urge the kids to take a ride on the market’s carousel and practice their singing with the local musical moose, Chris.
Climb the cocoa beanstalk with Father Christmas
During Christmas, Cadbury World Birmingham puts on a Christmas pantomime and a grotto every weekend. This year’s panto is Jack and the Cocoa Beanstalk, featuring puppets and well-known musical numbers; it’s a great event to take the kids to. The attractions at Cadbury World do not stop there. Children have the opportunity to meet St. Nick and receive a small free gift in the Grotto.
Be part of Birmingham’s historic tapestry
From the 1840s through to the 1970s, Birmingham’s working people lived in back-to-back housing, now owned by the National Trust. Every Christmas, these houses come alive with Christmas traditions from the 19th century. Discover the smells and experiences from the past. There’s a guided tour by candlelight, sure to capture your imagination, sending you and your family back into the Victorian age. You may even prefer it to the creature comforts of 2013!
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