There’s never a good time to start the conversation surrounding Christmas in Birmingham. For some, it’s always too early – and will put off mentioning plans until two weeks into December. Others meanwhile are constantly reminding us how long left there is to go, as soon as the day after Boxing Day. But whether you’re extremely excited and already buying presents, or you’re acting bah humbug until its too late, nothing gets us more in the mood than seeing the Christmas lights in Birmingham switch-on.
When do the Christmas lights in Birmingham switch on?
While Birmingham’s Christmas lights switch-on has been a low-key affair in recent years, it’s still a ‘do not miss’ event for many in the city. While the exact time is unconfirmed, residents have been invited down to Cathedral Square on November 16 to officially start Birmingham’s Christmas 2022 celebrations and see the lights go on across the district.
From 6pm, residents can expect an evening of free entertainment, alongside plenty of merriment thanks to mulled wine and other market foods. Until December 18, a variety of crafts, gifts and food and drink stalls will be available on the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral. Christmas in Cathedral Square will be open Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.
Are there any other Christmas lights around Birmingham?
On November 17, over 100 jewellery-themed Christmas lights will light up in The Golden Square. Jewellery Quarter’s christmas lights switch on is always a special event. In 2019, the Telegraph rated it as one of the best switch on events in the country. It’s a superb way to the start of the holiday season. With live music, food and drink, and a spectacular firework display. Get down between 5 and 8pm.
Edgbaston Village Artisan Market will get into the festive mood on November 12. Transforming into a Christmas market, a Christmas lights switch on will coincide. There will be visits from Santa too, as well as a Frozen-inspired performance, Elmhurst Ballet School performance, and carol singing. These acts will perform from 3:30pm, with the lights switched on at 5:30pm.
Harborne Lights Up returns for 2022 too on November 19. The free event will see the unveiling of the Christmas tree on Harborne High Street, alongside live entertainment and local traders selling lots of festive goodies. It will be open from 9am to 6pm.
More Christmas lights in Birmingham to explore:
Boldmere Christmas Festival: November 20
Sutton Coldfield Town F.C, between 12 and 5pm.
Bournville Christmas Festival: November 26
Bournville Village Green, between 1 and 6pm. Switch-on 5pm.