Just like last year, 2021 has had its fair share of ups and downs, and we can’t believe the end is fast approaching. But it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Birmingham, and we are so ready to embrace the most wonderful time of year. So hit play on the festive playlist filled with Mariah and Bublé and have a jolly festive time with our guide to the best things to do in Birmingham this December.
1. Swing ’til your heart’s content at this new social cricket bar
Practise your batting skills as from December 16 a unique cricket bar is arriving in the city where Brummies can swing into action. The world’s first social cricket entertainment experience, Sixes, is setting up its fourth clubhouse at Birmingham’s Mailbox and the thrill of the game might just leave you bowled over. Combining the classic game of cricket with the tradition of boozing with friends, the new venue will provide a unique social backdrop for those looking to ‘eat, drink and bat’ – with state-of-the-art batting nets available to hire by the hour.
Horrible Histories is coming to the Midlands this Christmas, unravelling plenty of Christmas traditions for the whole family to enjoy. Join Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they team up to save Christmas in this fun panto, with guests able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their own cars. Escape the hectic city and enjoy a day out in Leicestershire or Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
3. Dine under the stars in a festive canalside igloo
Winter may be on its bitterly cold way but it doesn’t mean al fresco dining is dead, even in the arctic climes of Birmingham. Instead of retreating indoors, one Birmingham bar and restaurant has announced the return of their brilliant, outdoor hangout spot. Gas Street Social has brought back their enticing igloos complete with fairy lights, comfy blankets, and delicious grub, taking your evening of drinks on a chilly bench up a notch to become a memorable and cosy winter night out.
Taking place at the beautiful Birmingham Cathedral, a talented chamber orchestra will be bringing to life Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Strauss’ Viennese waltz– with a beautiful ballet performance to accompany. The venue will be illuminated with atmospheric candlelight, providing a unique experience for Bristolians to enjoy just for Christmas. Get tickets here.
5. Hit up Birmingham’s Christmas markets
With two Christmas markets to pick from, Brummies are spoilt for choice when it comes to where to enjoy a mulled wine or buy some gifts. Bringing the festive cheer back to the city centre in the run up to Christmas, the Birmingham Frankfurt Market and Christmas in Cathedral Square will have stalls selling a tempting array of food and drink, traditional toys, ornaments and gifts. Plus, Brummies can enjoy a pint from a choice of two pop-up pubs in Cathedral Square including the fittingly-named Pigeon in the Park and a helter skelter pub that might leave you in a spin.
Prepare yourself for a whip-smacking show with everything from sassy strip acts to cabaret chaos. Expect games of bonkers bingo as well as world-class drag, hosted by the West Midlands’s hottest queen, who will be joined by Birmingham’s finest burlesque superstar, alongside a selection of special guests. Sip on a mouth-watering welcome cocktail as well as bottomless bubbles or beer and try one of the tastiest brunch dishes in town. Get tickets for this sassy, fun-filled afternoon here.
7. Hideaway in a twinkling winter wonderland tipi
Adding to the festive cheer alongside the Birmingham Christmas markets is a new bar that makes for the most cosy and perfect setting, allowing you to retreat from the cold and put your feet up after a spot of Christmas shopping. Known as Winterlandia, the pop-up bar features chalet-style huts, igloos as well as an enormous tipi to provide you with both shelter and a place for a festive tipple or two.
Prepare to be taken into the clouds with some of the most treasured wintertime classics from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and other master composers. Taking place at St Paul’s Church, the fantastic venue will be immersed in the music from The Nutcracker – all brought to life by a talented string quartet. There’ll be plenty of pieces to get into the festive spirit, with candlelight adding to the festive ambience. Get tickets here.
9. Glide into Christmas in style this year at one of these ice rinks near Birmingham
It’s time to get your skates on Brummies as the festive season is right around the corner. Popping up in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, guests can glide their way towards December 25th to festive tunes whilst enjoying a hot mug of mulled wine, with plenty of new and wintery scenes to skate around. From Ice Skate in the Birmingham city centre to an ice rink with a dazzling light trail at Warwick Castle, the festive season is going to be an ice experience.
10. Sip on top European beers with an unbelievable programme of live entertainment at Albert’s Schloss
Expected to join the likes of Dishoom and Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Chamberlain Square from December 6 is Albert’s Schloss, Birmingham’s first bohemian pleasure palace and a firm favourite in Manchester which serves incredible beers, food and entertainment. The bier haus describes Schloss as “a castle, palace or manor house: built as a retreat for recreation, indulgence, pleasure, and debauchery”, so expect plenty of live music and wild entertainment on stage in the Bavarian party palace such as gospel choirs, drag acts, brass bands, cabaret and more.
11. Enjoy Christmas classics at the Luna Drive-In Winter Cinema
Announcing its biggest winter season yet, The Luna Drive-In Cinema has curated a programme of festive favourites that are being at NEC Birmingham. Audiences can expect all the festive classics, including Love Actually, Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Holiday and Elf, as well as more recent favourites such as Frozen and Last Christmas. Add a warm cup of cocoa or mulled wine and a festive box filled with candy canes, chocolate coins, mince pies and popcorn to get fully into the spirit.
12. Dive into the UK’s biggest adult ball-pool cocktail bar
Sometimes we just don’t want to grow up at Ball Park totally gets it with the opening of the UK’s biggest adult ball-pool cocktail bar in Birmingham. Visitors can expect a ball pool, ping pong tables, Instagrammable cocktails and street food, retro arcade games, shuffle boards and more. Grab your mates and have a ball at Ball Park Birmingham on Floodgate Street from December 7.