Santa Claus is coming to Birmingham! Father Christmas is starting to pop up all over the city, meeting the children on Birmingham and listening carefully to their Christmas wishes (and deciding if they’ve been naughty or nice, of course.) A visit to Santa’s Grotto is an absolute must this Christmas, and here’s where you can find Father Christmas around Birmingham.
House of Fraser Grotto, Birmingham Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 5JS From Thursday, 30 November to Christmas Eve Website: https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Entry is £6 per child.
Photos start from £7.
To book, click here.
Image: House of Fraser
Glittering Grotto, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3HD Weekends between Saturday, 2 December and Sunday, 17 December Website: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Located in the centre of the museum.
Every child will receive a photo of them from Santa and a gift.
Morning and afternoon sessions available.
Tickets available on the day or by booking online here.
£5 per child.
Image: BMAG website
Santa and his Antarctic Creatures at the National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham The Waters Edge, 3 Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL From Saturday, 25 November to Sunday, 23 December Website: https://www.visitsealife.com
Santa brings the North Pole to the National SEA LIFE Centre Antarctic Ice Cave!
Meet Santa surrounded by a family of cheeky Gentoo.
All children visiting Santa will receive a gift.
Come and see the underwater Christmas tree.
Watch The Polar Express in the 4D cinema.
North of Birmingham
Santa’s Grotto at Gracechurch Shopping Centre, Sutton Coldfield Gracechurch Shopping Centre, The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1PL From Saturday, 25 November to Christmas Eve Website: https://www.gracechurchcentre.com
Santa will arrive at The Gracechurch Centre on Saturday, 25 November after the Town Centre Parade in his horse-drawn sleigh.
Come and enjoy lots of family-fun activities on the day.
Don’t miss out – book your spot to see Santa in his Grotto.
Entry is £6 per child.
South of Birmingham
Christmas Light Trail, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edbaston, B15 3TR Starts Friday, 29 November and runs through to Monday, 1 January 2018 Website: http://birminghamchristmasgarden.co.uk
The trees and glasshouses of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be lit up in a magical after-dark experience.
Follow the jewel-coloured trail.
Ride the Victorian carousel, the steam-boat swing or step inside a giant bauble.
Look out for Santa!
Magical lantern Festival, Kings Heath Park, Kings Heath 64 Brent Road, Kings Heath, B30 2TP 5pm to 10pm every Wednesday to Sunday from Friday, 24 November Sunday, 17 December and then daily from Monday, 18 December to Monday, 1 January 2018 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) Website: Book tickets here.
Experience the magical Christmas-themed life-sized and large-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms.
Come and see the lantern Gingerbread House and the truly spectacular giant lantern recreation of the iconic Birmingham Central Library.
Meet the big man in red at Santa’s Grotto.
Food and drink areas.
Fairground rides for the kids.
Cadbury World Christmas Celebration Weekends Cadbury World, Linden Rd, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR Weekends from now until Sunday, 17 December then daily from Thursday, 21 December to Sunday, 23 December Website: https://www.cadburyworld.co.uk
Lots of chocolatey festive fun for the family!
Come along and see ‘Aladdin’ the Panto!
Santa will be appearing in an exclusive stage show, complete with Christmas gifts for the kids.
Tickets start at £16.75 for adults and £12.30 for kids, with under fours going free.
Image: Aladdin the Panto at Cadbury World
Touchwood Christmas Grotto, Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull Touchwood Shopping Centre, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3GJ From now until Christmas Eve Website: https://touchwoodsolihull.co.uk
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