Family Festive Fun Ideas For Christmas in Birmingham 2018

Looking for family festive fun ideas this Christmas but don’t know where to start? Look no further, we have rounded up the best of Brum and surrounding areas to keep you and your family full of Christmas spirit!

Ice Skate Birmingham is of course top of our list of recommendations! With a weatherproof rink, Ice Lounge serving hot and cold food and drink, Big Wheel, kids four storey fun factory and additional food and drink stalls it is guaranteed fun for everyone!

Cadbury World

Cadbury World Christmas 2018

Cadbury World is synonymous with all things Chocolatey and what better time to indulge than over the festive season! In addition to the fantastic 4D Chocolate adventure, Cadabra, Purple Planet and Chocolate making you can visit Santa in his very own stage show with a gift for every child. You can also watch the Jack and the Cocoa Beanstalk pantomime.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Birmingham Childrens Hospital

Christmas is all about giving and appreciating what we have and what better way to give something back than supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital this Christmas. Friday 7th December is ‘Jolly Jumper Day’. Wear your Christmas jumper and donate to Birmingham Children’s Charity to help over 90,000 sick children that are treated at the hospital every year. You can also attend the Christmas Concert at St Martins Church in the Bull Ring on Wednesday 12th December with performances from ‘The School of Theatre Excellence’ and brave patients at medical staff from the hospital.


Set sail to Neverland with Peter Pan and his crew this Christmas at the Hippodrome with an all-star cast including Jimmy Osmond and Meera Syal plus the ever popular and funny Matt Slack. Tickets are available from £16 and the show runs from 19th December to 27th January.

Free festive workshops are also running at the theatre over the school holidays with inspiration from the Peter Pan panto! These include festive mosaic making, animal encounters, circus skills, shadow puppetry, musical theatre dance, ‘show me light’ science and story -telling.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Wizard of Oz at the Birmingham REP

Set in the heart of the City Centre, next to the iconic Library. The Birmingham REP is jam packed with Christmas fun this year including ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from 24th Nov to 13th Jan, ‘Comedy Club for Kids Christmas Cracker’ on 15th December and ‘The Snowman’ from 16th to 26th January.

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum Christmas 2018
A very popular destination at Christmas and throughout the year, The Black Country Living Museum still has some availability for the Santa Hunt. Join in the fun-filled search for Santa with festive costumed guides, meet a series of characters along the way, and solve enchanting clues, sprinkle “magic dust” on reindeer shoes and send letters up the chimney to Santa’s workshop.

Blue Man Group at The ICC Hall

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Blue Man Group are coming to Birmingham with their mix of art, comedy, music and state-of-the-art technology to bring to you an incredible celebration or art and human connection. The group are running an UK-exclusive run of shows from 28 December 2017 till 6 January 2018.

The multi sensory experience has attracted over 35 million people worldwide and continue to amaze even more with their stunning shows.

The address for the ICC is:

Broad St, England, B1 2EA

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Jason Manford: Work In Progress Tour at Birmingham Town Hall

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Comedy genius, Jason Manford is back at Birmingham Town Hall ahead of his national tour next year. His performances offer a flood of comedy anecdotes and audience banter all accompanied by Jason’s quick wit and likable charm.

The address for Birmingham Town Hall is:

Victoria Square,
B3 3DQ .

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Sing Noel! at Birmingham Town Hall


Hear the spectacular symphony of the Midlands Hospitals’ Choir as they sing popular music and Christmas carols all conducted by James Llewelyn Jones. The choir is also accompanied by Gemini Brass, who seamlessly work with the choir to present a jaw dropping performance.

The address for Birmingham Town Hall is:

Victoria Square,
B3 3DQ .

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Cinderella at The Hippodrome


Cinderella at the Hippodrome is set to include all the features for a perfect Hippodrome panto. Cinderella not only features a fabulous cast and orchestra but exceptional scenery and laugh-out-loud comedy you won’t want to miss. The show features Beverley Knight who is making her pantomime debut and even Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac as well as pop and television star Suzanne Shaw.

The address for the Hippodrome is:

Hurst Street, Southside,

Birmingham, B5 4TB

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The Royal Opera Live: The Nutcracker at Mac Birmingham



Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is seen as one of the most enchanting versions of The Nutcracker to date. Watch Clara as she is swept off on her magical adventure by Drosselmeyer the magician on Christmas eve; She thinks shes been dreaming… But does she recognise Drosselemyers nephew?

The address for Mac Birmingham is:

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

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Home For Christmas at Lichfield Garrick

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Home for Christmas is a delightful, fun-filled adventure story perfect for younger audiences. Come and follow mums quest to get home before the snow whilst helping amusing characters along the way including lost birds and mayors in a pickle.

The address for the Lichfield Garrick is:

Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR

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Aladdin at Lichfield Garrick


Lichfield Garrick have teamed up with Evolution Productions for a second year, this time bringing a festive offering of Aladdin to the stage. CBeebies Cat Sandion is playing the role of Jasmine along side Sam Rabone as Dame Widow Twankey and Ben Thornton as Wishee Washee. The show is said to be not one to miss especially after last years Sleeping Beauty and with the U.K’s most successful pantomine company co-producing the panto its set to be a sell out show.

The address for the Lichfield Garrick is:

Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR

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Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at Mac Birmingham


Get into the Christmas spirit as Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas is bought to life on stage. See Father Christmas as he prepares for his busy Christmas eve of delivering presents and feeding his reindeer’s. The uplifting adaptation is full of festive cheer with live music and puppetry.

The show is running from November 30th till December 30th and is perfect for all the family especially little ones.

The address for Mac Birmingham is:

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

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