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Five Birmingham activities guaranteed to get you feeling festive

Written by
Natalie Mudd

The Christmas lights have been switched on, you've started your Christmas shopping and the neighbours have had their trees up for ages.

Still struggling to get into the Christmas spirit? Here are five activities guaranteed to get you decking your halls with boughs of holly, while dancing around to 'Now That's What I Call Christmas ' in your flashing Christmas jumper:

1. Head to the market

Flickr: Tim Ellis

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that Birmingham's legendary Christmas market has come to town. So, put on your bobble hat, grab your mates and go and brave the crowds.

With over 180 stores, it's the largest outdoor Christmas market in Britain and a saunter around the crystal lamps, fairisle hats, and scented candles (all whilst munching on a German Bratwurst) is bound to get you feeling merry. A few mulled wines or specialty German lager will definitely help, too...

2. Go ice skating

Ice Skate Birmingham

If it's a white Christmas you're dreaming of, head to Centenary Square for Ice Skate Birmingham where you can enjoy being a kid again. The rink accommodates 300 people at any one time and people of all ages and skills are welcome – there are even penguin skating aids for little beginners available to hire.

Don't forget to check out the Ice Lounge whilst you're there, which offers a range of seasonal food and drink. 

3. Take a trip to Narnia

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

The wintery epic 'The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe' is showing at The REP until January 16. This brand new production of the timeless classic promises thrills and excitement to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

Step though the enchanted wardrobe into the mystical land of Narnia for the ultimate festive fix.

4. Visit Santa in his grotto

If you have children to entertain, check out Santa's new interactive grotto at Birmingham's Bullring. Inside, children are taken on a magical journey around the world, before stopping at Lapland to visit Santa's workshop, Mrs Claus' Bakery and the Reindeer pen.

Each child is given a gift from Santa and the chance to have their photo taken by one of Santa's trusted elves. 

5. Tuck into a festive afternoon tea

Hyatt Regency Birmingham

Indulge yourself this season by taking advantage of one of the many festive afternoon tea's on offer throughout the city.

Two such examples include the Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea at Marco Pierre White in The Cube, which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut along with an assortments of sandwiches and cakes.

Alternatively, the Hyatt's Festive Afternoon Tea includes a truly festive selection of sandwiches and cakes such as roasted turkey and cranberry chutney and dark chocolate covered gingerbread men' and includes a glass of mulled wine. Go on - it's Christmas!

Five ways to enjoy Christmas with a difference in Birmingham.



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