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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Christmas events you can't miss at Birmingham Museums


With Christmas just around the corner, we can all expect to see Birmingham come to life with lights, ice rinks, and of course, the German Market. Birmingham Museums are also getting involved with the festive action and families can enjoy themselves at venues across the city to help get them into the Christmas spirit. Here's the events you really shouldn't miss...


Santa comes to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 

Santa Claus is coming to town… and into the doors of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery! During his weekend visits between December 2nd to December 17th, Santa will be spreading festive cheer to children and families alike in his sparkly and snow-topped grotto. 

Children will be given a special Christmas gift, as well as a memory for them to treasure, a printed photograph of themselves with Santa. 

This event is not to be missed as tickets cost just £5 per child. With many children hoping to meet Santa every year, pre-booking tickets is recommended for this enchanting experience. 

Santa will also be visiting Blakesley Hall on Sunday December 17th. Meet the man himself in the Great Hall, where all children will receive a small present and see Blakesley Hall dressed for Christmas.Visitors will also be able to make a Christmas card, a tree decoration, and add a Christmas wish to the Blakesley tree. 

Adults enter for £7, concessions £5 and children £3. Pre-booking is essential. 

Christmas comes to Thinktank as new LEGO® Education Innovation Studio opens 

Thinktank is offering free, drop-in building sessions for families this Christmas holiday in Thinktank’s new LEGO® Education Innovation Studio. From Monday to Friday, Thinktank ticket holders are invited to come along and join in the problem-solving fun, with a range of fun LEGO sets to create and build with. 

The Planetarium will also be sprinkled with Christmas joy as visitors will be able to enjoy a festive show throughout the weekends in December and every day during the school holidays. Planetarium shows are £1.50 per person in addition to the Thinktank admission price. 

The Thinktank Elf Trail will also be taking place, with the promise of a prize for whoever finds all 10. This trail around the museum is a great free added extra during a Christmas visit, along with daily festive arts and crafts sessions, entertaining Christmas storytelling, and light and colour sessions. 

Christmas through the ages at the Heritage Sites 

A Christmas trip to one of the Birmingham Museums’ Heritage Sites is an ideal way to get in the festive spirit. At Aston Hall this festive season, the past is no longer just a memory. On Saturday December 16th between 3pm and 8.30pm, visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of the festive season, from the 17th century right through to the 1940s. 

Adult tickets are £12 and child tickets are £6. With only one chance to see this event, pre-booking is essential. 

Another chance to step into the past will be at Christmas Through the Ages, which will take place at Blakesley Hall on Saturday December 9th. The St. Barnabas handbell ringers, Choir Divertimento and costumed Tudor musicians will be there to fill the hall with festive sounds. There will also be Christmas foods in the tearoom to indulge in. 

As well as this, Blakesley Hall will also be holding ‘Tudor Christmas Tours’ in December, every Wednesday and Thursday before Christmas. 

Soho House Georgian Christmas tours will also take place every Wednesday and Thursday throughout December. ‘Soho by Moonlight’ will give visitors an exclusive chance to see elegant house after hours. The guided tours of the House will show how Christmas was celebrated in the 18th century. 

Taking place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December, and tickets are £12. 

Christmas creativity

If you’re feeling creative, there is a great choice of workshops to get stuck into for adults this December. Join the Millers at Sarehole Mill to bake your own Christmas treats or attend a crafting workshop to make your very own glass bauble to hang on your tree. 

You can also celebrate with traditional carols at Sarehole Mill’s Carols in the Courtyard. A free event on Sunday December 3rd, join a communal sing-song of famous festive carols to ring in the season. 

Alternatively, get into the Christmas spirit at the Edwardian Tearooms, with a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life on Saturday December 2nd from 6pm. For a full festive experience on Saturday  December 6th from 6pm, head to BMAG for sing-a-long Christmas carols, mince pies and mulled wine and the chance to shop for unique gifts. 

See the full list of Birmingham Museums Christmas here
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