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Most of the UK spent this weekend putting up Christmas trees and getting into the festive swing of things, so if you need some help getting into the festive feeling, we’ve got plenty of events which will make you feel all Christmassy and warm!

Wednesday 8th November-Sunday 31st December

Make an Igloo Cake!

The Big Birmingham Bake (Floodgate Street)

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Get in the spirit of The Great Christmas Bake Off with Birmingham’s very own Bake Off experience, only in Digbeth!

For their Christmas bake, take on their Igloo Cake, with four layers of cake, coated in velvety buttercream, topped with a chocolate igloo and your own fondant Arctic characters.

The igloo cake
Image: The Big Bakes

Friday 17th November-Saturday 9th December

The Nutcracker

Birmingham Hippodrome (Hurst Street)

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Experience the magic of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, brought to us by Sir Peter Wright, at Birmingham Hippodrome this festive season! This timeless, must-see production brings glamour, drama and everything in between, with some Christmas sparkle too.

Plus, you might have seen NutcrackAR in Digbeth this November – in the Custard Factory courtyard, you could scan the QR code to find out about the iconic fireplace from the production. Read more about this world-first experience here.

Friday 24th November-Saturday 23rd December

The Polar Express Birmingham

Birmingham Moor Street (Queensway)

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The magic of The Polar Express film is riding into Birmingham this Christmas – starting off at Birmingham Moor Street and heading to ‘The North Pole’, be immersed into the classic children’s tale with characters, hot chocolate and cookies.

Plus, you’ll even get to meet Santa and receive a ‘silver bell’!

The Polar Express in Birmingham
Image: Secret Birmingham

Saturday 25th November-Tuesday 2nd January

Luminate Live Birmingham

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Westbourne Road)

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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens Winter Light Trail 2023 is almost here to add some sparkle to your festive season – immerse yourself in the mile-long trail with stunning light elements and fabulous light play, all set to music.

Plus, you can keep yourself toasty with hot drinks, toasted marshmallows and mulled wine along the trail – it’s the perfect experience for the whole family!

Luminate at Botanical Gardens

Image: Laura Francis

Throughout December

Festive workshops

Kilo Ziro (Gibb Street)

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Kilo Ziro in Digbeth is the UK’s first zero waste cafe and refill taproom – and at their venue, they’re hosting a range of workshops to get you in the festive spirit; you can even make your own gifts for Christmas!

Join them for ‘Metal Embossing Workshop: Christmas Tree Decoration’ on Sunday 3rd December, ‘Christmas Wreath Making Workshop’ on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th, ‘Christmas Wax Melts and Cream Tea Fizz’ on Sunday 17th, AND ‘Muse and Mimosas – Paint and Sip Christmas Edition’ on Tuesday 19th – which of these do you want to try?

Throughout December

Live music

The Old Crown (High Street)

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Is there any better way to get into the festive spirit than cosy live music nights? And that’s exactly what’s on offer at The Old Crown, Birmingham’s oldest pub located in Digbeth!

On Friday 8th December, join them for The Equators Christmas Special; then, on Saturday 9th come along for The Pogue Traders Live. And for the ultimate festive feels, they’ll have a Christmas Gospel Choir on Saturday 23rd!

Man dancing at the old crown
Image: The Old Crown

Throughout December

Bongo’s Bingo presents Bongo’s Will Rock You

Forum Birmingham (Dale End)

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This Christmas event is for the big kids…every Saturday during December, Bongo’s Bingo will be hosting its iconic bingo, celebrating the best of Queen and other massive rock and Christmas hits!

Of course, there’ll be loads of prizes (including cash!) up for grabs, along with raves, dance-offs, cheesy singalongs and a whole lot more fun.

Saturday 2nd December

The Christmas Feast 2023

The Bond in Digbeth (Fazeley Street)

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Festive foodies, you don’t want to miss this – The Christmas Feast is back at The Bond with a mouthwatering line-up of traders including Yardbirds Chicken, Fat Snags, Baked In Brick, Original Patty Men, Kebab Cartel, Chef Shack, Broken Bones BBQ, Surf & Slice, That’s Mature, Disco Fries and more TBA!

And that’s not all, as there’ll be craft beer, winter-themed cocktails, cosy hot drinks, live music and DJs and so much more to bring the festive cheer to Digbeth!

Seasonal Markets at The Bond
Image: Seasonal Markets

Saturday 9th-Saturday 23rd December

The Luna Cinema

Factory Works (Custard Factory, Gibb Street)

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The Luna Cinema will be transforming Factory Works in Digbeth into Birmingham’s home of festive movie nights! They’ll be screening all the classics including Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone 1 and 2, The Holiday, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Die Hard and more.

The Luna Cinema at The Factory Works
Image: The Luna Cinema

Sunday 10th December

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland with Aljaž and Janette

Symphony Hall (Broad Street)

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Much-loved Strictly Come Dancing professionals and couple Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara are bringing a Christmas cracker of a show to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall this Christmas!

‘Dancing in a Winter Wonderland’ combines world-class choreography, fabulous costumes and amazing sets to the greatest Christmas hits!

Thursday 14th December

Leona Lewis: Christmas, With Love

Utilita Arena Birmingham (King Edwards Road)

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Just 11 more sleeps before Christmas, X Factor winner and ‘One More Sleep’ singer Leona Lewis will be bringing her headline Christmas tour to the Utilita Arena in Birmingham!

Expect a glittering night of festive classics and greatest hits from her re-released bestseller, ‘Christmas, With Love’ – which song are you most looking forward to hearing live?

From Saturday 16th December

Festive films

The Mockingbird Cinema (Custard Factory, Gibb Street)

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A unique cinematic experience only in Digbeth, The Mockingbird Cinema has the best alternative Christmas films in their listings this December, including Scrooged, Black Christmas and Tokyo Godfathers.

Then from Friday 22nd December, they’ll be showing the brand new Wonka film, perfect for your family cinema outings!

Saturday 16th December-Sunday 28th January

Jack and the Beanstalk

Birmingham Hippodrome (Hurst Street)

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If panto is a must for your festive season, you’ll LOVE Jack and the Beanstalk at Birmingham Hippodrome, featuring TV presenter and Brummie icon Alison Hammond, Hippodrome favourite Matt Slack, and stage and screen star Samantha Womack!

Featuring sets and costumes from its run at the London Palladium, this is the panto you’ve bean waiting for.

For more of the best of Birmingham and Digbeth this Christmastime, make sure you follow @InDigbeth on social media!