Make the Most of Christmas: West Midlands

As Christmas is approaching, we often travel further afield each weekend to catch up with family and friends, deliver gifts or experience the shopping opportunities on offer in a different city.

So, we thought there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the festive events available and save you searching for ‘Christmas Activities near me’. To inspire you we have collated a list of everywhere worth visiting near our Dudley store so you can really make the most of your visit.

Christmas Activities for Families

Black Country Living Museum

Based in the heart of the West Midlands, Black Country Living Museum is surrounded by history and heritage offering a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the Black Country in years gone by, as well as being made famous as the film location for many scenes in Peaky Blinders.

There’s a fully interactive experience – including an Edwardian school lesson, traditional fairground, vintage bus rides, historic characters, an underground mine tour, plus over 40 period shops, houses and industrial areas to explore.

Christmas at the Black Country Living Museum

During November and December, the BCLM also provides lots of festive activities to enjoy, such as their sell out Santa Hunt, Victorian Christmas Nights and Craft Days – these are sadly all booked up for 2019 but set a reminder to book next year as these events are popular for a reason!

Visit on Wednesdays to Sundays and you can step back in time to discover their brand new immersive experience and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas through time, from Victoria’s reign to the 1930s.

Plus, if you visit between 23rd November and 24th December you’ll get an Unchained Annual Pass for the same price as a regular ticket to return as many times as you like for 12 months.

There are Festive Fun Days to be booked in advance at their sister museum, The Locksmith’s House in Willenhall too.

Click here to book tickets

BCLM is a full day out but if you have time don’t forget to factor in a visit to the Dudley Canal Trust next door, a narrowboat trip with a difference…

 

Dudley Canal Trust Christmas Boat Trip

Hop on a purpose built narrowboat which sails into the deep caverns and tunnels beneath Dudley’s ‘Seven Sisters’ where a magical world has been created.

This year the theme is a Fairy Tale Christmas, featuring a mini pantomime inside the hidden caves and a visit from Santa where he presents a gift and speaks to each child on the boat.

Dudley Canal Trust Christmas Caverns Tour and Carol Singing

Be prepared to wrap up warm and then look forward to the hot drink and mince pies available for every adult.

A gift shop and restaurant is available on site.

Tickets for these events are limited but there are still slots available to book online… 

In addition…

For a very traditional treat why not book Carols in the Caverns for an intimate and uplifting musical tour through the caverns from the local choir. Warm up your vocal chords and join in to really get into the Christmas spirit!

Various evenings available to book throughout December: Book your tickets

 

Dudley Zoo & Gardens

Covering over 40 acres in the grounds of a 11th century Castle, Dudley Zoo opened in May 1937 and has been delighting and educating families ever since.

Home to 30 free roaming lemurs, one of the largest penguin colonies in the UK, newly arrived binturongs as well as wallabies, lions, lorikeets and hundreds or creatures great and small.

There are plenty of chances to get up close and personal with the smaller animals, and at this time of year, with Santa too!

The Winter Wonderland featuring Santa’s Grotto within the Castle walls allows your child the opportunity to visit Santa, receive a gift and say hello to reindeer as they prepare for the big day.

Pre booking at least 24 hours in advance is essential, so book your slot here.

 

Christmas Activities for Adults

 

Merry Hill Centre & The Waterfront

This vast shopping centre is a staple of any Midlander’s Christmas shopping, however there’s more to offer than simply trying to find the perfect gift (although it’s very good at that too!)

If the sound of a choir singing Christmas carols is a sure fire way of getting you into the holiday mood then factor in the annual Christmas Choir competition into your diary.

Christmas Choir

Over 30 local school compete from Monday 9th to Friday 13th December and will fill the centre with their beautiful voices, you can’t get more festive than that!

Plus, for some, an up close view of the iconic Coca-Cola truck is a highlight of the yuletide period, and intu Merry Hill is the only place in the Midlands you’ll be able to spot it this year.
Make a note of Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December to make sure you don’t miss out.

Coca Cola truck

 

A stones throw from the main Shopping Centre is The Waterfront featuring an array of bars and restaurants, with no other than a Peaky Blinders themed bar called the Garrison and a pop-up caravan from the popular Dr Eamer’s gin bar, a must visit for gin lovers.

On 6th December you can also sample fayre from around the world such as Grill Brazil, Mrs Patel’s and the Middle East Feast.

Street food Festival at The Waterfront

If exotic flavours don’t tickle your taste buds there’s cuisine closer to home from award winning British burger street food masters The Patty Freaks and Edibubbles – who will serve you the most delicious curvy bubble waffles.

Team with free live entertainment and music, beverages and a vintage market and you’re in for a treat!

Find out more about the event and the resident offerings here

 

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham

There are several German markets held throughout the UK, but Birmingham’s is the largest outside of Germany or Austria and has built up a fantastic reputation for its food, drink, gifts and crafts on offer.
Not to mention the traditional carousel ride and the option of skating on the outdoor rink in Centenary Square until 12th January, more about that further down.

Open until 23rd December, when the German stall holders head home, there is plenty of time to experience the joy of the open market with its enormous Christmas tree, gluhwein, German beers and 12 inch hot dogs. Look out for the famous Chris Moose in the eves of one of the beverage stalls and take in the beautifully crafted toys and gifts on sale at more than 80 stalls.

There are also performances from live bands and choirs to make the atmosphere sparkle even more.

Find out more on the website.

Back to the subject of the ice rink… You can book your time slot or turn up on the day (although booking is advisable) to experience the large undercover rink, complete with skate hire and the option for little ones to hire a ‘penguin’ to help them glide around the ice.

Ice Skate Rink Birmingham

Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can pop into the Ice Lounge after your skate to sample a range of festive food and drinks.

Book your tickets here

 

Other highlights around the Midlands, including Christmas activities for kids and families, a little further afield are;

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

Winter Wonderland, Telford

Webb’s of Wychbold Santa’s Grotto and Ice Rink

Severn Valley Railway Santa Specials

The National Trust has lots of events at their historic house and gardens across the West Midlands

 

Lasagne in our Dudley Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re proud to be a part of the Black Country heritage and our Dudley store is in the heart of Dudley Town Centre, with it’s own car park, free Wifi and a restaurant.

So why not pop in for some home inspiration at our Cousins Furniture Store, a hot drink and minced pie, the perfect way to enjoy your day.

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To inspire you we have collated a list of Christmas attractions worth visiting near our Dudley store, so you can really make the most of your visit.