The festive season is in full swing and there are plenty of things to see and do in and around the city, all for free! With exhibitions, markets, comedy nights and fun runs, there’s something for all the family to enjoy!

Dressed to the Nines at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Saturday 7th December – September 2020

With a number of garments, accessories and full outfits from the city’s dress collection on display, including a 1930s beaded evening dress, an embroidered court uniform which belonged to Neville Chamberlain, cocktail dresses by Christian Dior and Norman Hartnell, Dressed to the Nines explores how clothing has played an important part in special occasions.

The display will also feature a selection of drawings, paintings, prints and photographs, including works by Vanley Burke, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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Once Upon a Time: Available until Monday 23rd December

Located in the old Jamie’s Italian restaurant overlooking St Martin’s Square, Once Upon a Time features 88,000 fairy lights (apparently enough to reach the top of Everest), with a host of mirrors to create a stunning festive tea parlour, party bar and event space. With drinks that ‘glow, sparkle, and change colour,’ and crystal-clear Christmas puddings that refract light like a prism, this beautiful attraction allows guests to experience the tastes and smells of Christmas in the most unique way.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market: Available until Monday 23rd December

You still have some time to visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market – the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany. Love it or loathe it, the market offers a large range of traditional goods and gifts and a selection of tempting food and drink.

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Solihull Festive Feast: Wednesday 18th December to Sunday 22nd December

Take a break from that hectic Christmas shopping and enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie at this year’s Solihull Festive Feast! Shoppers will be treated to lots of flavours from around the world from their Continental Food Market, accompanied by a variety of entertaining Christmas acts and other activities. Organised by Solihull BID and RR Events working in partnership, Solihull won’t be short of festive cheer!

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The Kamikaze Club Comedy Night at 1000 Trades: Wednesday 18th December at 8.45pm

The Kamikaze Club present the Christmas edition of their monthly new material night at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter. Featuring Club President / Secretary / Treasurer / Chairman Thom Hodkinson & Tea Boy Michael Bel, this comedy duo are here to ‘bring the funny.’

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BBC Radio WM Carol Service at Birmingham Cathedral: Thursday 19th December at 12.50pm

Join BBC Radio WM for their free carol service, with music from the Cathedral Choir and readings by your favourite BBC WM presenters. The service will be recorded for broadcast nearer to Christmas Day.

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Please note, the doors will be closed by BBC Radio WM staff at 12.55pm prompt due to the recording.

The Night Owl Free Karaoke and Christmas Party: Thursday 19th December 2019 at 8.00pm

Local legend & The Ska45’s Band singer Steve Davis presents a night of Christmas fun with Karaoke & DJ’s at the Night Owl’s Karaoke and Christmas Party. Sing along to your favourite, pop, indie, ska, soul, disco and mod tunes, then dance the night away to their resident DJ’s afterwards. It is open from 8.00pm until late.

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Moseley Farmers Market: Saturday 21st December

Winning the award for Best Farmers’ Market in the UK three times, Moseley Farmers’ Market can be located in the centre of Moseley Village, usually on the last Saturday of every month. With over 60 stalls selling a huge range of produce including fruit and vegetables, cheeses and wine, pies and beer, pulled pork, pancakes, falafels and samosas, everything available is guaranteed to be local and the produce is reared, grown or processed by the people selling: it’s a certified real Farmers’ Market.

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Santa Run Cotteridge Park: Sunday 22nd November at 9.00am

Run, jog, skip or hop your way around the family-friendly Santa run. With a 1km and 2km route suitable for children under 12, adults with pushchairs or disabilities and a 5km for 12 years and over, there’s plenty of options to go outside and have fun! Fancy dress is optional with a prize for the child with the best costume!