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Delivered in partnership by Colmore BID, Birmingham City Council, Danter Attractions Ltd and Birmingham Cathedral, Christmas in Cathedral Square will take place in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral between Wednesday 15 November and Sunday 17 December 2023, with local West Midlands traders holding stalls offering crafts, food, and drink.

The partnership is excited to bring the community together in the Cathedral grounds for the annual Christmas Light Switch-On, which celebrates the opening of the market and attractions. This event will take place on Wednesday 15 November from 6pm to 9pm.

At the launch, visitors can enjoy a free evening of entertainment including the Christmas tree lights switch-on with some very special guests in attendance. Colmore Business District’s very own Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Glynn Purnell will once again be pressing the button to illuminate the Christmas tree.

This year Glynn will be joined by Birmingham Children’s Hospital mascot Bertie, cast members from Birmingham Stage Company’s production of Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas, ahead of their two performances at Symphony Hall (28 December), and cast members from Birmingham Rep’s magical Christmas show Little Red Riding Hood (7 December to 6 January) including CBeebies presenter Nisha Anil. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Maureen Cornish, along with her Consort Malcolm Cornish, and Deputy Chair of Colmore BID, Alex Tross, will also join residents, vendors and performers to illuminate the District and begin the countdown to the festive season.

Over the course of the event, visitors to Christmas in Cathedral Square can expect live music from local artists, roaming street acts, the Snowdog Art Trail, and traditional crafts, ornaments and gifts from an array of independent West Midland businesses. Stallholders include Summer & Silver, Miss Macaroon, Birmingham Balti Bowl Company and Funny Brummie Pictures.  

There will also be a selection of pop-up food and drinks vendors, as well as the return of the much-loved Pigeon in the Park pub. Food and drinks vendors include Gaucho, Chatty Patty, Vagabond and Bab’s Tap.

Alex Tross, Deputy Chair of Colmore BID commented, “I’m really looking forward to welcoming people back to our Christmas lights switch-on and the launch of this year’s Christmas in Cathedral Square, which officially marks the countdown to Christmas. Our beautiful tree outside the Cathedral, the colourful illuminations and the opening of the market are all key elements of the festive season here in the Colmore Business District, so it will be great to get everyone together again for what promises to be a fun evening.” 

On Saturday 2 December, there will be a very special guest to Christmas in Cathedral Square as Father Christmas will pay the market a visit from 11am to 3pm. Father Christmas will walk around the Square offering a chance for families to meet him free-of-charge. Colmore BID will provide a photographer to give all families the opportunity to make unforgettable memories. All images will be uploaded to Colmore BID’s Facebook page (@colmorebusinessdistrict) for families to access. Father Christmas will have gifts of books and small craft activities for children on the day, also free-of-charge.

Christmas in Cathedral Square will run from Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 17 December 2023. The market is open Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 12.30pm to 8pm.

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