From magical illuminated light trails to a ride on an immersive Polar Express inspired train, we have compiled our top 11 activities to keep you and your whole family entertained this Christmas.

1) Visit the UK's largest indoor funfair: Winter Funland

The NEC Birmingham will be transformed as guests can enjoy a gigantic ice-skating rink, a 2,000 seater Christmas extravaganza circus show, a full-size fairground, and Santa’s Grotto at the UK's largest indoor funfair, Winter Funland.

2) A Polar Express themed ride with Vintage Trains

All aboaaaard! Depart with Vintage Trains from Moor Street on the ultimate Polar Express experience this Christmas and enjoy the sights and sounds of this classic children’s tale.

3) A FREE city-wide penguin hunt 

Birmingham Children's Hospital and Charity's annual sculpture trail features 15 penguins placed across the city, all individually designed by talented artists and inspired by the wonderful feeling of Christmas. The map can be downloaded straight to your phone and more information can be found here.

4) Christmas at Warwick Castle

Visit the castle to discover twinkling trees and dazzling lights at every turn, make magical memories meeting Santa, enjoy gliding across the ice rink or experience the illuminated light trail through the grounds and gardens. Looking to extend your visit? Turn your festive family day into an overnight stay with a spectacular Santa sleepover break.

5) Luminate Birmingham at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Luminate enchanting light trail has come to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the first time this Christmas. The trail provides a magical, timeless experience to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

6) Winter Glow at Three Counties Showground Malvern

Immerse yourself in all things seasonal, with an impressive line-up of activities and excitement on offer in Malvern this winter at the Three Counties Showground.

This one-stop festive experience includes ice skating, a Christmas market,  light trail, a giant observational wheel and personalised Santa experiences.

7) Enjoy a Christmas pantomime 

From perennial favourites like the panto at Birmingham Hippodrome to classic seasonal adventures at The Birmingham Rep and The Alexandra - there's nothing quite like a trip to the theatre at Christmas!

Across the West Midlands we have loads of great options for the whole family to enjoy.

Our top picks include:

- Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome

- Aladdin at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

- Beauty and the Beast at The Core Theatre in Solihull

- NATIVITY! The Musical at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

8) Festive fun at Alton Towers

Alton Towers is preparing to deck the halls and trim the trees as it transforms into the ultimate Christmas escape.

Families will be able to enjoy an exciting festive day out with a wonderfully traditional Christmas market, selected rides and attractions and a magical light trail.

9) Step back through time at Dudley Canal Trust

Take a journey though time with Dudley Canal Trust this December to discover how Christmas has been celebrated through time.

On your 45-minute boat journey you will be transported back to the 1800's to showcase the festive season in the Victorian era and bring you back up to 2022.

10) Christmas celebration at Cadbury World

On selected dates throughout December, explore the world of chocolate, enjoy a fabulous pantomime show, visit Santa in his exclusive stage show and a whole host of other seasonal activities.

11) 'One Snowy Night' at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

A Christmas treat for Percy the Park Keeper fans. Meet Percy, be part of the active story trail and a get a gift from the Christmas Elf.

Help Percy as he finds all his animal friends in the gardens and leads them to his warm and cosy shed for a story, hot chocolate and ginger biscuits.. and of course a special visit from the Christmas Elf , full of gifts for the littl'uns. 


The NEC (National Exhibition Centre)
Conference / Exhibition Centre
The NEC (National Exhibition Centre)

One of Europe’s leading event destinations, the NEC is home to 18 exhibition halls, 32 conference suites and 186,000sqm of covered space.

Warwick Castle
Castle / Fort
Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is one of the most exciting historic locations in Europe, set in the heart of Shakespeare’s England with over 1,100 years of fascinating architecture and amazing views in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Alton Towers
Theme Park
Alton Towers

Whether you’re after family fun or adrenalin-pumping experiences, there’s something for everyone at Alton Towers Resort!

Cadbury World
Tours and Guides
Uncover a world of chocolate delights at Cadbury World

Discover the amazing world of Cadbury at Cadbury World, a fascinating, fun-packed day out for all the family located on the site of the original Cadbury factory in Bournville.

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Visit one of the only unchanged early 18th century formal Gardens in the UK, Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens. Situated conveniently on the edge of the city, the 10-acre grade II* listed walled garden transports you back to the Dutch and French influenced formal Gardens of the late 17th century. In England, this garden is a very rare survival example of that style.



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