Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Planning - What to do in Birmingham

Christmas is exactly a month away today. I can't help feeling excited this year. I still have all my family at home and my littlies are still small enough to believe in the magic of Father Christmas. It's been six years now since my mum passed away on Christmas Day, I will still be sad about that and I will still remember her as I do every year with flowers and candles, but this is the first time I feel calm about the whole period. So let the festivities begin.

So what are we going to be doing around Birmingham this Christmas? First up it will be some ice skating at the rink on Centenary Square. It opened on November 15th and will be there until January 4th. We plan to go this weekend. Unfortunately Star won't be able to skate but there will be fun things for her to do around the German Christmas Markets.

We go to the German Christmas Market every year, often several times and they never fail to get us into the Christmas Spirit. If you search you can even find stalls making hand crafted goods rather than the commercialised ones found on most stalls.

I never leave without my Schokokuss or chocolate kisses...yum yum

We've not yet taken the littlies to a pantomine yet but we do like to visit the theatre at Christmas time and this year we are going to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Birmingham Town Hall. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, the stageshow runs from 23rd December until 14th January with a relaxed performance on 11th January for those with learning difficulties or sensory disorders.

I'll be writing up my review after we've been.

Also at the Town Hall, if you are around with your little ones on Wednesday 17th December there is a free Musical Picnic hosted by jazz singer Sarah Colman. It sounds great and I'll definitely be looking to visit more musical picnics in the new year.

I'm taking the girls for their first concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall on December 20th when we go to see Christmas Classics. I'm sure they will enjoy it, they will be taken away by the music. I'm also looking forward to seeing the marvellous Brian Blessed. Symphony Hall has lots on to celebrate Christmas for all tastes and ages. You can find complete listings on their website and there are many shows with half price tickets for children here.

If you do fancy a Pantomine then Jack and the Beanstalk is on at the Birmingham Hippodrome from
19th December to 1st February, with celebrities Jane McDonald and Duncan James taking lead roles.

Have a Merry Christmas Everyone x

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