13 things to do in Birmingham in December

Compiled by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour

13 things to do in Birmingham in December

December is fast approaching and with Christmas still a month away. I’ve got a whole calendar of chocolate to eat before the big day! Here’s 13 things to do in December in Birmingham:

BBC Good Food Winter (29th November-2nd December)

The NEC, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

People come from all over the UK and even beyond to tempt you with food and drink from all over the world. Personally, I could just spend the entire day just eating cheese and sampling all the drinks but there’s loads to explore. Look out for top Birmingham chef’s Glynn Purnell or Brad Carter and Brummie based business including Tan Rosie and Langley’s Gin.

BBC Good Food Show Winter
BBC Good Food Show Winter

Book your place here: https://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/birmingham-winter

The Nutcracker (23rd November-13th December)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

Now an annual tradition from Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker is a real treat for any fan of ballet or a great introduction for anyone looking for their first taste of the magic of this stunning show.

Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-nutcracker-2018

The Wizard Of Oz (24th November-13th January)

Birmingham Rep, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP

Dorothy seems pretty dangerous when it comes to moving house and dealing with inclement weather. She’s also on a mission to get home. Birmingham Rep promises a visit to Oz like no other.

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz

Book tickets here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/the-wizard-of-oz

Dragged back to my Roots (1st-14th December)

Digbeth Arts Space, Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT

As an international drag artist, Dusty O went off to that London leaving behind a very different Birmingham to the city we know today. After hanging up the wigs, makeup, heels and dresses. Dusty O became a full fledged artist and this is his first exhibition in Birmingham. Check out this two week exhibition at Digbeth Arts Space.

Check out this two week exhibition at Digbeth Arts Space. digbethartsmarket.com/single-post/2018/11/04/Dragged-Back-To-My-Roots-A-Two-Week-Exhibition-by-Dusty-O

Ex Cathedra – Christmas by Candlelight (1st-22nd December)

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1QZ

Ex Cathedra has been an associate artist of THSH Birmingham for over ten years and this year’s season brings Christmas by Candlelight to St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter during December.

Ex Cathedra

See the season here: thsh.co.uk/whats-on/season/ex-cathedra-2018-19-season

Santa’s Grotto (1st-23rd December – Weekends Only)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

Complete your visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with a visit to Santa’s Grotto. Weekend slots available only and the Museum suggest pre-booking your visit.

Santa at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Santa at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

See Santa here: birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/santa-s-grotto-5dc9d147-18db-4806-893b-0d7012077706

Benidorm Live (3rd-29th December)

The Alexandra, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS

After ten series of Benidorm on ITV six of the best (or should that be least behaved) of the actors are bursting into Birmingham bringing sunshine and the type of jokes to make you blush.

Join Mateo (Jake CanusoJacqueline (Janine Duvitski), Liam (Adam Gillen), Joyce Temple-Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Sam (Shelley Longworth), Kenneth (Tony Maudsley) with Asa Elliott as Himself and Benidorm creator and writer Derren Litten as Derek for two hours of fun.

Get some sunshine: atgtickets.com/shows/benidorm/alexandra-theatre-birmingham

Christmas Comedy Specials at the Glee (5th-22nd December)

The Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD

From a Hog Roast Burger to Slow cooked Beef Brisket there’s Christmas food to be had before special Christmas comedy shows throughout December. Find out more about the great comics on the line up via the Glee website and treat someone to a night of laughter.

The Glee Club Birmingham
The Glee Club Birmingham

Book tickets here: glee.co.uk/christmas/birmingham/

The Sitcom Experience: Del Boy and Rodney (6th-15th December)

Birmingham Rep, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP

Presented by Laughlines Comedy Entertainment, the Del Boy and Rodney will appear to be brought to life right before your eyes, inspired by Only Fools and Horses all served with a three-course meal! Be quick booking as some nights are already sold out! Lovely jubbly!

Get your fill of the fools here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/the-sitcom-experience-del-boy-and-rodney

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play (6th-24th December)

The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham B2 5NY

From The Old Joint Stock website:  “It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WMAQ Studio A for a live radio broadcast, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances.”

It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

Book your tickets here: oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/its-a-wonderful-life

Barbara Nice’s Christmas Cracker (15th-16th December)

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH

When she’s not looking after her home in King’s Heath, Barbara Nice is out making everyone happy around Birmingham. Join Mrs Nice for her Christmas cracker which is sure to put a huge smile on even the biggest humbugs faces.


Grimms Faery Tales (15nd-30th December)

Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham B18 6AD

Three tales from the Brothers Grimm featuring Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. The Blue Orange website says these stories are:”Filled with humour and intrigue these tales are suitable for children and adults alike.”

Grimms Faery Tales
Grimms Faery Tales

Book tickets here: blueorangetheatre.co.uk/project/gimms-faery-tales-22nd-30th-december

Elf (20th-24th December)

Genting Arena (Resorts World Arena), Perimeter Rd, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Starring David Essex as Buddy the Elf’s father, Martine McCutcheon as Buddy’s girlfriend, Jovie and comedy actor Tam Ryan as Buddy.

Via the Genting Arena website: “ELF, the hit West End and Broadway musical based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie, is to be supersized into a Christmas spectacular this December.”


Book tickets here: gentingarena.co.uk/whats-on/elf-a-christmas-spectacular

This isn’t a sponsored post.

This isn’t a sponsored post. The events on this list are made up from those who follow, network and share with #BrumHour directly. To be considered for a future list please contact dave@brumhour.com