First things first: I immensely dislike Christmas and everything it’s come to stand for… except for Chocolate Oranges in my stocking on Christmas Day. Mmm. However, I’m more than willing to promote events based around this season, because no doubt there’s far more people who aren’t grouchy old grumpies who actually enjoy these events! So, here’s a quick summary of what’s going on this Christmas (well, November) in Brum:
The Birmingham Christmas Lights Switch-On concert is being held from 3pm-7pm in front of Millennium Point on the 10th of November. If you’re wondering where Millennium Point is, it’s the building housing the IMAX cinema just down past the Masshouse building (basically, stand with your back to Selfridges, walk down the long straight Queensway and then bear right slightly, walking down the hill, you’ll get there in five minutes. Billed acts include McFly, Leona Lewis, Scouting For Girls and Sugababes get to turn the lights on on at 7:30pm. Wouldn’t want to miss that. The MAXMIX Diwali Celebrations take place on the 11th of November, and are again in front of Millennium Point from 3-7pm.
Here’s the best bit: the stuff-of-legend Pantomime Horse Race! The Panto Horse Grand National is always the talk of the town and draws some sizeable crowds if the weather’s not crap! It also helps raise some money for Children In Need, so it’s for a very worthwhile cause. There’s usually some foam too, so if you’re going either as a participant or a spectator, prepare to get messy. 🙂
This year, the race is taking place on the 16th of November, from 6:30pm-10pm (and although I’d guess the route is still via Colmore Row, finishing just over from the Town Hall, the official listing is “Broad Street / Centenary Square”). There’s also a very pretty-looking Broad Street Canal Boat Light Parade being held on the 9th of December along the canal running from the NIA to The Mailbox (from 5:30pm to 6:15pm). I might head along to that to take some snaps. I know it’s short notice, but I only just found out myself!
So, weather permitting, use these events as an excuse to get out the house and enjoy some pre-December Christmas niceties, courtesy of various local businesses and your City Council. And don’t forget to say thankyou afterwards. 😉