Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Birmingham’s Online Advent Calender

December 3, 2007

Birmingham: It’s not sh*t have started their online advent calender with a new festive picture every day. So far we have had freaky santa:

Slightly freaky santa

Christmas St Martins:

Christmas St Martins

and a third, which to keep the suprise is available on their advent calender home page here.


Festival of Christmas Trees

November 29, 2007

This weekend will see Hazelwood Church in Kings Heath in a festive frenzy, stuffing their congregation full of decorated Christmas trees. Members of the public will be able to see the ‘Festival of Christmas’ on the afternoons and evenings of Friday December 1, Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3.

Over 45 trees will be contributed by local organisations and decorated with items representing their business. With a dentists and a chiropodists amongst the providers, some unorthadox tree decorations can be expected.

The aptly named Canon Priestley, Vicar of Hazelwood Church said: “We want to make this a friendly occasion when church and community come together to create a magical event and so help one another.”

Admission costs £2 for adults with accompanied children going free. All profits will be shared amongst three local charities.

BBC Birmingham’s preview of the festival

Street Ice Returns

November 29, 2007

Just a quick reminder. T-Mobile Street Ice opened its doors today to the delight of skaters in Birmingham.

Buy your tickets here

Or if you fancy finding out if its any good first, stay tuned because we will have a video up very soon.

In the meantime, check out these pictures from the BBC.

Help Save Birmingham’s Christmas!

November 29, 2007

Birmingham’s festive celebrations are in danger of falling flat with a lack of volunteers to bring Christmas cheer to the city. Throughout the region, cries for help are being issued to ensure Xmas 2007 is a success.

Carollers are needed to get in tune and ensure that shoppers at the Bull Ring Markets don’t have to endure a silent night in front of the recently installed 40 foot Christmas tree. Bosses at the markets have launched an urgent appeal for singers to bring festive cheer to the city centre attraction.

Head of Markets Matt Kelly said: “We are really shocked we can’t find find people to come and sing for us. It’s such a shame – the Christmas tree looks absolutely fantastic with it’s lights.

“We are calling on anyone who would like to come and sing us a few carols to get in touch. It’s vital that we keep traditions like carol singing in Birmingham going.”

Meanwhile, things are getting worse in Tipton where Santa himself needs help getting going with a good old-fashioned towing. Volunteer drivers are needed to pull his sleigh in the Black Country for the annual sleigh tour. In the past, the tour has fallen victim to stone-throwers but will, this year, steer clear of trouble spots.

Barry Whitehouse, president of the Tipton Community Association, said: “We are in urgent need for volunteer drivers who could help us by towing Santa’s sleigh around the various routes. The costs for fuel can be covered.”

To help out call Karen Simms on 07870 497104 or email

So come on people of Birmingham. Help save Christmas!

Birmingham Mail appeal for carol singers

Street Ice Tickets On Sale

November 18, 2007

T-Mobile Street Ice

T-Mobile Street Ice, the largest temporary outdoor ice rink in the UK, is coming back to Birminghama and tickets are on sale now. Open from November 29 right through the xmas period until January 13, the rink will return to Centenary Square alongside food stalls and bars from the neighbouring Frankfurt Christmas Market.

This year, skaters are able to text in song requests with the ‘Text DJ’ feature, which sounds like a recipe for an endless stream of terrible music chosen by screaming teenage girls. Oh well. Another unfortunate new feature, well for me anyway, is that every skater will be photographed ‘dancing’ on the ice and given a free print to take home. As if I don’t own enough embaressing photos of me breakdancing.

Tickets can be bought from Visit Birmingham and cost between five and seven pounds. The rink is open from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

Will we be seeing you on the Ice this year? Leave us a comment and we might even come and film you.

Frankfurt Market Opens

November 16, 2007

Neil Timms and Todd Nash take a look at the opening day of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. A brief 3 minute video containing interviews, beer tasting and thrill rides.

Sugababes Push the Xmas lights Button

November 14, 2007

 Girl band The Sugababes lit up Birmingham in more ways than one with a sensational performance on stage before turning on the festive lights in front of an estimated audience of over 40,000 people.

Millennium Point was truly the place to be last Saturday, with performances from a number of artists, including McFly, Leona Lewis and, of course, The Sugababes, as well as fairground rides, a spectacular firework show and food stalls.

Heather Peebles, a Media student at Birmingham City University, said: “The fireworks were amazing, even better than what we saw at the Alexander Stadium on Bonfire Night.

I don’t particularly like The Sugababes but they put on an amazing show. Scouting for Girls were a bit of a let down though as their sound failed and they struggled through their three songs.

Then we all had to stand around for ages waiting for the show to start again, but the fireworks afterwards more than made up for it.”

The five-hour concert, which was completely free, provided the perfect build up to the big switch on, which saw the girl band turn on the city’s Christmas lights.

Emma Briody, posting on the BRMB website, said: “I took my kids and we all really enjoyed it.

Their favourite was the Sugababes and they were crying to be picked up to see them on the screen, although not as much as they did to see Elliott and Caroline!!

The fireworks were the best I have ever seen!”

The spectacular firework display lights up the sky. Thanks to Lee O’Connor for the video.


BRMB pictures from the event

psbellamy’s Xmas light photo album on Flickr

BBC Birmingham’s photos from the event