Well everyone, we’re yet again approaching that magical, mystical, mesmerising time of the year: Christmas is coming! Soon, Wolverhampton will be lit up with festive celebration and holiday joy, and as the big day gets closer and closer, there are all manner of fun activities to take part in and amazing places to visit. So, without further ado, here is everything going on in the next few months to get you in the Christmas mood.
What is one of the first things you think of when someone says ‘Christmas’? Well, if it’s those glowing, sparkly lights that illuminate and brighten our streets, bringing us all that festive joy we crave throughout the year, then you’re in luck! The ceremonial switching on of the Wolverhampton City Centre Christmas Lights will take place this Sunday, the 20th of November, at 6:00pm, with a whole range of activities going on from 3:00pm! Hosted by the Dicky Dodd Roadshow, and with some amazing special guests and performers, this is sure to be the perfect afternoon to get you into the holiday spirit. The itinerary is as follows:
3:30pm – 3:50pm: Paw Patrol. Join rider and the pups for some fun and entertainment.
4:00pm – 4:20pm: Chris Westwood
4:30pm – 4:35pm: Gregary Burnsen-Hicks
4:40pm – 5:00pm: Marquis Drive
5:10pm – 5:15pm: Hit the Dhol
5:30pm – 6:00pm: EAST 17
6:00pm: Christmas Lights Switch On
Who doesn’t love a Christmas Market? The smell of mulled wine, the jingle of Christmas music, the bright lights… Well, from Friday the 16th of December at 10:00am to Thursday the 22nd December at 17:00, at the City of Wolverhampton Market on Cleveland Street, the Wolverhampton Christmas Market will be open for all! With a huge range of market stalls, selling chocolate, cheese, ale, biscuits, chutney, ceramics, handmade cards, stained glass lanterns, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, churros, all manner of gifts and stocking fillers, and much, much more, there is no shortage of food to gorge on, goodies to buy, and fun to be had.
What Christmas is complete without a Santa’s Grotto? If you want to go and see Santa Claus (not the real one I’m afraid, he was busy…) and his elves, he will be in the Mander Centre, in the lower mall, near to the Victoria Street exit. A perfect family Christmas day out that’s great for kids, make sure you get down there to meet the big guy himself.
Throughout December, in Queen Square, there will be a faux ice rink for you to skate on, completely free of charge! So, whether you’re a regular Torvill or Dean, or just a novice, you know where to go to skate your way into the festive mood!