Christmas in Solihull

The countdown to Christmas in Solihull has begun, stores are filling with AW16 clothing, stocking fillers, warm drinks and decorations.

Solihull provides you with everything you need at this time of year and accessibility makes it the stress free choice. Solihull is a prime shopping location with favourite brands such as John Lewis and House of Fraser, unique independent boutiques on the exclusive Drury Arcade and a diverse collection of bars, restaurants and cute cafes, along with lots of exciting things to see and do in the town centre.

With everything you need at Christmas time, look no further than Solihull...

Christmas Markets

Christmas would not be the same without a visit to a Christmas market with hot dogs, mulled wine, handmade jewellery, luxury gifts, Christmas decorations and much more. Solihull's Christmas market showcases unique wooden Christmas chalets spreading the festive spirit.

The Christmas markets will be in Mell Square and Mill Lane from November 26th - December 21st 2016

The opening times of the markets are as follows:

* Monday - Wednesday: 10.00am - 5.30pm

* Thursday: 10.00am - 6.30pm

* Friday & Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm

* Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Merry Monk Bar

This is the place to go to enjoy beer and mulled wine whilst shopping at the Solihull Christmas Market. It's the ideal place to celebrate once all your Christmas shopping is done!

The Merry Monk Bar will be open from 26th November - 21st December.

Nutcracker Christmas Trail

We know how much children love Christmas, and we love making Christmas that bit more exciting for them.

This year we have 10 Christmas statues to find hidden around Solihull town centre, pick up a Nutcracker trail programme, discover the hidden gems and find their names.

Once completed all you have to do is post your answer sheet into the post-box which can be found by The Merry Monk Bar in Mell Square. Two lucky people will get the chance to win an iPad Mini!

Trail Booklets can be collect from 26th November and you can collect them from:

Caffe Nero in Mell Square // The Merry Monk Bar in Mell Square // Café Isabella // The Core Library // Holiday Inn // Ramada // Joules // Waterstones // Touchwood information desk // Fabulous // West Midlands Travel Shop

Solihull Express Christmas Train

This year we are enhancing the experience of Christmas with our festive train. Jump aboard the Solihull Express Train to travel in style around the town centre. It is great fun for children and families, giving you the chance to see everything. 

The Solihull Express will run from Mell Square to the High Street, through Mill Lane and then back to Mell Square.

It will cost £1 per ride (FREE for under 2's)


The Solihull Express will be running from Saturday 26th November - Sunday 18th December (Saturday & Sunday ONLY) and Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th December 2016

Santa's Grotto

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule and will be arriving in Touchwood with his trusted team of elves on November 19th at 12pm to greet Solihull's younger residents and get everyone in the Christmas spirit. What's more, the man himself will be taking up residence in his enchanting grotto until Saturday 24th December, to give the region's good boys and girls the chance to say hello and receive an early Christmas gift.

Touchwood’s iconic polar bear Presley will also be making a return, complete with frost and plenty of sparkle, to offer the perfect setting for a festive family photo. What’s more, the cuddly bear will be joined by a special animatronic friend on November 19th and December 10th, who is sure to create a magical and memorable Christmas experience for all when he interacts with guests.

Touchwood will also be offering a host of fun festive activities throughout December to help spread the Christmas cheer, including appearances by a captivating magician. Younger guests will even be given the opportunity to write and decorate a letter to Santa with the help of his trusty elves and post it straight to the North Pole in a special letter box.

WIN Christmas with Mell Square

Enter Mell Square's competition for your chance to win a £1,000 gift card to spend at a range of our shops, cafes & restaurants.
Their team will be in Mell Square every weekend in December and Monday to Wednesday Christmas week so go down and see them for your chance to win.

5 runners up will also receive a Christmas Hamper filled with goodies from a range of our shops, cafes & restaurants – worth £250 each!

Winners will be announced on Facebook on Friday 23rd December

Plus, there will also be lots of surprise giveaways on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages throughout December so make sure you follow, like and share!

Christmas at The Core

** Dick Whittington traditional family pantomime **

Running from 9th - 31st December 2016. Action, adventure, secrets, songs, dancing, trickery, romance,  swash-buckling sailors and rogue-ish rats aplenty in this sparkling pantomime show at the newly refurbished and renamed Core Theatre Solihull (formerly Solihull Arts Complex).

** Breakfast with Santa in Encore! **

Join us for a festive breakfast with Santa and enjoy a fun children's craft activity on Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 December in our Encore cafe, for just £10 per person.
Perfect for young families and audiences attending either Dick Whittington or The Sorcerer's Apprentice shows being performed in The Core Theatre.

Ticket price includes: 
- Christmas craft activity for every child
- Decorate a gingerbread biscuit activity
- Christmas themed party table
- Full English breakfast for adults, and a mini cooked breakfast for children
- Unlimited tea/coffee for adults, and a juice carton for children

Followed by…

- Mince pies for adults
- Mini waffles, pancakes and strawberry with chocolate dip for children
During the breakfast, children will also get a chance to meet Santa, who is taking time out of his very busy day to pop in and give the children a small gift!

** The Sorcerer's Apprentice **

Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th December

A brand new adaptation of a timeless tale, especially for little sorcerers aged 3 - 7 and their grown-ups!

This delightful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. There's also an enchanting toy shop setting filled with all sorts of magical and festive surprises!

Little people aged 3 - 7 will love this funny, heart-warming tale but people will have lots of fun too. The perfect treat for Christmas.


Join the Conversation

#WinChristmas with Mell Square! Follow the link to see how you could be in with a chance to #WIN a £1,000 Gift Card… PM Dec 6th
Enjoy a tasty festive breakfast with Santa at Encore Café in the @coretheatresol this December! PM Dec 6th
Think you know where these festive statues are hiding around #Solihull? Pick up your Trail Booklet & get searching!… PM Dec 6th