Free and Low Cost Christmas Events in the Midlands

Christmas outings really don’t need to be expensive. You and your family can have an amazing time and keep the magic of Christmas alive at free and low-cost events. Local light switch ons and garden centres with their fabulous Christmas displays are great for you and your family to get into the Christmas spirit and, best of all, they are free! So do check out the ones in your local area.


There are also other free and low-cost Christmas events including festive trails and illuminations. Here is a list of my top free and low-cost (under £10pp) Christmas events in the Midlands. For more information, click on the title of each event and it will take you directly to the corresponding website or Facebook page.


Have fun! X



Birmingham & The Black Country


Walking with the Snowman Trail

  • How much? Free

  • When? Wednesday 17th November 2021 to Thursday 6th January 2022.

  • Where? Birmingham City Centre. See map for details (click to enlarge).

Walking with the Snowman Trail Christmas in Birmingham

Echills Wood Railway – Bright Lights for Winter Nights

  • How much? £9 each (under 2s free).

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Saturday 4th December 2021, Saturday 11th December 2021, and Sunday 19th December 2021.

  • Where? Echills Wood Railway, Kingsbury Water Park, Bodymoor Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DY.


Sandwell Valley Illuminations

  • How much? Free

  • When? 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17-23rd, 27th-31st December then 1st and 2nd January. (4pm-8pm).

  • Where? Sandwell Valley Country Park, Salter's Lane, West Bromwich, B71 4BG.

Sandwell Valley Illuminations West Bromwich

Festive Evenings at the Valley

  • How much? £8 per adult (12 years and over), £5 per child (2-11 years), under 2s free.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 18th and 19th of December 2021, 6pm - 9pm.

  • Where? Sandwell Park Farm in Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich, B71 4BG.

Festive Evenings at the Valley


Forge Mill - Festive Farm

  • How much? £3.50 per adult, £5.50 per child (2-14 years), under 2s free. Family adult (2 adults and up to 3 children) £17.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 27th and 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 17th - 22nd December 2021.

  • Where? Forge Mill Farm, Forge Lane, West Bromwich, B71 3SZ.

Festive Farm at Forge Mill


Sedgley Adventure Centre - Woodland Christmas Special

  • How much? £8 per child and £2 per adult. Babies under 1 are free with a paying child. Spaces fill fast.

  • When? December 21st and 22nd 1:30-2:45pm.

  • Where? Sedgley Adventure Centre (within premises of the Mark Butler Golf Academy), Sandyfields Road, Sedgley, Dudley, DY3 3LA.

Sedgley Adventure Centre - Woodland Christmas Special

Himley Christmas Festival

  • How much? Weekdays Monday to Thursday £12.50 per car, Weekends Friday to Sunday £16.50 per car. Walk in £5 per adult, £3 per child, or £12.50 per family (2 adults and 3 children). Walk ins do not include parking. Please make sure to purchase the correct ticket depending on whether you plan to park at Himley Hall or walk to the park. Ticket price includes booking fee and parking (Ice Rink and Funfair have additional charges e.g. Funfair £1 per token, 1 token per ride, and Ice Rink £4 per 25-minute session).

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Friday 26th November 5:00 PM - Sunday 12th December 2021 9:00 PM.

  • Where? Himley Hall, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 4DF.


Himley’s Magical Christmas Portal

  • How much? £10 per child (2-15 years), £5 per adult, under 2s free.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th December 2021 from 4.30pm.

  • Where? Himley Hall, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 4DF.


Candlelight Evening at Oak House Museum

  • How much? £2pp (under 3s free).

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Friday 10th December 2021 from 4pm.

  • Where? Oak House Museum, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ.

Worcestershire


Whitlenge Tearoom and Gardens

  • How much? £5 per adult, £2.50 per child. No pre-booking required.

  • When? Saturday 26th November 2021 to Tuesday 21st December 2021.

  • Where? Whitlenge Gardens, Tearoom and Plant Nursery, Hartlebury, DY10 4HD.

Christmas at Whitlenge Tearoom and Gardens

Bodenham Arboretum Nativity Trail

  • How much? £6.50 per adult, £3.50 per child, under 5s free. Or Family Ticket (2 Adults, 4 Children) £18.00. Pre-booking not required.

  • When? Saturday 27th November 2021 - Sunday 2nd January 2022.

  • Where? Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY11 5TB.

Bodenham Arboretum Christmas Nativity Trail

Arley Arboretum Naughty Elves Trail

  • How much? £6 per adult, £3 per child (Under 3s are free but if you would like a trail sheet, booking a child admission is required).

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Friday 3rd December 2021 to Thursday 23rd December 2021.

  • Where? Arley Arboretum, Lion Lane, Upper Arley, Worcestershire, DY12 1SQ.

Lume Cinema - CBeebies Christmas Show: The Night before Christmas

  • How much? £8 per adult, £5 per child.

  • When? 4th and 5th December 2021 (different screen times available).

  • Where? Lume Cinema, Green Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1JF.


Warwickshire


Santa's Enchanted Light Trail and Festive Outdoor Disco at Wethele Manor

  • How much? £7.50pp or Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children (under 4) £25.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Wednesday 15th December 2021

  • Where? Wethele Manor, Wethele Manor Farm, CV33 9DD.


Luminate Leamington Lantern Parade

  • How much? Free

  • When? Sunday 5th December 2021 at 4.15pm-8pm.

  • Where? Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA.


Severn Trent Naughty Elf Trail at Draycote Water

  • How much? Activity sheets are available to buy for £4 each and each completed sheet gets a selection box. No pre-booking required.

  • When? Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Friday 24th December 2021. 10am to 3pm but will finish at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

  • Where? Draycote Water, Kites Hardwick, Rugby, CV23 8AB.


Staffordshire


Severn Trent Naughty Elf Christmas Trail

  • How much? Activity sheets are available to buy from the visitor centre for £4 each and each completed sheet gets a selection box. No pre-booking required.

  • When? Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Friday 24th December 2021. 10am to 3pm but will finish at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

  • Where? Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SW.


Biddulph Grange – Festive Nights

  • How much? £7 per adult (includes a hot drink), £4 per child. If you would like your child to see Father Christmas it is £13 per child which includes entrance fee ( includes Christmas Cottage and gift).

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of December 2022. The event runs from 4.30pm-8.30pm, time slots are allocated for visits to Father Christmas.

  • Where? National Trust - Biddulph Grange Garden, Grange Road, Biddulph, ST8 7SD.


Shropshire


Winter Wonderland at Coalbrookdale

  • How much? £10 per child (2-16 years). Each ticket includes a gift from Santa and entry for up to 3 accompanying adults. Children under 2 are free and don’t need a ticket, when accompanied by a paying child, but won’t receive a gift from Santa.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 27th and 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11,th 12th, 18th-23rd December 2021. Sessions run every 45 minutes from 10am to 3.45pm.

  • Where? Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DQ.


Nottinghamshire


Totally Magical - Rufford Abbey

  • How much? Choose between the daytime or evening illuminated trail. Daytime - £8.95 pp (Under 2s free). Illuminated Trail - £11.95pp (Under 2s Free) - from 3.00pm.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 27th & 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11th-31st December (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day), then 1st - 3rd January 2022.

  • Daytime or illuminated night-time trails.

  • Where? Totally Magical, Rufford Abbey, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF.


Derbyshire


Garden King Festive Woodland Walk

  • How much? £1 per adult, £2 per child (1-15 years), under 1s £1.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? Every day until 31st December 2022 (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

  • Where? Garden King, Park Road, Newhall, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0TX.


Heritage Wood - A Winter Woodland Walk

  • How much? Adults £9pp, Children £6pp, under 5s free.

  • Click here to book.

  • When? 16th - 21st December, from 4:30pm.

  • Where? Heritage Wood, Hollington Lane, Ednaston, Ashbourne, DE6 3AE.

A Winter Woodland Walk at Heritage Wood

Severn Trent Naughty Elf Trail at Staunton Harold Reservoir

  • How much? Activity sheets are available to buy from the café for £4 each and each completed sheet gets a selection box. No pre-booking required.

  • When? Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Friday 24th December 2021. 10am to 3pm but will finish at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

  • Where? Staunton Harold Reservoir, Calke Road, DE73 8DN.


Severn Trent Naughty Elf Trail at Carsington Water

  • How much? Activity sheets are available to buy from the visitor centre for £4 each and each completed sheet gets a selection box. No pre-booking required.

  • When? Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Friday 24th December 2021. 10am to 3pm but will finish at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

  • Where? Carsington Water, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST.



Other free/ low-cost ideas:

  • Garden centres

  • Christmas fayres

  • Christmas markets

  • Local light switch ons

  • Christmas workshops

  • Local ice skating rinks

  • Pantomimes at local performing arts theatres

  • Breakfast with Santa at local pubs and restaurants

  • Percy Park Keeper Winter Wander Trail at selected National Trusts (Biddulph Grange, Kinver Edge and Rock Houses, etc.)



 
  • This list is not exhaustive.

  • Booking fees and parking charges may apply. Please see individual websites for more information.

  • All information correct at time of posting (24/11/2021).

  • Please make sure to book in advance where required.

 

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