There’s so much going on across Solihull town centre this Christmas so a round-up of local events has been created, including some of the highlights.

 Jingle Bell Jog

Join Solihull BID to spread plenty of festive cheer this December by donning a Santa suit and completing the Jingle Bell Jog to raise money for homeless charity Change Into Action, taking part in, and being sponsored by, Mell Square.

The Jingle Bell Jog, taking place on Sunday 15th December, will see Solihull town centre filled with more than 100 Santas.

Run, walk, dance, jog or jingle your way around our family-friendly 2.5km fun run through Solihull town centre. Don't worry about the training, this festive run is about dressing up and coming together with friends and family.

Registrations are open to both adults and children, every single person who completes the 2.5km course will be given a Santa suit, a special Santa medal and a voucher for a free hot drink and mince pie as well as an exclusive Mell Square reusable branded water bottle.

Alongside having plenty of fun, your entrance fee will be helping to raise vital funds for the Change Into Action charity. Registrations cost £12* for adults and £6* for children under 12, *plus booking fees. Please note that children’s Santa suits start at age 4.

Change into Action is an Alternative Giving Scheme launched earlier this year in Solihull, supporting specialist organisations and outreach services working to change the circumstances of rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming rough sleepers. Working alongside agencies such as the West Midlands Combined Authority, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and West Midlands Police, Solihull BID hopes to make a lasting difference.

The race starts and ends in Mell Square, Solihull. You will be able to register and collect your suit between 8am – 9am. The race will start at 9.15am after a fun warm up, led by one of énergie Fitness’ personal trainers. énergie Fitness is a gym situated on the Warwick Road and is part of Mell Square.

Santa Claus really is coming to town!

When: Sunday, December 15th

Where: Mell Square, Solihull town centre

Cost: £12 for Adults; £6 for Children (4 – 12), plus booking fee

To register visit www.solihullbid.co.uk

Festive Feast

Take a break from that hectic Christmas shopping and enjoy a mulled wine and minced pie at this year’s Solihull Festive Feast.

Organised by Solihull BID and supported by market experts, RR Events, the Festive Feast was a huge hit last year, so the BID is bringing it back again to get the whole of the town in the Christmas spirit.

From Wednesday, December 18th to Sunday, December 22nd, shoppers will be treated to flavours from around the world with a wide range of hot foods to sample and cold items to take home for that Christmas pantry to share with your nearest and dearest.

Look out for a range of roaming entertainment including Ice Man, Betty Balloon, Calvos, Toy Soldier, Alfie the Elf and the much loved Grinchy on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd. Visit www.solihullbid.co.uk for dates and times.

When you think of Christmas, think of Solihull this festive season as the town centre embraces the Festive feel in the run-up to the big day.

When: Wednesday, December 18th to Sunday, December 22nd

Where: Solihull town centre

Celebrate at Touchwood

If you’re dreaming of a magical Christmas, then look no further than Touchwood this festive season, as it is set to unveil a flurry of frosty treats and sparkly surprises!

Santa will be flying into centre on Saturday 16th November to officially launch Christmas, before taking up residence in his enchanting grotto along with his trusted team of elves, ready to shower the region’s lucky boys and girls with early gifts.

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.

The Christmas magic doesn’t end there, as Touchwood has plenty of other icy-themed surprises in store to mark the most wonderful time of the year - and thaw any scrooges! From special guests and frosty fun crafts, there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy. So, keep your eyes peeled for more details coming soon.

Guests can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in Touchwood this Christmas thanks to extended opening hours during December. For a full schedule of events, grotto opening times, or for further information, visit www.touchwoodsolihull.co.uk or telephone 0121 709 6900.

Core Theatre Panto

Christmas isn't complete without a visit to the panto. The Core Theatre has lots of exciting shows happening over the festive season including Santa in Love and Robin Hood, a family favourite pantomime.

Robin Hood comes from the team behind last year's Sleeping Beauty, a brand-new pantomime adventure that targets your funny bone!

This year, travel with them deep into the heart of magical Sherwood Forest, where the men wear the tights and the women wear the trousers. This show is jam packed with daring duels, stunning sets, outrageous costumes and a very merry man in a dress that will set your heart a quiver.

Robin Hood is on from 13th December till 5th January with a relaxed performance on January 2nd. Make sure you get your tickets booked now, I Sher-wood if I were you!

www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk

Gift Donation Station

Not everyone will receive a gift this Christmas, but you have the power to change that. In a partnership with youth homelessness charity, St Basils, Mell Square will be giving you the opportunity to donate unwanted presents as part of its Gift Donation Station.

In particular, organisers are looking for 'starter packs' which help to increase the chances that young people can successfully move on from St Basils. Items in the starter packs help young people moving into new accommodation and include bed linen (must be new), crockery and kitchen utensils, long-life packets or tins of food, toiletries and more.

Any starter packs or gifts will be gratefully received, so simply head to 50 Drury Lane on Saturday 14th December and Saturday 11th January from 10am – 4pm to donate. For more information, visit https://mellsquare-shopping.com

Christmas Carols

Who doesn’t love a Christmas singalong to traditional carols? Solihull’s Renewal family church wants to celebrate the season of goodwill with you and your family.

The Renewal team are bringing carols to Mell Square in Solihull and want to invite you to be part of it. Be there, any time on Saturday, December 14th, from 12-4pm to join in. We’re looking forward to seeing you there – don’t forget to dress up warm!

When: Carols will be starting at 12pm and running until 4pm on Saturday, December 14th.

Where: Mell Square.

Visit https://renewalcc.com/events/carols/ for the latest details.