Countdown to Christmas at MAC

Sat 2 December 2017

This Christmas, MAC has a host of activity to enjoy during the festive season. Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmastakes centre stage with a heart-warming production full of live music, songs and playful puppetry for young visitors and those young at heart, alongside seasonal comedy, markets, music and film screenings.

With over 60 stalls, over two floors, MAC’s Christmas Arts Markets (2, 3, 9 and 10 Dec) showcase the best in designer maker gift items, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy unique hand-made items including jewellery, stationery, pottery, painting, prints and textiles. Foodies can also enjoy a festive treat, with artisan food producers offering the best in preserves, sauces, cakes, pies and beverages, alongside vegan and vegetarian fare as part of MAC’s Festive Food Market on 17th December.

Comedy fans will be pleased to see the return of Barbara Nice’s annual Christmas Cracker – enjoy silly games, belly laughs, dancing in the aisles and the obligatory Christmas raffle with Kings Heath’s celebrity house wife and folk fans will relish an evening of seasonal song, from folk heavyweights the Albion Band, led by their founding member Ashley Hutchings.

Opera buffs can enjoy a live screening performance of The Nutcracker, from the Royal Opera House (10 Dec), which ranks as one of the most enchanting versions of the piece, with its festive period setting, and Tchaikovsky’s most recognisable ballet scores.

The season ends with the long-awaited Paddington sequel (22 to 31 Dec), and in homage to the Peruvian star, a jam sandwich treat is available for those looking for an authentic experience. Bring your bears!

To see the Christmas line-up in full, which also includes themed arts and craft workshops for children visit

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