CHRISTMAS in Solihull will be a month-long succession of celebrations kicking off with the opening of the German Market and the town centre lights switch-on.
The Solihull Town Centre Partnership has joined forces with the Places Directorate at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, to create a bigger and better festive season for shoppers and visitors.
The curtain goes up on the festivities on Saturday November 28 when live music and street entertainment will accompany the opening of the German Market in Mell Square as well as the lights switch-on at 5.30pm.
The stalls at the German Market in Mell Square, which will be open each day until December 23, will include traditional toys, food, decorations and Christmas delicacies as well as a typical German bar and much more.
The Christmas lights have been saved again this year – thanks to three benefactors.
John Lewis, Mell Square and the NEC have stepped in to sponsor the lights and make sure they light up the festivities every day. Andy Cole, vice-chair of the Solihull Town Centre Partnership, and general manager of the Ramada Hotel, said: “Our thanks go out to the three sponsors of the lights.”
There are Christmas activities every day of the month-long fun for mums, dads and children in Mell Square, Touchwood and John Lewis.
Andy said: “It is fantastic for the town that we have managed to secure the German Market. The council, retailers and leisure outlets are determined to make Solihull town centre the place to be this Christmas and we can’t wait for everyone to enjoy the experience”.
Paul Round, centre manager of Mell Square, said: “The market will trade throughout the day and as late as 8pm some evenings.”