Countdown to Christmas


You are warmly invited to join the many free events taking place on campus in the Countdown to Christmas.

There's plenty going on at the University for all staff to enjoy. Highlights include:

It’s Christmas at the Barber’s shop! 

The Barber’s almost as renowned for its Christmas shop offer as for its internationally significant art collection, and always stocks a fantastic range of greetings cards, wrapping paper and decorations. 

This year’s festive range is now available – and at crazy sale prices for multi-packs of cards, rolls of paper, baubles and other items.

Also with prices slashed are a range of wonderful catalogues from exhibitions over the last few 15 years or so, covering shows such as ‘The Parrot in Art’, 'In Front of Nature: Thomas Fearnley’s Landscapes’ and ‘Truly Bright and Memorable: Jan de Beer’s Renaissance Altarpieces’ to name but a few.

Sale prices last until Christmas.


Tuesday 28 November and Thursday 30 November  

Festive Swap Shops for staff only 

Main Library, midday 

Do you have a Christmas jumper, tie, headband, hat or t-shirt that you can swap or donate this year? For a more sustainable campus Christmas jumper day, we’ll be accepting any donations but also holding two swap shops for staff for all your festive wear. Either come along to a swap or leave donations ahead of time at the reception desk of Main Library.

Wednesday 29 November

Christian Union's Carol Service 

Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, 5pm to 7:30pm 

Kick off your Christmas in the best way by joining the Christian Union for a free carol concert. Enjoy jazz carols, a brilliant choir, free mince pies, stunning solo performances along with a reflective Christmas message. All are welcome! 

Thursday 30 November 

Christmas Marquee with Santa 

By the Law Building, 11am to 5pm

Explore a variety of Christmassy stalls, including from the University Graduate School (UGS), the Barber Institute and the Birmingham International Academy (BIA). Enjoy some crafts, take a selfie in our photobooth and even visit our very own Santa's Grotto before it closes at 4.30pm. 

Christmas Light Switch-On Event 

Bramall Music Building, 5pm

Chancellor's Court will come alight as our annual Christmas Light Switch-On event returns for 2023. Join in on the festive fun as we make our campus shine with magical spirit this Christmas. 

Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December 

Christmas Carousel

University Square, 11am to 6pm

There’s more Christmas magic on campus with our traditional carousel, which all students and staff are welcome to take a free ride on.

Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December  

Christmas Carousel 

University Square, 11am to 6pm

If you missed it the first time round, staff and students have another chance to hop on the traditional carousel, which will be back for a final week during the December Degree Congregations.

Thursday 7 December 

Christmas Jumper Day 

It’s time to dig your festive fun wear out of the wardrobe for Christmas Jumper Day 2023, in support of Save the Children. You can check with your manager in advance to find out if your department is taking part and help to raise funds for kids in the UK and around the world.

Monday 11 December 

University’s Annual Carol Concert 

Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, 6pm

Come and join us at the annual University Carol Service concert. Led by the University's Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, this event is sure to get you in the festive spirit with plenty of traditional Christmas songs, hymns, and music. No need to book, just show up! 


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