Winter Wishes #ExploreCoventry

Whatever event you wish for this festive season, there is something for you in Coventry.

Organisations across Coventry have joined forces to bring ‘Winter Wishes’ to the city – a campaign that shines a light on more than 200 events and activities taking place in Coventry during the festive season.

The programme kicks off with the Christmas Lights switch-on taking place 5.30-8.00pm on November 17. The evening begins with a magical musical drumming parade with the amazing Spark! drummers taking the audience on a promenade through Broadgate and the new landscaping of the city centre, following on with a series of “Coventry Stars” performances on the stage, a firework finale to mark the big switch on and topped off with DJ Santa. This event also kickstarts the city centre’s free parking for late night shoppers every Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm right up to December 22.*

The website – www.VisitCoventry.co.uk/Christmas features all of the events taking place up to January 1.

Highlights include the return of Coventry Glides – a stunning ice rink that will transform Coventry Cathedral Ruins into a ‘winter wonderland’. It is suitable for anyone over the age of five and open seven days a week, with prices starting from £5. Luminate Coombe, a mesmerising mile-long trail of lights and music is also being hosted in the historic Coombe Abbey grounds.

Taking up residence in Broadgate under a canopy of star-themed lights will be an array of Christmas cabins, the cabins will offer mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive food, as well as fire pits to toast marshmallows.

The Belgrade Theatre’s live pantomime show is also back with a production of the hugely-popular Beauty & The Beast and Coventry Cathedral will present a special screening of The Snowman accompanied by a live orchestra.

This year, there will be two sleigh rides in the city as the traditional Christmas sleigh ride experience returns to Coventry Transport Museum and West Orchards hosts a 4D virtual reality sleigh experience on the third floor of the city centre shopping centre.

FarGo Village’s Christmas Makers Markets are also returning across two weekends in December offering a range of gifts by local independent artists and makers on December 4/5 and December 11/12.

Art lovers can also visit the world-renowned Turner Prize exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum – the first time the show has taken place in the Midlands.

Further to that, the Winter Wishes campaign also highlights community events taking place across the city over the festive season.