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Rediscover Your Coventry this Christmas [December e-Newsletter]

Published: Friday, 04 December 2020

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After a difficult year, you've probably spent the past few weeks counting down the days until it becomes socially acceptable to do all of the exciting winter activities we all love so much.

Like much of the country, Coventry has new visiting restrictions and guidelines in place, but you can still make the most of your holiday season with our list of the very best Christmas events Coventry has to offer.

Rediscover the city this Christmas with a host of special things to do, from ice skating inside the ruins of our beloved Cathedral, to pantomime performances we can enjoy from home. We have festive Christmas markets, drive-in cinema, great takeaway services from local restaurants and even our twinkling Christmas lights throughout Coventry city centre to help enhance our Christmas shopping experience and lift our festive sprit. There really is something for all!

No matter what you're doing to celebrate this December, we hope you have a wonderful time. Please stay and safe and if you'd like to know more about local restrictions, please visit the Coventry City Council website. Thank you for your continued support in 2020. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, our UK City of Culture year! 

Coventry Glides into Christmas

Coventry GlidesAn iconic Coventry landmark is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland for the first time, creating one of the most spectacular festive ice-skating rinks in the UK.

The magical new ice rink will see people in Coventry come together safely and have some winter fun when ‘Coventry Glides' is launched at the Coventry Cathedral Ruins from 4 December to 10 January.

A number of Covid safety measures will be put in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun, including timed slots for skaters, reduced skater capacity, mandatory facemasks for all skaters – except for those who are exempt – and cleaning in between skating session.

To book your tickets, please see the City of Culture website

Carols by Candlelight at Coventry Cathedral

Carols by Candlelight

This December, Coventry Cathedral will be filled with Christmas spirit, allowing visitors to enjoy the view of the picturesque Church while they listen to traditional carols.

Carols by Candlelight will take place on December 13 at 4pm and 6.30pm and on 19 December at 12.30pm 4pm and 6.30pm.

Entry is free and can be booked online, as well as a small number of paper tickets will be available from the Welcome Desk at the West Screen.

Bring pantomime home this Christmas

Jack Panto

Celebrate Christmas with Jack and the Beanstalk Online, a very special festive screening to watch at home or at the Belgrade.

Filmed following the latest government guidelines on social distancing, Jack and the Beanstalk Online is full to brim with slapstick silliness, crazy costumes and lots of magical make-believe.

There are two different ways you can experience this unmissable Christmas treat:

- Watch on selected dates at the Belgrade Theatre, from £11 for adults and £6 for children.

- Watch at home from 1 – 31 Dec, from just £16. If you book to watch at home.

For more information or to book tickets for this screening, please visit the Belgrade website.

Festive fun with FarGo Village

FarGo Village

Join FarGo Village for a weekend of Christmas shopping with a fiercely independent twist.

There's nothing better to get you in the festive mood than a Christmas Market. The FarGo Village Christmas Makers Market Online is back and ready to fill your Christmas with lovingly handmade crafts.

Due to popular demand, the market will take place over two weekends (5 - 6 and 12 - 13 December), giving you more time to shop and get that perfect gift for someone special. The market will feature over 40 fabulous makers and designers to bring you some Christmas spirit and sprinkle a little festive joy. This event is perfect for those of you who can't fit those Christmas shopping trips into their busy schedules!

Get your Coventry 2021 calendar

Coventry Cathedral

Earlier this year, Visit Coventry called out to local photography enthusiasts for their help in curating a brand-new city calendar for our 2021 year.

Hundreds of entries were submitted to the competition in September, making the shortlisting extremely difficult for the judges! With help from supporting partners and even members of the public, the team were finally able to choose the winning 13 images that come together in this new calendar as a wonderful celebration of our city.

To get your hands on your own copy of this Coventry calendar, it couldn’t be easier! Head over to to order yours now. The calendars are printed in extremely limited numbers so be sure to get in early before they’re all gone.

Priced at £6.99 (+P&P), the calendar is a wonderful treat for yourself to help plan your year ahead, or the perfect Christmas present for any Coventry fan!

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