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Black Country Christmas events to get you in the festive mood early

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Dan Shaw

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HERE'S a round-up of some of the Christmas events across the Black Country over the coming week.

Join Ian Casey at the Manor House Museum, West Bromwich, on Friday, December 6, at 7pm, for A Christmas Carol. Ian will lead a traditional mixture of Christmas music and readings, with festive songs old and new and readings from Shakespeare and Dickens. Tickets £6. Call 0121 588 2985.

Then, on Saturday, December 7, the Manor House Museum hosts a Salvation Army Concert. Tickets are £4 and advanced booking is essential for the mix of well-known carols and sing-along favourites.

All Saints Church, Streetly, hosts a three-day Christmas Tree Festival, December 6-8. Walsall Borough Council will host a reception with the Mayor of Walsall on the evening of Friday, December 6 in the church, with entertainment by local musicians and singers. There will be a competition for the best decorated tree, which visitors will vote for. There is no entrance fee but donations will be encouraged with part of the proceeds of the festival supporting the Children's Society.

Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton, has its Victorian Christmas with period games, carols, tombola and Victorian style craft stalls, punch and mince pies. Entry is free and the event runs from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, December 6.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery holds a free Black Country Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 4pm, with local stall holders and Christmas craft activities for all the family.

There is a Christmas Wreaths Children's Drop-In session at Walsall Museum, Lichfield Street, on Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 1pm. Participation is 75p per child to have a go at making a Christmas wreath to take home.

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto at the Oak House Museum, West Bromwich, on Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 3pm (£2 per child). There will also be crafts stalls selling traditional and novelty gifts.

Then, on Sunday, December 8, the Oak House Museum hosts a Festive Family Fun Day with a Christmas trail around the historic house, a festive music workshop and Christmas crafts for children, and a snow machine will give that magical festive touch.

The annual Santa on the Run event in aid of Acorns Children Hospice takes place at Walsall Arboretum on Sunday, December 8.

Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and includes your Santa suit.

The 5km Santa Run is at 11am and the 2km Santa Stroll is at noon.

Children can Hunt for Santa at the Manor House Museum, West Bromwich, on Sunday, December 8, starting at 1pm (Children £10, accompanying adults £3).

Santa is having a bit of fun this year and has set a hunt to find him. Find the clues and meet some characters until you hopefully meet Santa himself and receive a gift.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery is the venue for a traditional Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8. Performances are at 10.30am and 2.30pm and tickets are £7 adults and £6 children.

Places are limited so book your seats in advance on 0121 556 0683.

Haden Hill House Museum, Cradley Heath, hosts a free Family Fun Day on Sunday, December 8. There's a Wizard of Oz theme to the day, with music, children's entertainment, crafts, face painting and snow!Warstones Library has a free under fives' Christmas stories session from 2.30pm on Tuesday, December 10.

Warley Male choir return for a third Christmas concert at the Manor House Museum on Wednesday, December 11. This event is always popular so it is advised to book tickets (£6) in advance.

The Wolverhampton University Carol Service is at the Collegiate Church of St Peter on Wednesday, December 11, starting at 3.15pm.

Enjoy a fish and chip supper and take part in the Christmas Quiz at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday, December 12, starting at 7pm.

Spaces are limited so call the museum on 0121 556 0683 to book your team of up to six people.

Tickets are £4 for adults and £3 for children.

The Oak House Museum, West Bromwich, is the setting for a Carols by Candlelight service on Thursday, December 12, from 6.30pm.

The Salvation Army Band provides the music and admission is £5, including a drink on arrival and a mince pie.

Places must be booked by calling 0121 553 0759.

The West Midlands Salvation Army Brass Band gives a Christmas Show at Darlaston Town Hall on Thursday, December 12. Admission is £3 and the doors open at 1pm for the 1.30pm start.

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