Our Top Picks for affordable family fun in Coventry for Christmas


Our Top Picks for affordable family fun in Coventry for Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner, and with the snow falling last week we’re starting to feel festive here at the City of Culture Trust.

As the Christmas holidays approach, and children and adults start to break up from school and work, we thought we’d tell you about our top family activities in Coventry to keep you busy during the Christmas break.



Ice Skating at Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Glides, an outdoor ice-skating rink at the Coventry Cathedral ruins is our number one choice.

Book a daytime skate in the glorious winter sun or come in the evening and take in the beautiful surroundings of Coventry Cathedral Ruins, surrounded by twinkling lights.

Grab some friends or bring the family along to glide around this winter wonderland. Warm up after your skate with a hot drink and cake, just £4.50 when you book with your tickets.

You can skate or spectate, how about a hot chocolate while you wait?

Book your tickets here.



Christmas Markets

There are multiple Christmas Markets happening in Coventry this year all with free entry.

Broadgate Christmas Market is open everyday until the 24th of December. Food stalls with offerings such as crêpes and Yorkshire pudding wraps can be enjoyed on the outside seating area. Festival mulled wine and cider can also be purchased for those over 18.

You can find out more on their website here.

Fargo Village will also host their Christmas Market, spread over two weekends. There over 70 independent makers and designers for your Christmas present needs as well as live performances, food and drink.

Find out more about what weekends it is taking place and timings.



Live Theatre Lovers

For families who like trips to theatre to get into the festive spirit, here are some activities for you.

The Belgrade Theatre also have performances for the whole family to enjoy this December. Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest, for ages 2-6 years, will be at the Belgrade from the 9th of December.

More information is available here.

A Christmas Carol will also be at the Belgrade from the 13th of December.

Take a look at tickets and times here.

The Rialto Plaza has a Christmas Pantomime on the 23rd of December featuring Little Red Riding Hood and friends.

Read more about the Christmas Pantomime here. 



Classic Christmas films on the big screen

Christmas films are undoubtedly the best way to spend a cold evening with the family in December.

Family favourites such as Elf, Home Alone, The Polar Express and more are at the Rialto for the Cosy Cinema Club this year.

Take a look at the full list of films being shown here. 

For teenagers and young adults, there will be a screening of Another Christmas at The Box in Fargo Village, a new film shining a light on those who don’t fit into traditional boxes.

Read more and book tickets here.



Activities for younger children

Active Tots at The War Memorial Park takes place every Thursday, designed for children aged 2 - 4. The session will include different physical activities to help their development of movement ability and confidence.

To book a slot, click here.