JQBID Brings Festive Fun And Fireworks To The Jewellery Quarter This Christmas

10 November 2023

The Jewellery Quarter’s much anticipated Christmas Light Switch On is set to take place this month with the help of Black Country icon, Doreen Tipton. JQBID will be hosting the festive ceremony on Friday the 17th of November at 5 pm to kick off the Christmas season with a bang featuring live music, food, and drink. 

Set to become a winter wonderland, the historic Jewellery Quarter will be transformed by over 100 bespoke Christmas lights, two 30-foot Christmas trees and the city’s largest lighting feature – a stunning 3m x 3m illuminated diamond ring.

Visitors will be able to enjoy delicious plant-based fusion cuisine from Notty Bites and seasonal drinks from local favourites, Rose Villa Tavern, Lunchi, and Urban before a spectacular firework display from 6PM.

Commenting ahead of the festive activities, JQBID CEO Luke Crane, says:

“The return of the Christmas Light Switch On and Christmas Window Trail is the result of months of hard work and planning from the JQBID team. We’re incredibly proud of our part of the city, and we can’t wait for people to join us in celebrating everything that the Jewellery Quarter has to offer.”

The lights will be switched on by local legend Doreen Tipton! Doreen will be joining the event whilstrehearsing for Birmingham Hippodrome’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, where she will be playing the role of Doreen the Cow alongside Birmingham’s own Alison Hammond andHippodrome favourite Matt Slack.

Following the Switch On, the Jewellery Quarter’s Christmas Window Trail will also make its anticipated return. Having grown in size and competitiveness since first launching in 2019, the trail is set to feature over 60 local businesses that will be mapped out for residents and visitors alike to explore during the festive season. With businesses from all sectors including jewellers, hair salons, cafés, bars, and museums set to be involved, participants will be able to vote for their favourite display via QR codes in the windows. The trail is in support of Change Into Action and includes a stop at the Banksy to remind visitors why it’s so important to help homeless people at this time of year.

The Jewellery Quarter’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place on Friday 17th November from 5 – 7PM. Visitors can vote for their favourite window in the JQBID’s Christmas Window Trail by posting it on social media using the hashtag #JQChristmas or voting via the QR codes.

For more information on both events, visit jewelleryquarter.net/jq-christmas or download the Discover JQ app: https://www.discoverjq.co.uk/.