A Winter Wolverhampton

Christmas is upon us once more and the City of Wolverhampton has a sleigh full of festive treats for all the family. Enjoy magical Christmas lights switch on’s, visits to Santa’s Grotto, Stores full of wonderful gift ideas, the magnificent Panto at the Grand Theatre and a whole lot more!

A Winter Wolverhampton

Discover your perfect Christmas
You’ll find everything in our Winter Wolverhampton – with Big Brands & fab Independent Stores, great food and drink and entertainment galore.

Discover your perfect Christmas with our 2018 City Guide – Download your’s here


Festive fun

The Christmas lights switch-on events for all the family lit up City of Wolverhampton on the countdown to Christmas.

In the city centre, the fun started at 12 noon on Saturday, November 24 with a free screening of The Greatest Showman on the Signal 107 stage, Harry Jones Funfair along Lichfield Street, a festive market on Dudley Street, real reindeer on Princess Street and much, much more. The lights switch on was the grand finale with stars from the Grand Theatres pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell & Sooty joining Louis Johnson and Evie Azzopardi – Miss Black Country and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page and finally Father Christmas to switch on the lights at 5pm.

The city centre fun wasn’t the only festive lights celebration, all Christmas lights switch-on events were free to attend:

Thursday, November 22: Wednesfield, High Street – event started at 4pm, switch on 5.30pm. It was a chilly one! but everyone who joined us in Wednesfield did us proud! The lights were switched on by Wolverhampton Mayor and Doreen Tipton. As always many laughs with Richard Dicky Dodd!
Can you see yourself in our photos: https://flickr.com/pho…/126301525@N06/sets/72157703827197114

Friday, November 23: Tettenhall, Upper Green – event started at 5pm, switch on 6.30pm. The drizzle didn’t stop the crowds gathering in their masses at Tettenhall’s christmas lights switch on!
Can you spot yourself in the photos on flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmu8Sx4i

Saturday, November 24 – Wolverhampton City Centre, Queen Square – event started 12 noon, switch on 5pm. Wow what a great turn out for Wolverhampton’s Christmas lights switch on. With stars from this year’s pantomime sleeping beauty, the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page and Signal 107.
Can you spot yourself on the Flickr gallery: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmrvQqtb

Sunday, November 25: Bantock House, Finchfield Road – event started at 5pm, switch on 6.30pm. A fantastic Christmas light switch on at Bantock Park tonight with a great turn out.
Can you spot yourself on the Flickr gallery: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmwwgQ6e

Friday, November 30: Bilston, Church Street – event started at 5.30pm – 7pm, the switch on was 6.30pm. Well that’s a wrap for the Christmas Light Switch On! Bilston you did us proud!
Can you spot yourselves in our photos over on Flickr?! https://flic.kr/s/aHsmrPPUmE

Carols in the City

Friday 14 December at the Prince Albert Statue and Christmas Tree in Queen Square.
Carols 5pm–6pm. Victorian Market continues until 7pm.

Take time out from strolling around the Victorian Christmas Market to enjoy traditional carols performed by local schools and choirs including City of Wolverhampton Council Choir and Palmers & Friends Gospel Group.

Wolves Festive Fan Park
Sunday 25 November, 12:30pm – 4pm in St Peters Car Park, Wulfruna Street

City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolves FC teamed up to host a free Festive Fan Park ahead of the club’s home game with Huddersfield. St Peter’s car park off Wulfruna Street, behind the Civic Centre, was transformed to provide a host of entertainment for all the family. There was face painting, the chance to have your photo taken with the Championship trophy and Wolves mascots Wolfie and Wendy, as well as penalty shoot-outs, free fairground rides and a Wolves Santa’s grotto.  There’ll also be street food, a bar, undercover seating and music provided by the Signal 107 roadshow. The fan park warmly welcomed supporters, their families and friends and was free for everyone to attend.

Here are just a few images from our partner Signal 107 taken on the day, see if you can spot yourself! https://www.signal107.co.uk/pics-and-vids/wolves-fan-park/

Festive Markets

Take advantage of Christmas market shopping days along Dudley Street from December 19 right up to December 23, open 10am till late.

Wolverhampton and Bilston Market are open extra days over Christmas. Wolverhampton Market is open every day from 18 – 24 December with lots of fun family activities including carol signing, face painting, crafts, games and much more. Great for helping you pick up those last-minute gifts and Christmas dinner ingredients, including the all-important roast, so why not order yours in advance from one of the many excellent butchers? To find out more about the city’s markets follow ‘themarketplacewolverhampton’ on Facebook or visit the website www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/markets

Grand Theatre Panto
Don’t get caught snoozing this festive season as pantomime returns to the Grand Theatre in a spectacular, must-see production of SLEEPING BEAUTY, starring the lovely Debbie McGee direct from the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom and Richard Cadell and Sooty. Panto favourites Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams, both back by popular demand, return for a third consecutive season! On at the Grand Theatre Saturday 8th December to Sunday 13th Jan -Book your tickets now at www.grandtheatre.co.uk

Sleeping Beauty | Grand Theatre| 8th Dec – 13th Jan
Pantomime season returns to the Grand. Starring Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell and Sooty. Panto favourites Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams also return to the stage.

The Royal Ballet | The Nutcracker | Light House | 3rd & 9th December
Young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting…

Festive Frivolities | Arena Theatre | 19th December
7:30pm for entertainment Craft stalls, live music and mulled wine – Tickets are FREE but advanced booking essential.

Winter Twilight Racing | Wolverhampton Racecourse | 3rd December
Have a flutter! Join us for a festive fixture at one of Britain’s busiest racecourses. Expect exhilarating All-Weather racing action.

A Muppets Christmas Carol | Arena Theatre | 3rd December
Screening of The Muppets classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, and Michael Caine as stingy Scrooge.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club | Slade Rooms | 8th December
The best in live stand-up in Wolverhampton. Bringing you comedians from such shows as Mock The Week & 8 Out of 10 Cats

Friends TV Show: Quiz Night | Light House | 12th December
With great prizes to be won, enter your team and prove you know your Friends better than anyone else around. £2 per person.

Tribute Night | Casino 36 | 8th, 15th, 22nd December
Escape to the action at Wolverhampton’s super Casino with tribute nights and Christmas parties.

Banks’s Christmas Festival | Banks’s Visitor Centre & Shop | 8th December
Selection of cask ales available including some special Christmas beers for you to try. Live entertainment and pay a visit to Santa!

Etsy Handmade Crafts| Mander Centre | 1st & 2nd December
Find fabulous gifts, local handmade crafts and bespoke presents that your loved ones will adore.

Paper Craft Christmas Trees | Wolverhampton Art Gallery | 15th & 16th Dec, 11am – 2pm
Make a creative Christmas Tree to take home, have a photo taken with our 12ft Christmas Tree. £2 per child or adults also welcome to attend.

Come along to Wolverhampton’s fabulous three-day Victorian Market in Queen Square, Dudley Street and Lichfield Street.

Friday 14 to Sunday 16 December inclusive, Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Over 100 stalls selling unique and artisan goods including colourful crafts, festive gifts and speciality food & drink. See traders in Victorian costume, experience the thrill of an original Victorian carousel & funfair rides, enjoy traditional and international street food, local produce, seasonal handcrafted and home-baked goodies, bespoke Christmas decorations, exclusive gifts and jewellery, plus a huge variety of entertainment over three days.

Take advantage of FREE parking from 2pm on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December at City of Wolverhampton Council’s School Street and Market car parks. (Market car park is situated opposite Peel Street Car Park). www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/carparks

Santa's Grotto
Visit Santa at his Grotto – Lower Mall Mander Centre.

Saturday 1st December every day until and including 23rd December.
Open from 10am till 5pm Monday to Saturday (open till 6pm on our Late Night Shopping Wednesdays)
Open from 11am till 4pm on Sundays.
17th – 22nd December open from 10am to 6pm.

Each visitor to Santa will receive a beautifully wrapped gift and can take their own photograph of the moment

The price per child is £4.50 or download the voucher here to visit Santa for just £3.00 each.

Mander Centre_Santa Grotto Voucher

Come along to the opening of Santa’s Grotto, Saturday 1st December.
First 20 lucky people receive a goody bag!

Join us on the official opening of the Santa’s Grotto on Saturday 1st December at 10am where Wolverhampton’s Mayor and Mayoress will be there to greet Santa and welcome his visitors.


You could be in with a chance to win a signed Wolves football shirt, a £100 Mander Centre Gift card (£50 Boots & £50 Debenhams) or a Wolverhampton City Centre Gift Card loaded with £150 that you can spend in over 120 stores! All you have to do is fill out the coupon in your Christmas City Guide or download and print your form here. Post your completed coupon in the Christmas post box in the Mander Centre (lower level by Santa’s Grotto) from 20th November until 9am Thursday 27th December 2018. Winners will be drawn on 27th December and notified by email.


This competition is open until 9am Thursday 27th December. Participants must complete the above form to enter. The competition is open to all customers except employees and their immediate families of The Mander Centre, retail units within The Mander Centre, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this competition. One winner will be chosen at random for each prize from all complete entries on Thursday 27th December at 9am, and will contacted via the email address provided. Centre Management’s decision is final. There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the competition. One entry per person. Entries are made on the understanding that if the entrant wins, they will be required to visit The Mander Centre to claim their prize and the use of their name will be used online and on The Mander Centre’s social media pages in order to announce the winner. The winners will also be asked to have a photograph taken when collecting their prize which will be used online and on The Mander Centre’s social media pages in order to announce the winner. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed. The prize(s) are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, The Mander Centre reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. The details you provide will be used solely to contact you should you be chosen as a prize winner.  We will not store these details and they will be destroyed once the competition winner has been contacted.   One winner per prize-

  • £150 gift card from the BID
  • a signed football shirt from Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Mander Centre £100 gift cards (£50 boots and £50 Debenhams)

late night shopping
Late Night Shopping till 8pm starts from Wednesday 28th November with shops including Debenhams, Marks and Spencer’s, Boots, H&M, Goldsmiths, JD Sports and Peacocks to name just a few.

Black Friday 23rd November:
Mander Centre – 8am till 8pm & Wulfrun Centre 9am till 8pm

Late Night Wednesday’s till 8pm 28th November, 5th, 12th & 19th December

Click here for Mander Centre Centres’ opening hours

Click here for Wulfrun Centres opening hours

Click here for House of Fraser – (Wolverhampton) Opening hours

Don’t miss Black Friday for some great offers in the city – Check store opening times to make sure you get some great bargains.

Here’s just a sample of your favourite Wolverhampton stores open Wednesday evenings for Late Night Shopping:

Late Night Shopping Stores

Christmas Parking
Free and reduced cost parking on City of Wolverhampton Council’s School Street and Market Car Park 
(Market Car Park is situated opposite Peel Street Car Park)

• Free from 2 pm: 
◦ Every Wednesday from 28 November 2018 to 2 January 2019 inclusive
◦ Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December 2018 (for Victorian Christmas Market)
◦ Every day from Monday 17 December to Monday 24 December 2018 (excluding Sunday 23 December)

• Pay £2, stay all day Sundays:
◦ Every Sunday from 2 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 inclusive
For more info: 

FREE one extra hour Christmas parking voucher:
To help take some of the stress out of the last-minute rush, City of Wolverhampton Council is offering the ‘Pay for one hour, get one free’ voucher for the first time.  Visitors are being given an extra hour parking for free at the council’s Bell Street, Tempest Street and Fold Street Pay and Display car parks during the last week before Christmas.

Print out your voucher downloadable here, follow the instructions and display this on your dashboard when you pay for one hour or more parking time. Then add one hour to the time on your ticket to calculate your new return time. Please read the terms and conditions of this offer on the voucher.

Free Parking at Mander Centre Car Park:
Free after 4pm on Wednesday 28th Nov, 5th & 12th Dec, plus 17th,  18th,  19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd December.
Plus… Free parking all day 26th Dec & 1st Jan

Only £1 at NCP Wulfrun Centre Car Park:
Every Sunday in December before Christmas. Valid from 7am & Leaving before 6pm

Thanks to support from the Wolverhampton Business Improvement District, we are able to provide parking at our Wolverhampton Wulfrun Centre car park every Sunday throughout December 2018 for just £1. Arrive from 7am and leave before 6pm to qualify. Park Pass card holders take a ticket and pay at a station before exiting.

Take advantage of a range of special deals and offers from city businesses:

Mount Hotel Stay Deal – £50 

Why not enjoy a night’s stay at this luxury 4-star hotel for at a great price of £50 per deluxe room.

Date: 20 -30 December 2018
Venue: The Mount Hotel Country Manor, Mount Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 8HL
How to Book: Booking essential. Call 01902 752055 or email reception.team@themount.co.uk quote ‘Hotel Stay Deal £50.00’
Cost: £50 room only

Mount Hotel 3 Course Dinner Deal for 2 – £50.

Take a break and enjoy a 3-course dinner for 2 for only £50 in The Drawing Room Bar & Grill.

Date: 20 – 30 December 2018 (offer excludes the 25 & 26 December).
Where: The Mount Country Manor Hotel, Mount Rd, Wolverhampton WV6 8HL
How to Book: Booking essential. Call 01902 752055 quoting ‘3-course dinner deal for 2’.
Cost: £50

Book 10 children’s swimming lessons, get 1 free

Date: Ongoing until 31/12/2018
Where: WV Active Central, Bath Avenue, Wolverhampton WV1 4EG
Cost: £40 – free lesson value is £4
How to book: Claim by 31/12/2018 – download the voucher here

Free Racing in January 2019

Visit Wolverhampton Racecourse for all-weather horseracing free during January 2019! Enjoy the grandstand on race days for nowt or upgrade to premier tickets (purchased online).

Date: January 2019
Where: Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0PE
Cost: Free, but booking is essential on-line. Offer closes 48 hours before gates open.
How to book: Visit www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk  and quote visitwolvesjan19

Buy One Get One Free HGV Training

Get the best training and be prepared to update your DCPC from September 2019. Get ahead of the game by booking your DCPC with our training offer now.

Date: Until end of December 2018
Where: GTG Training, Bearing Drive, Wolverhampton, WV11 3SZ
How to Book: Contact jeanette.turner@gtg.co.uk quote DCPC 18
Cost: £65 per session with uploads – free training place (upload of £8.75 not included).

Wolverhampton City Centre Special Christmas Offers

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