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Snowdogs Discover Birmingham is coming to the city centre for Christmas - where to find the 10 pubs inspired by The Snowman™ and The Snowdog™

Birmingham city centre is welcoming ten festive dogs to add to the seasonal cheer and family fun surrounding the Frankfurt Christmas Market and across town.

Snowdogs Discover Birmingham is Central BID’s annual Christmas trail, in partnership with Colmore BID, Southside BID, Westside BID and Frankfurt Christmas Market. 

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The trail has been created by Wild in Art, who created previous years’ Penguin Parade and Walking with the Snowman. The Snowdogs trail is inspired by The Snowman™ and The Snowdog™ – the animated sequel to the late Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book The Snowman™. 

In the heart-warming story, a young boy builds a snowman and creates a Snowdog with the remaining snow. At midnight both of his creations magically come to life and they embark on an enchanting adventure.

When is the Snowdogs Discover Birmingham trail coming to the city centre and where can I see the sculptures?

You’ll be able to take a wintry walk with the Snowdogs in Birmingham between Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday January 4th and enjoy a festive sculpture trail.

Visitors can discover the Snowdogs by picking up a Christmas in Birmingham map from city centre stores, coffee shops, Library of Birmingham, Bullring customer services and all of the Christmas attractions.

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The ten festive painted Snowdog sculptures will be on display around the city centre at locations including:

  • Alongside the Frankfurt Christmas Market, 
  • Christmas in Cathedral Square, 
  • Ice Skate and Big Wheel
  • Bullring & Grand Central, 
  • The Mailbox, 
  • Great Western Arcade and 
  • Piccadilly Arcade
Ru-Dog from Snowdogs Discover Birmingham at the Frankfurth Christmas Market Ru-Dog from Snowdogs Discover Birmingham at the Frankfurth Christmas Market
Ru-Dog from Snowdogs Discover Birmingham at the Frankfurth Christmas Market | Edwin Ellis Creative Media

How the Snowdogs Discover Birmingham sculpture trail is helping Birmingham Children’s Hospital?

Each Snowdog sculpture has been decorated by artists inspired by the wonderful feeling of Christmas and will help to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Families can follow the ten-letter Children’s Hospital challenge to be in with a chance of winning a £100 city centre dining voucher, courtesy of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Families who share their Snowdog snaps also stand a chance of winning £50 weekly city centre shopping vouchers if they hashtag their images #SnowdogsBrum and follow and tag the @shoppinginbham Instagram account. 

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What else is happening in Birmingham city centre for Christmas 2023?

Christmas shopping options for 2023 include high street favourites such as Primark, Selfridges, a brand new M&S at Bullring and unique independents in festively decorated arcades.

As well as city centre retailers offering some of the best Christmas shopping in the Midlands, visitors to Birmingham city centre can enjoy the Frankfurt Christmas Market, Christmas in Cathedral Square, the Big Wheel and Ice Skate in Centenary Square, Jewellery Quarter window trail as well as pantomimes and festive shows at the city’s world-famous theatres.

Starry Night Snowdog in Centenary Square, BirminghamStarry Night Snowdog in Centenary Square, Birmingham
Starry Night Snowdog in Centenary Square, Birmingham | Central BID

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors’ - Birmingham Central BID speaks about the Snowdogs Discover Birmingham trail

Sam Watson, Chair of Central BID, said: “Families travel from across the Midlands to enjoy our annual Christmas trails and support Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through donations.

“This year’s Snowdogs trail will be just as special and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the city centre to enjoy the trail and our great shopping, dining and attractions, which will make Birmingham city centre a fabulous place to be this Christmas.”

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Miranda Williams, head of public fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The Snowdogs trail is a must-do with the kids this Christmas and we’re so grateful to Central BID for supporting us in this special way.

“If you want to feel extra festive as you're doing your Christmas shopping this year, we encourage you to come into the city centre and follow the trail to find all 10 Snowdogs. And, as you do, keep an eye out for the hidden letter on the base of each statue. Unscramble the 10-letter word and share your answer with us at bch.org.uk/forms/snowdog and you'll be in with a chance of winning a £100 dining voucher.”

Kate O’Callaghan, Project Manager at Wild in Art, said: “We're really excited to be continuing our ongoing partnership with Penguin Random House Children by bringing our Snowdogs to Birmingham. Visitors to the City will discover the magic of the trail and see how the artists have brought Raymond Briggs’ iconic character to life.”

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