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Eat, Shop and Play in Coventry City Centre

Step into the festive magic of Coventry City Centre, where the magic of the season comes to life in every corner. Offering a wonderland of culinary delights, seasonal shopping, and joyful entertainment.

Eat, Shop and Play in Coventry City Centre

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit, indulging in delicious eats, experiencing the festive fun and find your wishlist items in the City Centre stores and markets. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Coventry City Centre this Christmas.


Eat in Coventry City Centre 

Coventry City Centre is brimming with culinary treasures waiting to be discovered this Christmas season. With flavours from across the world and vibrant settings, there’s a dining experience to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re celebrating with family and friends, or looking for a romantic evening, Coventry’s restaurants have something special in store for you. So, embrace the festive spirit, explore these culinary gems, and make this Christmas in Coventry truly unforgettable.

Festive Feasts

As the festive season approaches, Coventry City Centre becomes a vibrant hub for Christmas celebrations. The streets are adorned with twinkling lights, and the air is filled with that Christmas buzz, making it the perfect time to explore the city’s culinary delights.

Known for its vibrant atmosphere and delicious cuisine, Turtle Bay offers a unique dining experience, (not to mention the extraordinary cocktails!). Sip away the festive stress with a bottomless brunch and stroll over to the Slug and Lettuce to carry on the merry celebrations. Filled with good vibes and the right music, we recommend planning a fun-filled night around this joint.

Slug & Lettuce, located in the heart of Coventry City Centre, is a perfect place for a wholesome night of exciting cocktails and dancing. If you’re in the mood for a sit-down chit-chat with your friends over feel-good food and a Porn Star Martini tree, consider visiting in the hours before the tables move to make way for the dance floor. This year, they’ve put together a special festive buffet that’s filled with a delicious mix of traditional and unique holiday dishes.

For those who appreciate history and fine dining, St Mary’s Guildhall is a must-visit this Christmas. This historic venue, dating back to the 14th century, offers a unique dining experience in Coventry City Centre. Their Christmas events are beautiful and definitely one for the books, with classically decorated banquets, festive music, and an exquisite menu. Find out more.

With a real commitment to everything Coventry stands for, the award winning Metropolis Restaurant is a hidden gem in the city centre that combines modern European cuisine with a touch of tradition. From coffee to cocktails, wine, and beer this contemporary bar covers just about all. Their Christmas menu is a fusion of flavours, blending classic dishes with contemporary twists, Metropolis caters to a wide range of tastes.

With its charming French ambience and an array of delicious dishes to choose from, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Parisian bistro. From coq au vin to crème brûlée step out of your comfort zone and explore new tastes, an exciting adventure and a fulfilling meal all in one.

The Cosy Club is renowned for its quirky and eclectic decor, creating an atmosphere as welcoming as its name suggests. This Christmas, they’ve gone all out to make your dining experience truly unique. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be captivated by the charming and whimsical decor, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a Christmas meal with character.

For a whimsical experience, head to the Botanist in Coventry City Centre. This restaurant and bar is known for its creative and one-of-a-kind cocktails and a menu inspired by botanical ingredients. Their Christmas specials include a selection of seasonal dishes and delightful drinks.

Castle Grounds offers a fantastic venue for your Christmas dining experience. This craft pub is well-known for its inviting atmosphere, providing an ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Christmas menu at Castle Grounds presents a fusion of classic festive dishes and local delicacies.

For a Christmas experience inspired by the glamourous 1950s, visit the Telegraph Hotel in Coventry City Centre. Located in the once-iconic telegraph building, this stunning hotel has transformed what was home to the city’s newspaper for more than 50 years. The restaurant offers a range of dining options, from afternoon teas to fine dining experiences and a cool rooftop bar for after-dinner drinks.


Shop in Coventry City Centre

Christmas is the season of giving and whether you’ve planned, budgeted, and wrapped by December 1st, or you’re more of the last-minute grab-and-go type, this guide will be your best friend when the time comes. With its diverse range of stores, Coventry offers something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list.

From stocking fillers to designer items, Coventry has it all.

For that little extra: Stocking Fillers

Lush - Lush is a haven for those seeking fun and top-quality bath bombs, shower gels, and handmade cosmetics. The scents of lush products alone are enough to make for a delightful treat, not to mention they’re also eco-friendly! Their holiday-themed products are a must, with flavours and colours that capture the festive spirit. Head to Lower Precinct Shopping Centre.

The Perfume Shop - Fragrances are a classic and cherished gift, and always a safe bet. The Perfume Shop stocks a wide selection of scents for men and women. Whether you’re looking for popular brands or unique niche perfumes, you’re sure to find a fragrance that will make your loved one’s Christmas.

The Body Shop - The Body Shop offers a range of sustainable beauty products. From skincare to makeup, you’ll find an array of items that are perfect for stocking fillers. Their gift sets are beautifully wrapped, making them a convenient choice for the holiday season. Recommendation: Their signature Body Butters which make great stocking gifts.

Boots - Boots is a go-to destination for beauty and healthcare products. You can find a wide range of cosmetics and personal care items, making it an ideal stop for finding stocking fillers that cater to different tastes and preferences. They have an extensive range of mini products, perfect for grabbing a couple of new products for your person to try out!

Waterstones - For the bookworm in your life, Waterstones is a treasure trove. From bestsellers to niche titles, you can pick out books that will warm hearts and ignite imaginations. Don’t forget to check out their beautiful stationery and bookish merchandise for additional stocking fillers.

Bodycare - If you’re looking for affordable beauty and personal care items, Bodycare in West Orchards Shopping Centre is a great option. They offer a variety of toiletries, cosmetics, and accessories, perfect for creating a personalised stocking for your loved ones.


For the Fitness Lover - Sports Wear

JD Sports - When it comes to sports and athleisure wear, JD Sports should be your first stop. They offer a wide range of athletic apparel, footwear, and accessories from popular brands such as Nike, Adidas and so much more. Whether you’re shopping for a fitness enthusiast or someone who loves a comfortable and stylish look, JD has you covered.

Foot Locker: Foot Locker is another fantastic option for trainers and athleisure. They carry the latest releases and classic styles from renowned brands. Whether you’re into basketball shoes or running gear, Foot Locker has the perfect gifts for gym-goers & sports lovers.

Footasylum: Footasylum is another top choice, known for its trendy sportswear and streetwear collections, it’s the place to go for stylish and urban-inspired apparel, making it a great choice for fashion-forward individuals who appreciate sporty look.

Sports Direct - If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for sports gear, Sports Direct is the place to be. They offer a vast range of sports equipment, clothing, and accessories. If you’re stuck for inspiration, rest assured, you’ll find a variety of options here.


For the Cosy Nights in - Sleepwear

Primark - Primark is known for having trendy clothes that won’t break the bank, and when it comes to pyjamas and loungewear, they are no exception! You can find cute & cosy options to keep your loved ones warm and snuggly during the winter season.

New Look - New Look features a diverse collection of nightwear, including pyjama sets, robes, and slippers. Their designs cater to various tastes, from classic and comfortable to trendy and stylish.

H&M - If you’re the family who rocks matching Christmas Eve pyjamas, H&M has everything you need. With a range of festive children’s, women’s & men’s sleepwear, you’ll find everything you need at H&M.

River Island - River Island is known for its fashionable nightwear and loungewear. They offer trendy and chic options for those who want to feel stylish even when they’re relaxing at home.

Peacocks - Peacocks offers a range of affordable nightwear options. Their cosy and comfortable pieces are perfect for staying during the cold nights.


For One to Remember: Designer Items

Francis & Gaye - Francis & Gaye is a high-end watch and jewellery store. If you’re looking for a luxurious gift to make someone’s Christmas extra special, their selection of designer watches and jewellery is sure to impress. These timeless pieces are perfect for treating your loved ones during the holiday season. You’ll find everything from Gucci to TAG Heuer.

Flannels - Flannels is a fashion boutique that stocks a curated collection of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories. If you’re looking to surprise someone, Flannels offers a wide range of luxury brands and statement pieces that will surely do the trick. C.P. Company, Gucci, Prada, Alexander McQueen and more available. You can also earn a £20 voucher to spend in-store when using the Click & Collect service.

Kong - For the fashion-lover in your life, Kong is a designer streetwear store. It’s a great place to find unique and trendy designer items that can be hard to come across otherwise.


Play in Coventry City Centre

Whether you're strolling through the enchanting streets, exploring the Christmas market for seasonal delights, or simply soaking in the holiday atmosphere, Coventry offers a magical backdrop for quality time with friends and family. Embrace the warmth of the season, create cherished memories, and share the joy of Christmas in the heart of the city. From meeting Santa to exploring Christmas markets and witnessing magical performances, Coventry has it all.

Family Fun

Big Wheel in the Coventry City Centre

Coventry’s Big Wheel in the city centre provides a fun and picturesque way to take in the sights and lights of the Christmas season. At well over 100ft in the air, families can hop on board and enjoy breath-taking views of the city’s skyline adorned with festive decorations and the three spires. This experience is especially magical in the evening when the city’s Christmas lights twinkle below. It’s a perfect activity for families seeking a little thrill and excitement during the festivities. Tickets start from £6. SAVE up to 15% when you buy online in advance!*


Meet Santa & VR Sleigh Ride at West Orchards Shopping Centre

West Orchards has something truly special in store for families this Christmas. Children of all ages can experience the magic of meeting Santa Claus in a charming and festive setting after taking his sleigh for a test drive! West Orchards is taking the Santa experience to the next level with an exciting VR Sleigh Ride that promises a thrilling adventure around the world for young and old alike. This immersive 4D experience seats 8 and so is perfect for families big or small. Book Your Tickets Here.


Santa at The Transport Museum

The Coventry Transport Museum is another wonderful place to meet Santa. From the 25th November to the 23rd December, Santa Claus will be there to meet and greet children, listen to their Christmas wishes, and hand out small gifts. You can also expect a vintage sleigh ride, a workshop with festive activities, and free admission to the museum for the day. Book Your Tickets Here


Pantos at Belgrade Theatre

Belgrade Theatre in Coventry celebrates Christmas in style, offering delightful family-friendly pantomimes each year that are perfect for the winter season and are a beloved tradition for many. This year, you can enjoy not one but two spectacular pantomimes. First, immerse yourself in the classic tale of “Cinderella” with all the enchantment, humour, and magic you’d expect from this beloved story. Or, be prepared for a magic and wonder with “Santa’s Sparkly Surprise.” See What’s on & Book Your Tickets Here


Wizard of Oz on Ice at Planet Ice

This Christmas Planet Ice is holding a Wizard of Oz on Ice Pop Up. This magical ice-skating show brings the beloved story of Dorothy and her friends to life on the ice. The spectacular performances, dazzling costumes, and enchanting choreography make it a wonderful event for families. Book Your Tickets Here


Watch ‘Nativity’ at Coventry Cathedral

Ever wondered what a Coventarian’s favourite Christmas film is? Well, it’s a silly question because it’s obviously going to be Nativity and this year the festive classic we all know and love, is returning to where it was filmed. Coventry Cathedral are screening Nativity in the New Cathedral Nave, so get ready to sparkle, shine, and step into Christmas. Book your tickets here.


Christmas Markets at Fargo Village

Fargo Village is a vibrant and creative hub in Coventry, and during the festive season, it puts on a Makers Market full independent retailers selling various treats, Christmas goodies, clothes, and more. Christmas markets at Fargo Village are a perfect place to find unique gifts, local crafts, and delicious food. The atmosphere is lively, with carol singers, street food stalls, and a sense of community that embodies the spirit of Christmas. 


Christmas Market in Broadgate

Broadgate, in the heart of Coventry City Centre, is the place to be for a classic Christmas market experience. The market is a treasure trove of festive delights, with stalls offering handmade gifts, seasonal treats, and mulled wine. The scent of warm bratwursts fills the air, and the joyful atmosphere is infectious.


Planned Parties

Make this festive season truly special by selecting the Coventry venue that best suits your vision for your Christmas party. Whether you want a traditional, cosy gathering or an adventurous celebration, Coventry has something for everyone.

The Telegraph Hotel, a stunning venue that beautifully combines Coventry’s rich history with modern luxury. This charming hotel, situated in Coventry’s old newspaper building, is perfect for those who want to celebrate the festive season with a touch of elegance. With its central location, the Telegraph Hotel offers an excellent backdrop for your Christmas soirée.

For those seeking a more interactive and fun-filled Christmas party experience, Players Party Rooms is the ideal choice. Located in the heart of Coventry, this venue combines games, entertainment, and delicious food to create an unforgettable and immersive celebration.

If you’re looking for an activity-filled experience for your Christmas party and love some friendly competition, look no further than Boom Battle Bar. This dynamic venue offers a fusion of mini-games, delicious food, cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. At Boom Battle Bar, your guests can participate in exhilarating axe-throwing competitions, ‘crazier golf’, AR darts, beer pong, and shuffleboard, which adds a thrilling twist to your Christmas festivities. 

Escape Reality provides a range of themed escape rooms, each with its own story and puzzles to solve. Your Christmas party can take on a whole new dimension as your guests work together to decipher clues and escape from thrilling scenarios. This is an immersive and exciting way to bond with your loved ones or develop team skills while making lasting memories during the holiday season.

For a thrilling and vibrant Christmas party, Genting Casino in Coventry’s Skydome is a fantastic choice. This venue combines games, fine dining, and entertainment to create a unique and luxurious atmosphere for your celebration.


Thank you to Coventry BID for this round up of places to Eat, Shop and Play in Coventry City Centre this Christmas. We hope you and your family make some wonderful memories.

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