Father Christmas Sleigh

Every evening during the run-up to Christmas we tour the streets of Shirley raising funds for worthwhile local causes as well as giving local children an early opportunity to see Santa.  All weekday evenings commence at 6.30 p.m. except Fridays which start at 6.15 p.m. and finish around 8.30 p.m. 

For 2020 things will no doubt be different because of the current pandemic. We sincerely hope that when we come out of the current lockdown we will be able to visit you but if and when we do things will look different. Santa will be in a secure bubble on his sleigh which will mean that unfortunately we cannot hand out lollies as we normally do, children will not be allowed in the sleigh and Santa will not be able to get out and walk up to the houses. Our collectors will ring your bell, place their bucket on the doorstep and then step back to a safe distance. Once you have closed your door they will be able to step forward and take it away. As always we aim to make our visit as safe as possible, and whilst things will be different, at least the children will still able to see the great man ! Below please find the dates and routes for our collections.

Friday 4th December.

Berry Maud Lane, Crown Works Crescent, Hollywood Works Close, Millisoms Road.

Monday 7th December

Tanworth Lane, Maxstoke Croft, Dunstan Croft, Bearley Croft, Charlescote Croft, Heath Drive.

Tuesday 8th December

Stratford Road, Madams Hill Road, Brownley Road, Harnall Close, Monkspath Close, Meadow Close, part Cranmore Boulevard, Arbury Hall Road, Swallows Meadow, St George’s Road.

Wednesday 9th December

Stretton Road, Tackley Close, Withybrook Road, Lillington Road, Holllyhurst Grove, Woodloes Road, Wakelin Road, Shotteswell Road.

Thursday 10th December

Shirley Park Road, Halifax Road, Danbury Road, Grenville Road, Gilliver Road, Chamberlain Crescent.

Friday 11th December

Lawnswood Avenue, Eastcote Close, Newnham Rise, Freasley Close, Bidford Close, Headley Rise, Barford Road, Blenheim Road, Wixford Grove.

Monday 14th December

Hazeloak Road, Hurdis Road, Middleton Road, Velsheda Road.

Tuesday 15th December

Radborne Road, Stockley Crescent, Finmere Way, Ashwell Drive, Rushbury Close, Swinbrook Way, Ufton Close, Ufton Crescent.

Thursday 17th December

Anthony Road, Oberon Drive, Catesby Road, Regan Avenue, Shakespeare Drive, Hathaway Road, Woodlands Road, Moorhills Croft, Sidenhill Close, Micklehill Drive.

Friday 18th December

Cranmore Road, Shakespeare Road, Avon Road, Conway Road, Conway Close, Clinton Road, Clinton Grove, Cranmore Boulevard, Northland Road.

Monday 21st December

Amington Road, Langcombe Road, Mallaby Close, Binley Close, Dunton Hall Road, part Bills Lane, Pathlow Crescent, Tyberry Close.

Tuesday 22nd December

Longmore Road, Fieldon Close, Union Road, Coombe Road, Moreton Road, Bramley Croft.

Wednesday 23rd December

Navenby Close, Gedney Close, Peartree Crescent, Peartree Grove, Peartree Close, Myton Drive, Hargrave Road, and Mountford Road.

2020 seligh b        2020 sleigh a      Santa, safe and secure in his newly adapted sleigh.

In the run up to Christmas 2019 Shirley Lions collected the magnificent sum of £8,354 from the sleigh collection and we would like to thank all the residents of Shirley and Solihull Lodge who contributed so generously. Our thanks also go to Renault Shirley, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco's, Mark & Spencer, SoLO, Shirley Sea Cadets, Shirley Young Leaders in Service, St James School PTA, Hazeloak School PTA, Breast Cancer Haven, Marie Curie and Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club without whose support we would not have been able to raise this magnificent sum. 

All the music on the sleigh is supported by PRS for music who provided a licence for the event music. 

Some pictures from previous sleigh runs are below.

Father Christmas with a very happy child   2018 a   sleigh 2014

2018   Christmas sleigh 1   Christmas 2016

2019 renault sde


Shirley Christmas Lights

Every Year Shirley Lions assist the Friends of Shirley Park with the official switch on of the Shirley Christmas Lights. The Christmas Lights adorn the Stratford Road through the shopping area of Shirley during the month of December and brighten up the dark December afternoons and evenings. Our part of the event is to provide Father Christmas on his sleigh who travels through the Parkgate Shopping Centre and down to the Stratford Road where Father Christmas hands out sweets to the local children.

2019 Lights Switch On f    2019 Lights Switch On c   2019 Lights Switch On d