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. Whilst the event was cancelled in December 2020 we remain hopeful that things should be back to normal in December 2021.

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