With awareness on the environment ever increasing, it is no surprise that people are now looking at ways to be more sustainable at Christmas.

From Christmas tree choices, to making your own advent calendar, we look at ways you can be more eco-friendly without ruining the festivities this season.

Rent a real tree for the festive season

A tree shouldn’t just be for Christmas, GWP found that as many as 8 million Christmas trees are thrown away each year. This includes 14 per cent of people who will even be binning their fake Christmas tree. Fake Christmas trees are made up of plastic and metals, therefore often can’t be recycled.

For next year, if your fake Christmas tree is in good condition, why not donate it to a charity shop and opt for a real tree instead? Simply Plants and Love a Christmas Tree, both offer tree renting services, enjoy the tree for Christmas and after, it gets planted back in the ground for Spring.

If you have bought a real Christmas tree this season, don’t worry, Birmingham City Council offer tree recycling which is free. Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Treecycling also offer the service, although free, a donation of £10 is recommended, with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Hospice.

Christmas Tree

Make your home merry and bright with LED lights

Being sustainable doesn’t mean your home has to be dark and gloomy this Christmas. Choose LED lights to hang on your tree, LED lights use 80-90% less energy than non-LED, the cost of powering them is less too.

There’s lots of LED light options to choose from this Christmas, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Get creative with your wrapping paper

The amount of wrapping paper thrown away at Christmas in the UK alone would stretch to the moon, according to estimates by recycling advisors WRAP. That’s 225,623 miles of wrapping paper!

The problem with wrapping paper is often due to the foils, dyes, and paper it’s printed on which makes it unable to be recycled. There is alternative paper that can be used such as kraft paper, although brown, why not customise it with reusable ribbons and patterned biodegradable zero plastic Sellotape.

Wrapping Paper

Replace your throwaway advent calendar for a reusable one

Advent calendars and selection boxes add to the three million tonnes of extra plastic waste created every year during the festive period in the UK.

There are lots of ways to get a reusable advent calendar, support independent businesses and find one on Etsy. Or if creativity is your thing, upcycle old items to make your very own.  You can fill it with chocolates, make-up, whatever you want!

Eat sustainably without cutting out on quality

During Christmas, 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings, and 74 million mince pies get disposed while still edible, causing almost 270,000 tons of food waste in total during the festive season.

Earlier this year we wrote a blog about sustainable supermarkets to try in Greater Birmingham. There are also lots of other ways to eat more sustainable this Christmas.

Try planning your shopping for the winter break to avoid over buying and only buy what you plan to eat. Organise your fridge so you can store food properly, so it will last longer and not get spoilt. If you have leftover untouched food and it’s in date, look for a food bank to donate it to during the Winter to help others.

Christmas Dinner

Millennium Point and sustainability

This Christmas we have looked at how we can enjoy a sustainable Christmas, continuing our journey to be more eco-friendly.  For example, our 39ft Christmas tree, which is rented, is fitted out with LED lights.

We have also placed a range of processes to ensure we’re not adding to our carbon footprint. Energy management and the journey to net zero carbon are at the heart of all our decisions. We try not to create waste but where we do, we segregate and recycle as much as we can. Lastly, we encourage staff, tenants, and visitors to make green travel choices when visiting us.


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With Christmas Day just over a month away, we just can’t stop talking about our spectacular 39ft tree! That’s why we’ve put together some fir-tastic facts together about our decorations.

The Christmas tree is based in our event space Atrium for everyone to enjoy as soon as they walk into our landmark building.

It’s starting to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

The tree built was put together by Christmas experts The Christmas Decorators. It takes a team of 5 installers and a team of 7 decorators, to prepare the branches and baubles. The Christmas tree takes around 10 hours to complete. With good reason too as there are over 21,000 lights and 1,500 baubles to set up!

Where do you even get a 39ft tree from you ask? We’ll let you in on a secret, it’s not actually a real tree! The Christmas tree is made up of a metal frame with each individual branch attached separately each with their own power source.

As far as we know we are the biggest indoor tree in Birmingham at 12 metres tall. It’s also accompanied by two nutcrackers and a (currently) nameless bear giving visitors lot of opportunities to snap a festive selfie.

Excited to share the Christmas Tree with everyone

We wanted everyone to enjoy our Christmas Tree, and with last year, we realise how important this Christmas is. In November we invited our industry friends and colleagues to have a catch up at our festive meet-up under our Christmas Tree. The event was well received by everyone, and we enjoyed catching up after a long time away from face to face events.

Feel Christmas all around you with themed wine and Love Actually

Love Actually with Wine event

Feel the love this Christmas with a screening and themed wine tasting experience of the seminal 2003 festive rom com, Love Actually. Millennium Point have once again teamed up with movie geeks The Wine Events Company for a fun and unique wine tasting. This festive event will include five themed wines and a very big screen, all for the price of £31.95 (plus fees). The event takes place on Sunday 5th December at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased by clicking below.

Imagine, your event and our Christmas tree

With 17 versatile event spaces to choose from, make Millennium Point your venue of choice this Christmas. Contact our friendly events team on 0121 202 2200 or click below to explore our award-winning event spaces.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Now Halloween is officially over, we’ve  kicked off the festive season here at Millennium Point. Our impressive 39ft Christmas tree is back by popular demand, adorned in 23,000 energy saving LED lights. Built by The Christmas Decorators it takes just over eight hours to complete -see the time lapse below!

The tree is accompanied by two nutcrackers and a (currently) nameless bear giving visitors lot of opportunities to snap a festive selfie.

Along with the decorations, a festive schedule brimming with fun activities is planned through the next two months for everyone to enjoy.

Feel Christmas all around you with themed wine and Love Actually

Feel the love this Christmas with a screening and themed wine tasting experience of the seminal 2003 festive rom com, Love Actually. Millennium Point have once again teamed up with movie geeks The Wine Events Company for a fun and unique wine tasting. This festive event will include five themed wines and a very big screen, all for the price of £31.95.

The event will be a safe, fun, and interactive ‘wines and movie’ event in our multi-award-winning venue with one of Birmingham’s biggest screens.

The film is showing on the 5th December, the doors will open at 4pm with the event starting at 5pm. There are limited tickets available so make your you secure your ticket for this fantastic festival event.

Have yourself a merry little ginmas with the Christmas wine and spirits fair

The Christmas wine & spirits fair is back after taking a forced Covid break in 2020. You don’t need to just be a wine fan for this event, there will be lots of spirits on show, including plenty of different gin’s, whisky, cognac, and some winter liqueur treats. Although not confirmed, but there might even be some beer and cider for you this year!

As well as spirits there will be a huge range of still, sparking & dessert wines. With a range of wines from modern classics to new quirky favourites, including some super special wines. The event will be held on 27th November, you can book your tickets on their website here.

Make Millennium Point your place to go this Christmas with our bespoke packages

While we can’t guarantee snow, we can promise an outstanding Christmas party experience at our multi-award-winning venue, in Eastside Birmingham. We have two packages available for up to 354 guests, where you can choose from a glamorous VIP Film Premiere Party, reminiscent of classic Hollywood glitz, or a more traditional, yet stylish, party accompanied by a sumptuous three-course meal.

Whichever you choose, you can be assured that you and your guests will receive outstanding hospitality, which is big on quality without maxing the company card. Find out more about our Christmas packages here.

Make your event sparkle when booking with Millennium Point

Choose Millennium Point this Christmas to book your event with our beautiful tree on display to give your event the wow factor at no additional cost. Our multi-award-winning venue has 17 versatile spaces to choose from ensuring the perfect space is offered for your event.

If you have something in mind our friendly events team have over 40 years in events experience and are happy to help. Get in contact for any questions you may have on our refurbished website here.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands.