ITV News Central rounds up how our region's shopping centres have fared over the Christmas period.
Find out when the region's major shopping centres are open over the Christmas break
More than 100 people were treated at the weekend at a temporary minor injury unit in Birmingham set up to deal with Christmas party-goers.
Two of the most famous number one Christmas songs turn 40 this year and both were recorded by Midlands bands.
'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard and 'Merry Xmas Everybody' by Slade are entering their fourth decade.
A pregnant mother from Leicester has told ITV News Central she cried when she realised her outdoor Christmas decorations had been stolen by thieves.
They were taken from outside her home in Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys between 7.30am and 9am on 28th November.
Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel, who are expecting a baby boy in February, decided to put their decorations up early for their two-year-old daughter Maisie. They have replaced the lights with a note to those responsible thanking them for "ruining" Maisie's Christmas.
Leicestershire Police say anyone with information should contact them.
A mother and father who had Christmas lights stolen from outside their home in Leicester have left a message for the thieves who took them.
Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel were so upset for their two-year-old daughter, that they decided to replace the lights with a message for those responsible.
The family say they have received offers from local people who want to help them to replace the lights before Christmas.
Police are investigating a theft at the property on Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys and ask anyone with information to contact them on 101.
A family from Leicester have been left upset after thieves stole their brand new christmas lights from the front of their house.
Pregnant mother, Kayleigh Driver and her partner Daniel have spent around £150 on lights for their house which were taken days after they were put up at their home in Balisfire Grove in Beaumont Leys.
Leicestershire Police say they are investigating a theft from the garden of the house on the morning of 28th November. If anyone has any information they should contact them on 101.
Expedia’s Greatest Growth Destinations
- 1. Birmingham, England, 118%
- 2. Sydney, NSW, Australia, 93%
- 3. Canary Islands, Spain, 91%
- 4. Phuket, Thailand, 87%
- 5. Dublin, Ireland, 84%
- 6. Glasgow, Scotland, 82%
- 7. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 75%
- 8. Brussels, Belgium, 75%
- 9. Manchester, England, 67%
- 10. Bruges, 59%
– Andy Washington, managing director of Expedia.co.uk
The Christmas and New Year period is always an extremely popular time for travel and this year will certainly be no exception with people making the most of their extended break.
It appears that Birmingham’s German market and great shopping options in the city are quickly becoming central attractions in the annual Christmas calendar.
An online travel agent has revealed Birmingham is the fastest growing Christmas and New Year's Eve destination for 2013-14.
The figures from Expedia.co.uk follow recent statistics from the UK’s hotel booking service LateRooms.com, which showed a 24% increase in bookings to Birmingham’s hotels over the past four months.
The figures come on the back of the city being promoted by international publications including New York Magazine and China Daily.
Birmingham is the fastest growing Christmas and New Year's Eve destination for 2013-14, according to new figures released by Expedia.co.uk.
The online travel agent has seen bookings to the city increase by 118% for the festive period.