Powered by MINI Electric and wrapped in 2,000 Twinkly LEDs, the Festive MINI is starting a five-week tour to spread festive cheer and raise money for three important charities; MS Trust, Duchenne UK and Alzheimer's Society.
The project is being supported by MINI UK, Festive Lights and Twinkly. Special thanks to MINI UK for providing their all new MINI Electric, Twinkly for providing the app-controlled lights, and Festive Lights for installing the lights on the car.
Nico is hoping to bring the Festive MINI to as many places around England as possible, but we haven't announced all the dates and locations yet.
Check out where the Festive MINI is heading so far and keep checking back often to find out if a location near you has been added:
Dates and locations are subject to change at short notice
Thursday 25th November (5pm - 9pm): The Lexicon Bracknell, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AP
Saturday 27th November (4pm - 9pm): Lap of Lights, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN
Sunday 28th November (10am-2pm): Gilks' Garage Café Christmas Market, Banbury Rd, Kineton, Warwick CV35 0JZ
Tuesday 30th November (6pm-7pm): Tesco Warfield, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 3JP
Wednesday 1st December (6pm-7pm): Location to be confirmed
Saturday 4th - 5th December (TBC): Manchester (more info soon)
Monday 6th December (TBC): London (more info soon)
Tuesday 7th December (TBC): Berkeley Woodhurst Park, Warfield, Berkshire RG42 5AB
Thursday 9th December (4pm-8pm): Christmas Extravaganza, Princess Square, Bracknell RG12 1LS
Friday 10th December (5pm-7pm): Location to be confirmed
Saturday 11th December (TBC): Bicester Heritage (Invite only), Bicester, OX27 8AL
Monday 13th - 16th December (press only event): BMW Group Electric Showcase
Saturday 18th - 19th December (TBC): Lloyd Blackpool MINI, Blackpool FY4 5PQ
Friday 24th December (3pm - 6pm): The Lexicon Bracknell, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AP
Bracknell is still very much the home of the Festive MINI. Due to overwhelming demand and the fact the Festive MINI is going on national tour, it is not possible this year to visit individual homes. You will however be able to see the Festive MINI at a number of locations in and around Bracknell. Keep checking the above as locations near you may be added last minute!
If you're hosting a Christmas event for the general public and would like Nico and the Festive MINI to appear as special guests, get in touch by emailing email@example.com with the subject: Festive MINI location.
The Festive MINI started just as a bit of fun over three years ago, when Nico (Nicholas Martin) covered his own MINI in Christmas lights, after being inspired by a Car Throttle Christmas video. Driving around his hometown of Bracknell throughout December, the "Christmas car" was quickly becoming the talk of the town, with many residents hoping to see it and take photos.
In 2019, the Festive MINI returned with even more lights, but it was this year that a kind hearted resident asked if Nico could take the Festive MINI to surprise an 11-year-old boy called Marcus, who had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was seven. Due to his limited mobility and now wheelchair bound, Marcus was unable to get around all the amazing Christmas displays. When Marcus saw the lights on the Festive MINI, his face lit up with so much joy and excitement, and it was in that moment that Nico realised the Festive MINI was something truly magical and more than just a bit of fun.
2020 was an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but it was even harder for clinically vulnerable people with life threatening conditions, like Marcus, but also Nico's mother, who had been diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS). Without the usual Christmas displays and switch-ons delivering much needed festive spirit, Nico knew that the Festive MINI was needed by the residents of Bracknell more than ever.
Nico decided to turn the Festive MINI into a fundraising effort for the first time in 2020, and raised over £5,000 for the MS Trust and Duchenne UK.
130 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every week in the UK. That’s one person every two hours. An MS diagnosis can be devastating, for people with MS and their loved ones. You may feel lost, alone and uncertain about the future. But you don't have to deal with it alone. The MS Trust is here for everyone affected by MS, from the moment of diagnosis and throughout your journey.
We’re here for you today, tomorrow and every day after that. We fight to make sure everyone affected by MS can access good quality, specialist care and live the best life they possibly can. We support and train your MS health professionals and fund MS specialist nurses and Advanced MS Champions across the UK. We produce practical, evidence-based information, online and in print, and our dedicated Enquiry Service team are a friendly and knowledgeable voice to speak to for anyone who needs to know more about MS.
For more information visit https://mstrust.org.uk/
Charity number: 1088353
Duchenne UK has one clear aim – to end Duchenne, a devastating muscle-wasting disease. As the leading Duchenne charity in the UK, they connect the best researchers with industry, the NHS and families to accelerate every stage of drug development. Together, we will find effective treatments for this generation of people living with DMD.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. Children born with DMD cannot produce the protein dystrophin which is vital for muscle strength and function. Muscle weakness starts in early childhood. Many use a wheelchair by around the age of 12. As deterioration continues it leads to paralysis and a shortened life expectancy. It almost exclusively affects boys. In the UK there are around 2,500 boys affected and around 300,000 worldwide. It is classified as a rare disease.
Our president is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Our patrons include the broadcasters Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Mary Nightingale, and the sports stars Owen Farrell, Kris Radlinski and Andy Farrell.
For more information visit https://www.duchenneuk.org/
Charity number: 1147094
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year - that’s one every three minutes.
We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice. Visit Alzheimer’s Society’s website (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/) or call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
Charity number: 296645
Please help spread some Festive Giving, and get your friends and family to donate too.
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Congrats nico I'm inspired by your genius dedication to your passion and unique driving skills.
£50.00 4 days ago
Good Idea.... Good luck!
£50.00 5 days ago
Great charity's! Good luck in raising your goal! 🎄
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My dementia hubby lit up too seeing your car!! Our friend has MS. As Kay Burley said Nico “Cool” but such a Cool Cause!! So wish we could donate more! We must try and see you in Blackpool!! Thank you Nico.
£10.00 3 days ago
Just seen on Sky News, great festive project. Well done.
£10.00 3 days ago
What a flash car!
£5.00 3 days ago
Great, fun idea!
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Well done. Novel idea.
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