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Christmas in Bristol

Our guide to everything festive in Bristol this year, from shopping to things to do

Christmas events

Merry Bristmas!

Christmas in Bristol this year is bigger than Father Christmas's mince pie stash. Here, you'll find details on everything you need to know to make the most of Christmas in Bristol.  


Our Festive Top Tips...

Image Credit SpeigeltentShopping - Shop til you drop with our fairytale combo of quirky independent shops, high street brands and a whole shopping quarter. Check out our shopping section for more details about all the different areas and shops you can find here or find out about a private chaffeur shopping tour. Or book a Christmas shopping break.

Book Your Stay - Bristol oozes atmosphere during the Christmas months and with so much to see, do and shop, you'll be needing somewhere to stay. Check out our accommodation pages and offers pages and book yourself a merry little festive break.Bristol Cathedral IMAGE CREDIT Destination Bristol

Christmas and New Years Special Offers - It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but perhaps not for your bank account. So give it a little rest too, and check out our Christmas special offers page.

Sacred and Spiritual - Explore some of Bristol’s sacred buildings, which are at their most impressive during the Christmas period.

Spread the cheer - Come and say hello to us on twitter, facebook and instagram and send us the details of your Proper Bristol Christmas using the hashtag #merrybristmas

Get around - First Bus have put on more services than ever before over the Christmas period.


Christmas Events

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  1. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2014 To 23 Dec 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  2. Bristol's German Christmas Market

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2014 To 22 Dec 2014

    Soak up the Christmas atmosphere at the fabulous German market, find unique gifts and treat yourself to waffles, crepes and mulled wine

  3. Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

    Dates

    From:
    8 Nov 2014 To 7 Jan 2015

    Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

  4. Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    Santa's Enchanted Ice Castle offers a magical experience.

  5. Christmas Train Ride at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2014 To 11 Jan 2015

    Take a ride on The Mall's Christmas train inside The Mall.

  6. Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2014 To 11 Jan 2015

    Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

  7. Festival of Light at Longleat

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2014 To 4 Jan 2015

    Brand new for Christmas 2014, Longleat will be staging a unique and spectacular display of giant Chinese lanterns.

  8. Giant Snow Globe in Bristol Shopping Quarter

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2014 To 22 Dec 2014

    New for 2014 is a giant snow globe, where shoppers can step inside and have their picture taken.

  9. Santaland at Wookey Hole

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    Have a great Christmas time at Wookey Hole with Santaland

  10. 101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

    Dates

    From:
    26 Nov 2014 To 11 Jan 2015

    Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly think that...

  11. Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

    Dates

    From:
    26 Nov 2014 To 4 Jan 2015

    After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter playground

  12. Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

    Dates

    From:
    27 Nov 2014 To 17 Jan 2015

    This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

  13. Clifton On Ice

    Dates

    From:
    27 Nov 2014 To 1 Jan 2015

    This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

  14. Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

    Dates

    From:
    28 Nov 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    Westonbirt Arboretum's Enchanted Christmas features a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of...

  15. Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2014 To 22 Feb 2015

    Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned photography exhibition from the Natural History Museum.

  16. Santa Specials at Avon Valley Railway

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    Steam into Christmas with the Avon Valley Railway Ho-ho-ho! Come and see Santa on the Avon Valley Railway!

  17. A Christmas Welcome in the House at Tyntesfield

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    Wander around the ground floor and discover the traditions of Christmas past at Tyntesfield Estate

  18. Christmas Local Market

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2014 To 22 Dec 2014

    Bristol Local Christmas Market consists of 20 chalet-style stalls in Broadmead West, next to Bristol's German Christmas Market. The stalls...

  19. Christmas at the Spiegeltent

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    2014 will be Christmas at the Spiegeltent’s 3rd year in Waterfront Square on Bristol Harbourside and the line-up of live music, cabaret,...

  20. Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 5 Jan 2015

    The countdown is on to the ultimate tail of wags to riches, Dick Whittington - this year’s award winning spectacular family pantomime at...

  21. Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2014 To 4 Jan 2015

    A magical extravaganza from Pickled Image, especially for the festive season

  22. Muppits Die Hard at The Wardrobe Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2014 To 17 Jan 2015

    A darkly comic, adult only, alternative Christmas show that combines Miss Piggy and Bruce Willis.

  23. Mrs Gerrish's Grotto at The Brewery Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2014 To 4 Jan 2015

    By popular demand, Mrs Gerrish is back to spend Christmas with us! The waspish 50’s seaside landlady may have bitten off more than she can...

  24. Bristol Zoo's Big Night Out at Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Dates

    From:
    17 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    This Christmas time join at the zoo for an evening full of enchanting entertainment

  25. A Very Victorian Christmas with Father Christmas at Tyntesfield

    Dates

    From:
    19 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Experience the house as you’ve never done before at Tyntesfield on a storytelling tour

  26. Christmas: Friday Food Market

    Dates

    From:
    19 Dec 2014 To 19 Dec 2014

    Friday Food Market offers visitors the opportunity to purchase some of the best local produce in the city

  27. The Ice Rink Christmas Market

    Dates

    From:
    19 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    There’s a new Christmas Market with a difference, would you like to be part of it? Let’s show off local creativity and celebrate Christmas...

  28. Bootleg Beatles Xmas Show at Colston Hall

    Dates

    From:
    19 Dec 2014 To 19 Dec 2014

    The hugely popular tribute band return to the Hall to perform “flawless” renditions of The Beatles’ best-loved hits.

  29. Santa Express Train to the Winter Wonderland at Cattle Country Adventure Park

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 23 Dec 2014

    Children across the South West can go on an enchanting train journey at Cattle Country Adventure Park

  30. Spiegeltent Christmas Markets

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    The Spiegeltent Christmas Markets are the perfect opportunity to get your christmas shopping sorted in style

  31. Supper with Santa at Puxton Park

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    A Special occasion to join Santa for a Christmas party at Puxton Park

  32. Merry Fishmas at Bristol Aquarium

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 4 Jan 2015

    Become one of Santa’s little helpers this holiday and help feed the fish every morning.

  33. Christmas Nativity Plays at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Celebrate the festive season this year by coming along to the very popular nativity play featuring live animals and a real baby!

  34. Twilight and Illuminations Tour with City Sightseeing

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Experience the thrill of a twilight bus journey through Bristol's vivid and eclectic landscape.

  35. Breakfast or Tea with Santa at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    Come and join us for a fun day of family Christmas activities here at WWT Slimbridge.

  36. Sail with Santa! Bristol Ferry Boats

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    This Christmas, treat the kids to an award winning festive experience. Join our ferry elves on our cosily decorated boat and hunt for Santa...

  37. Xmas Steam Up at M Shed

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Come and find out how to drive a railway engine and the steam crane at the M Shed

  38. The Masquerade Ball at the Spiegeltent

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Besides the DJ’s, fire jugglers, assorted freaks and ne’er-do-wells they'll be presenting two fantastic live bands plus an assortment of...

  39. The Harbourside Christmas Market

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    Something magical is happening down at the Harbourside this Christmas…

  40. Handel’s Messiah by Bristol Choral Society at Colston Hall

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2014 To 20 Dec 2014

    Bristol Choral Society is one of the South West’s premier symphony choruses performing at Colston Hall for Christmas

  41. Xmas Steam Up at M Shed

    Dates

    From:
    21 Dec 2014 To 21 Dec 2014

    Come and find out how to drive a railway engine and the steam crane at the M Shed

  42. Nativity Cycle

    Dates

    From:
    22 Dec 2014 To 22 Dec 2014

    A bicycling version of The Nativity this Christmas

  43. Festive Farmers and Gift Market at St Nicholas Market

    Dates

    From:
    24 Dec 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    A festive Farmer’s & Gift Market will be taking place on Christmas Eve with carols and mulled wine.

  44. Sherry and Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2014 To 26 Dec 2014

    After the indulgence of Christmas Day why not take the family for a relaxing trip on the Avon Valley Railway?

  45. Sherry and Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway

    Dates

    From:
    27 Dec 2014 To 27 Dec 2014

    After the indulgence of Christmas Day why not take the family for a relaxing trip on the Avon Valley Railway?

  46. Sherry and Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway

    Dates

    From:
    28 Dec 2014 To 28 Dec 2014

    After the indulgence of Christmas Day why not take the family for a relaxing trip on the Avon Valley Railway?

  47. River Cottage NYE Party

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2014 To 31 Dec 2014

    Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 in style at River Cottage Canteen, with live music from The Schmoozenbergs.

  48. New Year’s Eve Swing Dance Party at Colston Hall

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2014 To 31 Dec 2014

    Colston Hall’s NYE Swing Dance Party will be a fabulous way to celebrate the New Year in a stylish, lively and grand setting

  49. Resolution: A New Years Eve Party at Racks

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2014 To 31 Dec 2014

    Resoloution is a unique New Year’s Eve experience, coming right to the heart of Clifton at Racks

  50. Sherry and Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2015 To 1 Jan 2015

    After the indulgence of Christmas Day why not take the family for a relaxing trip on the Avon Valley Railway?

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