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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 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


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Christmas Events

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  1. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2014 To 9 Nov 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  2. Let The Bells Ring Out For Christmas

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2014 To 7 Nov 2014

    A free, family event to celebrate the switch-on of the new Park Street Christmas lights, the arrival of the Christmas tree on College Green...

  3. Bristol Christmas Light Switch-On

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2014 To 7 Nov 2014

    Start Christmas off with a bang with the Switch-On of Bristol city centre's Christmas lights at Cabot Circus

  4. 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

  5. Daily Christmas Carol Concerts at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    8 Nov 2014 To 24 Nov 2014

    Choirs from across the region will be celebrating the start of the festive season with a different carol concert each day at The Mall

  6. 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

  7. Clifton Village Light Switch-On

    Dates

    From:
    12 Nov 2014 To 12 Nov 2014

    Come and watch the Clifton Village Light Switch-On including Christmas Street decoration Lights and 50ft Christmas Tree with 6,000 lights,...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Union J and Christmas Light Switch-On at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2014 To 13 Nov 2014

    X Factor stars Union J will be switching on the Christmas lights at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, and treating up to 10,000 fans to an...

  12. 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.

  13. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    15 Nov 2014 To 16 Nov 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  14. Santa And His Sleigh at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2014 To 16 Nov 2014

    Santa and his sleigh will arrive – assisted by his reindeer

  15. St Nicholas Lights Switch-On

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2014 To 16 Nov 2014

    Come and see the magical Chrismtas light switch-on in the heart of medieval Bristol at St Nicholas Market.

  16. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2014 To 23 Nov 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  17. 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

  18. 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...

  19. 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

  20. Eastwood Park Christmas Gift Fair

    Dates

    From:
    27 Nov 2014 To 27 Nov 2014

    Eastwood Park's first ever Christmas Gift Fair!

  21. Alice in Wonderland and What She Found There...at the Redgrave Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    28 Nov 2014 To 18 Dec 2014

    This family Christmas show tells the ever-popular story of Alice’s encounters with the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the...

  22. 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...

  23. 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.

  24. Made in Bristol Christmas Gift Fair at Colston Hall

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2014 To 29 Nov 2014

    The Made In Bristol Gift Fair returns to Colston Hall, once again bringing the best of the region’s designer-makers to the heart of the...

  25. The Harbourside Christmas Market

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2014 To 30 Nov 2014

    Something magical is happening down at the Harbourside this Christmas…

  26. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2014 To 30 Nov 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  27. The Big Sing - A Christmas Concert

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2014 To 29 Nov 2014

    Join Concern Universal on Saturday 29th November for a magical, festive concert guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

  28. Advent Reflections Concert with Churches Conservation Trust

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2014 To 30 Nov 2014

    Join us for our annual feast of choral music for Advent and Christmas in the ethereal acoustics of St Thomas The Martyr.

  29. 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!

  30. Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2014 To 24 Dec 2014

    Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

  31. 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

  32. 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,...

  33. 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...

  34. Penny Brohn Christmas Concert at St Stephen's Church

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2014 To 5 Dec 2014

    Join St Stephen's Church for a wonderful evening of festive music at our first Christmas concert to raise money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

  35. A Very Victorian Christmas with Father Christmas at Tyntesfield

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2014 To 6 Dec 2014

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

  36. Twilight and Illuminations Tour with City Sightseeing

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 6 Dec 2014

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

  37. Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 6 Dec 2014

    The annual Winter Lantern Parade will light up the streets of Bedminster on Saturday 6th December at 4.30pm starting from the Tobacco...

  38. The Harbourside Christmas Market

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 7 Dec 2014

    Something magical is happening down at the Harbourside this Christmas…

  39. We've Got To Get To Bethlehem - A Nativity Story at Redgrave Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 13 Dec 2014

    For the very first time Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Chaplain and playwright Neville Boundy has created his own version of this ancient,...

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

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2014 To 7 Dec 2014

    Join the elves for breakfast,or Afternoon Tea. Explore the elves bedroom as you wait to visit Santa in his magical grotto

  41. 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...

  42. Made in Bristol Christmas Gift Fair at Colston Hall

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2014 To 7 Dec 2014

    The Made In Bristol Gift Fair returns to Colston Hall, once again bringing the best of the region’s designer-makers to the heart of the...

  43. Christmas Fair at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2014 To 7 Dec 2014

    Enjoy gift stalls, Christmas carols and crafts at the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives’ annual Christmas fair.

  44. Treefest at St Mary Redcliffe Church

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2014 To 13 Dec 2014

    Innovative decorations on more than 100 Christmas trees will celebrate the city’s diversity and excellence

  45. Muppets Die Hard at The Wardrobe Theatre

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2014 To 9 Jan 2015

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

  46. After Hours: ICE at At-Bristol

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2014 To 10 Dec 2014

    Ever wanted to explore At-Bristol without any kids around? Well, now's your chance with this ICE themed evening...

  47. 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

  48. Wreath Making with Sarah Pepper at Tyntesfield

    Dates

    From:
    11 Dec 2014 To 11 Dec 2014

    Join Sarah Pepper to learn how to make your own stunning Christmas wreath

  49. Three Cane Whale Winter Special at St George's Bristol

    Dates

    From:
    12 Dec 2014 To 12 Dec 2014

    Bristol’s quietly compelling supergroup return to their favourite venue to present a seasonal feast of music devised by themselves

  50. A Very Victorian Christmas with Father Christmas at Tyntesfield

    Dates

    From:
    12 Dec 2014 To 13 Dec 2014

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

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