Don't just sit around eating turkey sandwiches, banish the lull between Christmas and New Year and get out and enjoy the best that Twixmas in Bristol has to offer.

1. See a show

Aladdin at Bristol Hippodrome (until 7 Jan 2018)

Follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family...Starring Marti Pellow and Joe Pasquale.

The Stars of Magic Christmas Show at the Redgrave Theatre (27 Dec - 30 Dec)

Seven of the very finest magicians and illusionists from around the globe come together in a breath-taking and head-scratching show that really has to be seen to be (dis)believed.

Aladdin

Image - Aladdin @ Bristol Hippodrome

2. Go to an immersive screening of Jumanji (28 Dec)

Twixmas

Image - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Join Bristol Film Festival at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for an immersive screening of the Nineties classic Jumanji. Expect to be drawn into the magic like never before in this incredible setting, with a light show designed to bring the film to life.

3. Peruse an exhibition

The renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year  competition from the Natural History Museum is back at M Shed until 8 April 2018, with 100 spectacular images, from frozen wastelands to tropical paradises.

Wildlife

Image - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, Morkel Erasmus

4. Go winter star-gazing (until 4 March)  

Investigate the science of astronomy and find answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Immerse yourself in wonder as a presenter guides you around the glittering winter night sky in the UK’s only 3D Planetarium at We The Curious.

We the curious

Image - We The Curious, credit Lee Pullen

5. Get your skates on

Millennium Square, next to We The Curious, has been transformed into a wintry playground until 16 January.  Head down for a bit of frosty magic and take a whirl under the stars on the ice rink. After spinning some icy shapes, snuggle under cosy blanket with a mulled treat from the Après Bar. Discover more We The Curious wintry treats in our blog.

Swish and swirl on the South West’s largest outdoor ice rink at the Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway’s until 7 January.

ice skating

Image - Ice skating, credit We The Curious

6. Eat more! 26, 27, 31 December & 1 January

Top up your festive treat quota with Avon Valley Railway’s Sherry and Mince Pie specials. Perfect for those wanting a Christmassy family day out on a steam train through beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

7. Go sales shopping

Bag a bargain in the post-Christmas sales. You’re sure to pick up a steal in Bristol Shopping Quarter, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Park Street, Gloucester Road or Clifton Village.

8. Walk off those Christmas treats

If you feel like you’ve slight over-indulged this yuletide period, getting outside and active is the best remedy for post-Christmas waistlines. Resist the urge to hibernate with one of these invigorating wintry walks around Bristol.

suspension bridge

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge

9. Chill out

Unwind after the chaos of Christmas with a spa day at one of Bristol’s blissful spas.

10. Take a mini break

If you’ve spent too much time cooped up with relations over the festive period and need a bit of a break, check out Bristol’s accommodation pages to find the perfect place to make the most of the remaining Christmas break. Be sure to look out for special New Year’s Eve packages.

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Aladdin at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Aladdin at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

The Bristol Hippodrome is delighted to announce that comedy legend Joe Pasquale, recording and musical theatre star Marti Pellow and Emmerdale and Coronation Street’s Hayley Tamaddon will lead the cast in this year’s magical family pantomime Aladdin.

The Stars of Magic Christmas Show at the Redgrave Theatre
Performance
Stars of Christmas Magic at the Redgrave Theatre

Seven of the very finest magicians and illusionists from around the globe come together in a breathtaking and head-scratching show that really has to be seen to be (dis)believed.

Bristol Film Festival: Jumanji at Bristol Museum
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Bristol Film Festival: Jumanji at Bristol Museum

Join Bristol Film Festival at Bristol Museum for an immersive screening of the Nineties classic Jumanji.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at M Shed
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year at M Shed

The renowned wildlife photography competition from the Natural History Museum is back with 100 spectacular images, from frozen wastelands to tropical paradises.

Winter Stargazing (3D) at We The Curious
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Winter Stargazing (3D) at We The Curious

Investigate the science of astronomy and find answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask at one of these regular daily shows.

Winter Fair and Ice Rink in Millennium Square
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Winter Fair and Ice Rink in Millennium Square

Head to the winter playground on Bristol's Harbourside this December, with an ice rink, big wheel, film screening, Christmas market and more!

We The Curious
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We The Curious

We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre) is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway
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Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

This fantastic festive experience encompasses the South West’s largest outdoor ice rink (over 1,000 sq. metres), Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, a magical Christmas train ride inside The Mall and a selection of festive foodie treats to enjoy

Avon Valley Railway
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Steam Train at Avon Valley Railway Bristol

Avon Valley is your friendly, local, steam railway and they’re bringing back the sounds and smells of steam to the Avon Valley.

Bristol Shopping Quarter
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Bristol Shopping Quarter

Home to hundreds of shops, from high street favourites to independent boutiques, plus great restaurants, cinemas and bars.

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
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The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is one of the premier shopping destination in the South West.

Park Street
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Park Street Shopping Bristol

A great selection of trendy clothes boutiques, music and records stores, bars and restaurants, furniture and art galleries.

Gloucester Road Shopping
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Gloucester Road Shopping

Gloucester Road is located in North Bristol and runs through St Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield. It has a large number of independent traders such as Bristol favourites Cox & Baloney Tearooms and RePyscho Vintage Clothing as well as household names.

Clifton Village
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Shopping in Clifton Village Bristol

Georgian shopping Quarter full of upmarket, independent shops which is a delight to explore.