Don't just sit around eating turkey sandwiches, banish the lull between Christmas and New Year and find fun Twixmas holiday activities in Bristol!

1. See a show

Gok Wan and Brian Conley are Bristol’s panto players this year, taking the stage by storm in Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome until 6 January (you can check out our review here), Bristol Old Vic present an enchanting new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, A Christmas Carol until 13 January (see what we thought of it here) as well as the family-friendly Chloe and the Colour Catcher (until 6 January) and tiddlers need not miss out on the theatre experience with Igloo (until 6 Jan) for 0-3 year olds. Tobacco Factory Theatres welcome Shesus and the Sistas in The Gift of Presents (until 30 December), and a funny and magical mix of puppetry and live music with Beasty Baby (until 6 January). It will also transform into a giant adventure playground to tell the story of The Borrowers (until 13 Jan). Meanwhile puppets and captivating storytelling combine to create an enchanting and Yuletide show with Christmas Tales with Grandad at the Wardrobe Theatre. Or join in an improvised interactive panto for 4-11 year olds with Pick your own Panto at The Bristol Improv Theatre (28-30 December).

Brian Conley & Gok Wan - Cinderella - The Bristol Hippodrome - things to do in Bristol for twixmas

Image - Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

2. Peruse an exhibition

Roll up, roll up for an egg-citing eggs-hibition dedicated to the wonderful world of clowning at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Find out what makes a great clown and step into their oversized shoes, be wowed by the colourful costumes and enter a surreal and interactive realm of light, colour, mirrors and clown cars! Also on display (until 6 January) at the Museum are landscape prints made by two of Japan's best-loved artists, Hokusai and Hiroshige

Head to M Shed to see the inspiring animal images in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from The Natural History Museum, back at M Shed until 24 February 2018. The 100 breath-taking images portray everything from spectacular animal portraits and dramatic landscapes, to bizarre species and endangered habitats in the natural world.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Eggs-hibition

Image - Eggs-hibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

3. Experience Christmas classic movies like never before

Join Hype and Bristol Film Festival at The Passenger Shed for a screening of Christmassy classics in a ‘wintery wonkyland’ – a fully-themed make-believe land. Matilda, Elf, Frozen Singalong (all 27 December), Gremlins, Mary Poppins and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (28 December) are all on the bill.

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Image - Disney's Frozen

4. Hunker down with heart-warming films at the cinema

For a great big bear hug of an afternoon, add Watershed's screening of the charming Paddington 1 and Paddington 2 movies (27-30 December) to your Twixmas activity list.

We The Curious' Big Screen is also bringing winter joy to the masses with screenings of outdoor classic Christmas movies like Home Alone (3 January).

We The Curious Big Screen Millennium Square - Twixmas in Bristol

Image - We The Curious' Big Screen, Millennium Square

5. Be bewitched by magic

Seven spellbinding illusionists are on a mission to delight and astonish with some hilarious comedy magic and spectacular illusions in Stars of Magic at the Redgrave Theatre from 27-30 December.

6. Go on a twinkly-lit adventure

Experience the night-time magic of Sudeley Castle’s award-winning gardens at their most spectacular for the festive, Alice in Wonderland-themed Spectacle of Light from 27-30 December.

Make the most of the festive illuminations before the twinkly lights go away for another year. Go on a glowing adventure through thousands of Chinese lanterns and illuminated hedge maze, go on a winter safari and discover an authentic 1920 Christmas inside Longleat House (until 6 January).  

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle Twixmas activities Bristol

Image - Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle

7. Go winter stargazing in the UK's first 3D Planetarium  

Wander into the giant silver ball at We The Curious (selected dates from 21 December – 31 January) for a night-time tour of the known universe in the UK's first 3D Planetarium. Discover the stories of ancient stargazers, fly far away to distant galaxies and marvel at the view from distant and planets. 

We the curious planetarium nights bristol twixmas

Image - We The Curious Planetarium nights

8. Get your skates on

Millennium Square has once again been transformed into a wintry playground until 6 January. Pop down for a bit of frosty magic and take a whirl on the ice rink, snuggle under a cosy blanket with a mulled treat from the Après Bar and have a go on one of the fairground rides, including a giant Sky View Wheel with marvellous wintry views over Bristol. You can also swish on the South West’s largest outdoor ice rink at the The Mall, Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland until 6 January.

Winter Wonderland Cribbs causeway

Image - Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribb's Causeway

9. Eat more festive treats!

You surely can’t have had your fill of mince pies yet, so top up your quota of Yuletide goodies with Avon Valley Railway’s Sherry and Mince Pie Specials (26, 29, 30 December & 1 January). Perfect for those wanting a Christmassy family day out on a steam train through beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

Grab a golden ticket and present it at Wonkyland Chocolate Factory (at The Passenger Shed) on 30 December for an immersive scrumdiddlyumptious afternoon tea full of entertainment, fizzy-lifting bubbles and, of course, chocolate!

Experience the beauty and sounds of hundreds of wild swans on a floodlit lake before enjoying a delicious two course meal at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (28-29 December). Slimbridge are also running a Wild Winter Weekend with lots of special birding events 5-6 January.

Avon Valley Railway Twixmas activities in Bristol

Image - Avon Valley Railway

10. Shop the sales

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.

11. Walk off those Christmas treats

If you feel like you’ve slight over-indulged during the Christmastide period, getting outside and active is the best remedy for post-Christmas waistlines and fuzzy heads. Resist the urge to hibernate with one of these invigorating wintry walks around Bristol. For something a bit different, join a Haunted and Hidden Walking Tour around the city to learn more about Bristol’s spookiest sites (4 January).

Tyntesfield - twixmas activities

Image - Tyntesfield

12. Get creative

Call upon your inner Banksy with a street art stencilling session from graffiti experts Where The Wall (29 & 30 December, 5, 12 & 26 January).

13. Chill out

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

Harbour Hotel Twixmas activities bristol

Image - Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

14. 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 cosiest hotels or find the perfect place by browsing our accommodation pages to make the most of the remaining Christmas break – some places offer special New Year’s Eve packages.

15. Party the night away

Plan a stonking New Year’s Eve night out to remember in Bristol. From a frozen cocktail party to a neon-tastic 80s night and pre-historic pop party on a boat, if you still haven’t sorted your New Year’s Eve party plans take a look at this little lot for oodles of inspiration.

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15 twixmas activities in Bristol