Christmas is a-coming and a sprinkling of #MerryBristmas magic has fallen on all corners of the city. That includes Park Street and Queens Road, a favourite stretch for shoppers lined with an abundance of independent boutiques and high street stores. But there are far more reasons to spend time here in December than just picking out gifts.

What is 'Bristmas'? Come and discover the Buzzing bars and restaurants, Remarkable places to stay, Inspirational museums, Sensational shopping, Thrilling live entertainment, Magical markets, Amazing attractions and Spectacular celebrations on offer.  

Buzzing bars and restaurants

You’re more than spoilt for choice by the food and drink served up on Park Street and Queens Road. Plan a classy Christmas do at Browns Brasserie & Bar; sip seasonal cocktails at Hyde & Co; add Asian flavours to your December at Woky Ko: Jing Xu and Yakinori; go round-the-world at all-you-can-eat restaurant Cosmo, or see what’s on the Christmas menus at chains like wagamama and Bill’s Restaurants. Feeling hungry yet?

Cocktail and candles at Hyde & Co bar

Image credit: Hyde & Co

Remarkable places to stay

Make the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel your base for a Bristmas break for a touch of old-school elegance. The 150-year-old hotel is Grade II-listed, with a grand façade and a statue of Queen Victoria welcoming you on the driveway. Its College Green address is the perfect starting point for working your way up Park Street and Queens Road.

Further up the hill, the Berkeley Square Hotel is one of the city’s finest boutique hotels, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by an impressive art collection. Or for a more private space with all the services and amenities on offer from the main hotel, book a stay in one of the Berkeley Suites.    

Living area at Berkeley Suites, Clifton

Image credit - Clifton Hotels Group, Berkeley Suites 

Inspirational museums

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has pride of place at the top of Park Street. This Christmas you can explore the spellbinding Do you believe in magic? exhibition or see how sculptors have taken on the human form in Being Human.    

Head to The Georgian House Museum and leave with a greater understanding of the city’s links to the slave trade as well as a snapshot of Georgian life. December is also your last chance to check out films by Yoko Ono in her first Bristol exhibition, Interventions/2. The Red Lodge Museum is just a 5-minute walk away too, for an extra helping of local history.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can visit the acclaimed Royal West of England Academy on Queens Road to admire world-class art.

Inside the Georgian House Museum Bristol

Image credit: Georgian House Museum

Sensational shopping

Christmas shopping is made easy on Park Street and Queens Road, with a choice of indie boutiques like Illustrate, much-loved high street names from White Stuff to Whistles, and vintage and retro shops such as Sobeys and Uncle Sam’s. Stop off at Averys Wine Merchants on nearby Culver Street to stock up on festive fizz or gifts – they have gift sets, hampers, glassware and more.

Make time to explore the three floors of products made by talented designers in the Guild, an independent department store which also has a gallery and a lovely café. 

Wines on display at Averys Wine Merchants

Image credit: Averys Wine Merchants

Thrilling live entertainment

There’s a dazzling programme of December events at St George's Bristol, including cracking Christmas shows. Christmas Spectaculars (19 & 20 December), a Festive Fiesta (21 December) and a Children's Christmas Carnival (22 December) are among them. Awake Arise – A Christmas Show for these Times (23 December) brings folk to the stage, for an evening of joyous and hope-filled music performed by a collaboration of five inventive artists.  

St George's Bristol in the snow by Evan Dawson

Image credit: Evan Dawson

Magical markets

The two-day long Etsy Made Local Bristol (30 November & 1 December) is coming to City Hall on College Green. Get handmade gifts and have a go at festive and craft workshops, all run by local makers, artists and Etsy sellers. VIVA! Vegan Festival (7 December) at Bristol SU will have over 40 stalls not only offering delicious vegan food but ethical clothing and gifts too.  

Etsy Made Local Bristol Christmas market

Image credit: Etsy Made Local Bristol

Amazing attractions

The magnificent Bristol Cathedral is free to enter and always a wonder to look around. One of the city's most sacred spaces, it's a beautiful historic building that is especially enchanting to visit over the festive season.

Spy a few of Banksy’s famous pieces in between your Bristmas celebrations in the area – the Well-Hung Lover graffiti on Frogmore Street and Paint-Pot Angel statue in the city museum. Save climbing Cabot Tower for a clear winter’s day when you’ll get the best far-reaching views over Bristol.

Candles at Bristol Cathedral

Image credit: Bristol Cathedral 

Spectacular celebrations

Seek out Bristmas cheer at the many festive events on the calendar, namely the Cathedral’s spine-tingling concerts and services, including the popular Carols by Candlelight (20 & 21 December). From their Advent Procession to Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Eucharist, see a full list in our guide to Bristol’s carol concerts

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