Grab a warm coat and a woolly hat and head out to experience a little bit of Christmas magic with a twinkly festive light walk in and around Bristol this Christmas.

Please remember to adhere to government guidelines and social distance from those outside of your household and bubble. Many of these events and shop openings are dependent on government guidelines. We advise that you use this blog as a planning tool and always check directly on the websites listed below for the latest updates.

Have fun and immerse yourself in some festive wonder safely!

Bristol Shopping Quarter

If in previous years you’ve been too busy rushing around the shops buying something for Auntie Joyce, then why not take the time this year to really notice the amazing Christmas lights and displays all around Bristol Shopping Quarter.

Funded by Broadmead Bristol BID and stretching throughout Broadmead and The Horsefair, take a wander through and grab a few Christmas presents while you are there.

Then head onwards to Cabot Circus where their quirky Christmas lights will be sparking some joy. Don't forget to say hi to the giant Santa as well.

What’s open while you’re there?

There are lots of essential shops open, plus click and collect and takeaway options. Take a look at Bristol Shopping Quarter’s website and Cabot Circus's list of what's open for all the latest.

Bristol Shopping Quarter Christmas Lights

Image: Bristol Shopping Quarter Christmas Lights

Bristol City Centre

Marvel at the beautiful Christmas lights extending throughout Bristol City Centre from Queen’s Road and Park Street, Old City and King Street, a display of more than a mile of festoon lighting that will make even Rudolph feel weak at the knees.

Funded solely by Bristol City Centre BID, the lights will be twinkling everyday from 11am – 11pm in the leadup to Christmas. So spend time exploring the lights and spread a little joy by supporting local businesses that are open and operating safely.

What’s open while you’re there?

Many of the Bristol City Centre businesses are open for essential retail, click and collect or takeaway.

Bristol City Centre BID Christmas Lights - Park Street - CREDIT

Image: Bristol City Centre BID Christmas Lights on Park Street - credit Bristol City Centre BID

Clifton Village

Clifton Village is magical at Christmas and this year, amongst the Christmas lights, the special guest star will be Florence the NHS Christmas Tree of Thanks. Florence is a 50ft Nordman Fir Christmas Tree in The Mall Gardens. It will be decorated with your NHS Stars.

BID Clifton Village in association with Tony Miles (Smiley Miley Events) are asking people to buy a star for Florence to say thank you to the NHS staff in Bristol. Find out how and where to purchase the stars here.

Support the local shops that are open and operating safely for essential retail, click and collect or takeaway.

Clifton Village at Christmas

Image: Clifton Village at Christmas

Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

Discover the trees of Westonbirt Arboretum in a whole new light along the Christmas Illuminated Trail this December. See the trees lit up as you wander through the glades and who knows, you may catch a glimpse of a very special guest from the North Pole...

Please note – this event is subject to the national lockdown ending. If for any reason it has to be cancelled all tickets will be refunded or moved to a date in 2021.

Find out more here, including how to pre-book tickets

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum - creidt Westonbirt Arboretum

Image: Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

Land of Light at Longleat

Running from 3 December to 10 January 2021, Land of Light features thousands of spectacular light sources, illuminating seven themed areas across the Wiltshire estate.

Specially created for the Longleat Estate, the Land of Light’s technology, art and interactive installations provide a stunning and unique alternative to the much-loved winter lantern spectacular; the Festival of Light, which Longleat has postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

See sensational projections light up the iconic Longleat House, dancing fountains and animated light displays across the ornate grounds and gardens, Half Mile Lake and The Longhouse.

Please note – this event is subject to the national lockdown ending. If for any reason it has to be cancelled all tickets will be refunded.

Land of Light at Longleat 2020

Image: Land of Light at Longleat

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Head to the beautiful Sudeley Castle & Gardens in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire on selected evenings from 4 - 30 December. Discover the magical characters of The Nutcracker throughout the dazzling illuminated trail around Sudeley's beautiful gardens and enchanted woodland. Gaze at the sparkling water features and the flickering field of fire. Light beams, lanterns and much much more. Enjoy the wonderful music as you experience each new secret of this magical environment.

Please note – this event is subject to the national lockdown ending. The safety and well-being of visitors is of the utmost importance to the event organisers who are continually monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation as it evolves. Full details can be found on their website.

Spectacle of Light  at Sudeley House and Gardens

Image: Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole

See the famous Wookey Hole caves near Wells, Somerset draped in 100,00 twinkly Christmas lights for a underground magical adventure. Guided tours take you through the caves (home to the legendary Witch of Wookey) and then you can explore above ground and meet Santa, the Wizard, Dinosaurs and more!

Please note: Wookey Hole hope to re-open from Saturday 5th December 2020. More updates will follow

Portishead High Street

Portishead Christmas lights are some of the best local Christmas lights in the West. They extend throughout the Hight Street from Whitecott Stores to Waitrose and feature around 8,000 bulbs. Each year volunteers from the Coastal Somerset town spend their time making sure the lights get better and better and in 2020 despite a drop in funding the lights are still going up to bring some festive cheer and goodwill to all.

Without their popular switch on event and Victorian event the team are asking for support through their Just Giving page so if you do go along and enjoy the lights then you can support them here.

The High Street is also full of loads of great local and independent shops many of which are offering click and collect and takeaway during the lockdown.

Portishead Christmas Lights - image BenMPhoto

Image: Portishead Christmas Lights - credit benmphoto

Brailsford Christmas Lights

Each year The Brailsford family from Brentry put on the most incredible Christmas light display. The display has grown and grown and now raises thousands of pounds for local children’s charities each year.

This year the Christmas Lights display will be going ahead and the organisers have taken the necessary precautions and following government guidelines to ensure they provide a secure place for you to see Brailsford Lights. Please maintain all social distancing rules when visiting this year and please use the hand sanitiser provided near the collection boxes.

Head here for all the information about the Brailsford lights including how to find them.

Brailsford Christmas Lights Brentry - copyright Brailsford

Image: Brailsford Christmas Lights

Almondsbury Christmas Light Display

Another local family that bring festive cheer with their annual Christmas lights are Graham and Sue from Almondsbury. Their gloriously festive house will be lighting up this year to raise money for local charities.  

Please be kind and courteous of others and the people that live in the street when visiting the lights. This includes; social distancing, using hand sanitiser and wearing a face mask where possible. At busy periods people will be asked to limit their time viewing the lights 10 minutes max, plus there will be a one-way system.  

Find the Cope Park Lights at BS32 4EZ. They should be easy to spot once you’re there! For more information visit the Almonsbury Christmas Light Display page.

Cope Park Almondsbury Christmas Lights

Image: Almondsbury Christmas Light Display

Christmas Displays in Bristol and South Glos

Due to lockdown and the impact of coronavirus. Local people are putting on extra special shows this year for Christmas. This group is putting together a map of the amazing Christmas Displays whether it is a window display, outdoor display or lights Displayin Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The map will be available after the lockdown to help with social distancing measures. Head over and take a look.

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