Winter in Bristol

Whether it snows or not, you’re sure to feel festive in Bristol over winter. Tick everything off your Christmas list at the annual Christmas Market and the city’s varied shopping areas, enjoy a celebratory meal with indulgent festive food and drink packages at Bristol’s pubs and restaurants, and welcome the New Year in style at one of the many parties across the city.  

Christmas in Bristol 

Experience the unique atmosphere of Christmas in Bristol, when twinkling fairy light displays hang above streets filled with festive shoppers, and the mouth-watering scent of German sausages fills the air.  

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list at the quirky independents of Park Street and Gloucester Road, at your favourite high street shops in Bristol Shopping Quarter, or in the stalls of Bristol Christmas Market.   

There are also plenty of festive events in store, including exhibitions, theatre shows, light shows, grottos, and many more – check out our Christmas events calendar for a full list.

New Year’s Eve in Bristol 

Bristol knows how to throw a party, so you can be sure your New Year’s Eve in the city will be one to remember, however you choose to celebrate.  

For a more laidback evening, dine at one of the restaurants offering special New Year’s menus, or dress up and head out to a black-tie gala dinner. There‘s also the option to treat yourself to a luxurious stay with New Year packages at many of Bristol’s boutique hotels. 

If you’re after a classic New Year’s Eve night out, you’re spoilt for choice in Bristol. The city centre’s vibrant array of pubs, clubs and bars are alive with the sound of live music all night long, ready to entertain revellers looking to dance their way into the new year.  

Beat the New Year blues 

There’s no need to feel down after all the presents have been opened and the Christmas dinners have been eaten!  

Start your year off the best way, whether it's enjoying the city’s top attractions without the crowds during the quieter time of year, going for a bracing winter walk around Bristol’s parks and green spaces, or browsing for a bargain in the January sales. Make sure to check our Special Offers for some great deals too.  

There’s even the city’s first festival of the year to look forward to in February, when a series of stunning installations will add colour and light to city centre landmarks on dark wintry nights as part of the beloved Bristol Light Festival.  

Winter highlights

Get in the festive spirit with a trip to Bristol - join us for Christmas events, beautiful outdoor trails, New Year's Eve fun and lots more!

Christmas in Bristol

The days may get shorter, but now the streets of Bristol shimmer with twinkly spidery webs of fairy lights, infusing the dark nights with a touch of magic.

New Years Eve

Countdown to the new year in Bristol this New Year's Eve. Find out what's on and where to spend the evening in the city.

Feeling festive?

We've got plenty of suggestions for what you can do to during Christmas, Twixmas and New Year.

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