Christmas in Bristol
Bristol really comes alive at Christmas time. The city lights up and the locals love to eat, drink and be merry, all the way up to New Years and beyond. If you’re planning a visit over the silly season, We’ve made a list of some of the festive events that you really shouldn’t miss:
A Christmas staple for us is a market full of festive themed food, drink and fantastic gift ideas, it really puts us in the Christmas mood!
The Bristol Christmas Market in the very heart of the City Centre has a variety of over 50 different stalls showing the best of local food and craft. A walk around the market will inspire you and help you choose that special gift for that extra special person in your life who deserves a treat. The market opens on 9th November and runs all the way until 23rd December, so it’s even good for you last-minute shoppers.
Each year, the city has a magnificent display of traditional Christmas lights in the city centre and beyond. The twinkling lights and cute characters give us that warm festive feeling every time we see them. The lights illuminate for the first time on 15th November and are left on until 6th January.
Every year the docklands come alive and turn into a winter wonderland with the arrival of the ice rink. We love spending our evenings watching our loved ones struggle to stay upright on slippery ice, or marvelling at the professional skaters perfect their pirouettes. They have special school rates and times dedicated to young learners as well as family deals. Ice skating is also a perfect idea for an alternative date! Christmas isn’t complete without a visit to the South-West’s largest outdoor ice rink which is over 1,000 sq. metres!
In the same area as the ice rick, lies the most festive place in Bristol, the Winter Fair. The fair has a variety of activities for young and old like Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, a magical Christmas train ride and Après bar where you can cuddle up under a blanket and enjoy some hot chocolate or mulled wine. They also show some classic Christmas movies on the outdoor screen and have some vintage fairground rides for all ages to enjoy.
If you would like to celebrate Christmas in a more traditional way, Bristol Cathedral will be holding a carol service on 16th December. They are encouraging everyone to attend this non-ticketed, free event and join the Cathedral Choristers in singing Christmas hymns and songs. They also encourage children to get involved and dress up as Wise Men, Angels and Shepherds as part of the re-enactment of the nativity. Most of our local churches do hold carol services over the Christmas season too.
If you are planning to visit Bristol over the festive season, make sure your book the perfect accommodation for your trip. If you’re looking for a fantastic location, great value rates and all the space you could want PREMIER SUITES Bristol Cabot Circus is the place for you. Contact us to check availability.