It is almost the end of November and like it or not that means Christmas has arrived in Bristol. Personally I think the shopping centres are looking particularly festive this year and I thought I would go for a stroll with my camera, have a gingerbread latte and share a few photos and two competitions.
Christmas in Broadmead
The popular German Christmas market is back with an array of wooden stalls selling hand made goods and continental food. This year you can enjoy a stein of lager in the beer garden or try curling on the artificial rink. The market runs until the 23rd of December.
This time they have chosen candy canes and lollipops for the Bristol Christmas theme in the galleries shopping mall.
Cabot circus which is Bristol’s newest shopping centre has a more modern look with white LED lights on the escalators and in many of the shops. Children can visit Santa’s grotto on the second floor. I was pleased to see they are even offering autism friendly sessions.
Bristol Harbourside this Christmas
When I visited this afternoon they were still putting up lights but the harbourside always looks very festive with lights reflecting in the water at night. There will be a Christmas food court in Millennium square with the ever popular apres bar serving mulled wine and cider. The big wheel is back and there will be a programme of events including outdoor film screenings and DJ music nights. On the 7th and 8th of December the ship the Great Britain is hosting a Victorian weekend.
The pantomime at the hippodrome is Dick Whittington staring Shane Richie. The Mall at Cribbs Causeway has an artificial Ice rink and fairy castle. If you would like more suggestions of things to do in Bristol click here for further details Visit Bristol Christmas events
If you fancy something a little different or have ever wondered what the shiny ball in the middle of Millennium square is, how about visiting Bristol’s state of the art 3 D planetarium. You can recline in one of their comfortable seats, put on special glasses and find out what to look for in the night sky this winter. Entrance is via We the Curious and tickets can be booked on line. Children must be over 6 for 3 D shows. For more details of showings and prices. Planetarium at we the curious
Bristol Christmas competitions
Visit Bristol are running a competition to win a hotel stay, a meal at a top restaurant, a shopping voucher and a chance to blow your own Christmas bauble. Good luck. https://visitbristol.co.uk/competition
Bristol retailers have also clubbed together to offer a fabulous prize worth over £4,000 full of gifts for the whole family including tickets for Bristol zoo, a £50.00 shopping voucher and sandwich platters for a buffet. Good luck https://bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk/competition/
For something a bit different how about taking a twilight bus tour to see the lights. The tour includes a chance to sing festive songs and eat a mince pie. Bus twilight tour
I hope you have enjoyed my photos. As always I would love to read your comments and find out what your Christmas decorations are like.
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