What’s on in Bristol this Christmas

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bristol

The singing reindeer in Broadmead #Bristol Christmas shopping
Singing reindeer in Broadmead

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

A nativity scene
I am glad the Christmas story has not been forgotten.

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.

A wooden food stall decorated with a frying pan # Bristol Christmas market

The Galleries

This time they have chosen candy canes and lollipops for the Bristol Christmas theme in the galleries shopping mall.

A christmas tree decorated with lollipops in the galleries. #Bristol christmas

Cabot circus

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.Farther Christmas in Cabot circus #Bristol christmas

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.



A well dressed reindeer in a bar. #Bristol Christmas

 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

Bristol 3 D planetarium glittering in the sun.
The Planetarium

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.

Getting to Bristol

If you want to check prices for coach fares to Bristol  check my links. Both companies take you right into the middle of the festivities.


National express

Both links will give you a discount if you are a member of top cash back. It is free to join.( If you are not a member I get a small referral bonus.)

Author: Anne Fraser

Hi, I am Anne, I am a retired nurse from Bristol in South West England. I am married with five grown up children, four boys and a girl , a grandson and a cat. I like History, travel and reading. I hope to connect with other people with similar interests.

15 thoughts on “What’s on in Bristol this Christmas”

  1. Lots to see in Bristol! Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks for linking up with us at the GATHERING OF FRIENDS LINK PARTY 10

  2. I kept looking to find where Bristol was — there is one in practically every state in the United States so I was very curious. Then I realized it was in the UK. Sounds like a fun place to be. Makes me want to go to a Christmas German village celebration.

  3. I enjoyed your post and am nearby to Bristol at the moment visiting my daughter and new granddaughter. I’m loving all the Christmas themed activities and your list is a great reminder of what’s available. Great shots too 🙂

    1. I am glad your grand daughter is holding her own. I have been reading the updates. I went to Fairford for my grand daughter’s christening last week. You suddenly become more aware of girl toys.

  4. Loved the photos! Aww it’s great to see somewhere that I can actually say “I’ve been there!” Been to Bristol several times, and I have done the Christmas markets before but that was a couple of years ago. It can get very busy, but it can be like that everywhere in the run up to Christmas. This has made me want to do another little day trip, it might help quiet the Grinch in me if I see some pretty lights and decorations 🙂
    Caz xx

      1. I get the visit Bristol email newsletter and always enter the competitions, even though I’ve never won and don’t imagine I ever will – good luck to you too!
        I’m sorry you were feeling rather down, I hope the pretty lights & tasty latte helped a little. How’re you doing today? Sending hugs,
        Caz xx

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