15 things to do in Bristol this Christmas

Whether you'd prefer to explore all the Christmas markets, or bounce around at Airhop, we've got 15 ideas on what you can do over the winter break.


1. BRISTOL’S CHRISTMAS MARKET, 10 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

Head on down to the City Centre for Bristol’s Christmas Market to get yourself in the mood for Christmas. With over 40 traditional chalets full of unique gifts and homemade crafts and plenty of food and drink to choose from, it will provide the perfect winter atmosphere for this festive season.

 

2. ST NICK’S CHRISTMAS MARKET, 19 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

If you’ve not explored the old cobbled streets of Bristol yet, St Nick’s Christmas market is the perfect opportunity! Try out some festive food from the street stalls and find the perfect Christmas gifts.

 

3. HARBOURSIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET, 25 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

The Harbourside will transform into a Christmas haven for the five weekends leading up to Christmas. Taking centre stage of one of Bristol’s favourite spots, the Harbourside Christmas Market will provide mulled wine and mince pies aplenty and festive music throughout, making it the perfect place to spend the winter weekends.

 

4. WINTER FAIR AT MILLENNIUM SQUARE, 18 NOVEMBER 2017 – 16 JANUARY 2018

Head to the winter playground at Millennium Square this month where there’s an ice rink, a Christmas market, Apres Bar and a ferris wheel.

 

5. OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGS, 18 DECEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018

Wrap up warm for the free outdoor film screenings in Millennium Square. The Muppets Christmas Carol is showing on 18 December and Disney’s Frozen is on 7 January so get your popcorn ready!

 

6. LONGLEAT’S THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, 5 NOVEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018

Experience Longleat’s Festival of Light this winter! This year’s theme is classic tales and the magic of storytelling.

 

7. WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE MALL, 16 NOVEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018

This fantastic festive experience encompasses the South West’s largest outdoor ice rink, Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, a magical Christmas train ride inside The Mall and a selection of festive foodie treats to enjoy.

 

8. WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM, OPEN ALL YEAR EXCLUDING 25 DECEMBER

Wrap up in your best woolly scarf and gloves and take a stroll through the peaceful and beautiful Westonbirt forest. The perfect place to relax over the Christmas period.

 

8. SUNDAY CINEMA AT BRISTOL ZOO GARDENS, 10 DECEMBER AND 17 DECEMBER

Grab your friends to watch some festive film favourites at the Zoo. Access to the Zoo is included in your ticket so you can explore and meet the animals before you settle down for your viewing.

 

9. PLANETARIUM NIGHTS, 6 DECEMBER – 28 DECEMBER

When was the last time you looked up at the stars? This winter, explore the night sky with tales of ancient stargazers and galaxies far, far away.

 

10. ALADDIN AT THE HIPPODROME, 9 DECEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018

Mix up your Christmas activities and see Aladdin at the Hippodrome. Tickets range from £12 to £39.50.

 

11. AIRHOP

Spice up your Christmas by putting a bounce in your step with Airhop. Students also get 20% off with a valid NUS/Student ID!

 

12. CHRISTMAS KARAOKE, 27 DECEMBER TO 28 DECEMBER

Warm up those pipes and get ready to sing your heart out with Illusions’ festive themed karaoke!

 

13. WATERSHED

The Watershed plays host to live music, events and independent film screenings. You can learn the art of spying with Roger Moore in the classic Live and Let Die and even share some marmalade on toast with everyone’s favourite bear, Paddington.

 

14. CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

One of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Brunel and is situated next to Clifton Village. Spend the afternoon taking in the sights and there is even free guided tours of the area.

 

15. BBC STUDIOS TOUR, 20 DECEMBER 2017

Ever wanted to see behind the scenes at the BBC studios? Well now you can visit the studio with a guided tour and learn how television and radio programmes are made as well as having a go at presenting yourself. What better time to visit the studios then with festive decorations hanging!

 

Travel

If your travelling over the festive period, be sure to check the Christmas timetables:

First Bus

National Express

Mega Bus

National Rail