Best Events and Things to do this Christmas in Bristol
Christmas has always been a way to fill your stockings with fun things to do, and this year in Bristol is no different. Do you want to go clubbing and let off some steam? Go shopping at a Christmas market? Or maybe a touch of relaxing wreath making is more up your alley. If you’re looking for some fun things to do this coming winter in Bristol, then read on as we cover a wide variety of activities that will no doubt spark your interest.
Craig Charles Funky Christmas Party
Famed actor, comedian and DJ, Craig Charles will be hosting a funky party at the O2 Academy you’re not likely going to forget. If you’re keen to get your groove on this Christmas to some good ol’ soul and funk music, then buy your tickets to this highly anticipated event here
Ramshackle - Joel Corry
After making it big with the release of his hit single “Sorry” in 2019, DJ Joel Corry has been livening up our Friday nights ever since. For one night near the end of November, you can bop along to some of his best hits in this live DJ performance, including his latest and hottest single ‘Out Out’ ft Charlie XCX. Ramshackle is one of Bristol’s biggest music events, and if you’re an avid clubber, you’re not going to want to miss out on this one.
White Christmas at Bristol Hippodrome
The Bristol Hippodrome regularly features shows from London’s West End. For a few special nights, a brand-new production is arriving in Bristol straight from the theatrical corner of London.
A romantic comedy sure to get your heart all aflutter and a few hearty laughs along the way, already getting rave reviews. Brought to you by renowned director Nikolai Foster and award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear, White Christmas is sure to be a remarkable experience.
Bristol Local Christmas Market
It wouldn’t be Christmas in Bristol if its local Christmas Market didn’t make an appearance. Local traders and businesses all converge in one spot to entice you with the very best goods and wares they have to offer. Local artists, crafters brewers and more, you’re bound to find something that difficult to buy for friend will love.
Located right in the heart of the city, you’re also close by any other shopping you might need to do, so grab some mulled wine and browse the stalls while you have yourself a very merry shopping experience.
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Looking to design your own Christmas wreaths? Not sure where to start? This independent workshop will help guide your hand as you get started. No prior experience is needed and all materials are provided, so what are you waiting for? Grab a mince pie and a lovely hot drink and start creating your very own fantastic Christmas wreaths to wow your friends and family.
Christmas at Longleat
Time to see Longleat House as never before as it lights up in full festive flare. Marvel at Britain’s largest Christmas tree, get lost in the after-dark disco hedge maze or cosy up to listen to a story with the owls at the Flight Before Christmas show. You even have the chance to meet Santa!
Illuminated in magical light shows, the house and gardens will be speckled with a marvellous display of patterns and colour. Explore the Winter Wonderland path and be wowed at gigantic light up silk flowers.
If you can only visit during the day, then don’t worry as a Winter Safari will tour you around the animal and adventure attractions.
Cribb's Christmas with Paddington Bear
Who else could be on your wishlist to meet this Christmas after Santa Claus? Paddington Bear, of course! Luckily, you get to meet both at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway this Christmas. A pure family experience awaits you as you get to play with interactive scenes fit for all ages. Specially designed sessions for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are also available so everyone is included.
Ever heard the story of a Night Before Christmas? At the Brown’s house, you can, as well as meet Paddington himself.
A brand-new indoor ice rink will allow you to skate to your heart’s content at Planet Ice. All in all, if you’re a family with youngsters, you’ve got to check it out!
Little Women in Black - Christmas at the Wardrobe Theatre
A brand new adult comedy production is taking the spotlight from the same people who brought you Drac & Jill, Oedipuss In Boots, Rocky Shock Horror and more.
A story about four March sisters who are desperate to seek out a new life and leave their 1860s American homestead. Desiring adventure, they get wrapped up in an out of this world hilarious adult-only story, including intergalactic beings, giant lasers and more whacky stuff!
You’re sure to have a ball of a time as this sexy and funny show will have you rolling around with laughter in your seat.
Light Up Bristol - Ashton Court Estate
The grounds of Ashton Court Estate just got more magical as a beautifully illuminated experience is waiting for you.
Amble through the hanging lights, be dazzled by the enchanting views. Grab a hot drink and enjoy the mystical walkthrough of the estate.
Christmas at the Spiegeltent
A tremendous line-up to look forward to at this year’s Christmas at the Spiegeltent. Live performances, special guests, music, it’s all here.
From the end of November to New Year’s Eve, an almost inexhaustible schedule of events and parties are here to thrill you. Kicking things off with the glamorous Spiegeltent Drag Ball, partying hard with live music from SMOOVE & TURRELL, keeping things sleek with some electro-swing, the list goes on and on.
There are even more family-friendly events including a tuck shop, children’s rave and baby disco.
Take a look at the program and we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll want to go to, if not them all!
151 Not Out Christmas Lunch - Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
If talking sport at Christmas is more your thing, then you might find some like-minded individuals at this exceptional Christmas lunch, hosted in the Bristol Pavilion at the Club’s Nevil road ground.
With a three-course meal and half a bottle of wine per person, you’re going to be looked after well as you discuss the most, and least, important events in sport.
A special guest appearance will be made by former England cricketer and squad selector, Angus Fraser, who will beguile with personal stories and anecdotes from his time in cricket.
If you wish there was a way you could combine Christmas and sport, then you’ve found the right place at this Christmas lunch.
Merry Christmas! (Despite the current circumstances) - The Bristol Improv Theatre
We all need a break after the last year, and The Bristol Improv Theatre is here to take the edge off. a combination of comedians, improvisers and musicians will keep you entertained while you pretend 2020 was just a dream. If you like TV shows like Big Fat Quiz of the year and Whose Line Is It Anyway, you’re going to have a grand time here.
There we have it, a whole bunch of things to get excited about in Bristol during Christmas. Whether you’re a party goer, a crafter or a diner, there is something you can look forward to this year.