What’s on in Bristol – December

As the festive season rapidly approaches, Bristol is full of seasonal events to get you into the Christmas spirit. Take your pick from outdoor ice rinks, carol services, Christmas markets and more.

If you’re an international student who will be staying in the UK for the holidays, read the UKCISA’s guide to surviving Christmas.

November 6-December 22: German Christmas Market, Broadmead.
The smell of mulled wine, roast pork and gingerbread return to the centre.

November 7-January 5: At-Bristol Ice Rink, Millennium Square
Wrap up warm and skate under the stars – real ice guaranteed.

November 27 – December 19: Christmas at the Spiegeltent, Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside.
Experience music, cabaret, markets, parties, comedy and more.

November 28 – January 6: A Victorian Christmas, Brunel’s ss Great Britain.
Dine in style in a Dickensian wonderland on board the world’s first great ocean liner.

December 3 – January 4: Santa’s Invention Workshop, At-Bristol Science Centre.
Head along to Santa’s workshop to make your own Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

December 4 – 23: Bristol Local Christmas Market, Broadmead.
Browse the 20 colourful wooden chalets found outside Marks & Spencers and be tempted by festive treats, food, drink, gifts and fair trade products.

December 5 – 23: Santa’s Grotto at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Visit Santa and his friends in his festive grotto. Santas reindeer will also be on site and the Zoo will be lit up with various dazzling Christmas animal shaped lights.

December 5 – January 3: Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome. A traditional festive panto starring TV and film star Warwick Davis. Plus special guest star Shaun the Sheep in his pantomime debut!

December 6: Vocal Works Gospel choir, St Georges.
Handel’s Soulful Messiah is given an exciting interpretation by one of the UK’s leading gospel and rock choirs.

December 20: The Nutcracker & The Snowman, Colston Hall.
The Orchestra of Welsh Nation Opera will present a suite of music from Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet. Then the soundtrack to The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film.


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