Each year Bristol celebrates the start of Christmas shopping and celebrations with the switching on ceremony of the Christmas lights in the City Centre, featuring circus performers and fireworks to mark the occasion. Bristol also celebrates the winter season by installing an eco-friendly ice rink from November, 2 Christmas markets with a German wooden chalet theme and a nativity scene. Santa’s Christmas castle also opens for visitors in Bristol over the Christmas season, and even the reindeer make a flying stop-over. Those who aren’t afraid of the dark can visit the National Arbortoreum which is transformed in to an enchanted forest.
With all of these special Christmas additions to Bristol City Centre, it’s no wonder that plenty of nearby businesses decide to have their Christmas parties in Bristol. There are plenty of shops in Bristol, at Cabot Circus, for anyone going to a special Christmas party to find something nice to wear, and there are plenty of places to stop for a quick snack if the shopping gets too much.
As well as the specially erected Christmas market chalets, there are also some one off special food festivals and fairs in Bristol over the winter period, such as the St Werburgh’s City farm fair and the Love Wine festival, or shop for cheese hampers at the Eat cheese! Festival at the Glassboat on the Welsh Back riverbank. Other monthly or weekly markets have extra dates and extended opening hours throughout December.
Bristol Cathedral plays host to some beautifully traditional services throughout the Christmas period, including family carol services, several showcases from different local Bristol choirs, and the celebration of the religious Christmas period at services such as Midnight Eucharist. The Bristol Museum and art gallery always holds special exhibitions at Christmas time, to celebrate the way different cultures mark the Christmas period.
With so much going on in Bristol, it’s bound to be the place for an unforgettable Christmas party. As well as the special Christmas events like the black tie Christmas Carol concert, there are also plenty of hotels and night clubs putting on special parties. Anyone looking for a special office Christmas party can choose from all sorts of themed parties, such as James Bond nights, Murder Mystery parties, themed 70s and 80s nights and spectacularly decorated fire and ice themed parties.
Travelling to Bristol
Bristol has plenty of central railway stations, an airport and easy access to the M4 and M%. So even if you’re not located in Bristol, it easy to visit this fantastic city to be a part of their wonderful winter celebrations.