Bristol Christmas 2010 – Christmas Starts Here With News of All the Markets, Events and Shopping


This year Bristol hosted some of the very best and most popular events ever including the Balloon Fiesta, Harbour Festival and BristFest, to name but a few. Now Bristol has its work cut out to make Christmas as memorable an experience as the 2010 summer months. Fear not however, Bristol will not let you down since the itinerary of Christmas activities this year is bigger and better than ever before. There will be more champagne corks popping in Bristol than in any other city in the country. Bristol will host more events, more decorations, new attractions, better shopping and more festive spirit in order to provide Christmas shoppers and visitors to Bristol with a sparkling and festive atmosphere.

Christmas in Bristol officially commences on Thursday, 11 November 2010 when the switch on of the even bigger and brighter Christmas lights will occur (127,000 lights in Cabot Circus alone). Also, on this day the Christmas tree lights in Bristol’s city centre will be switched on together with other Christmas lights throughout the city centre, making this one of the most spectacular Christmas displays ever (this should silence the critics of last year regarding the “lack of lights and decorations”.

In competition to the Winter Wonderland skating rink at Cribbs Causeway, a “state of the art” skating rink will be located in Quaker’s Friars and surrounded by exclusive shops and restaurants including the Cabot Centre. Not to be forgotten is Bristol’s permanent ice skating rink located in Frogmore Street, just off the City Centre which also offers a large number of different activities available for all the family – so come on all you budding “Torvil and Deans” – no excuse now!

Bristol shopping is some of the finest available in the country, with major centres like The Mall, Cribbs Causeway incorporating over 125 top name stores together with free parking whilst the Cabot Centre in Bristol provides a further 150 stores, shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Parking is available but unlike The Mall a charge of £1.20 for the first hour and £1.00 every hour thereafter is asked which is a shame as it should be free parking for Christmas shoppers. Alternatively, there is always the “Park & Ride” in various locations around Bristol. Clifton Village in Bristol possesses a wonderful array of boutique style shops offering unique ideas for Christmas gifts. With a very pleasant ambience and charming watering holes in abundance Clifton is a delight to explore. Other exciting shopping venues in Bristol include St Nicholas’ Market, a great place in which to rummage for a bargain or discover a gift, both unusual and unique – a great place to visit suggesting a bygone era. Park Street will keep you fit whilst shopping! Although a steep climb the array of quirky individual boutiques together with high-end retailers make this worthwhile – in fact a perfect reflection of Bristol residents’ eclectic stylish look.

During the months of November and December there is an enormous array of diverse markets in and around Bristol. These range from German, French and English markets supplying food, wine and gifts to craft markets with locally made interesting gifts and crafts ideal for a unique Christmas gift. Further details of these diverse markets can be found by clicking onto the Christmas card icon located on Activ Bristol’s home page.

Bristol, in keeping to its tradition as the major entertainment hub of the South West will not disappoint the 2010 Christmas reveller, providing a host of pantomimes, comedy shows, music (both modern and classical), theatre shows, carol services, special events and Christmas attractions such as Christmas at Bristol Zoo and Avon Valley Railway Santa Special. Also, the actress Barbara Windsor will be opening The Mall’s Winter Wonderland and also appearing in panto at the Hippodrome. All these attractions and more can be found on Activ Bristol’s Christmas page.

Christmas in Bristol 2010 is building up to be a fantastic shopaholic entertainment bonanza time but while we are all enjoying ourselves spare a thought for those who through illness, mental incapacity or loneliness, to name but a few reasons, will not enjoy this magical time of year. Listed on Activ Bristol’s Christmas page you will find a number of local Charities so while you are having fun, please give generously to help those less fortunate.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Activ Bristol. Click here for more information on Activ Bristol