Plenty of couples and families like to get away for Christmas instead of staying home, and there are plenty of great places across the United Kingdom to make into a temporary Yuletide bolt hole. Among those various options, Bristol stands out as one of the most tempting. Once you have booked your accommodation, it’s time to plan some festive activities to make the most of your trip.
Here are just a few Christmas attractions you shouldn’t miss.
Bristol’s Christmas Market
Bristol hosts one of the country’s most popular Christmas markets. You’ll find it across the pedestrianised section of Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter. No expense is spared creating an enchanting Christmas atmosphere, and you’ll be able to sample everything from homemade crafts to authentic glühwein as you make your way around a vast array of stalls.
Winter Wonderland at The Mall
If you get a little bored of shopping, you can always head to Bristol’s Winter Wonderland. It’s home to the largest outdoor ice rink in the South West – there’s over 1,000 square meters on which to frolic. If skating isn’t your style, you can still take in Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle or enjoy a magical Christmas train ride through The Mall.
It’s always nice to get out and have a walk in the crisp winter air, especially when the weather has left some picture-perfect frost. Bristol is a thriving city, but it’s easy enough to get into the surrounding countryside. You can walk across the Downs or along the Avon when you want to stretch your legs and burn off some of that Christmas turkey.
Panto at the Hippodrome
If you’re bringing your kids, Christmas isn’t going to feel quite complete without seeing a pantomime. Luckily enough, Bristol boasts plenty of theatres. Undoubtedly the most popular venue for Christmas pantos is the iconic Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. Make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.