It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year and time to start planning your Christmas break! When planning a trip with your friends, family, or other half, you’ll want somewhere with lots of festive cheer and affordable accommodation. There is so much fun in Bristol in winter with Christmas markets, pantos, ice skating, Santa visits, and more. There are festive things to do in Bristol for all ages and it’s sure to be a break to remember. Before you add exciting things to do in Bristol to your bucket list, book the ideal Bristol accommodation in PREMIER SUITES. Our flexible, comfortable serviced apartments are ideal for families, friends, couples, and solo travellers and our special offers will sweeten the deal.
Christmas Market in Bristol
Bristol’s much-loved Christmas Market is coming back in 2023 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Located in the heart of the city centre, there are over 50 stalls for Christmas lovers to shop, eat, and drink with something for everyone. You’ll find many regulars and familiar faces as well as new sellers, new products, new private igloo and gondola pods, and new food types to enjoy. You’ll feel Christmas in the air with carols and live entertainment as well as Santa visits, a 15m high Ferris wheel, a candy-themed escape room, a magical reindeer sleigh ride, and magnificent helicopter rides. This year’s event will run from Friday November 3rd until Saturday December 23rd from 10am until 7pm daily.
Shopping in Bristol
Aside from the brilliant Christmas Market, shopping in Bristol is an excellent experience around Christmas. Our high streets and shop windows are filled with festive cheer and there are bargains to be had in pre-Christmas sales. We encourage guests to shop local and there is no shortage of independent and unique retailers in Bristol. Try St. Nicks Market, Bristol Indies Market, and the Street Food Market to find something unique. Our high street has all of the most popular shops and brands like H&M, Zara & River Island. You’ll find antique shops alongside vintage outlets, and high-end galleries beside tattoo parlours, proving the city’s eclectic retail scene. It’s the perfect spot to start or finish your Christmas shopping with a unique keepsake from Bristol.
Ice Skating at Avon Valley
Ice Skating is extra special when you’re surrounded by twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas. Avon Valley is hosting a Christmas extravaganza in 2023 complete with a Christmas Experience and Christmas Nights Light Trail. They have 300 square meters of glittering real ice waiting for skaters to practice their inner Torvill and Dean and afterward their après-skate is sure to be great fun. There is a great selection of food and drink and music. The rink is open on select dates from 1st December until the 1st January and the venue is suitable for the youngest beginner through to seasoned skaters. It’s family-friendly and is sure to create fun festive memories you’ll treasure.
Panto in Bristol
Nothing says Christmas like shouts of ‘He’s Behind You!’ from excited theatregoers! This year, Panto is back with a bang in venues big and small all around Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome’s panto is one of the biggest and best in the city. This year they’re hosting Peter Pan and his pals for a high-flying panto from Sat 2 Dec – Sun 31 Dec 2023. Tobacco Factory, a short drive from our Bristol accommodation, is showing the wonderful Oliver Twist which promises a belly full of festive cheer from 2nd to 31st December. The lovely Redgrave Theatre is home to Goldilocks and her bear friends from 15th to 31st December. There are dozens of theatre events in Bristol over the festive season to choose from.
Serviced Apartment Accommodation in Bristol
PREMIER SUITES offers a perfect option for accommodation in Bristol. Our one and two-bedroom serviced apartments are ideal for groups and families. Our special family package is an affordable option for groups of four, with plenty of space to enjoy a family night in with a takeaway and some festive movies on TV after a day of exploring. Stay on our “Nice list” by booking our Festive Cheers package and receive a complimentary bottle of prosecco on arrival, many special discounted Christmas offers from many of our local restaurant and retail partners, and complimentary late check-out and early check-in.
Book directly for exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers. We look forward to welcoming you for a festive break in PREMIER SUITES.