5 Things to do in Bristol This Christmas
Bristol is one of the United Kingdoms most populated, vibrant, and unique cities, providing an atmosphere alike any other major UK city. Only local residents or regular visitors can truly express the cities vibe and how to efficiently spend your time in the city. With so much to do in the English south-western city, you’ll never be left short of something to do. During Christmas time, the city of Bristol truly comes to life and is an astonishing place to visit during the festive season, with even more to do than usual for the full family. Whether it’s shopping, seeing sights, or indulging in Christmas themed food, the incredible city of Bristol has something in stock for you. In this blog, we have carefully selected five of Bristol’s most popular attractions for you to attend this Christmas to get you into the festive spirit.
Explore the Infamous German Christmas Market
Located at the rear of Bristol’s prime shopping destination Cabot Circus lies the infamous annual German Christmas Market, which is home to over 50 unique shopping chalets. Each of these unique chalets offers different products for you to treat yourself or your loved ones with. Many of these products are also customisable, allowing you to add a personalised edge to the gifts you give this Christmas. If shopping isn’t your idea of fun, then the market is also home to a variety of food stalls that offer a delicious selection of German foods, additionally to other treats such as one the locals favourite, Yorkshire pudding wraps. Not only is there just shops and food stalls, but you can also enjoy delicious drinks, heated seats, and live music in the bavarian style Jager Barn Barn. All round, this attraction is ideal for couples or the entire family. Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit quite like incredible Christmas decorations and wrapping up warm in the comfort of your loved ones. If you’re planning a visit to Bristol this Christmas and aren’t quite in the festive spirit, then we highly would recommend a visit to Bristol’s notorious German market to get you into the festive spirit.
Aladdin at Bristol Hippodrome
Located in the heart of Bristol, the Hippodrome has become Bristol’s very own West End theatre. With a whopping capacity of 1,951, the theatre is one of the UK’s largest and most notorious theatres. Each year, the incredible theatre hosts a specific pantomime across the Christmas period that never fails to disappoint. This year, the theatre will be showing the old legend of Dick Whittington and His Cat, which describes Dick Whittington’s rise from a poverty-stricken childhood with the fortune he made through the sale of his cat to a rat-infested country. The pantomime this year stars Shane Richie, who is a famous English actor, comedian, and television presenter. Richie rose to fame through his role as Alfie Moon on Eastenders. If you’re planning on visiting Bristol Hippodrome this winter, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to this incredible hippodrome, we promise you the family will not be disappointed!
Visit One of The World’s Oldest Zoo’s
Bristol Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. It was opened in 1835 by Henry Riley, a Bristol local physician who led the formation of the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society, and to this day, Bristol Zoo is still opened for business. Bristol Zoo is home to some of the world’s most unique and diverse animals, additionally to some of the kings of the wild such as Gorillas and Lions. During the winter, Bristol Zoo does not go into hibernation. The doors of the incredible zoo are open to the public and the zoo is decorated head to toe. During Christmas, the zoo is also open during the night for you to enjoy the lights and watch animals in their habitats during the night. This unique experience is not one to miss. Bristol zoo also has a grotto for children to visit Santa after spending their day or evening watching animals play. The zoo is another attraction which is fantastic for the whole family, especially families who are animal lovers. Bristol zoo will allow you to discover all different species that you may have never heard of before. For a zoo experience like no other, we recommend Bristol zoo this Christmas.
Supersonic Santa at Aerospace Bristol
This Christmas, there will be a very special guest flying to one of Bristols newest attractions, Aerospace Bristol. Aerospace Bristol is home to the world-famous highspeed commercial airliner, Concorde, which travelled at a supersonic speed of 1345mph and could complete a long haul trip from London to New York in a record time of two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. At Aerospace Bristol, you can learn all about the aircraft inside and all about Concorde. On the 21st of December, Santa will be making a special one-time appearance for your kids to sit next to him on the famous Concorde, aka, the supersonic sleigh. Your child will have the experience of feeling like Santa’s co-pilot, and will even be able to take home a small gift following the experience. If you don’t manage to visit the museum on the day of Santa’s visit, the museum will be open throughout the Christmas period and decorated in Christmas lights for your amusements. For a fun, educational experience this Christmas in Bristol, the new Aerospace Bristol museum is the ideal destination for you.
Climb Aboard Bristol’s Very Own Polar Express.
Looking for a more relaxing experience for the family? Why not take your family on a ride on Bristol’s very own polar express at Avon Valley Railway? You’ll arrive at Bitton station before waiting on the platform for the arrival of your steam train adventure. Following this, you’ll enter the vintage carriages of the train before the whistles sound and you pull away on your very own festive adventure. During the hour-long trip, you’ll enjoy rolling around the Avon valley countryside, whilst being delivered mince pies and festive biscuits by Santa’s helpers before Santa appears himself and spends a short time with your family, before giving your child a present designed for their age. After arriving at Avon Riverside station, there will be an opportunity for photos with Santa before returning to Bitton. This relaxing, yet the adventurous experience is ideal for families and will replicate the polar express experience for your Children. The Avon Valley Christmas experience runs from the end of November up until Christmas day, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to hop aboard. All of the running times are on Avon Valley Railways website.
Christmas is an exciting time for families across the globe and spending time together at events is a great way to spend the festive season. If you are living in Bristol or visiting Bristol this Christmas and are interested in any of the above events, why not let loose a little and book a taxi there? Booking a taxi will avoid the stress of public transport or driving. For taxis in Bristol, look no further than Eurotaxis. By booking with us, we can guarantee a taxi with a friendly driver and at an accurate time. To avoid any stress when looking for taxis the Christmas, choose Eurotaxis.