Bristol Christmas Market

Bristol Christmas Market, with over 50 chalets home to an array of traders offering seasonal delights, crafts, and unique items as well as festive food and drink, opened on Friday 8 November and will run until Monday 23 December.


Favourites such as the Jäger Barn Bar and Bavarian Curling rink have returned.

Bristol Local Christmas Market

Additional stalls featuring local makers and producers will be added from Friday 29 November.

Cabot Circus Christmas Grotto

If you’ve been good this year then hurry down to Santa’s Grotto…


Santa and his elves will be ready to meet your little ones from Saturday 9 November until Monday 24 December, in a magical wonderland located on the Upper Ground floor next to Pret a Manger.

It costs just £5 to visit Santa and each child will receive a free age-appropriate gift. If you’d like to book, please click HERE. When booking online, you can also personalise your child’s visit by informing Santa if your little one should be on the good or the naughty list or anything you think Santa should know about!

Grotto Opening Times

The grotto is open on weekends throughout November and daily from 1 to 24 December:

Monday – Friday 11:00 – 18:00
Saturdays 10:00 – 18:00
Sundays 10:00 – 18:00
Christmas Eve: 11:00 – 16:00

Adapted Santa Experience

For children with additional needs such as autism or other sensory conditions, they have scheduled quiet sessions to ensure queuing times and loud noises are kept to a minimum, please find these times below.

Christmas Grotto Quiet Session schedule:

Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 December, 11am – 12pm
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 December, 10am – 11am

Maximum of 3 x family slots available online per 30 minutes.
Max four children per booking
They also do not accept bookings in the first 30 minutes and last 60 minutes of each day to assist with queue management.

Download the Cabot Circus PLUS app before you get to the grotto and your children will be able to join in with Santa’s reindeer food making workshop for free!

Bristol Etsy Team & Bristol Girl Bosses: Winter Pop-up Shop

After the incredible success of their 2018 Winter Pop-up Shop, Bristol Girl Bosses and Bristol Etsy Team are joining forces again this year to bring you round two this Christmas!

Bristol Etsy Team Pop-up shop

Located next door but one to Waterstones on the first floor of The Galleries, the Winter Pop-up Shop will be open seven days a week until their last trading day of the year on 22 December.

Everything in the shop will be designed and handmade by Bristol artists and makers so please go along and support their mission to make Christmas shopping meaningful, independent and local.

You will find work from over 80 local small independent businesses for sale inside. Please visit to view a full list of brands.

This is the perfect place to find extra special gifts this festive season!

Snow House Bar

The Snow House Bar is coming to Bristol for the first time this November, bringing with it six luxury Snow Domes, a wide selection of festive food and drink and a stylish, romantic, winter-esque setting in which to enjoy the festive season.

The exclusive pop-up bar will be situated in Quakers Friars at Cabot Circus Shopping Centre from November 22nd until December 22nd.

Click HERE to find out more, including opening times and details of how to book.

Elves Workshop at The Galleries

A dedicated team of Christmas are elves are moving into The Galleries Shopping Centre this Christmas, to host a series of free elf-inspired events, where little ones can learn all the vital skills it takes to work with Father Christmas.

Starting on Saturday 7 December and running every weekend until Sunday 22 December, the Elves Workshop will be taking place at the centre between 11am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Each session will offer a different activity, giving little ones the chance to see what it really takes to be Santa’s assistant.

Pre-bookable sessions will be available.

Click HERE to find out more.

Christmas at the New Room

Christmas Folk at the New Room concert on Thursday 12 December – Ben Walker, Rob Harbron and Bristol Folk Singers.

Carols by Candlelight services at 1pm and 6pm on Wednesday 18 December 2019. Book HERE

‘Away in a Stable’ – an all age retelling of the Nativity with carols and dress-up. All welcome. 2pm, Monday 23 December.

The Cards for Good Causes pop-up shop will be selling charity Christmas cards, stocking fillers, wrapping paper and more in the Chapel from 5 November to 16 December.

The New Room’s Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Monday 23rd Dec: 9.30am -4pm
Tuesday 24th Dec: CLOSED
Wednesday 25th Dec: CLOSED
Thursday 26th Dec: CLOSED
Friday 27th Dec: 9.30am-4pm
Saturday 28th Dec: 9.30am-4pm

Monday 30th Dec: 9.30am-4pm
Tuesday 31st Dec: CLOSED
Wednesday 1st Jan: CLOSED
Thursday 2nd Jan: CLOSED
Friday 3rd Jan: normal trading times resume (Monday-Saturday 9.30am-4pm, Closed Sundays)

Getting Here

Whatever your preferred method of transport, getting here is easy. Click HERE for further information.

Coach Parking

The city’s coach park is at Bristol Fruit Market where there are marked spaces for up to 20 coaches but room for more if there is demand. The site has 24-hour security and facilities for drivers, including an on-site café and toilets.

Drivers MUST book their coach parking in advance by telephoning 0117 9771655 (24 hours). The cost is £12 for up to 24 hours parking and you can book up to a few minutes before arrival.

Please note the coach park is unsuitable for passenger pick-up or drop-off.

You’ll find more details about Bristol’s Coach Parking facilities, including drop-off and pick-up points, on the TravelWest website.

If you’d like to find out what’s happening in Bristol Shopping Quarter throughout the year please visit our news & events page.

Christmas trading hours

Click on the links below for information about Christmas trading hours:

The Galleries

Cabot Circus