Shopping, festive markets & enchanting events combine to make Christmas in Bristol Shopping Quarter a uniquely magical experience.

Christmas core opening hours

Click HERE for details of the core opening hours in Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus but be aware some shops may vary, so check with your favourites before travelling.

Christmas lights switch on

There was a festive fiesta at Cabot Circus on Friday 9 November as the Christmas lights were switched on with a carnival extravaganza!

The Heart Breakfast team played festive feel good tunes to get everyone in the party mood.


Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto opened in Quakers Friars on Friday 9 November.

It will now be open at weekends throughout November, then daily from 1 – 24 December. Opening times vary please check the Cabot Circus website for details.

Share your Christmas list with Santa and take home a free gift.

Christmas Market

Bristol’s Christmas Market opened on Friday 9 November and will run until Sunday 23 December.

Nestled within the heart of Bristol shopping quarter, the market features over 50 stalls selling an array of unique gifts and crafts. Grab yourself a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine and meander through the huts, seeing for yourself the beautifully handmade items that are on offer.


Jäger Barn Bar

After browsing through the many lovely stalls on offer in the charming Christmas market, head to the Jäger Barn Bar for a festive drink or two. Or, why not pick up a warming drink to go to enjoy while you peruse the stalls?

Conveniently situated on the Podium, the bar is the perfect spot to catch up with friends and family, and the place to be after college or uni classes. The Bavarian themed bar features timeless and traditional décor to create a wonderfully festive Christmas atmosphere. With its chalet styling and beautiful decorations, the Jäger Barn Bar is the perfect place to drink and be merry!

Christmas party bookings

Are you looking for somewhere truly magical for the backdrop to your Christmas party? Whether you’re planning a special occasion for work or something a bit fancier for you and your friends, Bristol Christmas Market’s Jaegerhaus is the perfect place to host just that. What better place to enjoy all that this wonderful season has to offer than in a traditionally themed German market?

To find out more about Christmas party bookings, be sure to get in touch by calling or emailing the market operator’s helpful team, or by filling out their online booking form. Their dedicated events team will be more than happy to assist.

Live music

For lovers of music, the Jäger Barn Bar is not to be missed! From Thursdays to Sundays, visitors will be treated to a selection of exceptional live music from a variety of performers, perfect for getting into the festive spirit!

Sit back and relax as musicians and performers entertain you with original songs and much loved covers – as well as a Christmas classic or two!

Bavarian Curling

Are you looking for ways to get into the Christmas spirit?

If so, hit the ice and give competitive Bavarian curling a go! Whether you’re new to the sport and fancy giving it a go for the first time, or want to show off your honed skills, there is plenty of festive fun for all to enjoy.

Bavarian curling is a winter sport, somewhat similar to curling. In Germany, it is known as “Eisstockschießen” and has been demonstrated at the Winter Olympic Games. It’s definitely a game to add to your Christmas bucket list!

So, grab an ice stock before taking to the sheet to try your hand at battling your friends to get as close to the marked circular target. The team who get the closest wins!

Letters to Santa

Santa says:

“Dear boys and girls

“It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year! My elves have been working hard to make the loveliest toys for those who have been on my nice list all year round… but now I need your help!

“I’d love for you to send me your letters with what you would like for Christmas so that my elves can get started on making the most magical gifts and make this year extra special.

“Soon, I’ll be dusting off my sleigh to prepare to jingle all the way on the journey that awaits my reindeer and I on Christmas Eve.

“Don’t forget that I love mince pies and Rudolph loves his carrots, which keep us going during that long trip across the globe!

“Simply put your letter in Santa’s letter box located on site and receive a greeting card from Santa, his helpers, and the Bristol Christmas Market.

“Merry Christmas!

“Santa Claus”

For further information visit

Bristol Local Christmas Market

From Friday 30 November until Sunday 23 December Bristol Local Christmas Market will be open outside Marks & Spencer in Broadmead.

Bristol Local Christmas Market

For the 10th year running, an exciting and eclectic mix of local artists and makers will be setting up shop in 22 wooden chalets decked out in traditional festive style. They will be offering shoppers a wide range of gorgeous gifts and seasonal treats including the finest food and drink.

To find out more visit

Christmas at The Galleries

From mid November until Christmas Eve children and their families will have the opportunity to meet Santa, his Elf, and his reindeer when they visit The Galleries.

Rudolph and Blitzen, two animatronic reindeer, will have shoppers snapping away as they sing and talk everything Christmas. Find out lots of reindeer festive facts and press the big red button to make them move, sing, and speak.

Children can write a letter to Santa and post it in one for the four Christmas post boxes for the big man himself to read when he visits the centre, with one of his trusty elves, on Saturdays and Sundays from 24 November until 16 December and every day from Thursday 20 December until Christmas Eve.

Etsy Made Local winter pop-up shop

The Bristol Etsy Team and Instagram collective Bristol Girl Bosses are collaborating to bring the Etsy Made Local winter pop-up shop to The Galleries. It will be open on the first floor (next to Waterstones), seven days a week from 16 November until 23 December.

Customers will be spoilt for choice as they can shop locally designed and made products including artwork, stationery, ceramics, fashion, accessories, knitwear, children’s gifts, and stylish homeware.

Click HERE to find out more.

Christmas at The Arcade

The Arcade’s Christmas Lights will be switched on from Thursday 8 November.

Christmas at the New Room

Saturday 1 December, 10.30am-4pm
New Room Christmas Fayre, with special Curator’s Highlights Tour of the New Room museum.
With a selection of stalls selling Fairtrade Christmas treats, second-hand books, stocking fillers and independent artisan crafts.
Tours leave from the chapel at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm – £6 per person, including museum entry.

Thursday 13th December – 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Folk at the New Room presents Sam Sweeney – SOLD OUT
Tickets £16/£12 Conc. (Adv £12/£10 Conc.)
An intimate acoustic performance from Bellowhead violinist Sam Sweeney as he launches his solo album ‘The Unfinished Violin’.

Wednesday 19th December
1pm – Shoppers Carols at the New Room
6pm – Carols by Candlelight at the New Room
Join the New Room’s annual Christmas celebration of traditional Christmas carols in a beautiful candlelit 18th century chapel.

Thursday 20th December – 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Folk at the New Room presents Three Cane Whale
Tickets £14/£12 Conc. (Adv £12/£10 Conc.)
An atmospheric chamber-folk Christmas special with Bristol-based multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale.

They will also have an Advent calendar up in the Broadmead courtyard like last year – adding a new window every day. If people wish to use the New Room as a quiet space to take a break from the Christmas busyness, then the chapel is a place where all are welcome to come for a time of peace and reflection – open Monday-Saturday 10.30am-4pm.

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.

Staying in Bristol at Christmas

Bristol has a large number of hotels that welcome groups and offer special group rates.  If you need more information about bringing a group to Bristol at Christmas go to And for help planning your trip please email or telephone him on 0117 946 2209.

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