Bristol’s Best Christmas Markets - t’is the season….to shop!

Sick to the back teeth of the same old tat on offer at Christmas time? Yearning for those days gone by where roasted chestnuts glowed in the twilight while cheeky cockney street urchins ran filthy-faced and barefoot amongst Christmas carollers knee-deep in snow? Well why not get into the spirit of Christmas at one of Bristol’s much-loved Christmas markets?!

Christmas Markets
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in December @ Corn Street
There is something very Christmassy about Corn Street and St Nicholas Market (perhaps it’s all those cobbles?) and its range of unique and quirky stalls make it a good spot for the alternative gift fancier.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market
10.30am – 2.30pm Every Sunday @ Tobacco Factory
This fantastic regular market will double in size from the 23rd November onwards, providing even more fantastic foods, drinks, crafts and gifts from Bristol’s finest with a strong bias towards ethical, eco-friendly, fair trade and organic. More than just a place to shop, it is a meeting point for the community and a place to hang out, eat, drink, enjoy live music, people-watch and let your kids play in a car-free space.

Bristol Christmas Market
10am – 10.30pm 20th November until 23rd December @ Castle Park
A German style Christmas market with a big ferris wheel! There will be a number of chalet huts selling a range of products from foodstuff to gifts, with a traditional Bavarian ‘beer house’. The Big Wheel is right alongside St. Peter’s Church and offers fantastic views of the city!

Bath Christmas Market
Thursday 27th November until Sunday 7th December @ Bath Abbey
Nestled between the Abbey and the Roman Baths, shoppers can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the 123 traditional wooden chalets which adorn the streets, each selling unique, handmade and unusual gifts and decorations while foodies can stock up on Christmas cheese and port.

Love Food Festival
10.30am – 4pm Sunday 30th November @ Paintworks
This popular, vibrant indoor and outdoor market will have a festive focus to see out the year and help you to prepare a delicious Christmas time. Expect Bordeaux Quay’s cookery school, lots of local producers and growers of seasonal delights, flowers and plants, all with a Christmassy twist. There’s fancy dress for kids and even an attempt to make the worlds longest paper chain!

French Market
Saturday 3rd until Monday 5th December @ Corn Street & St Nicholas Market
Oh la la, fancy some fromage Français? Well if you really want to wow the other half’s parents this Christmas, head here for crepes, cheeses, wines, speciality olives, clothing and more. You can’t go far wrong with a few pounds of smelly French cheese and a bottle of plonk, ne c’est pas?

Tobacco Factory Christmas Gift and Craft Market
5.30pm – 8pm Thursday 4th, 11th and 18th December @ Tobacco Factory
Each of these 3 craft markets will be a unique opportunity to support local crafters and creators and explore the wealth of local shops Southville has to offer. There will also be 3 fantastic live bands to follow each market in the Tobacco Factory Café/Bar – Al Fresco Trio, Pete Canter Jazz Trio and The Hot Potato Syncopators.

Festive Fayre
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th December @ CREATE Centre
Those who break into a sweat at the mere thought of all the leftover plastic and wrapping paper knocking about on Boxing Day can rest easy this Christmas as even anti-consumerist greenies are catered for in Bristol. Prepare yourself for a totally organic shopping experience showcasing locally made original gifts and local, organic produce (for local people).

Christmas Fair
10.30am – 4pm Saturday 6th December @ Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
An annual event at the City Museum, this market houses a plethora of stalls selling seasonal gifts, books, cakes and preserves as well as helping the most miserly of Bristolians get into the spirit of the season, thanks to the mega carol singing session courtesy of the University of Bristol Madrigal Ensemble. Roasted chestnuts are optional.

Gloucester Road Craft Market
10.30am – 4pm Saturday 6th December @ Halo, 141 Gloucester Road
Gloucester Road’s new regular craft market, selling locally made, recycled, ecologically friendly and hand-crafted products. Now in its new home in the hall at the back of Halo, expect a delicious Christmas theme for this one.

UWE Illustration Presents: Xmastavaganza!
2pm – 6pm onwards Saturday 6th December @ Start The Bus
Christmasy art and gift fair followed by DJs until 3am. There will be an array of stalls selling hand printed illustrations, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, hand crafted gifts and homemade cakes created by the 3rd year UWE Illustration students, as well as other stalls selling a range of gifts for everyone. A great place to find exciting unique presents that you won’t find anywhere else!

Slow Food Market
10am – 3pm Sunday 7th December @ Corn Street
Foodies rejoice - the Slow Food Market is back and full of the finest winter scran. Stock the cupboards whilst supping steaming soup or gorging on organic chocolates and cake.

Christmas Market Bazarre
10am – 3pm Saturday 13th December @ Southbank Arts Club, Southville
A really nice diversity of stalls, with a mix of cheap (and free) clothes and bric-a-brac with the lovely handmade crafts and retro clothes! There will also be a freecycle/swap shop affair so bring any unwanted clothes or miscellaneous ephemera and take yourselves home with some free new things!

Verity Gough & Matt Whittle

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One Response to “Bristol’s Best Christmas Markets - t’is the season….to shop!”

  1. John Says:

    This looks bloody great, good work SY!!!!! xxxxx

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