Bristol Shopping Quarter, that’s Broadmead, The Arcade, Cabot Circus, and The Galleries, is home to the biggest and best selection of shops in the South West including designer brands, high street fashion and over 100 fabulous independent stores.
This year Bristol’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place on Friday 10 November. The festivities will begin in The Galleries before a procession passes through Broadmead to Cabot Circus where the evening will culminate with spectacular entertainment and the big switch on itself.
The event coincides with the opening of Bristol’s Christmas Market. Visitors can expect a magical winter atmosphere as they explore over 50 wooden chalet-style stalls full of unique gift ideas such as original homemade crafts and food and drink from around the world. Returning this year is the Jägerbarn bar and beer garden. It will be open every day right up to Christmas Eve.
Additionally, the popular Local Christmas Market, offering handmade gifts with a Bristol twist and Fairtrade products, will run from Friday 1 December until 23 December.
From mid-November through to 23 December, The Galleries has a host of free Christmas activities planned for young shoppers and their families. You’ll be able to take part in Reindeer Rocks events, Mrs Claus’s Cookie School, and a series of exciting Secret Agent Elf Toy Testing Days, plus a fantastic competition via their social media channels. And let’s not forget Santa, he’ll be there at weekends from 2 December and every day from 16 December to Christmas Eve.
The Arcade also has a busy calendar of events in the lead-up to Christmas, starting with the Bzzaar Makers Market from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December. This pop-up gift shop will be stocked with handmade items from local creatives including illustrations, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Small Business Saturday on 2 December will be marked with a special raffle; every purchase from one of The Arcade’s many independent traders will be rewarded with an entry for the chance to win some fantastic prizes. On Saturday 16 December Bristol Show Choir will be entertaining shoppers and from 18-23 December there will be a host of Christmas activities including free craft making workshops, a stable and a chance to meet Santa!
Getting to Bristol Shopping Quarter couldn’t be easier. Affordable parking is located at The Galleries and Cabot Circus and Bristol city centre is easily accessible by car, bus, and park and ride. Bristol Shopmobility, on the Ground Floor of Cabot Circus car park, offers scooters and wheelchairs for hire, making shopping in Bristol Shopping Quarter accessible for all (users of this service may take advantage of up to five hours free parking in the Cabot Circus car park when they hire equipment).
Many stores will be offering late night shopping over the Christmas period but please check with your favourites before you visit.
For further information visit www.bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk/christmas or find @bristolshopping on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Top image credit: Paul Grundy and Hammerson