This December, it’s not only Santa Clause who’s coming to town. Here at Food & Drink Guides, we just adore Bristol (where our offices are based) in the winter as this bustling and cultural city comes alive with Christmas cheer when a cracking calender of incredible festive foodie events descend upon the streets. From pop up bars and special festive food markets to Christmas beer tours and Willy Wonka-themed tea parties, there’s so much great food and drink to get tucked into this year.
If you’re not too busy rushing around Cabot Circus shopping centre struggling to find a gift for your secret Santa or searching the festive markets for a present for the grandparents, take a short break from the Christmas rush and relax at one of our favourite food and drink events taking place across the city in the coming weeks. Be sure to click on the titles for more information.
Returning to Gloucester Road for its third year, this Xmas tavern pop up bar brings the Christmas cheer to this bustling and vibrant foodie hub and is famous with boozy Bristolians all across the city for its tempting and festive marshmallow Kahlua shots. Every Tuesday to Sunday throughout December, pop along for the fantastic fire pits, warming mulled wine, premium draught cider, beer and ale, and a wonderful winter environment that will simply wow you. This year, you won’t even need to dream of a white Christmas because it’s guaranteed. Toast your marshmallows on the fire with a mulled cider clasped in your cold hands as snow from the tavern’s snow machine falls all around you. There’s even a free-to-play piano if you want to impress your guests and play your favourite Christmas tunes.
102 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BN
Shaking things up for Christmas this year, Finzels Reach Market, which usually takes place every Friday lunchtime, will be getting all festive and moving to the Old Fire Station at Finzels Reach for two days only from Thursday 13th to Friday 14th December. Open from 12pm to 10pm, choose from a tempting selection of freshly prepared street food cooked up for you by local traders while drinking mulled wine or local beer and listening to some fantastic live music.
Old Temple Back Fire Station, Temple Street, BS1 6EU
Come along to the cracking Christmas market outside Hart’s Bakery at Temple Meads on Saturday 15th December from 8am to 2pm and feast on a spectacular selection of fantastic festive food and drink like wine, cider, cheese and coffee. Billings and Briggs will be bringing a brilliant selection of biodynamic and natural wines with free tastings, Ingrid from Dunleavy Vineyards will be in attendance with her award-winning 2017 pinot noir rose and exclusive sparkling white wine, Wildings Cider will have a ton of cider, apple juice, produce and cheese for sale, and Broma will bring the raw cacao hot chocolate with handmade marshmallows. They’ll also be special handmade gifts, flowers, and wreaths, and the bakery will be open as usual from 7am to 3pm offering mince pies and other festive treats.
Arch 35, Lower Approach Road, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QS
Immerse yourself in the wonderful, whimsical and weird world of Willy Wonka at The Passenger Shed this Christmas and enjoy a scrumdiddlyumptious tea party all the family will just love. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three, and step inside this world of pure imagination as you’re blown away by this magical and wintery Roald Dahl-inspired venue. Mr Wonka will be waiting for you outside the factory gates and welcome you inside to enjoy a day filled with music and dance spectacles featuring all your favourite Roald Dahl characters, fizzy-lifting bubbles, afternoon tea and lots and lots of chocolate goodness.
Unit 5, Avonside Road, Feeder Road, Bristol BS2 0UQ
Join Bristol Hoppers for a festive and sociable walking craft beer tour of Bristol. Taking place from 4.15pm to 8.00pm on the 21st December, you’ll get to join the friendly group as you’re taken to four of Bristol’s best bars just before Christmas. Your first stop is Croft Ales, where you’ll be treated to two halves of their delicious beers and get to have a look at the little brewery where they’re made. Next, you’ll stroll to The Canteen just around the corner, which is featured in The Good Beer Guide, where you’ll enjoy two beers from Bristol Beer Factory. The Bristol Yard is your next stop where you’ll be given a paddle of four locally produced beers before heading on over to the historical Christmas Steps in the oldest, cosiest, and most “Christmassy” part of this city.
Meet at: Cabot Circus shopping centre (by McDonalds) 101 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JR
For more fantastic places to eat and drink in the city, pick up a free copy of our Bristol Food & Drink Guide here.