Earlier this week I hopped over to Bristol to see how they’ve got in to the festive spirit.
Before I began my laps around the Christmas Market, I headed up Park Street to load up on lunch in one of my favourite cafés, Boston Tea Party.
They have a 3/3 rating from the sustainable restaurant association and serve up delicious hot/cold breakfasts, lunches, sweet treats and more.
The city itself has such a cool vibe, public art appears anywhere; on a bridge, in a tree… it seems like there’s always something to see or experience.
On my way to the Christmas Market I walked past the Market of Saint Nicholas and Arcade of Saint James, so festive!
When I arrived on Broadmead in the heart of the city, a giant snow globe and ‘German Bar’ sign showed festive merriment was fast approaching.
From here, chalet’s lined the street right up to Cabot Circus, one of Bristol’s large shopping centres. On my way up I also spotted the city’s Advent Calendar, opened daily by the big man in red himself – lucky Bristol!
The chalet’s offered everything you’d like and expect – and a little more. One stall showed me how to make instant snow and another sold charming tea light houses and figures made in Germany (below, bottom left).
Another bar serving up hot drinks and beer bookended the other side of the market. It was a perfect enclosed spot to warm up over a brew.
If you’re familiar with Birmingham’s Christmas Market, you may know the rather “fa-moose” mascot that sings… I didn’t realise he had a Bristol relative residing here!
After visiting Bath for their famous Christmas Market (pics HERE), it was great to see nearby Bristol having their own bite out of the cinnamon spiced apple. The German Bar had a really jubilant atmosphere, and the arcade/St.Nicholas market oozes festive charm.