FESTIVE CHEER IN BRISTOL

Bristol Christmas Market

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 caf├ęs, Boston Tea Party.

Boston Tea Party Bristol

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.

Bristol Urban Art

On my way to the Christmas Market I walked past the Market of Saint Nicholas and Arcade of Saint James, so festive!

Saint Nicholas Market in BristolChristmas Market in Bristol

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.

German Christmas Bar in Bristol
Christmas Stall in Bristol

At the base of the market was this large decked area with live music, a bar and of course, flame grilled bratwurst. Festive merriment was in full swing!

German Bar in Bristol City

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!

Advent Calendar 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).

Christmas Market Stalls BristolMarket stalls in Bristol

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!

Festive drink stall in Bristol

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.

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