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Bristol’s Best Winter Markets 2019

George Maguire

Spiced mulled wine; or even cider – this is Bristol after all. Anyone? Extra shot of Dissarono? Fancy a Bratwurst? Yes please. Winter markets offer us shelter from the cold and hopefully snowy streets. They are also an apt chance to catch up on Christmas beverages, meet friends and finish (or start) to tackle the ever pressing Christmas shopping. As you might expect, Bristol brings a solid selection of markets to the table – all of which have will deliver the moments of nostalgia, the hot toddies and glittering fairy lights that you have come to know and love…

Bristol Christmas Market 
Bristol Shopping Quarter, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 1UX

With over 50 stalls, and situated in Bristol’s busiest shopping districts, this is a market that is near impossible to miss. The market has some unique aspects including ‘curling sessions’ on ice; just like in the Olympics, the option to send letters to Santa and the now prevalent feature of winter markets; the Jäger Barn Bar. A great one for all of the family. 

This market is open from now until 23 December 2019. 

Image credit: greengingerlane via Visit Bristol on Facebook
Christmas at St Nicholas Markets
St Nicholas Market, The Corn Exchange, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JQ

St Nick’s is Bristol’s eternally busy and eclectic food and just-about-everything-else-playground has one of the best Christmas markets in Bristol. A perfect venue with real character, hosting 60+ stalls venturing plants, handmade gifts and oh so edible fares. St Nick’s Glass Arcade feels like it’s outside, but your inside – perfect for a cosy experience! Behold the length of the que at Matina (Middle Eastern) and get in line if enticed… *great for Instagram.

This market is open from now until 24 December 2019. 

Arnos Vale Christmas Market 
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW

An undeniably beautiful cemetery in its own right and well worth a days visit, Arnos Vale’s one day only market is free to visit. Proudly reflecting Bristol’s local craft purveyors, such as market mainstays Ginger Beard Preserves and Little Paisley Designs. This market is an excellent opportunity to practice what the Japanese call forest bathing, whilst avoiding the more mainstream festivities. One for the calendar! Check out the fascinating creative events space Paintworks if in the area.

This market is open 1 December 2019, 10am-4pm. 

Bristol Harbourside Market 
1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5UH

You can’t talk about Bristol without a reference to its harbour. Spanning the famous walkway, Bristol Harbourside Market is a great place to meet local makers, mulled drinks passionistas and artisan chocolates for loved ones. Sit on the steps and sip something hot while you wait to hop on the Waterbus on a winter adventure… Alternatively, pop into Watershed to view a slice of current Indie films or grab a coffee from the larger than life cafe. Either way, you will have a great time. 

This market is open every weekend from 23 November - 22 December 2019. 

Image credit: Bath Christmas Market via Facebook
Bath Christmas Market
Bath Abbey, Bath, BA1 1LT

A bus ride or short train journey away, Bath’s magical Christmas Market is always an option for Bristolians looing to get out of the city. A stunning setting, illuminated by the Abbey, there are an enormous 150 chalets catering to everything Christmas. Once exhausted, dive into one of Baths many pubs or cafes or take a trip down one of the cobbled Georgian lanes.

This market is open 28 November - 15 December 2019. 

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