Christmas is on its way, so get into the festive spirit and pop along to one of these fantastic Christmas events happening near to our stores in the south west this year.
Hundreds of illuminated designs are being used to transform the world-famous estate into a glowing winter wonderland. Longleat’s Festival of Light for 2015 is themed around two Chinese imperial dynasties – the Qin, who created the Terracotta army, and the Tang, the most prosperous dynasty of ancient China.
Bath’s only outdoor ice rink is returning this Christmas for more festive fun. Come and skate, and then recuperate in the Ice Lounge bar with mulled wine, hot chocolate, and pizza.
This is the only grotto in Bath this year, so come on down and delight the little ones with a visit to Father Christmas in a wintery replica of his North Pole workshop.
The award-winning Bath Christmas Market returns for 2015. Each year, the centre of Bath is transformed into a shopper’s paradise as over 170 chalets line the picturesque streets. The organisers have spent months carefully handpicking the stallholders, and there’ll be stalls selling clothing, accessories, jewellery, decorations, ceramics, and much, much more.
Every Christmas, the American Museum is transformed for the festive season. This year they’re celebrating winter traditions, and each period room will be decorated to show a different seasonal pastime. Sneaky snowmen have hidden themselves throughout the building – can you spot them all?
Visitors are invited to wander around the 38 traditional chalets, decorated with festive greenery and colourful lights, to find an amazing array of goods to enjoy. There are traditional German Christmas decorations, wooden toys, baskets, soaps, lamps, and jewellery, as well as delicious food and drink.
At-Bristol has transformed the Millennium Square into a winter playground where guests can skate underneath the stars with friends and family.
This is the largest outdoor ice rink in the south-west, and it’s open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Come and see Santa in his magical ice castle – but make it quick! He has to leave on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to children all around the world.
Christmas at the Spiegeltent celebrates its fourth year at Waterfront Square on Bristol Harbourside, and they promise a fantastic line-up of live music, cabaret, comedy, Christmas parties, markets, and much more.
This urban village of 50 stallholders will be coming back to Exeter this Christmas. The stallholders will be from all over the West Country, selling food, drink, and all sorts of gifts. There’ll be music, entertainment, fun activities, and fairground rides to enjoy as well.
The choristers and adults of the Cathedral Choir will start your Christmas in a spectacular style, with a mixture of favourites, old and new, and a few surprises to raise the roof.
The Exeter Corn Exchange will be presenting one of the most-loved traditional pantomimes, Sleeping Beauty. The princess of all pantomimes will be lavishly presented, and the festive tale will be told with merriment, melody, and a lot of slapstick fun.
For one day only, the Exeter Phoenix will be transformed into a steampunk utopia, playing host to the UK’s best steampunk musicians, performers, authors, traders, and creators for a day and night of interesting couture, unique performances, unusual workshops, DJs, cocktails, and teapots – there really is something for everyone.
Make it a date and celebrate Christmas at Exeter racecourse, where festive cheer, a great atmosphere, and fantastic camaraderie are guaranteed.