Fun and Festive things to do in Bristol and Reading

Emily O'Brien
November 25, 2022
Fun and Festive things to do in Bristol and Reading

Fun & festive things to do in Bristol.

You know what they say; Christmas comes but once a year. That’s why you need to make the most of every second when it finally gets here! But where to start? After all, there’s a lot going on in and around Bristol. Thankfully, we’ve sent our elves out to discover the best Christmas crackers just for you.

Christmas Spectacular

Nothing gets us in the yuletide mood quite like listening to an orchestra playing Christmas music. The Christmas Spectacular at St George’s brings you all your favourite tunes, some with a full choir, and others with a bit of audience participation. Perfect if you like your bells a little jinglier.

Book your ticket now.

Santas on the Run

Fancy a bit of exercise before all of the season’s excesses? Then come along to Charlton Fam, Wraxall, on December 11thand walk, jog or run around the beautiful surroundings. It’s even better when you consider that you’ll be raising vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West with every stride you take. You’ll be encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit too, with face paints and festive fancy dress – and there’ll be a special prizes for the best Christmassy outfits! Santas on the Run is the perfect day out for friends, family, work colleagues or community groups.

Sign up to this wonderful wintery fun run today.

Bristol Christmas Market

For many people around Bristol, the Christmas Market is the highlight of the season. Located right in the heart of the city centre you’ll find 50 unique stalls selling all kinds of gifts and crafts, perfect for stocking fillers. Feeling peckish? Grab a traditional German bratwurst or juicy Aberdeen aged burger.  Feeling thirsty? Warm your cockles with mulled cider or hot chocolate.

All this, plus sacksful of entertainment, ski gondolas and Christmas igloos – plus a very special appearance from certain jolly robust man with a white beard, dressed in red. Check out what you can look forward to here.

Fun & festive things to do in Reading.

We’ve looked at all the Christmas events around Reading, and handpicked a few tinselly treats just for you. We’ve even made a list (and checked it twice).

Join a Christmas Party Night

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a party. So get your glad rags on and head on down to the Join a party night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It’s a great way of meeting new people and perfect for small companies and freelancers. Their Deluxe package includes 3 Course Festive Meal with Arrival drink, Tea & Coffee and Half a Bottle of Wine.

Get your ticket now!

Reading Winter Wonderland

This wonderful festive destination has everything you need to get into the Christmas mood. There’s a Santa’s grotto for the little ones, amusement rides for the bigger ones, ice skating fun for the whole family, and a giant wheel that offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. Oh yes, and after all that excitement you can chill in the Après Ski Bar with a tipple in your hand.

Come along to Hills Meadows between November 12thand January 2nd.  Buy tickets here.

Jack and the Beanstalk panto!

Supersize your Christmas fun with a visit to the panto! This year it’s Jack and the Beanstalk, starring CBEEBIES royalty Justin Fletcher as Gil Trott. Come and see if Jack can defeat the giant, win the heart of the girl he loves and turn the Trotts’ fortunes around. All the fun, all the songs, all the (bad) jokes… We’ll bet you a bag of magic beans you’ll have the best time!

See it at The Hexagon, between December 3rdand January 2nd. Read more.  

We ho-ho-hope that gives you some inspiration for Christmas period!