Festive Fun in Bishopston this December: the full line-up!

This December there is a huge amount of festive fun for children and families in Bishopston and surrounding areas!

Here’s the full line-up of festive fun in five categories: Festive Fun for Kids, Christmas Markets & Shopping Events, Fairs & Fetes, Christmas Carol Services and Christmas Tree Sales.



7 Post Boxes to The North Pole

Seven very special post boxes to the North Pole in various places along Gloucester Road from 1st December which have been especially decorated by children from local primary schools.

From Friday 1st December children will be able to post their letters to the North Pole where Father Christmas resides. On Saturday 23rd December two letters will be drawn from each post box and the creator of those letters will receive a little something special.

Children’s Craft Workshop: Bishopston Library

All welcome along to make a decoration to hang on the Christmas tree at Bishopston Library with some help from from Knitnatterstich. You can label it with your name and it will then be displayed on the library’s Christmas tree to be seen until 23rd December when you can collect it to hang on your own tree at home.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 11am – 2.30pm, drop-in
  • Free
  • Bishopston Library, Gloucester Rd, Bishopston BS7 8BN

Free Kids’ Christmas Party: Kings Lawn Tennis Club

All invited to come along, play some fun tennis games, win some prizes, and get into the festive spirit. Members and non-members welcome, feel free to bring a friend.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 11am – 1pm
  • Please sign up HERE

Dice Tales, The Improvised Story Show for Children: Kelvin Players Studio

Dice Tales  will take children aged 5 – 12 on an adventure made not only for them but by them as well. How will they do this? How will these stories unfold? Why, on the roll of a dice, of course!

As each dice falls, they decide the who, the where and the what on earth will happen next! Creating crazy characters, twisty plots and grand finales brand new every time!

  • Sun 3rd Dec, 10.30am & 11.30am
  • Kelvin Players Studio, 253b Gloucester Rd BS7 8NY
  • Tickets £6 each for aged 5 and above or £20 for a family ticket for 4 people
  • Tickets available online via http://buytickets.at/dicetales

The Christmas Journey: Horfield Methodist Church

A multimedia event involving drama, puppets, music and stories including a fun walk through the Christmas Story. The journey is running in groups from 9.30am, each journey taking around 30 minutes. There are also craft activities to do before and after your journey. Refreshments available.

If you would like to book a place, please email messy@horfieldmethodist.org.uk.

  • Sat 9th Dec, 9.30am – 2pm
  • Free
  • Horfield Methodist Church, Churchways Ave, BS7
  • More details

Christmas Holiday Clubs with The Outdoors Project

The brilliant Outdoors Project will be holding three special Christmas Holiday Club Sessions for kids aged 5 – 12 at The Old Library on Muller Road and will be making use of the library’s amazing outdoor green space.

Sessions are run by fully qualified outdoor pursuits instructors who are also DBS and First Aid Checked. Children need to bring a packed lunch, suitable outdoor footwear and waterproofs.

  • Mon 18th Dec, 10am – 3pm: Circus Fun
  • Tues 19th Dec, 10am – 3pm: Christmas Crafts
  • Wed 20th Dec, 10am – 3pm: Winter Survival Skills
  • The Old Library, Muller Road BS5 6XP
  • £28 per child – visit http://www.theoutdoorsproject.co.uk/holiday-clubs/

Seasonal Songs, Mince Pies & festive Fun: Bishopston Library

Staff and Friends of Bishopston Library invite you and your children for mince pies and refreshments while local group, GlosVox perform seasonal songs.

  • Sat 16th Dec, 2pm
  • Free
  • Bishopston Library, 100a Gloucester Road

Kids’ Trail: Find the Christmas Puppies & Kittens

Find the 12 puppies and kittens hidden in shop windows around Gloucester Road. When your form is complete simply take it along to the Co-op 117 Gloucester Road to collect your prize!

Collect forms from 18 Dec from Bishopston Library, Playfull Toys or Totally Toys on Gloucester Road.

  • Mon 18th – Sat 23rd Dec
  • Free

The Curious Crocodile & The Meaning of Life with DragonBird Theatre: Kelvin Players, Bishopston

An interactive theatre session for young children and their parents/carers. Expect lots of props, puppets, dancing, parachutes, puppets, songs, costumes, bubbles, giant nets, scrap and many household items!

Sessions start with a performance of the story and are followed by an interactive play session.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop: Golden Hill Community Garden

A fun, friendly and informal workshop where children and adults can learn to make a natural Christmas wreath made from foliage from the local allotments, plus take their wreath home to display.

It’s a fun, friendly and informal session and materials for the wreath will be provided.

  • 10am – 4pm, drop-in
  • £10
  • Monk Road (behind Bishop Road School and Horfield Prison) BS7 8NE.
  • More details


Special Christmas Shopping Event at Artemis

All are invited to join Artemis for a complimentary festive drink, some nibbles and a special treat at this Special Christmas Shopping Event. Browse gorgeous jewellery, gifts and Christmas decorations.

Festive Bonanza: Gloucester Road, Bishopston

Christmas celebration and all-day Christmas Festive Bonanza on Cheltenham Road, Zetland Road and Gloucester Road, Bristol. Cosy Christmas Market, carols next to the Xmas Tavern pop up bar at Nailsea Electrical and a drop-in wreath making workshop at the Gallimaufry.

Local shops will be doing flash sales, offers, give-aways and workshops – making it the perfect occasion to shop local for Christmas gifts!

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 9am – 7.30pm
  • Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7
  • More details

Henleaze Christmas Festival

A fun and lively community run Christmas festival with over 50 stalls selling a variety of items, entertainment, food and a raffle. It’s all about raising funds for local charities and getting into the Christmas spirit.

  • Wed 6th Dec, 4 – 8pm
  • Free entry
  • Henleaze Road, BS9
  • More details

Christmas Street Party: Glos Rd Central

A Christmas Street Party organised by local businesses bringing festive cheer to our community. There will be food, drink and Christmas activities from wreath making to raffles and live music. Bishop Road Community Choir will also perform at 7pm.

  • Thurs 7th Dec, 5 – 8pm
  • Free entry
  • Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Rd, Bishopston
  • More details

Bishopston Christmas Market: Bishop Road Primary School

All welcome along to enjoy some Christmas shopping. Gifts, cards, crafts, books, jewellery and trinkets, food, mulled wine, mince pies and much more.

  • Thurs 7th Dec, 7.15 – 10pm
  • Entry £2, over 12s only
  • Bishop Road Primary School, Bishop road, Bishopston
  • More details


Winter Fair: Brunel Field Primary School

Come celebrate the winter season with a craft fair, games and a children’s choir.

  • Fri 1st Dec, 3-5pm

Christmas Fete: Horfield Methodist Church

A Christmas Fete organised by Kenneth House. Handmade Christmas cards, cakes, raffle, a performance from Bristol Umbrella Choir and much more.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 1 – 4pm
  • Horfield Methodist Church, Churchways Avenue, BS7

Christmas Fair: Horfield C of E School

Santa’s Grotto, gifts, festive treats, raffle and more.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 11.30am – 2pm
  • Horfield C of E School, Bishop Manor Rd, BS10 5BD

Fairlawn Primary School Winter Fair

Get your Christmas shopping done while supporting a local school, play some games, listen to festive music and have a drink with some amazing home-made mulled wine and local craft ale from New Bristol Brewery. There will also be handmade wreaths for sale made by the hardworking parents of Montpelier and beyond.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 4 – 6pm
  • Free entry
  • Fairlawn School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, BS6 5JL
  • More details

Colston’s Primary School Christmas Fair

All welcome to enjoy festive fun including Santa’s grotto, a Children’s Secret Present Room, games, lucky jars, Christmas stalls, mulled wine, mince pies and more.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 3 – 6pm
  • Colston’s Primary School, Cotham Grove Hall, BS6

Winter Fair: St Werburghs Farm

The Farm’s annual free seasonal celebration of all things wintry. Santa’s grotto, Christmas gift fair, mulled wine, live music, food, drink, storytelling and family fun.

  • Sun 3rd Dec, 11am – 4pm
  • Free entry
  • Watercress Rd, St Werburghs BS2 9YJ
  • More details


Christmas Carol Service: The Church of the Good Shepherd

Traditional carols and Christmas-themed activities for children. All welcome.

  • Sun 10th Dec, 11.15am
  • Free
  • The Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Rd, BS7 8NA

Carols in the Park: St Andrews Park

Pop up carols are back! All welcome to meet in the centre of St Andrews Park to sing carols and share the Christmas story.

  • Wed 13th Dec, 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • Free
  • St Andrews Park, Effingham Rd, St Andrews

Family Carols: St Bart’s Church

A great all-age carol service for the whole family to kick off the Christmas season.

  • Sunday 17th Dec, 3-4pm
  • Free
  • St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, BS6

Christmas Carol Service: The Church of the Good Shepherd

Christmas carols for all of the family and nativity play. All welcome.

  • Sun 17th Dec, 4.30pm
  • Free
  • The Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Rd, BS7 8NA

Christmas Carols: The Church of the Good Shepherd

A Christmas service for all of the family. All welcome.

  • Sun 24th Dec, 4 – 5pm
  • Free
  • The Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Rd, BS7 8NA

Messy Christmas Praise: Horfield Methodist Church

Informal service particularly suitable for children and their families.

  • Sun 24th Dec, 4pm
  • Horfield Methodist Church, Churchways Ave, BS7 8SN

Carols by Candlelight: Horfield Baptist Church

This family friendly service is one of the highlights of Christmas. The church is decorated, and all sing carols old and new.

  • Sun 24th Dec, 5.30pm
  • Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, BS7 8NY


Christmas Tree Sale: Bishop Road School

A Christmas tree sale in the reception playground selling a wide range of quality Nordman fir trees of many different sizes. Netting machine available.

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 10am – 1pm
  • Small (5-6 ft) £33 / Large (6-7 ft) £40
  • Reception (front) playground, Bishop Road School, Bishop Road, Bishopston

Christmas Tree Sale: Church of the Good Shepherd

Quality Christmas trees for sale.

  • Sat 9th Dec, 9 – 11.30am
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Rd, BS7 8NA

Christmas Tree Sale: Sefton Park School

Sefton Park School PTA invites you to their annual Christmas Tree Sale. A range of quality cut trees (Traditional and Non Drop varieties) to suit all tastes and pockets.

All proceeds will be used to support the current and future children of Sefton Park School.

  • Sat 9th Dec, 9am – 12 noon
  • Sefton Park School main playground – access from Williamson Road or Happy Lane

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