By Madalina Ciobanu

UWE’s Bower Ashton campus will be hosting a Christmas Fair with arts, crafts and home made cookies, with a DJ livening up the atmosphere and the bar serving mince pies and mulled wine. Make sure to pop by between 4:00PM and 6:00PM on December 6th!

Venue: Traders Cafe, UWE Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road
off Clanage Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT






So this is Christmas… Jessie May proudly presents a special night of original music and festive covers on December 7th at 20:00, featuring some of the finest bands and musicians from across the South West. Headlining the show is Cheltenham based ska jazz trio Thrill Collins. Tickets cost £10 full price and £8 for students.

Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


On December 8th, MShed will be hosting a series of Christmas Festivities, between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. It’s an opportunity to get creative by making your own Christmas ornaments, to decorate the MShed Christmas tree and enjoy carol performances from some of the best voices in Bristol. No entry fee.

Venue: MShed, Prince’s Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN



Every year, the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal helps around 1,650 underprivileged children in Bristol. This annual carol concert, on the 10th of December, in association with the Bristol Post, has become a very important fund-raising event for the Appeal, raising thousands of pounds as well as being a wonderful seasonal event in the run-up to Christmas. Price: £6

Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR



The long awaited film ‘The Hobbit’, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo, is premiering at Bristol’s Showcase Cinema de Lux on December 13th, with screenings as 12am, 2pm and 4pm. The film is 3D and the price of a ticket with glasses is £11.70, or £10.50 without glasses.

Venue: Showcase Cinema de Lux Bristol, Glass House, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX




UWE is hosting a Christmas Party in their oneZone Lounge Bar on December 14th and 15th, from 7pm until 1am, with dinner being served from 8pm. Grab your mates and book now by contacting the Conference Office at 0117 32 83269. Price: £24.95

Venue: UWE Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY





The Watershed is screening ‘When Santa fell to Earth’ for a week, from December 14th to December 20th. The film last 107 minutes and it is describe as ‘ A glorious festive romp that will get the whole family in the mood for Christmas. With two weeks until the big day, Ben and Charlotte’s world is turned upside down when Santa Niklas Goodfellow, the most unusual Father Christmas ever, crash lands into their lives. It’s only the beginning of what turns out to be a remarkable series of Christmas adventures – expect chases, invisible reindeer, fake santas and vicious nutcrackers for starters! ‘ Tickets can be booked online and the screening hours vary between 2:30pm and 1:40pm. Price: £5.50

Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Bring the whole family to watch an alfresco screening of the classic Christmas film ‘Father Christmas’ for FREE on the Big Screen in At-Bristol’s Millennium Square on December 16th. Warm up entertainment from 11:30am, screenings at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Christmas treats and refreshments will be available from the At-Bristol café. Brave the cold weather!

Venue: Millennium Square, Canons Road, Bristol, (In front of @t Bristol)



Join Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and a host of Muppets in their fun musical version of the most popular Christmas story of all time, Charles Dickens’ classic with a twist, in ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ on December 20th. Tickets can be booked online on the Watershed’s website and screening hour is 3:30pm. Price: £5.50.

Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Looking for a nice Christmas meal out and about with friends or family? Frankie and Benny’s are offering meals of 3 courses for only £18.95 , and a £15 Voucher for the Party Organiser, redeemable at any of their restaurant in the New Year! Also, every guest gets a Christmas present in the form of New Year discount vouchers, so if you enjoy your menu (which can be viewed online on their website), you can come back for more! There is also a 2-course meal available for £16.95.

Venue:  Frankie and Benny’s, Glass House, Bristol Cabot Circus, BS1 3NX




SyndicateAnd finally, to end this year in style and celebrate ’till the morning on New Year’s Eve,  head to The Syndicate on December 31st. ‘ 2000 people. 2 rooms. 1 magical moment…’. £8 Early Bird tickets are now available to book on their website. Don’t miss out on DJ Steve Murphy, DJ Tim and a night of flowing champagne and confetti!

Venue: The Syndicate, 15 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2JY