If you’re a Scrooge then do not read on. I do warn you though, Christmas is the best thing ever and you are uncool. By Erica Toms.
Most of these activities are on every day (or some every weekend) in December, so make the most of Bristol this Christmas, before you head home. It’s probably a good idea to re-arrange this calendar.
Sunday 1st: Start your Christmas shopping early. Being a student is not a valid excuse. There are many stores that offer generous student discount in Cabot Circus, such as Topshop/Topman and House of Fraser! Also, Bristol is home to the UK’s longest street of independent shops: Gloucester Road. Park Street also houses many boutiques, and the Victorian Clifton Arcade in Clifton Village has some of the city’s most unique shops.
Monday 2nd: Knackered from yesterday’s shopping? Have a well-deserved break or if you’re truly dedicated, go Carol singing at your own risk…
Tuesday 3rd: Starbucks “12 days of Christmas” promotion reaches its 3rd day: a FREE mince-pie when you buy any festive drink. Check out the offers of the other 12 days; including 50% of Christmas tumblers- perfect for uni or as gifts. I suggest you visit on these 12 days, not that I’m biased or anything…
Wednesday 4th: Decorate! I know we’re broke students, but you can find cheap decorations in supermarkets and cheap high-street stores, or even make some yourself…
Thursday 5th: If you’re artsy and want to get involved for a good cause, make some Christmas cards!
Friday 6th: It’s the last ever Christmas Last Orders at St. Matts before the July 2014 closure! Not one to miss. The bar crawl continues to Glenside until 11, then on to Frenchay.
Saturday 7th: For three days only (today, the 14th and the 21st) City Sightseeing Bristol are hosting the “Twilight and Illuminations Tour”; which is the open top bus tour, but at night! For those that love Christmas lights, hop on and take this evening tour. They even give you blankets and hot drinks which may be warmer than student housing.
Sunday 8th: Go Panto this Christmas! Cinderella is on at the Bristol Hippodrome, with cast members such as Louis Spence and Suzanne Shaw. With matinee and evening performances most days, there will be time for everyone. Brilliant excuse to avoid any end of term coursework deadlines…
Monday 9th: Have a Christmas dinner. Organize it with your flat-mates and either head to a pub or nominate the best cook. Don’t forget crackers and music.
Tuesday 10th: You might want to start planning your New Year’s Eve around now. Check out club websites and this link if you’re in Bristol.
Wednesday 11th: The final 2013 UWE’ Official Sports Night at Mbargos (Revolution continues until next week):
Thursday 12th: You can have today off Christmas celebrations (last night was a big one). Watch some of the best Christmas films (see link) and chill out on the 12th day of Christmas.
Friday 13th: Our very own University is hosting a “truly memorable” Motown Christmas Party, with the music of The Supremes, The Three Degrees and Stevie Wonder. Unfortunately they can’t make the live dates…
Saturday 14th: Visit the Spiegeltent Christmas markets at the Lloyds’ Amphitheatre by the Harbourside; with mulled wine, Prosecco and swing music, shopping has never been better! Offering “vintage, retro and handmade gifts”; the markets are a fabulous alternative to Christmas shopping in the busy city centre. Drink carefully…
Sunday 15th: Take someone ice-skating on Bristol’s very own ice-rink in Millennium Square, down by the Harbourside. The perfect idea for a date, or to watch your mates fall over repeatedly; from 10am to 8pm at reasonable prices you can have the best Sunday yet, even with a wet bum.
Monday 16th: Christmas Vacation officially begins. Visit the Christmas Steps (Art Quarter) to celebrate- it’s all in the name. If it’s icy don’t fall down them.
Tuesday 17th: The final Lock-In of 2013! No excuse.
Wednesday 18th: Visit Bristol Zoo this Christmas, they have reindeer called “Jingle” and “Belle”. You can feed them for just £1 (student-friendly) from 10am to 3pm. They also have Santa in his Grotto (he’s evidently a busy man).
Thursday 19th: Grab your mates before they leave Bristol and go to the Odeon Cinema. Not only do they offer student discount, but “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are both in cinemas!
Friday 20th: Ensure you visit the German Market in Bristol City Centre, it closes in two days! Between browsing the stores of “unique gift ideas and original homemade crafts”, they have a Bavarian Beer Garden for you to enjoy whilst listening to festive music from the Salvation Army Band. Again, drink carefully…
Saturday 21st: Go to the Full Moon Pub, in Stokes Croft, for live-music, hula-hooping and Christmas tea-rooms! These local markets host small independent trades and unique goods. Wrapping up a hula-hoop is not advised.
Sunday 22nd: Need more proof that Santa is real? Come visit him at his Grotto in The Galleries shopping centre! The link will even show you a picture of the man himself.
Monday 23rd: With two days to go, I’m sure you have plenty of presents to wrap. Relax and switch on the box to enjoy festive specials. According to “The Mirror”, 2013 has seen some of the best Christmas adverts yet!
Christmas Eve: Whatever you do, make sure Christmas songs are involved. As loud as possible.
Christmas Day: Merry Christmas!