1. Corn Street
Bristol’s Christmas lights are officially on. The dazzling highlight has to be down on Corn Street. Becoming Bristol’s answer to Carnaby Street in London, it has been transformed by a heartwarming, love-themed light installation. Eight love lyrics sparkle above your heads as you wander the iconic street – bringing warmth and joy to all. Can you spot them all?
2. Bristol Shopping Quarter
Cabot Circus might have cancelled its switch-on event, but that hasn’t dulled the area in a shape or form. Why not slow down on the Christmas shopping and take the time this year to really notice the amazing Christmas lights and displays all around Bristol Shopping Quarter? Funded by Broadmead Bristol BID and stretching throughout Broadmead and The Horsefair, take a wander through and grab a few Christmas presents while you are there. Then head onwards to Cabot Circus where their quirky Christmas lights will be sparking some joy. Check out the Bristol Christmas Market while you’re there too.
3. Bristol City Centre
Marvel at the beautiful Christmas lights extending throughout Bristol City Centre from Queen’s Road and Park Street, Old City and King Street, a display of more than a mile of festive lighting. Funded solely by Bristol City Centre BID, the lights will be twinkling everyday from 11am – 11pm in the leadup to Christmas. So spend time exploring the lights and spread a little joy by supporting local businesses that are open and operating safely.
4. Clifton Village
Clifton Village is always magical at Christmas. But The Mall Gardens in the centre of Clifton will especially be glowing and dazzling this Christmastime. It’s become one of our favourite places to go for a wintery wander in the evening, and can often feel like walking through Narnia. And, as always amongst the lights, the real star of the show has to be the gorgeously epic Christmas tree. Not to be missed.
5. Portishead High Street
Portishead Christmas lights are some of the best local Christmas lights in the South West. They extend throughout the High Street from Whitecott Stores to Waitrose and feature around 8,000 bulbs. Each year volunteers from this coastal Somerset town spend their time making sure the lights get better and better. In 2022, the lights are only going to bring some festive cheer and goodwill to all. They’ll be switching on November 28, so head down after that!
6. Brailsford Family Christmas Lights
Each year the Brailsford family from Brentry in Bristol put on the most incredible Christmas light display. The display has grown and grown and now raises thousands of pounds for local children’s charities each year. This display is so bright it’s enough to rival Rudolph guiding Santa’s sleigh, and probably a Christmas convoy. You can visit the house from December 1 to January 2, between 5 and 9pm. They ask you to try to park further away if you plan on visiting; try to respect the neighbours by keeping the noise down too. Head here for all the information about the Brailsford lights including how to find them.
7. Christmas Displays in Bristol and South Gloucestershire
Bristol and South Gloucestershire locals have put on extra special shows this year for Christmas. The Christmas Displays group has put together a map of the amazing Christmas displays whether it is a window display, outdoor display, decorations, lights or trails in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas. Head over and take a look.