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Christmas in Bristol

With its rich background of art, culture and activity, Bristol is a joy to visit all year round. At Christmas, the city comes alive with truly incredible festive scenery, from wonderful decorations and events welcoming visitors into a unique winter wonderland. This year, after two years of covid-cautiousness around the festive period, Bristol will be packed with seasonal celebrations to discover, from bustling markets to spellbinding festivals. Here are a few of our festive favourites for you to see during your time at Aztec Hotel & Spa this Christmas.

Bristol Christmas market

Located in the heart of Bristol City Centre, this year’s Christmas market will be home to over 40 unique stalls, with a wide array of traders selling seasonal delights. From delicious mulled wine and mince pies to festive products, crafts and unique items. Visitors will have a wonderful time perusing through the stalls to find their favourite Christmas items and distinct curios. You’ll also enjoy live music and entertainment in the Jager Barn under the sparkling, magical Christmas lights.

Distance from hotel by car

10.4 miles, 23 minutes


Illumination at Old Down Estate

As an important part of Bristol’s history, Old Down Estate has welcomed, educated, and enchanted visitors for many years. To make the festive season that little bit more special, the country park will be launching its first Magical Christmas Illumination Trail. On your arrival at the park, you’ll be taken on an enchanted route through the fairy garden to the front of the historic Manor House. Along the way, you’ll see wonderful Christmas decorations and pieces guiding you along, with the park’s trees illuminated with glorious Christmas lights.

Distance from hotel by car

9.3 miles, 16 minutes


Festival of Light at Longleat

Returning after a two-year absence, Longleat’s Festival of Light is a magical experience that lightens up the area’s Christmas fun with flair and style. This year, the festival’s theme will be “The Wonderous World of Roald Dahl”, celebrating the author’s iconic characters and scenes with 800 gorgeously lit lanterns across 30 acres. Created by a team of designers working with the Roald Dahl Story Company to create illuminated scenes from books including the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, and many more. The festival will be providing festive fun along with Longleat’s famous 15-metre Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and the popular Santa Train.

Distance from hotel by car

39 miles, 1 hour 5 minutes


Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole

Get into the seasonal spirit this Christmas with a unique and whimsical experience at the famous Wookey Hole’s Winter Wonderland. Visitors will experience three outstanding experiences in one day, beginning with a visit to see the cave's Christmas lights. Over 100,000 lights will guide you through the cave’s cavernous spaces, creating an enchanting underground adventure land. Next, you’ll make your way to Santa’s grotto. Filled with charming surprises, every child will get to meet Santa himself and take home a present from the elves. Finally, you’ll then sit back, relax and enjoy a Christmas show. This year, the Wookey Hole Circus will be presenting a performance inspired by the Elf on the Shelf.

Distance from hotel by car

34.7 miles, 1 hour 3 minutes

Christmas at Aztec Hotel & Spa

Christmas at Aztec Hotel & Spa

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