The first weekend of the month was a whopper for Bristol Christmas Markets. If you didn’t make it to any and are suffering from FIADMO (Fear I Actually Did Miss Out), don’t worry; there’s plenty more to come! So many, in fact, that it's a rather long old list, so grab yourself a mug of something mulled and settle in for our line-up of indie markets and pop-ups for the rest of the festive season...
With thanks to Sarah at Yes Starling! for her great round-up.
Bristol Bazaar are popping up into the old Police Station in The Island for the whole of December. As well the 40+ artists, designers and makers, Bristol Bazaar will be hosting two parties over the course of the month. The market is open 10.00 – 20.00 on Monday to Saturday allowing for plenty of after-work shopping, as well as 11.00 - 16.00 on Sundays.
The Winter Shopzilla opened on 1st December and runs through until 12th January, meaning that even during the post-Christmas sales happening in the chain stores, you’ve got an indie alternative to head to if you need some retail therapy. It's packed full of beautiful gift ideas, handmade and unique items that are both beautiful and functional. There's truly something for everyone there! The Shopzilla is open 9.00 – 20.30 on Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 9.00 – 17.00. Your shopping can be fuelled by mulled cider and Christmas biscuits from the Community Kitchen.
Hensford Press cider @ Dawkins Brewery Tap Christmas Market
Dawkins are hosting three Sunday Christmas markets in December, with two still to come on 10th and 17th. They are on from 12.00 – 17.00 and will feature small, independent food producers, crafts and clothing. The Dawkins bar will be open, and you can also buy their bottles and gift packs.
Billed as 'Christmas shopping for people who don't like Christmas shopping' the Harts Bakery 'Small is Beautiful' Mini-Markets are the perfect way to discover incredible local crafts, products and creations. Each Saturday in December, Harts will host two or three hand-picked stalls to sell their wares in the bakery from 9.00 – 14.00. You can expect pottery, preserves, jewellery and beautify products. Check their site for details on who you can find on which Saturdays.
Bountiful produce at St Nicks.
When the team behind a Christmas market is St Nicks and Love Food, you know you can rely on them to put on something worth venturing into the cold for. Running on Wednesdays in December from 9.00 – 14.30, at the Festive Farmers' & Producers' Markets you can expect mulled cider from Dick Willows and a fabulous array of locally produced produce perfect for putting together a Christmas hamper for your loved ones, or “accidentally” eating at your desk for mid-afternoon snack.
Everybody's fave, St Nicks Market will be extending their opening hours from Wednesday 13th December to be open seven days a week. You can shop from 10.00 – 17.00 every day, and even 10.00 – 15.00 on Christmas Eve.
Made in Bristol: HOME opened at The Architecture Centre on 28th October and runs until 22nd December. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00. You’ll find jewellery, toys, ceramics, clothes and homeware.
Cards by the beautiful Penguin Ink, available at the Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall
As well as the seasonal shop at The Architecture Centre, Made in Bristol are also running a number of gift fairs at Colston Hall. The remaining dates are 9th and 16th December. Featuring over 100 designers, the fair is one of the largest in Bristol so if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your gifts, this is a really safe bet.
On 10th December from 10.00 – 17.00 you have the rare opportunity to go inside the In Bristol Studios for their Christmas Fair. From stocking fillers to large artwork, you can buy and commission art work directly from the artists. There are also a variety of workshops which start at £5 per person, such as Wreath Making, Indigo Dyeing, Mug Painting and Fabric Gift Bag Making.
If sipping mulled cider while listening to local choirs and eating roast chestnuts sounds up your street, make sure you visit the Tobacco Factory Christmas Markets. The market has slightly longer hours for the festive season, and is on 10.00 – 15.00 on Sundays in December. The Christmas Eve Market is 9.00 – 13.00.
Head to the 123 Space Christmas Market in Stokes Croft for quirky and unusual artwork; think 3D printed Bristol maps, calligraphy posters and engraved glass. The market is on until the 15th December.
Phew! So there we have it - the best indie Christmas markets in Bristol this year. Have we forgotten any? Let us know! Merry Bristmas!