Packed programme of festive events coming to Bedminster


Head down to Bemmie to get in the festive spirit!

The nights are drawing in but if you live in Bedminster that just means it’s time to get excited about the programme of festive events which will once again make BS3 the best place to be in Bristol between now and Christmas.

The Bedminster BID, which holds events throughout the year in BS3 including Musicians on the Run and Comedians on the Run, is making sure Christmas is signed, sealed and delivered in true festive style between now and 25 December 25th.

Saturday 11th November sees the North Street Winter Fair come to BS3. With stalls, live music, great seasonal food and lots of festive cheer this event promises to be a great affair for all the family! as North Street will be closed off from 10:30am till 5pm. 

On 25th November, Bedminster will be transformed into ‘Elfminster’ as the popular Elf Village returns, and to make it easier for local children to get their messages to Father Christmas, special Santa Letter Packs will be available from retailers across BS3. These packs will contain envelopes addressed to Santa himself so children can send in their wish lists via special Elf Post Boxes on North St, East St, West St and Bedminster Parade and will receive a reply from the elves of Santa’s workshop.

The festive celebrations will continue with the East Street Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November 25th, with the whole street closed and filled with family festive entertainment including fairground rides, street markets, live music and arts and crafts stalls. Beginning at 11am, the day will also feature choirs singing carols and plenty of options for bespoke Christmas gifts along with the chance to visit Santa in his grotto and real reindeer.

For the first time this year, people can make their own giant Christmas card at a unique ‘Christmas Chalk Walk’ during the East Street Fair. Families can use festive images drawn in large chalk murals on the floor to create their special festive greeting cards. 

Taking place at St Catherine’s Way, the Christmas Chalk Walk will also feature a competition element, as the three best designers will each be awarded a street art workshop for themselves and a friend with Upfest and renowned local street artist SPZero76. Anyone aged 11 and over can enter by taking a photo of their design and uploading it to social media using the hashtag BS3chalkwalk. 

Shoppers can rejoice! As part of North Street Nights, a as a selection of North Street traders will be staying open late in the run up to Christmas as part of North Street Nights. The first of these late night shopping experiences will launch on Thursday 30th November, with events then taking place on December the 7th, 14th and 21st December. The launch promises to be a special festive affair with late night shopping combined with festive entertainment, carols, roast chestnuts and plenty more.

Also as part of North Street Nights, a special festive installation called Beaming Bedminster will be there for all to see. Shoppers can enjoy a series of huge festive illuminations lighting up the windows of North Street traders. These will first be lit on 30th November 30th, coinciding with the first North Street Nights late night shopping event.

East Street shoppers will also be able to enjoy some new Christmas decorations as bollards will be covered in ‘Snowman Socks’ made by local peopleresidents. Workshops to create these alternative snowmen are currently being planned, with further details set to be announced by Bedminster BID shortly.

East Street’s Bubble Play Cafe will also be opening its play area to little ones free of charge throughout December. The Play Cafe will be free to use on Saturday the 2nd, 9th 16th and 23rd of December between 2pm and 5pm. 

From 6pm on Thursday 7th, West Street will play host to an evening of Carols from the Bedminster Citadel Salvation Army Band with mulled wine from Mezzaluna and mince pies from Tesco. Then on Saturday 9th December, the streets of Bedminster will once again be lit up by hundreds of colourful creations and filled with fantastic music as the annual Winter Lantern Parade takes place. 

Dozens of local primary schools are preparing their lanterns for the big day, when the children will walk alongside community organisations and local bands to create a wonderful riot of noise and colour through the streets. 

One of the highlights of the Bristol winter, this is the seventh time the parade has taken place and over the years it has grown to become a truly eye-catching event. Run by volunteers and made possible by Arts Council funding, the parade will begin at 4.30pm outside the Tobacco Factory and follow its traditional route up North Street, Cannon Street and British Road, finishing at Compass Point Primary school.

Anyone who wants to have a stall or be part of the street entertainment at the East Street Christmas Fayre should contact To stay in touch with news about the Winter Lantern Parade or to get involved e-mail

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