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Festive programme

Bristol City Centre BID’s festive programme aims to give Bristol added appeal as a Christmas destination.

Bristol City Centre BID’s festive programme aims to give Bristol added appeal as a Christmas destination and encourage people to spend more time here.

The seasonal spectacle starts in late November with the Christmas lights switch-on, making Park Street, Queen’s Road, Old City and Centre Promenade twinkle beneath more than a mile of festoon lighting featuring 25,500 LEDS. In 2018, Bristol City Centre BID also commissioned a month-long interactive light art installation on College Green, film-effect snowfall on Millennium Promenade and the Old City, and a specially curated light show on Corn Street to celebrate 275 years of Bristol’s famous St Nicholas Market.

It makes Bristol a more desirable choice among the growing numbers of people planning a festive short break: VisitEngland research showed that 13 million Brits (26%) planned to take an overnight UK trip over the Christmas and New Year period in 2018/19, boosting the economy by an estimated £2.6billion. 

Christmas is a time of year when shoppers want more than just shopping. They’re looking to share experiences, create memories and build a sense of excitement. Our festive programme helps do exactly that.

Keith Rundle, Bristol City Centre BID Operations Manager
Updated: Friday 15 November, 2019

City centre Christmas lights are better than ever

Bristol city centre’s Christmas lights were switched on this week, marking the start of the festive season. Funded and organised by City Centre BID, the lights are more extensive than ever thanks to the addition of King Street, home to the world-famous Bristol Old Vic theatre.
The UK-manufactured light displays feature the latest in low energy technology, minimising the impact on the environment and keeping energy costs as low as possible.
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(Images: Christmas lights on King Street with Bristol Old Vic’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ company, and Park Street.)