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Christmas Days Out and Activities in the South West to get you in the Festive Spirit.


It’s the 1st of December… Feeling festive yet? The famous Bath Christmas market may not be on this year, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the festive activities and days out to get you feeling in the Christmas spirit this year. From enchanted light trails to festive film screenings, here is a round up of some of the festive days out on offer in the South-West this year.

1. Light up Bristol at Ashton Court Estate (Bristol)

A visit to the stunning light trail over the suspension bridge at Ashton Court Estate this festive season is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. There are light installations a-plenty to dazzle, and mulled wine and hot chocolate to keep you warm and cosy as you wander around. For full details and booking info, click here.

2. Christmas at Longleat (Wiltshire)

Visit Britain’s biggest singing Christmas tree, ride the Santa train, drive through the winter safari and even meet Father Christmas himself at Longleat this Christmas! Book your tickets by clicking here.

3. Ice Skating at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park (Keynsham)

Open from 27th November, the rink at Avon Valley is the perfect festive day out that caters to all abilities. By day, the venue is the perfect family day out; by night, the rink transforms with lighting effects, DJ and après-skate bar. Better yet, the whole rink is powered using 100% renewable energy! For booking information, click here.

4. Christmas Film Screenings with Bristol Film Festival (Bristol)

Watch Love Actually at the Bristol Museum, Harry Potter at Clifton College Chapel or The Nightmare before Christmas at Arnos Vale Cemetery. For the full programme of screenings, click here.

5. Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum (Gloucestershire)

The ever-popular immersive Enchanted Christmas light trail at Westonbirt Arboretum is returning once again this festive season, and this year there’s a theme that the whole family can get involved with: Father Christmas has been separated from Rudolph after a huge storm! Can you help reunite them, recover the lost presents, and save Christmas? With seasonal food and drinks and a Christmas Village open to explore, this is definitely not one to miss. Booking ahead is essential, click here for further details.

6. Enchanted Gardens Light Trail (Swindon)

The Town Gardens of Swindon will be lit up with a spectacularly festive illuminated trail throughout December this year. There will lights installed throughout the Victorian Gardens, and visitors will be able to wander through illuminated trees, a trail of art sculptures, soundscapes, interactive illuminations and a light show. For further information, click here.