CHRISTMAS IN PORTISHEAD 2016
As the weather finally starts to get chilly, it’s time to publish Practically Perfect Mums’ annual guide to Christmas in Portishead. The festive feature includes ice rinks, Santa’s grottos, pantomimes, carol concerts, Christmas shows and school fairs and more – both right here in Portishead as well as farther afield in Bristol and North Somerset.
I’ll be adding more details as I receive them so do keep checking back if you’d like to hear more.
High Down Infant School, Down Rd, Portishead
Saturday 12th November from 11am to 12.30
High Down Infant School’s terrific toy sale is a great event to kick-start the festive season and the perfect excuse to clear out the cupboards before Christmas and nab some bargains too.
Christmas Lights Switch On
Portishead High Street
21st November 2016
Head on down to the Precinct in the High Street at 6.30pm on 21st November for the big switch on.
Father Christmas is expected to arrive at approx. 6.15, and whilst he does his best to answer all children’s letters, parents need to make sure there is a clearly written address to reply to.
If you want to get in the Christmas spirit early, check out my brief video of the countdown from last year!
High Down Junior School, Down Rd, Portishead
Friday 25th November from 6pm
Portishead Primary School
26th November from 1 – 4pm
High Down Infant School
Saturday 3rd Dec 10:30-12:30
St Peter’s School
Saturday 3rd December 12 to 3pm
Stalls include chocolate tombola, festive raffle and pie face. I think the children are going to love this one!
Portishead Choral Society with Portishead Sinfonia
Gordano School New Hall
Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7.30pm
Carols for choir, audience and full orchestra. An exciting French programme, dominated by one of the greatest choral works from the 20th century: the Gloria by Francis Poulenc, composed in 1959.
As in previous years, there will be the opportunity for audience participation so be prepared to join in and get into the Christmas spirit!
Saturday 3rd December 2 to 4pm
Santas on the Run – Bristol
Sunday 11th December 2016, 1pm
Our Santas on the Run is a sight to behold. Thousands of Santas take to streets across the South West in this 2k festive fun run. Our Santa runs are not about speed or fitness so adults, children and even family pets are all invited to take part. Whether you have little ones in pushchairs, plan to dance your way around or are looking to set a record time – it’s a great day out for everyone! How about trying to get a big team together to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary year? You can run with family, friends or colleagues – you could even make it your staff Christmas party this year!
Soft Play Christmas Party
Portishead Youth Centre
Tuesday 13th December from 9.30 to 1.30pm
A special Soft Play session including play time, buffet lunch, raffle and visit to Santa’s Grotto to visit Father Christmas and receive a special gift!
Tickets on sale from late November!
Call 842461 for more details.
Portishead High St
Friday 16th December
The Victorian Fayre takes place on Friday December 11th along the High Street. More details to follow.
Somerset Hall, Portishead
23rd – 25th February 2017
Portishead Players presents this hilarious pantomime coupled with a classic fairy tale story with a twist!
Do they end Happily Ever After…?
Happily Ever After…? (A PYP Production)
We all know how classic fairy tales are supposed to end but what if things are not as we believed?
CHRISTMAS EVENTS NEARBY
Millennium Square Ice Rink
At-Bristol’s Millennium Square
5th November to 3rd January
Skating sessions run on the hour for 45 minutes. Tickets cost £6.50
Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle
Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway
Thursday 10th November to Christmas Eve
Tickets are £5.50 and include a gift. There is no booking fee and no cost for accompanying adults.
Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway
Thursday 10th November to 8th January
The Winter Wonderland is open every day from 10 November until 8 January, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Skating sessions last 45 minutes and start on the hour.
2 for 1 Tuesdays
Schools & Youth Groups special rate
Wyevale Garden Centre
13th November to 24th December
Father Christmas is visiting the garden centre. Children can plant and take home a Christmas tree seed in a pot which will grow into a real mini Christmas tree by the end of their visit! Opening Day 12th November then open daily between 13th November to 24th December
£10 per child
Christmas House Opening
Tyntesfield, Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1NT
26th November 2016 to 3rd January 2017
Interact with Victorian characters, help make Christmas decorations, sing in the hall, and take in the festive atmosphere across the estate. With stockings full of festive family fun, story-telling, dancing and games, soak up the atmosphere as the family and servants prepare for the festivities.
Bristol Hippodrome’s Christmas Panto
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2017
This year’s magical family pantomime Cinderella will star national icons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean as the Fairy Godparents.
Britain’s beloved ice-skating couple bring their unique talents to The Bristol Hippodrome for the first time ever and will wow audiences with their amazing routines. The classic rags to riches tale Cinderella will be transformed into a breath-taking family extravaganza with glittering sets, gorgeous costumes, big song and dance numbers, bags of audience participation, real Shetland ponies and jaw-dropping off-ice skating sequences.
Beauty & The Beast Christmas Panto
The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
Saturday 10th December – Sunday 1st January 2017
A tale of love and heroics, mixed with great songs, shouts of ‘Oh no you won’t’ and more jokes than a Christmas cracker factory!
Clevedon Light Opera Club presents
Best of Broadway
Princes Hall, Clevedon
9th & 10th December from 7.30pm
A variety of songs from Tony and Olivier Award winning musicals from Kiss me Kate to The Book of Morman. This talented group will provide you with an evening of musical delights that will leave you singing as your leave the Theatre!
Tickets cost £8.00 each with Early Bird Seating.
Tyntesfield National Trust Chapel
Sunday 11th December 18.30 – 19.30
Portishead Choral Society will be performing a variety of festive numbers in the fantastic setting of the chapel at Tyntesfield this Christmas. Founded in 1955, Portishead Choral Society will be singing at Tyntesfield for the very first time this year.
Tickets cost £15 and include a hot drink and a mince-pie. 12+ only.
Thank you to our Christmas in Portishead Sponsor
Many thanks to my husband’s independent accountancy practice Coben Associates for kindly sponsoring our Christmas in Portishead 2016 Events Guide. If you’d like help with your accounts or a free consultation, click the logo below for Coben’s contact details.
If your organisation would like to be involved in supporting this or any of our community features please email jane @ practicallyperfectmums.co.uk.
If you have any other information or updates about local Christmas events, then please comment below or email me on the address above.
HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON!
P.S. Details of these and more events will be on the Special Events Calendar.
Always check with the organiser before you travel as times and prices may be subject to change.