Join festive celebrations in Bristol


Courtesy of Bristol Christmas Festival

Every year, the community of Bristol gets together and celebrates the winter holidays early.

The holiday season is starting early in Bristol as the community celebrates with a number of exciting events. Join residents in spreading the holly jolly Christmas spirit this December!


“Deck the Doors” Contest
Check out these decked-out doors of Bristol residents and businesses alike as they compete for the best decorations. From Dec. 10 to 17, these doors will be judged for three different categories: Best Residential, Best Commercial and People’s Choice. These doors will be covered from top to bottom with garlands and lights, so make sure to see them in all their delights!

Grand Illumination
On Saturday, Dec. 4, stop by the Burnside Building at 400 Hope Street to see the Grand Illumination. Starting at 5:30 p.m., watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus light Bristol’s Christmas tree together while local school choirs perform in celebration.

Festival Weekend
For their 35th year, the Bristol Christmas Festival Committee is hosting a European-style Christmas market. On Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, join the community for a number of holiday activities, including ice sculpting, holiday crafts and enjoying warm mulled wine. A number of historical sites will also be decorated, including Blithewold Mansion, which will be illuminated both nights from 5 to 7 p.m.

Annual Snowflake Raffle
Shopping and dining locally between now and Dec. 19 allows you to earn as many tickets as possible for the chance at one of several cash prizes. A big snowflake can be found at participating businesses, and for more information, visit the Bristol Merchants Association Facebook page. On Sunday, Dec. 19, the winning tickets will be drawn at the bottom of State Street, as well as live on Facebook.


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