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Festive Highlights

Top gigs, seasonal concerts, gift fairs + more to fill your stockings

The festive season is upon us and we’ve got a whole heap of great gift ideas, festive concerts and seasonal events for you to dive into.

The ever popular Made In Bristol Gift Fairs return for two bumper weekends packed full of handcrafted artisan gifts. And if you can’t decide on that perfect live music  or gig experience, gift vouchers are the perfect present for the avid gig-goer, concert enthusiast and comedy fan.

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The gift of live music

We think that there’s no better present than the joy of live music. So we’ve put together a collection of our favourite upcoming gigs and concerts.

From party-starters, to lyrical folk, to indie rockers – we’ve got something for every live music lover in our programme taking place at Bristol Beacon and in venues across the city.

Tickets as a gift

We use e-tickets for the majority of our events. We know that many customers will prefer to gift a physical ticket. To give an e-ticket as a gift, we recommend:

  • Downloading your PDF e-ticket from your confirmation email, or from your Bristol Beacon account
  • Sending the PDF e-ticket digitally to your recipient via email
  • Printing your PDF e-ticket and sending it to your recipient physically

Unfortunately we’re not able to print e-tickets on behalf of customers.

Seasonal Events

An orchestra performs on stage in front of a projection of a cartoon snowman.

The Snowman

Plus Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

Fri 8 Dec, 13:30 and 18:30
Beacon Hall

A very special performance featuring two of the UK’s best-loved and iconic animated films with live accompaniment from an outstanding professional orchestra.

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A photo of a person singing on stage in a bright pink dress.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Christmas Kitchen Disco

Wed 13 Dec, 19:30
Beacon Hall

Backed by a versatile six piece band, the Kitchen Disco Tour returns in 2023 for a night of reimagined pop classics, highlights from her own discography and even a generous helping of Christmas spirit.

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A person conducts a choir as they sing.

Bristol Choral Society: Messiah

Sat 16 Dec, 19:30
Beacon Hall

Treat yourself to an evening of pure indulgence and nostalgia, with the melodies of Handel’s wonderful and best known work.

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Kate Rusby

Sun 17 Dec, 19:00
Beacon Hall

Hailed as ‘The Start of Christmas’ for many, Kate Rusby’s Christmas Concerts perpetuate the tradition of Yorkshire carols – specific carols still sung in the pubs of South Yorkshire.

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A person with short curly hair poses with an accordion in front of a tree decorated with fairy lights.

Lighting the Dark by Martin Green

Wed 20 Dec, 20:00
Lantern Hall

Christmas can be hard but ultimately, humans are wonderful. Join Ivor Novello-winning composer Martin Green on a trip through the challenges and joys of the festive season, with an all-star cast of incredible musicians.

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An illustration of Father Christmas with an orchestra behind him

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in Concert

Plus The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Thu 21 Dec, 14:30
Beacon Hall

Join the Mozart Symphony Orchestra this winter as they celebrate Raymond Briggs’ seasonal classic, Father Christmas. With the film playing on a big screen accompanied by a live orchestra and sound effects, this is a magical Christmas concert like no other!

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