The Bristol Christmas Spiegeltent first welcomed lovers of all things festive into its magical interior in 2012 and is now a firm part of the city’s winter calendar.
Set up by Steve Meadows, the beautiful setting houses a programme of stunning and carefully curated events in the build-up to Christmas including live gigs, spectacular shows, comedy and cabaret evenings, kids events, themed party nights and plenty of surprises.
The Christmas parties at the Spiegeltent, which will once again be on the Harbourside, always draw an enthusiastic crowd eager to lap up the food and drink and entertainment on offer.
Here’s the full rundown on what’s on offer this year. All ticket prices will also have a booking fee added – scroll to end of story for booking link
Friday 24th November (8pm-2am): An electrifying opening night with Club Spiegel featuring Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Feel the Real Sound System, Crazy P DJ Set and walkabout shows and surprises. Tickets: £20.
Saturday November 25th (8pm-2am): White Mink featuring live music, dancers, burlesque shows and DJs with aerial performances and dancing from Mista Trick Live fronted by Gambit Ace and some vintage harmonies from Elle & The Pocketbelles. Also lined up are sets from Voodoo Jukebox, Dj Chris Tofu and Chucks (The Correspondents). Tickets £20.
Sunday December 3rd (doors 2.30pm): A chill Sunday Social with Queen Bee and Robert Louis with food served from 1.30pm and DJs between 3-6pm. There will be plenty for kids including organized games, dance lessons and creative activities. Tickets – adults £20 and kids £12 including Roast. Adult standing (entry from 2,30pm) £10 with kids standing £8.
Wednesday December 6th (7.30pm onwards): Neo-burlesque and swing pioneers The Puppini Sisters will be performing close harmony singing and reworking some modern pop tunes in all the best possible retro-futuristic taste. Tickets £22/£25.
Thursday November 30th, Thursday December 7th, Wednesday December 13th: Three chances to indulge in one of the legendary Spiegeltent Christmas Parties which come with fine food, amazing entertainment, stunning cabaret and music and dancing. Great for groups.
Saturday December 2nd and Saturday December 16th: Baby Disko, ideal for 0-5 year-olds but everyone is welcome to join in the dancing, face painting, bubble blowing, dressing up and games. Tickets £8.50.
Saturday December 9th (doors 1.45pm, show 2-4pm): The Monster Ball, a monster-themed party ideal for 5-10 year-olds but everyone will enjoy the dressing up, cabaret, aerial show, comedy, acrobatics, games, face painting and crazy craft show. Tickets: £8.50.
Sunday December 10th: Sunday Social with Jerry Dammers & Queen Bee. Another relaxed Sunday chillout with roast dinners, tunes from Jerry Dammers (The Specials DJ) and Queen Bee. There will be a kids’ social area with organised games, dance lessons and creative activities. Tickets same as previous Sunday social.
Saturday December 16th (8pm-2am): The Spiegeltent Masquerade Ball, a delightfully glamorous masked ball with cabaret, aerial shows, magical surprises and live music from OMG! It’s The Church! along with dancing to tunes spun by Paul Moyland and the Boogie Cafe Djs. Tickets £24.
Sunday December 17th (doors 7pm, show from 8pm): The London Community Gospel Choir, who have been wowing audiences with their dynamic mix of gospel, swing beat, R&B and soul with flavourings of funk, will be visiting the tent. Also joining in will be Leighton Jones (runner up in The Voice UK 2016) and Bristol’s own Gospel Generation Community Choir. Tickets £24/£22.
December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 15th-23rd: The arrival of the Father Christmas Woodland Grotto will see the big man himself and his elves invite you and your little ones into the woodland grotto for a magical, interactive experience. Tickets include a lovely gift for the kids and a hot toddy or other drink for adults. Each slot runs for 15 minutes and the day will begin at 11am. Tickets are £8 for kids (including gift) and £5 for adults.
For more details on all things to do with the Christmas Spiegeltent see the official website.
See here for tickets.
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