Local Christmas events/services for your diary

Thursday 27 November

Bishopston Christmas Market – Bishop Road Primary School, 7.15 – 10 pm. Enjoy a wonderful selection of festive stalls from some of the best local businesses and artisans selling cards, gifts, jewellery, plenty of gifts for all the family. It’s the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with a glass of mulled wine and, perhaps, your first mince pie of the season! £1 on the door (all profits go to Bishop Road Primary School PTFA). Over 16s only.

Charade Drama’s Pantomime Cinderella – (27 – 29 November). Westbury Methodist Hall, BS9 3AA. Evening performances 7.30 pm, Saturday matinee 2.30 pm. Tickets £6/£5/£4 for Adult/Concession/Child from Charade Box Office 0117 9508488 or on the door.

Saturday 29 November

Moggery Christmas Fair – St Michaels & All Angels Church, Pigsty Hill, 1 pm. Stalls, games and Christmas gifts. To be opened by patron, BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson.

Winter Wonderland Display – (James please also add every Saturday and Sunday from November 29 to December 21) Ardagh Pavilion, Horfield Common, 10 – 3 pm. View the unique and charming ‘Winter Wonderland’ display. See page 13.

Monday 1 December

Save The Children Concert, Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 7 pm.

Thursday 4th December

Glos Rd Central Christmas Event –  5.30 – 8.30 pm. To launch their Thursday late night and Sunday opening throughout December, Glos Rd Central traders are hosting an evening of festive activities and food, see page 9.

Friday 5 December

The Filtones Christmas Crackers Concert  – Eden Grove Methodist Church, Horfield, BS7 0PQ, 7.30 pm. Begin the Christmas season with a joyful evening of seasonal music to get you in the mood! Tickets £6 obtainable in advance – Tel 0117 9690654 or at the door.

Saturday 6 December

Ashley Down School Christmas Fair and tree sale  – Ashley Down School, Downend Road. Tree sale in playground, 10 am. Fair in school, 12 – 2.30 pm. Meet Father Christmas, enjoy fun stalls, arts, crafts, delicious food and live music.

Making Christmas wreaths workshop – The Golden Hill Community Garden, entrance at the end of Monk Road,

10 am – 4 pm. Only £10. See page 27.

Sunday 7 December

Advent 1 Parish Mass – Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 10 am.

Sunday 7 December

St Bon’s Christmas Fair, St Bon’s School, 2 – 4.30 pm. Father Christmas, mulled wine, raffle, coffee and cakes, crafts, games and singing from St Bon’s Choir.

Friday 12 December

Bishopston Big Screen – Family Film Night – Silverthorne Hall at Bishop Road School, Doors open at 6 pm, film starts at 6.30 pm. Screening the Polar Express. Free entry. Cash bar included mulled wine, mince pies, soft drinks and popcorn. All profits to the Bishop Road PTFA. All children must be accompanied by an adults please.

Saturday 13 December

Messy Church – Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, 10 am – 12 pm.  Cafe, crafts, worship and lunch together. The more the merrier!

Out There Music Christmas Concert – St Monica’s, Cote Lane Chapel, BS9 3UN, 6.30 pm. Out There Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble’s programme will include Lauridsen, Whitacre, Tavener, Spirituals and a selection of spiritual, popular and Christmas music. In aid of Changing Tunes. Tickets £8 (£6 under 18’s) and available from Holly – admin@outtheremusic.net or 07866 587424. www.outtheremusic.net.

Sunday 14 December

Christmas Light Carol Services – City Church, the Elmgrove Centre 4.30 and 7 pm.

Advent 2 – Parish Mass, Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 10 am.

All Age Celebration – St Bart’s Church, St Andrews 10.30 am.

Carol Service – St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, 6.30 pm

Carol Service – Good Shepherd Church, Bishop Road, 6.30 pm

Monday 15 December

Bristol Cabot Choir – Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ –

Bristol Cathedral, 7.30 pm. Supporting local charity The Julian Trust Night Shelter. Tickets £15 and £12 (reserved) and £10 (unreserved). NUS card holders will be able to buy tickets for just £5. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Choir’s ticket line on 0117 949 7164.

Wednesday 17 December

Christmas Party on the Plot – The Golden Hill Community Garden, entrance at the end of Monk Road, behind Bishop Road School, 6 – 7.30 pm, Free. There will be a bonfire and hot soup, carols and live music, marshmallow toasting and chestnuts roasting. See page 27.

Sunday 21 December

9 Lessons & Carols – Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 6 pm.

Advent 4 – Parish Mass with Christmas play, Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 10 am.

Carols by Candlelight – Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, 5.30 pm.

Christmas Reflections – St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, 10.30 am.

Family Christmas Concert – St Bon’s Parish Club Hall, Berkeley Road, 3 pm. City of Bristol Learner Brass Band. Adults £5, Children Free.

Wednesday 24 December

Christingle Service – Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 4.30 pm.

Christingles – St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, 4 pm & 5 pm.

Christingles – St Michael’s Church, Pigsty Hill ,6.00 pm.

Midnight Communion – St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, 11.15 pm.

Midnight Communion – Good Shepherd Church, Bishop Road, 11.30 pm.

Midnight Mass – Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 11.30 pm.

Thursday 25 December

All Age Celebration, St Bart’s Church, St Andrews, 10 am.

All Age Celebration, St Michael’s Church, Pigsty Hill, 10 am.

Festival Mass – Horfield Parish Church, Wellington Hill, 10 am.

Thursday 25 December

Family service – Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road 10.30 am

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