Friday, 30 November 2012


Last night the third annual Christmas Steps Christmas lights switch-on took place!

We were sung and rung into Christmas in fine style by the bell ringers at St Michael's on the Mount church, and then by the children of St Michael's primary school, who sang us four lovely carols.

The 'wifi' plunger was then plunged by the children and the Steps were illuminated by hundreds of twinkly lights!

Here's some pictures of the magical evening and two videos of the singing (dark, but lovely all the same!).



Monday, 5 November 2012


On Saturday 1st December, from 11am – 4pm, the beautiful and intriguing Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, in keeping with its reputation for independent artisan traders, is hosting it's annual alternative to high-street Christmas shopping, the  Christmas Artisan Market on the unique and festively name Christmas Steps themselves.

Come along for a lovely afternoon and experience the wonderful teetering charm of the artisans’ stalls cascading down the Steps, showcasing the high standard of beautiful crafts and wares – everything from fresh griddle cakes to hand-printed tee shirts, Christmas decorations, original art works and a human jukebox, providing you with the perfect opportunity to pick up local, handmade and fully unique Christmas presents.

There will be stacks of festive cheer with the famous Steps Christmas lights, as well as carols and mulled cider a-plenty and if that weren’t enough, there are many other artisan traders and businesses in this unique and beautiful site in Bristol’s city centre, as well as great places to eat and drink.

The 2011 Christmas Artisan Market was packed out!

A stallholder drew this gorgeous picture at last year's Christmas Market!
It's the view of the picture above.
(Copyright Michelle Cioccoloni).

A view from the top of the Steps from the 2011 Christmas Artisan Market

Stalls were all over and around the Christmas Steps

When was the last time you took a walk down a different street?  The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter consists of eight unique streets in Bristol's old city, lined with independent shops, art galleries, bars, cafes and more than a few surprises, where artisans and creative traders work side by side to keep this diverse corner of Bristol as unusual as it's been throughout its long and intriguing history.