Christmas at Prior Park

Make the most of traditions old and new at Prior Park this winter. There's winter fun for everyone to get involved in, or simply peaceful frosty walks.

Prior Park is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city centre shopping and the commercialised side of the season. 

Step into the landscape and take in extended views as the leafless trees offer a wider vista. The garden is stunning in any weather - be it fog, frost or even catching some wildlife in the rain. 

A Georgian garden Christmas

Our Georgian garden Christmas will be a natural, peaceful and understated take on the festive season, highlighting the Georgian traditions that Ralph Allen and family may have enjoyed back in the 1700s. See events listing at the bottom of the page for more information.


10 December - Barley Rye - 12.15 and 2.00pm - Cancelled due to the forecast high winds

16 December - National Trust staff and volunteers - 11.00am

16 December - Bristol Folk Session musicians - 11.00am onwards

Find out more about Georgian Christmas traditions.

Alight! - sold out

This Christmas we are working together with Sound UK to bring the garden to life after dark with light and sound. Alight! will show off the garden like never before, with a series of installations to discover. An opportunity to wrap up warm and explore with the whole family.

Wreath making workshops

For a creative pre-Christmas experience why not come along and make a Christmas wreath. Local florists Young Blooms will be on hand to offer tips and advise, and there will be refreshments to keep you going too.

General opening over the Christmas period

Over the Christmas period we are open on 23 and 24 December, then Boxing Day, 30 and 31 December and New Year's Day. Opening time are then back to weekends only until the start of February.

Upcoming events

Garden tours

Tue 25 Sep 2018
Wander through historic Prior Park on this free and informative guided tour.

Wildlife walks

Wed 26 Sep 2018
A special opportunity to see the garden in the early morning tranquility on this series of walks, exploring nature through the season.

Halloween trail

Sat 27 Oct 2018
A coven of witches have spread some Halloween potions around the garden. Can you follow the trail to claim a prize?

Walk with the head gardener

Sun 18 Nov 2018
Head gardener Alice will be exploring the garden and it's history, and looking at plans for the future, finishing with morning refreshments in the tea garden.

Christmas trail

Sat 01 Dec 2018
This festive season there's a landscape-wide advert calendar to discover at Prior Park