A festive highlight for many Bristolians, the German-themed Christmas Market in Broadmead area offers over 35 different stalls.
From stalls specialising in food offerings such as German bratwurst, crumbles, Yorkshire pudding wraps and mulled cider to gift stalls selling candles, glass figures, jewellery and hand-painted pottery, there’s a stall for everyone.
But how does this year's market compare to the previous year? And which products are selling best and is the living crisis having an impact on stallholders’ sales?
We visited Bristol Christmas Market and talked with eight of the traders. Here’s what we found:
1. Bristol Christmas Market 2023
2. Scented Soy Candles and Wax Melts
At Scented Soy Candles and Wax Melts, which is running for the first time in the Bristol Christmas Market, they had run out of the top-seller - the orange and cinnamon candles which are made out of cinnamon sticks. Brittany, who was running the stall, said: “It’s been really good. Weekends were busy. But yeah, it's been really good, really busy.”
3. O'Donnell's Moonshine
At O’Donnell's Moonshine, it was Fran’s first year working for the stall. She said: “I don't have much to compare it to because I've never worked on this market stall before. But it’s going very well. It seems quite busy. We have quieter days and busier days, but it seems pretty consistent. Everyone's saying the same thing. Yeah, it's going well. I’d probably say our top seller was Tough Nut. That’s the one that tastes like Ferrero Rocher.”
At Khaplo, the chess sets and the puzzle boxes have been their best-sellers. Maddie, who is running the Bristol stall on behalf of the French owner, Laurent, told us: “Everything sells quite well, to be honest. The stall’s been really good so far this year. We’re doing better than last year, which is amazing.”