Popular Christmas attraction Spiegeltent will be returning to Bristol once again this festive season.
This year, the enormous tent – which will be based on the Harbourside – will host a series of live music events, Christmas parties, children’s shows and a monster-themed ball.
Tickets for all the events are expected to go on sale this weekend after the venue was granted a licence to return to the city on Thursday (September 20).
Steve Meadows started Christmas at the Spiegeltent in 2012 and is delighted that his project is now a firm fixture in Bristol’s festive calendar.
This year the event will be in the city from Friday, November 23 to Thursday, December 20.
It will be open seven days a week from 12 noon but closing hours vary depending on the day people visit.
The venue will close at 11pm Sunday and Monday, 1.30am Tuesday to Thursday and on Fridays and Saturdays it will remain open until 2am.
Concerns about the late opening hours and noise issues had been raised by residents living nearby.
Speaking at Thursday’s licencing hearing at Bristol City Hall, resident Nick Marshall said he was concerned about this event adding to the issues already in the Harbourside area because of late night drinking.
He said: “There is a lot of rough sleeping and drug abuse in the area and I am concerned about the affect another late night venue will have.
“Also in the past it has been very intrusive noise wise and the opening hours are excessive.”
Mr Marshall said that on one occasion in the past few years he remembered being woken up at 3am because of noise from the venue, but added that he was “very keen” for the event to go ahead just with conditions.
In the end the committee agreed to grant the licence, but with 86 conditions.
One condition stated that all live music would stop at midnight, and that noise levels are reduced at 11pm every night.
Mr Meadows said he was keen to work with the residents to make sure they were not disrupted by the venue.
For full listings, tickets and more information, visit the Spiegeltent website.
Courtesy of BristolPost