Discover the magic of Bath this Christmas @VisitBath
It doesn’t get more magical than Bath at Christmas. As the city sparkles with twinkling lights, delicious aromas of sweet roasted chestnuts fill the air and cheerful choirs sing carols by candlelight, there’s no better place to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas than Bath.
Bath’s stunning Georgian scenery makes the perfect backdrop for a festive day out. Fill your itinerary with delicious food, warming pubs and the all-important Christmas shopping; where better to find unusual gifts than a city of artisans? With unique homewares, locally-made crafts, handmade jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to find something special.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to festive activities in Bath. You can tick off everything on your Christmas shopping list in one go at the famous Bath Christmas Market, be swept up in the excitement of a traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath, get your skates on at Bath on Ice and much more.
Bath Christmas Market
The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of festive cheer from Thursday 22nd November–Sunday 9th December. With over 180 chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping.
From unique homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones or even a little treat for yourself. With so many local makers and designers showcasing their artisan gifts, you can get all your Christmas shopping done in one place and feel reassured that you’re supporting Bath’s independent businesses.
On a crisp winter’s day, warm up with a comforting hot drink or hearty street food and grab a delicious burger, hog roast or caramelised nuts to keep you toasty while you browse the Market.
Throughout Bath Christmas Market there will be a jam-packed programme of entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit. A host of talented performers including brass bands, school and community choirs and a capella groups will serenade you as you shop. This year, the Piano Shop of Bath have asked local school children to decorate a piano, so you can host your own singalong!
Tired shoppers can drop into The Lodge on Stall Street for a bite to eat and locally-brewed quality beers and tipples from Bath Ales and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen. The relaxing rustic décor makes The Lodge the perfect place to take a well-earned rest, day or night.
A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there’s always something new to discover at Bath Christmas Market.
A City that Sparkles
While Bath Christmas Market is certainly the city’s glittering centrepiece, there is so much to discover in Bath this Christmas. Explore the city and you’ll find festive activities taking place at heritage attractions, exclusive shopping experiences and restaurants offering gastronomical delights.
Head to Royal Victoria Park for ice-skating at Bath on Ice and Glow in the Dark Mini Golf. After a spin on the outdoor ice rink (which is a massive 39% larger than last year) or a turn around the illuminated 18-hole golf course, retreat to the warm, comforting glow of Moguls Alpine Bar, where you can refuel with a wood-fi red pizza or gourmet chips and an indulgent hot chocolate.
Festive shoppers can step through the magical wardrobe at SouthGate Bath and enter an enchanted Nordic forest, complete with cosy cabins, forest glade and winter woodland animals. Shop ‘til you drop after-hours with latenight shopping every Thursday.
Get into the Christmas spirit at a shoppers’ carol service at Bath Abbey. These informal 20-minute services offer traditional carols in stunning surrounds and are an ideal way to break up a busy day of shopping.
Once you’ve purchased all your Christmas gifts, pop along to the Gift-Wrapping Station in Milsom Place where they will turn your purchases into presents ready to put under the tree, before resting your weary legs at the snow-topped Après Ski Bar outside Abbey Hotel, Bath.With mugs of aromatic mulled wine, authentic Alpine appetisers and blankets to snuggle up under in a cosy cabin, you’ll feel like you’re in a ski resort rather than the heart of Bath.
Step into a Winter Wonderland at The Bird, Bath, where the snowy woodland sprigs strewn with fairy lights, flickering candelabra and draped Bavarian rugs are guaranteed to put you in a festive frame of mind. Their mulled drinks, moreish mince pies and luxurious Turkish delight are hard to resist!
If you’re feeling crafty, there are workshops running for all ages throughout the festive period. Learn how to make a winter wreath with V V Rouleaux or create your own advent calendar and Christmas decorations at The Makery.
Festive Family Fun
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year and even more so for children. See the magic of Christmas through their eyes and get involved in the fantastic line-up of family-friendly events in Bath.
Little ones can meet Father Christmas at Santa’s Grotto in Milsom Place, take a whirl on the enchanting Victorian carousel on Stall Street and follow the Christmas Tree Carol Trail to see if they can spot all ten uniquely-decorated trees and identify the musical theme at each one.
Head to the theatre for a festive family outing. Gather the little ones for a magical performance of Snow Mouse at The Egg Theatre, or revel in a lively performance of this year’s pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath. Packed with singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation, Peter Pan will delight audiences of all ages.
Acclaimed children’s writer Michael Morpurgo will be coming to the city to celebrate his re-telling of the much-loved story by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman, as part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival. There will be plenty of seasonal fun for the whole family, and The Snowman himself might even make an appearance!
On each Saturday of Bath Christmas Market, Queen Square will host a Festive Family Artisan Market, sponsored by Mogers Drewett. Bring the whole family along to take part in the exciting activities. From the Kids’ Café and festive storytelling to Christmas arts and crafts workshops and face painting, there is plenty to keep children entertained. And with glass-blowing demonstrations from Bath Aqua Glass, tasty street food and local makers from the monthly Bath Artisan Market, there’s lots for adults too.
Bath is going green this Christmas. The cheerful decorations adorning Abbeygate Street and Abbey Street during Bath Christmas Market are all made using recycled plastic bags and bottles. This year, Bath Christmas Market have teamed up with Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine, to transform discarded single use plastics into creative Christmas decorations.
Local pupils of Widcombe Junior School in Bath have made a wonderful contribution by making Christmas pompoms made from plastic shopping bags that are no longer usable and snowfl akes from old plastic bottles to create beautiful chandeliers. Christmas can be wasteful time of year so what better way to fi nd another use for rubbish than by turning it into art!
For more sustainable Christmas decorations, head to Old Bond Street where you can use pedal-power to light up a shining interactive display.
Bath Christmas Market will be open from Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 9th December 2018 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am–7pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am–8:30pm Sundays: 10am–6pm
For more information and to plan your visit, head to visitbath.co.uk/christmas