Christmas in Bath is magical and a real festive treat.
From 22nd November to 9th December (2018) the Christmas Market brings a seasonal charm to the city centre, with crowds buying gifts, sampling the street food and admiring the architecture. The market surrounds the Abbey and extends across the main shopping streets, creating a festive buzz in the city and spreading the Christmas vibe. It is truly beautiful, especially during twilight and evening when the stalls come alive with sparkle and lights.
The local cafés, restaurants and pubs take on the festive glow, serving up winter warmers like steaming mulled cider and hot mince pies. A cosy drink at The Lodge (pop-up) on Stall Street or wrapped up warm under a fluffy blanket the Après-Ski Bar (pop-up) by Allium is a great place to find the Christmas spirit; even Scrooge would feel festive.
The surrounding historical streets are lit up with twinkling white lights and all the windows have an inviting warm glow. Bath's compact scale easily allows you to walk all the main shopping streets, and if the weather is truly British the covered markets of Guildhall, Milsom Place and Green Park Station provide welcome hospitality.
Further afield you'll find Bath On Ice (mid Nov - early Jan, except Christmas day) which adds a little winter wonderland to the city at Christmas. The temporary ice rink is located at the Royal Pavilion in Royal Victoria Park by the mini golf and is a great family attraction, about 10 minutes' walk from the market. The location is also perfect for a winter walk to the Royal Crescent and further into the park. The ice rink gets busy so booking is recommended. If skating isn't for you, there is a covered café overlooking the rink.
On the run up to Christmas the city centre does get crowded, especially on Saturday's and twilight hours. But it's Christmas, so we just take it slow and soak up the atmosphere. If you are driving in for a visit we recommend the Park & Ride ride system, you’ll avoid all the congestion and the bus trip gives you a mini tour of our beautiful World Heritage City.
The market layout is in purple, while orange represents other markets of interest.
Need to know more?
Further information about the market opening times & stalls visit the Bath Christmas Market website.