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Bath looks as photogenic as ever at Christmas time. The city is dressed head to toe in festive finery: glimmering lights hang over the pretty streets; eye-catching illuminations shine on iconic buildings and landmarks; and exquisite decorations adorn shops and stalls.

All of this makes Bath the perfect backdrop for a Christmas selfie or snap for your Insta grid. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots for festive photos this year – show us which you capture by using the #BathAtChristmas hashtag.

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Bath Abbey

Sure to be one of the most photographed sights in Bath this Christmas, Luke Jerram’s seven-metre moon sculpture perfectly complements the awe-inspiring architecture of Bath Abbey, where it’s on display until Boxing Day.  

The Abbey Churchyard Christmas Tree

Step outside Bath Abbey and you’re greeted with this year’s giant fir draped in twinkly lights. Depending on where you stand, you can get a selfie with the tree and the Abbey or the entrance to the Roman Baths in the background.   

The Victorian Carousel on Stall Street

In town until New Year’s Eve, you may hear the traditional jolly tunes playing out from the Victorian carousel before you see it. When you do set eyes on the bright lights and colourful vintage-style hobby horses, you’ll be snapping away in no time.

Victorian carousel in Bath

Image - Victorian Carousel

Festive Décor at Milsom Place

Spot a magical vision from the wintry world of Narnia at Milsom Place – sure to spark some nostalgia in fans of the books and films. Just follow the paw prints to find it.

Narnia diorama in window at Milsom Place

Image - Milsom Place

The rest of Milsom Place is also looking fabulously festive, with lots of snazzy decorations to point your camera at. We particularly love The Ivy Bath Brasserie’s spectacular red and gold doorway décor!

The rest of Milsom Street is just as Instagrammable, aglow with illuminations as part of the Bath Christmas Light Trail and beautiful lights stretching across the grand thoroughfare.

York Street

Get snap happy on York Street. With Bath Abbey in the background and Christmas stalls lining the road (there’s also a market inside 44AD Artspace until 19th December), it’s a typically festive Bath scene. We love how the decorative stone arch frames this shot by local photographer Chloe Moore.

Green Street

With a fantastic view of St Michael’s Church, this side street is always a photo-worthy spot, but especially at Christmas time when illuminated by pretty lights.  

SouthGate Shopping Area

In between Christmas shopping, pose for a picture on the Selfie Sleigh in the SouthGate complex, made all the more magical by a sprinkling of snow every hour, on the hour.

Selfie sleigh at SouthGate Shopping Area

Image - Selfie Sleigh at SouthGate

Bath on Ice at Royal Victoria Park

A corner of Royal Victoria Park is transformed into a winter wonderland for Bath on Ice, complete with 1000 square metres of smooth ice and atmospheric glowing lights. Hone your skating skills and ask a friend to capture a photo of you in action.

Bath on Ice

Image - Bath on Ice

The Enchanted Garden of Light at American Museum & Gardens

Enter a world of enchantment with ample opportunities for a festive selfie at the American Museum and Gardens in Claverton. Their illumination trail features spectacular light displays in seasonal colours across the house, garden and woodland, with sparkling reindeer guiding the way.

The Enchanted Garden of Light at American Museum

Image - American Museum & Gardens

More ways to experience #BathAtChristmas:


Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

A historic, richly atmospheric place of worship.

Roman Baths
Historic Site
Roman Baths

Famed for its hot springs, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architecture and engineering.

Milsom Place
Shopping Centre
Milsom Place Entrance

Shop and dine in Milsom Place's beautiful courtyards.

44AD Art Gallery & Artist Studios
44AD Art Gallery & Artist Studios

An award-winning visual arts venue in the centre of Bath.

American Museum & Gardens
American Museum & Gardens

The only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States.



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