Discover the magic of Bath this Christmas. From the twinkling lights and seasonal smells of Bath Christmas Market to the chill in the air and the sounds of people enjoying an ice skating session at Bath on Ice, the city offers plenty of ways to take full advantage of the most wonderful time of the year...
1. SouthGate's Christmas Village
14th November 2019–5th January 2020
Dance with delight in falling snow on the hour, every hour at SouthGate Bath. Grab a golden snowflake in the SnowGlobe, and get cosy with a hot chocolate or mulled wine at the Christmas-themed bar. Plus, don’t miss your chance to post a Christmas card with the mischievous elves and see Santa and his toy soldiers!
2. Bath on Ice and Glow Golf
15th November 2019–5th January 2020
Get your skates on and head to Royal Victoria Park for a spin on Bath’s festive outdoor ice rink. As one of Bath’s biggest winter attractions, Bath on Ice offers much more than your standard ice-skating rink, with glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and deliciously warming food and drink on offer.
3. Après Ski Bar at Abbey Hotel
21st November–23rd December 2019
No, you’re not in the Alps, but you’ll feel like you are at Abbey Hotel’s Après-Ski Bar! Step into the snow-topped Alpine lodge or snuggle up outside under a woolly blanket and enjoy hearty food and a steaming mulled wine.
4. A Very Colourful Christmas at the American Museum & Gardens
22nd November–22nd December 2019
Inspired by a love of colour, pattern and texture and Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, the American Museum & Gardens are putting on the family-friendly A Very Colourful Christmas. The museum's festive schedule of events includes a family fun trail, craft fair, and the opportunity to meet Santa.
5. Bath Christmas Market
28th November–15th December 2019
Regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, the 18-day shopping extravaganza provides a magical shopping experience which is bound to get you into the festive spirit. This year’s event will see over 150 beautifully decorated chalets offering high-quality, artisan products. Bath Christmas Market is proud to be distinctively British, with the very best local craft makers and designers from the South West region, including over 30 brand-new stallholders, showcasing their unique, high-quality artisan gifts.
You'll also find a range of tasty freshly prepared food, including burgers, hog roasts and caramelised nuts, and this year, there is also a new dedicated vegan food chalet. Stop off at the two charity chalets, which will be run by different charities each day. With sustainability at the heart of Bath Christmas Market, be sure to pick up a Huskup from the Visitor Information Centre for your on-the-go festive hot drinks, and download the Refill app to find all the places in the city where you can refill your water bottle.
6. The Lodge
28th November–15th December 2019
At the epicentre of Bath Christmas Market is the pop-up Lodge in Stall Street. Brought to you by Bath Ales and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen, The Lodge offers a rustic and festive atmosphere to relax in. Enjoy locally brewed beers and warming mulled wines as you unwind after a busy day of Christmas shopping.
7. Luxury Gift Wrapping Station
28th November–24th December 2019
Once you've snapped up all your Christmas gifts, head to Union Street, where experts will be on-hand to beautifully wrap your presents. The service is free, but with a suggested donation to local homeless charity Julian House.
8. Shoppers’ Carols at Bath Abbey
28th November–14th December 2019
Rest your weary legs and enjoy some festive cheer at one of Bath Abbey’s shoppers’ carol services. Enjoy an informal service with traditional carols in stunning surrounds.
9. Guildhall Christmas Marquees and Chalets
28th November–15th December 2019
Take a stroll through Bath Guildhall Market, the oldest shopping venue in the city, and you'll find the annual Guildhall Christmas Marquees and Chalets. Seek out some treasures with a warming mulled wine and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Make sure you head to the Orange Grove entrance, where you’ll find Santa ringing his bell – the perfect selfie opportunity.
10. The Bird Christmas Tavern
28th November–31st December 2019
Head to The Bird for a celebration of the best of the season, complete with tree-lined walkways and snow-capped mountain scenes. Get festive with warming drinks, pizza and sweet treats.
11. Father Christmas's Workshop
30th November–24th December 2019
Father Christmas's Workshop is an immersive and interactive experience for all the family, running on various dates over the festive period. Expect adventure, storytelling, and plenty of live music to sing along to.
12. Christmas Through the Ages at No.1 Royal Crescent
30th November 2019–5th January 2020
Discover the spirit of Christmas past at No.1 Royal Crescent. See the elegant simplicity of the Georgians, the festive trees and cards of the Victorians, the grim but hopeful wartime Christmases, and the bright and colourful festivities of today.
13. Bath Christmas Market Experiences
2nd December–13th December 2019
Make your trip to Bath Christmas Market even more special with a Bath Christmas Market Experience package. Try your hand at Christmas crafts and make a festive wreath with leading florist Hannah Southfield, before indulging in a delicious two-course Champagne lunch at The Ivy Bath Brasserie. Once you’ve shopped ‘till you drop at Bath Christmas Market, rejuvenate at Thermae Bath Spa and admire the city’s Christmas decorations from the steaming rooftop pool.
14. Rapunzel at The Egg Theatre
6th December 2019–12th January 2020
Let your hair down at The Egg Theatre this Christmas and enjoy a shining musical version of the classic fairy-tale, Rapunzel, packed with comedy, songs, a magic pig and plenty of princes.
15. Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Royal Bath
12th December 2019–12th January 2020
This year's pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath is one of the most popular fairy-tales of all, Beauty and the Beast. Starring Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Hetty Feather), Nick Wilton (Eastenders) and Bath favourite Jon Monie, this will be an unmissable Christmas spectacular.
16. Victorian Carousel
19th December–29th December 2019
Bath’s beloved Christmas carousel will be making a welcome return to the city this festive season. Enjoy a whirl on the beautiful Victorian carousel, which will be stationed in Stall Street.
17. Rupert and the Frog Song and The Snowman at The Forum, Bath
Saturday 21st December 2019
This Christmas, Bath Philharmonia will skilfully play along to a double bill of film classics on the big screen at The Forum. It wouldn't be Christmas without The Snowman, and the full symphony orchestra will perform Howard Blake's score live to Raymond Briggs' charming animation. Bath Philharmonia, accompanied by guest singers and choir, are also excited to be giving the first-ever live performance of Rupert and the Frog Song, featuring Sir Paul McCartney's hit We All Stand Together. A perfect festive treat for the whole family.
18. National Trust at Christmas
November and December 2019
There is lots going on at National Trust properties around the South West this festive season. Head on a Christmas trail at Prior Park Landscape Garden, wander around Stourhead taking in the illuminations, discover over 20 beautifully decorated Christmas trees at Lacock Abbey, or experience a very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield.