With COVID-19 having altered Bath’s usual Christmas offering, we are pleased to announce that the city will be uniting across tourism, hospitality, retail and culture this year, with plans for a safe and welcoming festive programme of events dedicated to residents and visitors.
We will be working closely with Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath Business Improvement District (Bath BID), Bath Festivals, and organisations throughout the region, to come together to bring the magic of Christmas to Bath.
Bath BID will begin the festivities with two Early Bird Christmas Shopping days, on 12th and 19th November, with entertainment around the city centre and a range of shopping promotions. There will also be times dedicated to those in need of a little more time and quiet to feel welcome in the city centre shops, with dedicated Compassionate Christmas Shopping from 10am to 12pm on 10th and 17th November.
Some of Bath’s most iconic buildings will come to life with festive illuminations, and whilst the award-winning Bath Christmas Market will not be taking place in its traditional form, its spirit will be celebrated with 12 chalets dotted around the city centre selling locally made gifts and treats. This is the same number that came together to form the very first Market in 2000.
The cultural and festive Bath at Christmas programme will begin on the 27th November, running until 20th December. Each weekend, different arts organisations will run events in the unique buildings and open spaces of our beautiful city. All activity will be planned according to Government guidelines.
Bath Carnival and ArtSeen will create lanterns with community groups and schools, animating the city, and there will be lanterns attached to rickshaws in a cycle promenade around the city streets.
Open air stages will have students, local musicians, storytellers and poets ushering in the festive spirit, and The Forum will open their doors on the final weekend, culminating in Bath Philharmonia performing The Snowman. This will accompany Raymond Briggs' animated masterpiece for a moment of charm and beauty in the run-up to the holiday season.
All events are subject to the latest government advice and restrictions and may be subject to change. All visitors should adhere to the latest guidance when travelling, including the use of face coverings and social distancing, and are reminded to ensure that reservations are made in advance for travel and specific events to avoid disappointment.
More information will follow in the coming weeks.