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Christmas in Bath: a festive guide

Bath is wonderful all year round, but the historic city really sparkles during the festive season. With the atmospheric cobbled streets adorned with fairy lights, colourful window displays, music and festive cheer, Christmas in Bath is truly magical.

All our Bath self-catering cottages and apartments are just short walk from the historic city centre, from where you can easily enjoy Bath’s many festive treats, from the annual iconic Christmas market to the pantomime. Christmas in Bath brings joy to all who visit.

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Here is our round-up of the best things to do in Bath this festive season: 

Bath Christmas market

Drawing visitors from all over the world, the Bath Christmas Market which runs from the 23rd November to the 10th December is arguably the best place to get festive in the UK. With over 200 mini wooden chalets lining the winding streets of Bath, you won’t be short of Christmas present inspiration or festive snacks. Just wander around and let your senses be taken over by the smell of cinnamon and apple, the sound of cheerful carols and the sight of the twinkling lights. The market has become synonymous with Christmas in Bath.

Christmas in Bath would not be complete without the Bath Christmas market
Christmas in Bath: The Bath Christmas market is the biggest event on the festive calendar

Bath on Ice

Get your skates on because the ice rink is back in Bath from the 17th November until the 2nd January. This year Bath on Ice‘s rink is 50 per cent bigger than last Christmas so there’ll be plenty of room to show off your moves – or enough room to fall and not knock over a crowd of people! With adult tickets at around £10 and children £7 to glide around the rink for an hour, you’ll be well deserving of a hot chocolate or some mulled wine afterwards.

Bath on Ice is a fun way to spend an evening if you are planning Christmas in Bath
Christmas in Bath: Skating at Bath on Ice will really get you in the festive mood

Glow-in-the-dark mini golf

Fancy yourself a Tiger Woods in the making? Well, try your hand at glow-in-the-dark mini golf located in Victoria Park from the 17th November until the 2nd January. Pick up a club and enjoy some festive crazy golf for a night, after all, what’s Christmas without some friendly competition. 

Carols at Bath Abbey – A Christmas Celebration

‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ to A Christmas Celebration at Bath Abbey on the 9th December at 7pm. The Bath Abbey Choirs angelic voices will fill the historic building with the help of the organ and the harp. There will also be a traditional performance of Benjamin Britton’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ by the Abbey Girls’ Choir. A perfect way to embrace Christmas in Bath in its most traditional form.

Christmas pantomime

Hi, ho, hi, ho, it’s off to the panto we go! Ab Fab’s Harriet Thorpe comes to Bath to star as The Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will run from the 7th December to the 7th January at the Theatre Royal. Brimming with singing, dancing, humour and wonderful costumes, this Christmas show has something for every member of the family, even Dad will be stifling his giggles. 

Christmas in Bath would not be complete without a visit to the pantomime.
Christmas in Bath: Give in to some festive giggles at the pantomime.
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