Bath Christmas Market is here once more, but that’s not all Bath has to offer when it comes to festive spirit this December.
If you come to Bath at this time of year, a must-see has to be the Christmas Market, but once you’re finished exploring Bath Christmas Market the city still has plenty to offer its guests to help boost the Christmas spirit.
A popular attraction all-year-round in Bath is No.1 Royal Crescent, and for Christmas they’ve put up their traditional Georgian Christmas decorations. They’ll be on display until December the 11th, and from the 1st December – 3rd December, and again from 8th December – 10th December, there will be the opportunity to enjoy the decorations as part of Christmas in Twilight, which sees the house stay open until 8pm. Another top reason to visit for craft-lovers is that there will be a ticketed make your own Christmas wreath workshop on the 3rd of December from 2:30-4:30pm, during which florists from Crescent Flowers of Bath will share their skills, hot drinks and mince pies while they help you to create a wreath full of seasonal colours and foliage.
Another favourite is the Roman Baths, and this year they’re holding a number of black-tie Christmas parties. There will be a sparkling drinks reception beginning at 7:30 around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths, followed by a three course dinner with half a bottle of wine in the Pump Room, on the Terrace, in the Reception Hall or in the Kingston Room. After dinner there will be live music, a disco, and a bar will be open until 12:30. On the 2nd of December tickets cost £50, and on the 16th tickets cost £55.
In the Abbey, half-hour carol concerts will be taking place on Saturday the 3rd and Saturday the 10th of December at 1,2,3 and 4pm for anyone who wants to get into the Christmas mood with a spot of singing. On Friday the 2nd of December and Saturday the 3rd, Handel’s oratorio will be performed in the Abbey at 7:30pm, then on December the 17th from 7 - 8:30pm, there will be ‘A Christmas Celebration’ – a Christmas concert given by the Abbey Boys’ Girls’ and Men’s choirs, including the traditional candlelit performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’. Tickets cost between £8 and £18 and are available from Bath Box Office (01225 463 362).
If you’re in Bath at short notice and have had no time to book anything then not to worry. Bath has plenty of late night shopping events, some pop-up ski bars, an outdoor ice rink, favourite festive films on at the beautiful Little Theatre Cinema (White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life to name only two), and mulled wine by the gallon to enjoy (just not all at once…).