Christmas in Bath is magical and a real festive treat. The streets are lit up with twinkling white lights, the mornings are cold and frosty and all the windows have a warm glow.

From late November and December the Christmas Market brings a sparkle to the city centre, with crowds buying gifts, sampling the mulled wine and nibbling on delicious treats. The market surrounds the Abbey and extends across the main shopping streets, creating a festive buzz in the city and spreading the Christmas vibe. It is truly beautiful, especially during twilight and evening when the stalls come alive with sparkle and lights. It does get busy, especially on Saturdays; we just take it slow and soak up the atmosphere.

Christmas Market – York Street

The ice rink (Bath On Ice) adds a little winter wonderland to the city at Christmas. The temporary rink is located at the Royal Pavilion in Royal Victoria Park by the mini golf and is a great family attraction. The location is also perfect for a winter walk to the Royal Crescent and further into the park. This also gets busy and booking is recommended. If skating isn’t for you, there is a covered café overlooking the ice.

Bath on Ice

The local cafés, restaurants and pubs take on the festive glow, serving up winter warmers like steaming mulled wine and hot mince pies. For us the Après-Ski Bar by Allium Brasserie is a great place to find the Christmas spirit, sitting outside under a fluffy blanket munching on a hot sausage role and drinking mulled cider; even Scrooge would feel festive.

North Parade Passage @ Christmas