This Christmas Bath will be full of festive magic to keep you entertained. From twinkling lights among the world-famous cobbled streets and striking illumination trails, to street theatre, artisan markets, carol concerts, fabulous shopping, delicious food and drink and cosy winter hotel packages, Bath has Christmas all wrapped up!
Lighting up the city
Some of the city’s most iconic buildings and streets will be lit up with spectacular festive illuminations. The light trail will take place every day until the new year. Browse the interactive Christmas Light Trail map and see how many you can spot.
From December 9-31, The Enchanted Garden of Light at the American Museum will illuminate the museum’s dramatic hillside setting with a sparkling route winding throughout the gardens and parkland. Embark on an after-dark adventure through glittering displays that will emblazon the entire house, gardens, and woodland in glorious seasonal colour.
Luke Jerram’s incredible touring exhibition, Museum of the Moon lands at Bath Abbey from November 19 – December 26. Come and see this amazing artwork or join one of the many events that will take place during the exhibition. There will be Christmas carols, magical storytelling and moon-gazing with the Bath Astronomers, all under the light of the Moon in the Abbey’s newly restored worship space.
The Bath Festival will present a unique experience for Christmas in Bath Abbey as the acclaimed Paraorchestra performs Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Gorecki in the round, under the magical giant moon.
Festive Shopping Haven
Bath’s show-stopping retail scene brimming with independent stores and high-street brands is enhanced this Christmas with a range of local artisans showcasing their handmade produce. Look out for Bath Artisan Market in Queen Square from November 20 and pick up some handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind treats while several artisans will also surround Bath’s iconic Abbey quarter, complete with festive street entertainment and a wonderful vintage carousel. The Bath Abbey Artisans will be open from daily from November 26 – December 19.
Southgate, the contemporary shopping area opposite Bath Spa train station is full of well-known brands or head north to Milsom Street – one of the finest streets for shopping in the city with luxury fashion and interior stores and Milsom Place where you will discover a carefully curated collection of stylish independents alongside prestigious brands, Christmas pop-ups and eateries.
Festive fun for all the family
Get your skates on, because Bath’s favourite ice rink Bath on Ice returns to Victoria Park with 1,000 square meters of smooth ice, a glowing array of atmospheric lights with music to set the wintery scene and a cosy bar area with seasonal drinks to transport you to a dreamy winter wonderland.
Visit No. 1 Royal Crescent and see the rooms dressed for the festival season. Enjoy the traditions and celebrations of a Georgian Christmas told through stories and poems throughout the house as part of a new Tales of Christmas Immersive Tour. Father Christmas will also be making a special stop at No.1 Royal Crescent this year. Children will be greeted by Christmas helpers and led into the room where Father Christmas will read them a story.
The Christmas experience at Avon Valley promises to be magical with ice skating, an adventure through the enchanted land, reindeer to feed, mini-train rides and tractor rides through the snowy forest – watch out for the Grinch who plans to cause a whole heap of mischief!
Father Christmas and his elves join the upcycling revolution
Visit the fascinating Elves’ Swapshop in the Milsom Street area from 26 November – 21 December, where they are training the Share and Repair volunteers how to mend toys and give them a new, loving home. Children are welcomed along to see the fabulous Elf-O-Matic toy upcycler in action by bringing an old toy to be shared with another lucky child. With the help of the Elf-O-Matic technology, the elves will make sure that the toy is safe and clean and ready for its new home. Everyone who brings in a toy can see the machine in action and will be invited to take home a new toy of their choice.
Cinderella, the best-loved pantomime of them all, is back at the Theatre Royal Bath with a brand-new joke-filled script by Bath’s own award-winning writer and all-round pantomime legend Jon Monie, promising the best family fun and festive frivolity you’ll find this Christmas. This spectacular production will delight with its enchanting story, side-splitting comedy, lavish settings and adorable miniature ponies. The Natural Theatre Company bring their bonkers Christmas show ‘The Panto and the Pea’ to the Rondo Theatre while at Komedia, Bath’s leading entertainment and comedy venue, various Christmas Cabaret and comedy shows are on the line up in December.
Let Bath entertain you with carols and Christmas music
The Forum presents three spectacular musical performances this Christmas season with Love Actually Live in Concert, Christmas with Ill Divo and Kate Rusby – Christmas 2021 and Bath Bach Choir celebrates the true start of Christmas with a weekend takeover of The Pump Room on the 16th & 17th December.
Hunt the Nutcracker
From December 1 festive Nutcrackers will be hiding around the twinkling gardens of the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Each Nutcracker has a letter tied to his or her wrist; solve the puzzle and you’ll be rewarded with a festive treat. Residents and non-residents welcome. Also look out for several festive cheese and wine tasting sessions at the hotel during December – not to be missed by cheese lovers!
Bath’s food scene is perfect for foodies – from lavish afternoon teas with a festive theme to seasonal dishes in gastropubs, cafes and independent restaurants, or take your pick from all the tasty food traders scattered among the city centre and artisan traders.
Stay a while
Relax, unwind, and soak up the atmosphere with a festive break in a city made for Christmas. Stay in a luxury spa hotel, a more intimate boutique hotel or opt for a charming guest house or self-catering property. The Francis Hotel on Queen Square offers Regency elegance with sumptuous interiors and a range of festive dining experiences, while No. 15 Great Pulteney by Guesthouse Hotels will be full of festive cheer – the Christmas package includes breakfast with Buck’s Fizz and tickets to the panto at Theatre Royal Bath on Boxing Day. Enjoy a complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine with every stay booked in December at Brooks Guest House or just outside of the city experience country walks, blazing log fires and outdoor dining domes at country spa hotel Homewood.