Britain is home to an array of Christmas markets, from Portsmouth to Edinburgh, but if you're after all the charm, history and magic this festive season, Bath Christmas Market is the one to visit.
On a Christmas market break in the enchanting city, you can soak up the yuletide spirit as you take to the Georgian streets and explore Bath at Christmas. With the best of local produce on offer, you'll experience a real taste of Somerset, while enjoying the German tradition of visiting a festive market.
From caramelised nuts and mulled wine to hog roast and bratwurst, there are plenty of foodie treats available for you to feast on as you stroll the city's sparkling masterpiece in the run-up to the big day.
Bath Christmas Market dates
The 2019 opening dates are from 28 November to 15 December, providing 18 whole days to sample mulled wine and gingerbread as you browse Christmas gifts in beautiful Bath.
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am - 7pm
- Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am - 8pm
- Sundays: 10am - 6pm
Why Bath Christmas Market?
Aside from its stunning location on the picturesque streets of Bath, the Christmas market has 151 cute chalets dotted around for you to browse and buy Christmas delights that range from festive decorations to handcrafted jewellery.
Nearly 90 per cent of stallholders will be from Bath and the surrounding area, so you can support local traders while picking up high-quality handmade produce. Bath Christmas Market will also return to pretty Milsom Street and you can expect fantastic entertainment from the stage and a piano for impromptu Christmas sing-songs.
Gifts from the region that you'll want to stock up on for family and friends include blown glass baubles and paperweights, environmentally-friendly and vegan perfumes, ethically-sourced timber products that make lovely plastic-free alternatives in the home, such as crates for Christmas hampers and kitchen herb planters - plus loads more. For gourmands, there'll be many delicious cheeses and Bath's very own chocolate to sample.
Events and entertainment
Once you've had your fill, you can get your skates on at Bath on Ice or have a few rounds of Glow in the Dark Mini Golf. There's also a Christmas Tree Carol Trail, festive shows at the theatre and carols at Bath Abbey.
Is Bath Christmas Market free?
Absolutely! The streets are open to all and everyone's welcome to browse the chalets.
Where are the Bath Christmas Market stalls?
The Christmas market is found around the city centre at Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and along the cobbled streets of the World Heritage City.
You'll find the chalets on the streets of Milsom, Union, Bath, York, Abbey and Abbeygate, as well as Abbey Churchyard and Abbey Green.
How to do festive Bath in style
Combine your Christmas market mini-break with wine or gin tasting this winter on our exclusive escape that invites you to join TV wine expert Susy Atkins to toast the season, indulge in delicious dining and stay at the cosy Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel - all from £120.
Once you've wined, dined and rested at the elegant hotel, you can spend a few hours exploring the Christmas markets before heading home. Avoiding the crowds with a mid-week stay, you'll experience a more relaxed setting and have the chance to browse the market at your own pace.
The best way to travel to Bath Christmas Market
Public transport is your best bet as Bath Spa train station is in the centre of the city and only a short walk from the market and a 20-minute walk from the Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel. The train takes 90 minutes from London, 15 minutes from Bristol and 65 minutes from Cardiff.
Soak up the magic of Bath this Christmas from £120 with a stay on 27 or 28 November 2019, when you can experience the excitement of the opening days of the Christmas market. FIND OUT MORE
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