Our guide to the Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas Market is a truly magical event. This special, award-winning market is staying in the city for a whopping 18 days this year (2019), giving its guests tonnes of time to shop around and experience that holiday feeling.
There are going to be over 150 chalets spread across Bath’s Georgian-style streets; a far cry from many, more cramped Christmas Markets that take place in town and city squares.
Sparkling gift options...
The city of Bath knows how to treat its visitors and its residents. Giving them an array of sparkling gift options; from candles and crystals to homeware and house decorations. All ages will find something to love about this mystical market event, no matter how long they spent there. Tour the stalls during the day for some light shopping but remember to return during the darker hours to see the lights twinkling up close.
There are plenty of hot drinks stands selling delicious treats to warm you right up while you hop from stall to stall.
For those local to the market’s area, pop out during your lunch break and sneakily pick something up for someone you love.
No matter what brings you to Bath this winter, find a new reason to keep coming back each year with the Bath Christmas Market.
Bath Christmas Market Dates 2019
This year’s Bath Christmas Market takes place over the days between November 28th and December 15th. While the market is certainly the main attraction, the city of Bath has never done anything halfway – so there’s plenty more to see and do in and around the market area.
As for opening times, just so you don’t show up when things are closed and end up waiting around in the cold, check out this quick list:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am to 7pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am to 8pm
Sundays: 10am to 6pm
As you can see, that’s between eight and ten available shopping hours every day in the lead up to Christmas! With over two weeks of daily holiday shopping right at the heart of Bath.
The highlights of Bath Christmas Market
One highlight of this picturesque market is Paperstarlights, who have been making paper star lanterns for over 20 years. This Christmas Market chalet can help you bring the magic of winter right into your home; without bringing the cold in, as well. Each lantern is handcrafted using traditional techniques and the materials are responsibly sourced. They use natural dyes, too.
No Bath Christmas Market is complete without sweet-smelling food stalls. So, next, let us introduce you to The Creative Crepe Co. Sweet or savoury, there’s a huge range of choices of fillings and toppings for your crepes. They’re happy for you to get creative with it, and the owners are very friendly. If you’re not here for the crepes, why not grab one of their hot chocolates, instead?
And lastly, for the vegans among our readers: The Vegan Spice. 100% of their menu is vegan-friendly, including a mouth-watering katsu curry that has a Thai flair.
Base your hen do around a visit to the Christmas Markets
How can you make a hen do around a Christmas Market, you ask? Well, let us tell you all about the amazing Bath Christmas Market Experience. Start your holiday season off right with a trip to Thermae Bath Spa, a two-course Champagne lunch at The Ivy Bath Brasserie, and a wreath-making workshop with a fantastic package available from the Visit Bath company.
Available for just ten days in December and only during the weekdays of the first two weeks that month. It’s the perfect day-filling set of activities, and you’ll still have time to head over to the Christmas Market chalets after your wreath-making class is over.
Just £112 a person for all your gal pals to share a fantastic day with you.
Alternatively, browse the wares of the Bath Christmas Market, have a cider or two from Honey’s Midford Cider, and then spend a night on the town. There are plenty of clubs, bars, and pubs open in the centre of Bath.
Things to do in Bath after you have been to the market
Bath on Ice
Bath on Ice, the infamous outdoor ice rink, is also returning to the city for its 15th year. Over 1000 square metres of rink are waiting for you and your friends, all you need is the opening hours and days below:
Monday to Friday: 10:45am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am to 10pm
Not open Christmas Day
The ice rink prices vary, but an hour for an adult is just £11.50, while it’s £10 for an hour for a child. Skate aids are available at £5 per session, and the rink is open from November 15th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020. Located just five minutes away (on foot) from Milsom Street’s Bath Christmas Market chalets. You’ll find the rink, and some other attractions, in Royal Victoria Park.
Glow in the dark mini-golf
Right next to the ice rink, you’ll find some great glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, too! This brightly coloured game has fluorescent gold balls and a botanical course with 18 holes. Prices start from £6 for kids, and £7 for adults. Days and times below:
Everyday: 4pm to 9:30pm
Not open Christmas Day
Just like the ice rink of Bath on Ice, the golf course is open until January 5th, 2020. To book, head over to the Bath on Ice website. Embrace the true winter wonderland of bath by starting with the Christmas Market and then heading straight over to Royal Victoria Park for more fun.
If you’re looking for something a little less Christmas-themed, try roaming the streets for some of the quirky and unique cafés and restaurants of Bath. Colonna & Small’s is just a stone’s throw away from Royal Victoria Park, and has been named as one of the best coffee shops in the UK.
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