Visit Bath in December to experience the most enchanting time of the year in the world heritage city. The magical part of the Christmas season is undoubtedly the build up to the big day itself - the evenings draw in, festive colourful lights shimmer, the bustle on the streets is buzzing whilst the mulled wine is, well....mulling (and delicious). The famous Bath Christmas Market is the main event in the city and this year has been expanded to feature even more of the beautiful city, taking in new areas such as the premier shopping experience of Milsom Street.
There's so much more to see in Bath than at any other time of year - The streets take on a new glow and intrigue as favourite places such as The Bath Bun decorate their shop windows with festive delights.
Crowds flocking to the Christmas Market are welcomed with a diverse range of independent traders, mainly sourced within the local region and selling beautiful, bespoke crafted artwork, festive ornaments and delicious festive treats. It's hard not to walk a short distance before succumbing to some yummy churros washed down with a hot spiced gin cocktail.
The stunning Bath Abbey always remains the focal point of the Christmas Market, standing proud over the courtyard below which dazzles in the crisp winter twilight.
Just a short detour away from the market into the historic heart of the city is a scene that will leave you breathless. The incredible sight of a giant Christmas tree outside the historic Roman Baths illuminating the night sky, enticing visitors into Abbey Courtyard and embracing the festive atmosphere as buskers fill the air with festive song.
There's just so much to see in Bath, you'll wonder how to fit it all in! - Embrace the opportunity to have a shopping experience like no other, perusing the festive chalets adorned with exquisite delights such as Kanada who's beautiful paper star lantern designs will surely put you in the Christmas mood.
If shopping is not for you, why not pop into the Bath Abbey where you can experience tranquility and calmness in the presence of stunning architecture - Why not create some fantastic memories and take the tower tour overlooking the Christmas streets of Bath - a photo opportunity that can't be missed!
Bath has another secret to share at Christmas - the joy of easily stepping away from the main shopping areas to discover a quieter, more intimate experience exploring the numerous back alleys and passageways. Sally Lunns, one of the oldest homes in Bath is a worthwhile detour at this time of year. Pause to endulge in the surroundings of yesteryear in this historic tea and eating house, surely a fitting accompaniment to your Christmas adventure in Bath.
Just take a look at these delightful Christmas gifts that you could discover on your journey through the stores of Bath:
Milsom Place never fails to disappoint with a stunning, warm glow display of lights at the entrance to the enchanting shopping parade. Whilst just next door, the fabulous, casual dining experience The Ivy warmly welcomes you inside with a gorgeous traditional Christmas tree and garlands heaving with colourful baubles and ribbons.
Step back in time to a Parisian shopping arcade this Christmas at The Corridor, where the styling of the 1800's mingles with modern independent stores such as Society Cafe, for beautifully crafted artisan coffee, Running Bath where selecting those comfortable jogging shoes is guided by knowledgeable staff (New Years resolutions anyone....too soon?) and even pizzas absolutely made your way, at Dough Pizza - hemp alternatives and gluten free are a particular specialty.
Treats are the order of the day - Well, it is Christmas after all and and a perfect excuse to stock up on sweet offerings from the Chocolate Kiss co or for later in the evening, why not revisit the taste of Autumn fruits with a supply of delicious craft cider from local Midford producers, Honeys Cider.
It's no surprise that every year Bath Christmas Market is voted highly in the best festive experiences in the United Kingdom, in fact this year it has appeared in the top three Instagram destinations to photograph at Christmas, though not restricted to the market, there's even more to Bath in December as the city embraces the most magical time of year - and that's not hard to see why, just look at these gorgeous scenes that won't fail to get you in the holiday mood:
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Was Bath made for Christmas? We like to think so, there's something about the city that keeps drawing visitors, both old and new, year on year to reacquaint and discover for the first time incredible sights, tastes and experiences in a historic city able to create a modern visitor experience like no other in the UK.
But wait! The market only runs until the 15th December this year so if you miss it, not to worry, many of the festive treats still remain on the street of Bath, including the 'pop up' bars and the welcome return of the vintage carousel on Stall Street: