Christmas is always a magical time of year, but there is something extra special about the festive period in the historical city of Bath. Let’s take a look at some of the unique events laid on for locals and visitors alike.
The Bath Christmas Market is eagerly awaited each year, and for good reason. The quaint streets are transformed into the ultimate shoppers’ paradise, and for 16 consecutive days the market offers a Christmas experience that is hard to match. The fun is situated in the square, between the ethereally beautiful Bath Abbey, and the historically rich Roman Baths. The market consists of around 140 identical stalls with roofs (referred to as chalets), and they are huddled closely together giving the feeling of a really close-knit community. The stalls offer a huge variety of products, ranging from unique gifts to specialised food such as hand-crafted marzipan sweets and gingerbread house kits; right through to unusual jewellery. There are also lots of eye-catching decorations which will give your house that special festive touch. To help ease the chill in your bones on a frosty winter’s evening, the market is also host to a number of mobile food outlets. Why not try a bowl of hearty organic soup, enjoy some warm roasted chestnuts, or even indulge in a gourmet festive pie (or two). One thing is for sure; the Bath Christmas Market will get your festive season off to a jolly start.
Christmas Lights Switch On
Nothing signifies the start of the festive period better than turning the Christmas lights on. This year, the honour has been bestowed to the cake-baking connoisseur herself, Mary Berry. Mary was born in Bath and feels a huge connection with the city. To get the ceremony going with a swing, local bands and choirs will be offering entertainment for the evening.
Bath on Ice
Following last year’s astounding success, Bath on Ice returns for a second year. This time around, the rink will be situated in the scenic surroundings of Victoria Park, with the architectural masterpiece of the Royal Crescent as its back-drop. The rink will be lit-up after dark, adding to the experience of skating in the open-air, and provides the perfect, unique experience for your whole family to enjoy. When it’s time for a breather, the rink-side café offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy some traditional festive fare, including mince pies and mulled wine. Both will go down a treat on a chilly evening. If skating isn’t your thing, there is a great viewing point alongside the rink, which means that even if you are not skating you won’t miss out on any of the fun.
Carols by Candlelight
Returning for an astounding 67th season, this event is now synonymous with Christmas celebrations in Bath. Within the atmospheric surroundings of the candlelit Pump Room, the City of Bath Bach Choir will ignite the Christmas spirit with a mixture of Christmas carols, ranging from modern to old, and from light-hearted to serious. It’s safe to say that the Carols by Candlelight event is more popular now than it ever was.
Christmas at the American Museum
Christmas is always a special time at the American Museum. A lot of effort is taken to transform the museum into the perfect festive venue for the whole family. Every year there is a different theme incorporated throughout the museum. This year it will be inventions, with every period room showcasing an invention and offering interactive fun that will be especially appealing to younger visitors. The centre-piece, as it is every year, will be the 17 foot Christmas tree which takes pride of place in the Central Hall, festooned with ornaments and tiny white lights. Special events at the museum include a visit from Santa, the Christmas craft fair, and late-night openings.
Bath is a place that really comes into its own at Christmas. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to find a hotel in Bath that will let you keep close to action throughout your visit. Francis Hotel Bath – MGallery Collection is one of best value and really welcoming hotels in the area.
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in association with Mercure Hotels, some monetary compensation was received for this post