Bath Artisan Festive Market: 7th - 8th December and 14th December
This busy market, which usually takes place on the first Saturday of every month, will set up for several extra dates in December – to give customers the chance to get all their Christmas shopping done! Located in Queen Square, there’s always a great atmosphere. Visit to buy from local traders selling high-quality, locally designed crafts, gifts, art, textiles and clothes.
Christmas origami workshop: 13th December
Instead of buying your Christmas decorations, why not craft your own? This popular workshop at The Museum of East Asian Art will show you how to do exactly that. Learn how to make either an origami star (which can be turned into a magic wand!) or Christmas trees to use in card making. If you have time afterwards, there are many fascinating exhibits in this museum which are worth a look. Sessions must be booked in advance.
Meet St Nick at The American Museum: 14th – 22nd December
Christmas at The American Museum is always a treat, so why not take a trip to learn something new and enjoy the spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley? As well as some beautiful decorations, there’s plenty for families with young children including a fun, festive tale and storytelling. Santa, who is of course, the main event will be ready to greet you in his colourful grotto. Tickets are £6 per child and this includes a seasonal gift.
The Bath Christmas Market: 28th November – December 15th
We can’t write this list without mentioning the big attraction for visitors in December. Shoppers can choose from over 150 chalets spread throughout Bath’s picturesque streets. If you can’t find a Christmas present here, you’re in trouble! Also on offer is a wide range of delicious food and drink, from hog roasts and caramelised nuts to a traditional glass of mulled wine.
‘The Snowman’ and ‘Rupert and The Frog Song’: December 21st
It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Snowman. In this performance at The Forum, Bath Philharmonia will perform the score to Raymond Briggs’ famous animation live as it plays on the screen. The concert also includes a showing of Rupert the Bear’s magical adventures into the forest to discover the ‘frog chorus’ – bringing to life again the biggest selling video of 1985!
Bath Community Gospel Choir – Big Christmas Sing: December 17th
What better way to get into the festive spirit than enjoying an evening of uplifting gospel songs and sing-along carols with this friendly, energetic choir? So, sit back and enjoy the wonderful acoustics at St Swithin’s Church. Families are welcome, and there’ll also be refreshments.