Christmas as a Student in Bath - Deck the Lecture Halls!

Posted in: Postgraduate, The City of Bath, Uncategorized, Why Bath?

In the lead up to Christmas, Bath, known for its rich history and Georgian splendour, becomes a tapestry of twinkling lights, joyful laughter, and the sweet melodies of carollers.

Lucky for us, it is well-known for its extensive and beautiful Christmas markets right on our doorstep! From the end of November, the cobblestone streets of Bath transform into an enchanting winter wonderland packed with locals and tourists celebrating with Christmas cheer. Whatever you enjoy, there’s something for you in Bath this December. An array of visual delights awaits everybody during the festive season. The iconic Pulteney Bridge, in particular, is a must-see, as it transforms into a twinkling masterpiece that reflects in the waters of the River Avon. Alternatively, for those who prefer a more active celebration, Victoria Park offers the opportunity wrap up warm and skate around an ice rink. Meanwhile, enthusiasts of music and the arts can revel in the endless Christmas performances and concerts.

Welcome to Christmas in Bath—a celebration of warmth, tradition, and the timeless joy of the holidays.

Christmas Markets 

Location: Around Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths

Dates: 23rd November – 10th December 2023 (this runs every year, so look out for 2024 dates next year!)

Price: Free Entry

One of the highlights of the festive season in Bath is undoubtedly the Christmas markets. The aroma of roasting chestnuts, the sounds of carollers filling the air, and the sight of beautifully decorated stalls creates a very festive atmosphere. The market stalls, set against the backdrop of Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, are a hub of activity where visitors can shop for unique gifts, and indulge in delicious seasonal treats. Stalls showcase an array of offerings, from local artisans presenting meticulously handcrafted items ideal for Christmas gifts to vendors serving up beloved festive treats like mulled wine and mince pies. To top it off, the festivities are heightened by live performances of carols and captivating street performers, creating an atmosphere filled with excitement and enchantment.

Bath Christmas Market

A few things to note that we found out about on our visit were that a lot of the stalls close their doors before 8pm. So, if you're wanting an evening trip it is best to go as the sun has just set instead of later on. Additionally, if you don't enjoy busy spaces avoid the rush hours between 2-5pm because there are a lot of people and the narrow side streets of bath can feel pretty claustrophobic in the busiest hours.

Festive Performances 

The theatres and concert halls of Bath come alive during the Christmas season with a variety of festive performances. From classic carol concerts to lively pantomimes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Pantomimes are a form of family-friendly musical comedy that includes elements of fairy tales, slapstick humour, and audience interaction. The Bath Abbey Christmas Concert, featuring a choir and orchestra, is a particularly enchanting event that adds a touch of elegance to the holiday festivities.

  •  Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

Location: Theatre Royal Bath

Dates: 7th December – 7th January

Price: From £9 - £40.50 per ticket

  •  Bath Abbey Christmas Concert

Location: Bath Abbey

Date: 9th December

Price: From £16.50 - £27.50 per ticket


Bath on Ice 

Location: Royal Victoria Park

Dates: 17th November – 3rd January

Price: £14.50 per adult (£13.50 with valid student ID)

From the middle of November to the start of January people have the opportunity to embrace the wintery atmosphere and skate around surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Royal Victoria Park adorned with seasonal decorations and lights. Bath on Ice offers a range of sessions, catering to all skill levels and age ranges. They provide all the necessary equipment meaning skaters can turn up, collect their equipment and skate away in the joyful atmosphere of the rink

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