A Festive Winter Break in Bath
4 October 2020

Although the famous Bath Christmas Market may not be running as usual this year, there are still lots of events taking place during the festive season, and plenty of reasons to come to Bath for a Winter break.


The decision was made back in July that this year the Bath Christmas Market wouldn’t be taking place due to the difficulties and uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus. Instead the organisers of the market have different plans for making Bath a magical place to visit.


Just like with the first market in 2000, there will be twelve chalets placed all around the city selling locally made gifts and treats. As well as making for a lovely tour of the city to visit each of the chalets, this will also allow visitors to easily see all of the illuminations that will be displaying and enhancing Bath’s iconic buildings. 


It’s not just shopping though. There will be a cultural and festive programme beginning on the weekend of November 27th and running through up until December 20th. On each of the weekends different organisations will be running events in different open spaces and buildings around Bath. 


Included on the programme are ‘a conversation with Grayson Perry’ at The Forum (in partnership with the Holburne Museum) talking about his remarkable career, and a lantern parade - in the form of lanterns attached to rickshaws promenading around the city (the lanterns having been made with community groups and local schools).


There will also be open air stages will musicians, storytellers, and poets providing festive-spirit rousing performances, and the final weekend of the programme sees Bath Philharmonia performing The Snowman score alongside the animated classic at The Forum. 


Bath Christmas Market’s website makes it clear that safety will be the top priority, as it states that:


All events are subject to latest government advice and restrictions and may be subject to change. All visitors should adhere to the latest guidance when travelling, including the use of face coverings and social distancing, and are reminded to ensure that reservations are made in advance for travel and specific events to avoid disappointment.”


We’re looking forward to more details about the programme coming out soon, and hope that you can join us for a festive visit to Bath!