A Guide to Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market, Bath Abbey with Christmas tree

Undoubtedly, Christmas markets are one of the best things to get you feeling festive in the build up to Christmas day. I, for one, have a seriously soft spot for all things jolly and the festive period is my favourite time of the year. When the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful, I am far from a Grinch and more of a Buddy and want to surround myself with all things Christmas.

There’s nothing better than a great Christmas Market to help feed one’s festive appetite and the best part is you don’t need to travel to another country to find a good one (if you live in the UK, that is!). Just an hour and a half train ride from London, Bath is home to the ultimate Christmas Market – considered one of the best in the UK and perhaps even in the world!

Bath Abbey, Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market smells like…Christmas, literally. Surrounded by cobbled streets with burgundy and gold wooden stalls, it sells unique artisan and homemade products from handcrafted garlands and Christmas decorations to mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate and cider – a literal heaven! There’s even people singing Christmas carols on the street! It’s no surprise this multi-award winning market was listed among the Telegraph’s Best Christmas Markets and Vogue’s Favourite Christmas Markets.

Abbey Green, Bath Christmas Market stalls and carol singers

Abbeygate Street Bath Christmas Market stalls

Abbey Green, Bath Christmas Market stalls

Running since 2005, Bath Christmas Market has increasingly grown in size each year and its 2018 edition (which opened daily from 22nd November to 9th December) featured over 160 chalets. It’s now spread across a large part of Bath city centre and even twists around Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. Quick tip: don’t miss the opportunity to not only visit Roman Baths, but also make sure to poke your head over the terraces for a splendid view above the market stalls in the Abbey Churchyard! A Festive Family Artisan Market also opens in Queen Square on each of the Saturdays while the Bath Christmas Market is on.

Christmas garlands stall at Bath Christmas Market

Mince Pies, Wild Flour Cake Company - Bath Christmas Market

Iford Cider stall, Bath Christmas Market

Naturally, Bath Christmas Market is a great place to find unique Christmas presents and stocking fillers. Most of the stalls are local to Bath with over 80% belonging to the South West of England. Stalls include the mouthwatering Snowdonia Cheese Company (we couldn’t resist buying smoked Cheddar and Cheddar with cranberries after sampling a large amount of cheese varieties), the irresistible Bath Gin, Slimbridge Soaps, Chatley Chocolate Brownies and its gooey brownies, The Chilli Alchemist, Georgie Porgie’s Puddings and Green Park Brasserie. Profits from the market are invested in Bath so I would suggest getting as much food as you can!

Bath Gin stall, Bath Christmas Market

The Chilli Alchemist stall, Bath Christmas Market

Christmas garlands at Bath Christmas Market

Slimbridge Soaps stall, Bath Christmas Market

Despite its size, Bath Christmas Market can easily be seen in a day, with its busiest times being at weekends and particularly after lunchtime. However, we’d recommend making a weekend of it and seeing all the wonders Bath has to offer; just make sure you book accommodation in advance, as this is by far one of Bath’s most popular times of the year!

Bath Abbey Christmas tree

Bath Abbey and Christmas Tree

To get you feeling even more festive, make sure you check out the Christmas tree in front of Bath Abbey (another perfect Instagram opportunity). The Abbey, whose site has been home to a church since 757 AD, puts on Christmas Carol services on one of the Saturdays during the Christmas Market. The informal services with traditional carols start every hour from 1pm to 5pm, lasting about 20 minutes.

While you’re inside, look up at the stone fan vaulting, similar to the one inside Kings College Chapel in Cambridge. If you have enough time, take the Bath Abbey Tower tour up to the tower and along the flying buttresses, finishing with spectacular views of the Roman city.

Bath Abbey and Bath Christmas Market

So there it is – our guide to Bath Christmas Market! What’s your favourite thing about this festive time of the year? Are there any other Christmas Markets you would recommend? If you really loved our post, please leave us a comment and show us some love on social media using the buttons below 🙂

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32 comments

  1. Lucy

    So glad you loved the market! Definitely my favourite 😊 loved this post x

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    1. blushrougette

      It was one of the best bits of our short trip to Bath, can’t wait to go back! x

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  2. Ellie

    Your photographs are lovely. Bath is on my list of UK cities to visit in 2019, along with Edinburgh and Cambridge. I too love buying a good cheese at Christmas markets. I visited one in Kingston this year and had to revisit to repurchase all the cheeses I wanted 😂😍 x

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Ellie! Bath, Edinburgh and Cambridge are all lovely and definitely a must if you are travelling around the UK, couldn’t recommend them enough! Oh and there is ALWAYS time (and space) for cheese x

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  3. ellie

    Bath looks like such a gorgeous place to visit, I really need to get myself there! Thanks for sharing this 🙂
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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much Ellie! Bath is absolutely incredible, such a cute little city! x

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  4. Janja

    It looks so charming. I really wish to visit this place once, especially in December now. 🙂

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    1. blushrougette

      It looks even better in person! The market is open for three weeks from late November to early December every year; make sure to add it to your list for next year! x

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  5. Hannah

    I feel like Bath market needs to be on my list to visit next year!! Looks so festive

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    1. blushrougette

      Absolutely! It’s by far one of the best Christmas markets I’ve been to! x

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  6. Dylan Jones

    Fantastic photos. I was at the Bath Christmas Market this year too, I took some evening shots.
    Really nice post!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Dylan, such a charming place to visit during the festive period! x

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  7. Alys

    Loved seeing all the photos of Bath’ Christmas Market. I only went there last weekend with the hopes of seeing it myself, and didn’t find it unfortunately, it must only be there for certain dates! – hopefully next year (:

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    1. blushrougette

      Oh, the market is open for three weeks every year (from late November to early December). Make sure to add it to your list for next year, it’s absolutely worth the wait! x

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  8. Gemma

    I’ve heard Bath is such a lovely place! This definitely shows I must visit, I love visiting a Christmas market, they’re always soo pretty and Christmassy. I visited the Oxford one and felt it was a little on the small size. I love how there are soo many different stores! Perfect for picking up the Christmas presents.

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    1. blushrougette

      Agreed, there’s nothing better than a good Christmas market and loads of festive food during this time of the year! x

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  9. EarthtoConnie

    I have always wanted to visit Bath, I wish I had gone before Christmas. Perhaps next year 🙂

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    1. blushrougette

      Definitely, it’s the perfect place to visit for a short weekend escape!

      Reply

  10. Chloe

    WOW – what a gorgeous looking market! I’d love to visit Bath next year, I’ll have to add this to my list! xx

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    1. blushrougette

      Glad you liked it, I can’t wait to go back myself 🙂 x

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  11. Artisan Traveller

    We loved Bath when we went, glad you had a great time at the market – the pictures look fab!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment! x

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  12. An Historian

    This is the perfect post for me! I am heading to Bath for the first time when I’m back visiting the UK in Feb! I am so sad that I still have missed the market but it still looks gorgeous just the same. I am hoping to visit in a few years in Nov so I can actually go to the market!
    Funny you mention Cambridge, I will also be heading there!

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    1. blushrougette

      That’s amazing! You won’t be disappointed, both Bath and Cambridge are absolutely beautiful x

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  13. Elizabeth

    I think I need to set a new bucket list goal of visiting ALL of the Christmas markets in Europe!!!!

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    1. blushrougette

      Hahahah, can I add it to my bucket list too? 😛 x

      Reply

  14. Honestly Holly

    I went to Bath literally the week before the market opened and I absolutely loved it, even without the Christmas market! Sounds like it’s well worth the trip late in the year!
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    1. blushrougette

      Same! Bath is one of these charming cities in the UK that you just can’t get enough of x

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  15. Becca

    I visited Bath Christmas market this year and loved it! We did go on opening weekend, mind, and it was CRAZY. There literally wasn’t room to move

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    1. blushrougette

      It was like that when we visited too! Still, an incredibly charming place! x

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  16. Jane Palmen

    Great post! I too love Bath particularly when the Christmas market is on. Love your photos – really bring the market to life.
    Glad to see the Bath Gin stall featured X

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you Jane! We loved it too! x

      Reply

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