Bath Christmas market is one of the most popular and enchanting Christmas markets in the UK. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the historic city of Bath to enjoy the festive atmosphere, browse the handmade and local gifts, and indulge in delicious food and drink – and 2023 will be no different.

But what makes this Christmas market so special and why should you visit it this year?

Here, the team offers some reasons to add Bath Christmas market to your festive itinerary.

A long tradition of Christmas spirit

A gleeful couple enjoying Bath Christmas marketBath Christmas market has been running for more than 20 years, making it one of the longest-running Christmas markets in the country.

It started in 2001 with just 30 chalets and has grown to more than 170 chalets covering the picturesque streets of Bath city centre.

The market celebrates the local culture and heritage of Bath, as well as the creativity and craftsmanship of the stallholders.

Many of the chalets are run by small businesses and independent artists from the South West and beyond, offering a unique and diverse range of products.

You can find everything from jewellery, ceramics and candles to cheese, chocolate and gin at the market – making it the perfect place to find a special gift for yourself or your loved ones.


Bath Christmas Market by Casa Mia Vintage

This video of Bath Christmas Market offers a quick romp of what is on offer. Starting in daylight, the video visits the cabins close to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.

There’s a trip down the alleys where there are popular pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The Christmas market in Bath is a relaxed affair with lots to see and do.


A magical setting and atmosphere

Bath Abbey lit up - the focus of the Bath Christmas marketBath Christmas market is not just a market, it is an experience. The market is set against the stunning backdrop of Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and other iconic landmarks of the city, creating a fairy-tale scenery.

The market is also illuminated by twinkling lights and decorated with festive garlands and wreaths, adding to the charm and warmth of the event.

As you walk through the market, you can smell the aroma of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and mince pies, and hear the sounds of carols, bells and laughter as visitors and locals enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

You can also enjoy live entertainment and performances from musicians, choirs and theatre groups, as well as join in the fun activities and workshops for all ages.

A great opportunity to explore Bath

A stallholder at Bath Christmas market preparing mulled wineBath Christmas market is not only a destination in itself, but also a gateway to explore the rest of the city.

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its rich history, architecture and culture. You can visit the famous attractions such as the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre, or discover the hidden gems and quirky shops in the side streets and alleys.

You can also relax and rejuvenate at the Thermae Bath Spa, the UK’s only natural thermal day spa, where you can soak in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy the views from the rooftop pool.

Bath also has a vibrant and diverse culinary scene, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to suit every taste and budget.


Bath Christmas Market: A holiday MUST-SEE

This video from ‘Travel with Mansoureh’ starts with her drying hot cider (she later says it is ‘really nice’!) and she traipses around the market to show what visitors can enjoy.

There are more than 170 chalets to enjoy with a range of seasonal food and drink, plus gifts.

Mansoureh stresses that Bath offers one of the best Christmas markets in the UK to visit – and from the quaint streets and attractions, there is a lot to recommend it.


Do not miss Bath Christmas market

Bath Christmas market is a must-see event for anyone looking for a festive and memorable place to visit for festive enjoyment.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, a family or a couple, a shopper or a sightseer, you will find something to love and enjoy at the market.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of Bath market at Christmas!