5 fabulously festive things to do in Bath this December

5 Fabulously Festive Things To Do In Bath this December

17 November 2023

If you’re planning to visit Bath this Christmas, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly festive entertainment. The city is bursting with tinsel-dusted special events, from the world-famous Christmas markets to the annual pantomime at the Theatre Royal.

Here’s our roundup of the 5 best Christmassy events happening in Bath in December 2023 and into the new year:

Bath Christmas Market

Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 10th December

The world-renowned Bath Christmas Market is back for another year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Expect over 250 beautifully twinkling stalls and wooden chalets bursting with handmade gifts, artisan goods and stunning decorations. And of course, delicious treats for your festive table. The market is also the perfect place to get a steaming mug of mulled wine and a hot meal on those colder afternoons.

Check out the Bath Christmas Market website for opening times, the list of stallholders and the location map.

Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal Bath

Thursday 7th December to Sunday 7th January

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Bath without a knee-slapping, rip-roaring pantomime over at the Theatre Royal Bath. This year it’s Sleeping Beauty, a hilarious musical extravaganza starring familiar faces from stage and screen. This includes West End and EastEnders actor Neil McDermott, Hollyoaks’ Sarah Jane Buckley and Bath favourite Jon Monie.

Bath on Ice at Royal Victoria Park

Friday 17th November to Wednesday 3rd January

Get your skates on and wrap up warm for Bath on Ice, which returns for its 11th year at the magnificent Royal Victoria Park. The ice rink will be lit up as usual with glowing lights, with a cosy Alpine Bar and seasonal drinks on hand for afterwards – or for any spectators not taking to the ice. Also part of this winter wonderland is Glow Golf, a light-up golf course suitable for both day and night use.

Enchanted Christmas Light Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

Friday 24th November to Saturday 23rd December (selected dates)

The National Arboretum is just 40 minutes drive from Bath. Home to 2,500 species of trees from all over the world, it’s well worth a visit at any time of the year. But on those dark winter nights, something extra special happens at Westonbirt Arboretum.

From November to December, the forest comes alive with a dazzling light trail. Find your way through the trees and discover mesmerising light installations, along with sound and smoke effects. It’s an unforgettable experience.

12 Tales of a Georgian Christmas at No.1 Royal Crescent

Saturday 18th November to Sunday 31st December

Throughout the festive season, the grandest house (now a museum) of Bath’s most famous crescent is hosting an immersive festive tour. As you move through the house, you’ll experience what a Georgian Christmas was really like through perfectly dressed and decorated rooms, enthralling stories and poems. Booking in advance is recommended.

And remember – don’t leave it too late to book your Bath accommodation for your festive trip! The city fills up fast at this time of year, so it’s wise to snap up somewhere lovely to stay in advance of your visit. Check out our selection of elegant self-catering Bath apartments and townhouses.