Top Tips for Visiting Bath Christmas Market

As the festive season approaches, the charming city of Bath transforms into a winter wonderland with its renowned Christmas Market. With over 170 twinkling chalets, delicious food stalls, and an enchanting atmosphere, Bath Christmas Market is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. To make the most of your visit, we have compiled a list of top tips that will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

Plan Your Visit
To avoid the hustle and bustle, consider visiting Bath Christmas Market during weekdays or in the morning when it’s less crowded. If you prefer a livelier atmosphere, evenings and weekends offer a vibrant and festive ambiance. Either way, do some research before you come and pre-book museums and restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner, particularly if you are in a group.

Dress for the Occasion
Embrace the festive spirit by dressing warmly and comfortably. Bath can get chilly during the winter months, so layering up is advisable. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking around the market and the city itself.

Come by train (avoiding the 7th December when there is a GWR strike) and use one of the Park and Ride services listed below, particularly out of busier times:

  • Lansdown Service 31 – BA1 9BJ – Located North of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (usually goes Milsom Street but for the duration of the Christmas Market this will go to Queen Square)
  • Newbridge Service 21 – BA1 3NB – Located West of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (Westgate Buildings)
  • Odd Down Services 41 and 4 – BA2 8PA – Located South of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (SouthGate) and Royal United Hospital

Get There Early
Arriving early not only allows you to beat the crowds but also gives you the opportunity to explore the market at your own pace. Make a day of it and get some breakfast, visit the market when it opens at 10am, and head straight for our Welcome Ambassador’s information point to get a map! Perhaps do something else for afternoon (see below), then come back in the evening when it’s getting dark and everything is magically lit up. Wander through the beautifully decorated chalets, admiring the array of unique crafts and gifts and sample the mouthwatering treats, from traditional mulled wine to scrumptious mince pies and delectable street food – all without feeling rushed.

Explore Beyond the Market
While Bath Christmas Market is undoubtedly the star of the show, take the time to explore the city’s other attractions. Join a mayoral guided tour at 2pm – it’s free! – and is the No. 1 thing to do on Tripadvisor. Or you could visit the stunning Bath Abbey (check their website for their shoppers’ carol services), take a dip in the waters of Thermae Bath Spa, or wander through the picturesque streets lined with Georgian architecture. Bath is a city steeped in history and beauty, and there’s more to discover beyond the market.

Support Small Businesses
Bath Christmas Market is a fantastic opportunity to support local artisans and small businesses. From handmade crafts to unique artwork, you’ll find a wide range of one-of-a-kind treasures that make for perfect gifts. Look for the local retailers in the not-to-be-missed corners of the heritage city of Bath. They have spent all year planning for Christmas and selecting a beautiful range of desirable things.  Shopping in our resident shops is a great way to take home something special and also make a contribution to the success of our local specialist shops who are here all year round. Find the following:

  • Jewellery and great food on Pulteney Bridge and Argyle Street
  • Antiques and deli food in St Margaret’s buildings (between the Royal Crescent and the Circus)
  • Great street food in Kingsmead Square 
  • Homewares and gifts in Broad street
  • Northumberland Place/Union Passage crammed with independents
  • Walcot Street for designer makers, vintage and collectibles and more great restaurants and bars 

Visiting Bath Christmas Market is an enchanting experience that captures the true essence of the festive season. By following our top tips, you can make the most of your visit and create lasting memories. From exploring the market’s delights to immersing yourself in the city’s rich history, Bath offers a magical experience that will leave you feeling merry and bright.

17 November 2023
Last Updated
17 November 2023