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Rediscover the magic of Bath at Christmas

From 5 December, the magic of Christmas will come to the streets of Bath as the city begins to sparkle for the festive season. Christmas lights will add to the seasonal atmosphere, with some of Bath’s most iconic buildings bought to life by the Bath BID with stunning new illuminations on Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, The Mineral Hospital, Northumberland Place, The Podium Garden and St Swithin’s Church.

Look out for the Natural Theatre Company’s wandering characters on the city streets, as they put on Christmas Shows Without A Theatre. The city centre will be aglow over the weekend of the 19and 20 December with ArtSeen’s illuminated lantern rickshaws, while Milsom Street will be twinkling, and many shops will be joyfully dressed in festive decorations. Film Bath will be bringing some screen action to Green Park Station with an eclectic programme of independent films 11- 16 December and Bath Abbey Quarter Makers will be selling their locally made produce and crafts every weekend 10am-6pm.

Exhibitions, Indoor Events and Christmas Trails

Bath Festival Orchestra will kick off events with a live performance on 5 December at the Guildhall and Bath Carnival’s wreath-making workshops are sure to get you into the festive spirit. Oleanna by David Mamet will run until 12 December at the Theatre Royal Bath while Bath Festivals bring David Baddiel to the Forum on 12 December. Pop in to Milsom Place for a contemporary exhibition of art with Modern ArtBuyer – on until 13 December, while Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs at American Museum and Gardens has been extended until 20 December along with a brand new light trail in the gardens and catch Grayson Perry: Pre-Therapy Years at The Holburne before it finishes on 3 January. Avon Valley will be running their popular Santa Steam Specials on various dates in December (advance booking essential) and Christmas at The Palace, Bishops Palace, Wells from 5-20 December, will see the gardens dressed in a winter woodland theme with Christmas lights and a nativity scene. If you’re a Christmas carol lover, don’t miss Bath Bach Choir at The Assembly Rooms 18 and 19 December.

Perfect for the young and the young at heart, every day between 1 and 24 December, Father Christmas will be visiting a different business around the city with his festive post box. The Bath BID will be posting clues online to help you find where Father Christmas will be stationed each day, and visitors are invited to give him a wave and post their Christmas wishes through his socially distanced post box.

Check our ‘What’s On’ calendar for more Christmas events taking place in December.

Please note events may change in accordance with any updated government guidelines.

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