The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including visiting Theatre Royal Bath for the latest pantomime and booking tickets for The Bath Festival

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We’ve got one of the finest Christmas markets in the land right here in Bath city centre, open daily until Sunday 10 December. And there’s lots more happening in the city besides the main market, including food markets, street theatre and artisan markets. Visit: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

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Bath’s multi-arts festival programme for 2018 is beginning to be unveiled, promising more events over a longer period of time, as next year’s festival will run from 11 to 28 May. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Bath Festivals there will be more than 160 events, celebrating music, literature and the arts. The first tickets have gone on sale for the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and for singer Ben Folds – the first two concerts to be revealed by festival organisers. More will follow, so watch this space and meanwhile, concert tickets make good Christmas presents . . .

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In the crush and bustle of the run-up to Christmas it’s easy to forget the joy that we used to have as children. Take time for yourself, if you can, to rekindle that Christmas spirit. Bath Abbey is hosting its annual shoppers carols session on Saturday 2 December and Saturday 9 December, with informal 20-minute long services and singing at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. All are welcome, no reserved seating or tickets required. Or, if you’ve a head for heights climb to the top of Bath Abbey’s tower (not for the faint-hearted as it’s 212 steps) on one of the regular tower tours throughout the Bath Christmas Market. The tower tours take place every 45 minutes, until Saturday 9 December and excluding Sundays, Monday to Thursday 1.30pm to 6pm and noon to 7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: £6, children £3. There’s a rewarding hot chocolate or mulled wine on arrival at the top and a wonderful view over the busy city streets below.

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Inspired by the magic of The Night Circus novel are a series of five very special party nights being run through December by renowned events organisers Festival in a Box at Walcot House, the newest gathering space to open in Bath. There’ll be a three course banquet, festive themed cocktails, music and live entertainment throughout. Find out how to get tickets, visit: facebook.com/FestivalinaBox presents or tel: 01225 740610.

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Watching the telly’s all very well but the long holiday period is a great time to get out and enjoy some live culture. Generations of Bathonians have enjoyed – and continue to enjoy – the traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath. This year it’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Jon Monie and Nick Wilton, bringing their own brand of silliness and fun. The panto runs until Sunday 7 January.

Or perhaps you’d prefer a very fresh take on the Little Mermaid story, which runs at the egg theatre from Thursday 7 December until Sunday 14 January. Our heroine is a scruffy mermaid with a brave spirit and the niggling sense that she doesn’t belong. This is an imaginative, original tale of a tail which will keep all the family absorbed.

Main image: Handmade baubles from The Foodie Bugle in Abbey Green