The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in the city this month.

Christmas Countdown

What better way to get into the festive spirit than by grabbing a mulled wine and snuggling into one of the comfy seats of the Little Theatre Cinema in front of your favourite Christmas film? This month The Little is holding a special 12 Days of Christmas film screenings, showing classics such as Home Alone and It’s A Wonderful Life, as well as Die Hard and the one-man theatrical re-telling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Simon Callow. There’s also lots to keep the kids happy with The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long and the CBEEBIES Christmas Show. Go online to see the full programme and to book;

All that jazz

Multi award-winning jazz and blues singer-songwriter Katie Melua is heading to The Forum in Bath this month and will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on Katie’s silver-certified 2016 album In Winter. Expect top tracks including Closest Thing To Crazy – from her 2003 chart-topping debut album Call Off the Search – and Nine Million Bicycles, as well as brand new recordings and classics that have been adapted for stage. Takes place on 7 December, doors open 7pm. Tickets from £19.50;

Walking in the air

Join one of the UK’s most acclaimed children’s writers, Michael Morpurgo, to celebrate his re-telling of the much-loved story by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman, on 9 December, 5pm at Bath Pavilion. Michael will read an extract from his magical new novel and everyone will get the chance to do a live draw-along with The Snowman illustrator Robin Shaw. Plus The Snowman himself might even make an appearance. Ages 6+. £8;

Art Insight

Renowned for his paintings of Bath street scenes, created in a similar style to that of old master painters such as Vermeer, Bath-based artist Nick Cudworth – we’re biased, but he’s one of our favourites – will be opening a new exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery this month. Nick Cudworth: Bath Night Paintings 2003–18 features more than 20 of his wonderful works focusing on Bath during the nighttime light in the form of giclée prints on stretched canvas. The exhibition is free, and will run from 1 December – 17 February;

Walcot Parade by Nick Cudworth

Get your skates on

Bath’s festive ice rink has returned to Royal Victoria Park, and this year it’s nearly 40% bigger! Open until 6 January, adults and kids alike can take on the skating challenge, and there’s penguin and seal shaped skate aids for anyone who needs one. Booking in advance is recommended. Admission £11/£10. Then walk next door to the glow-in-the-dark mini golf, where the adventure golf course will be illuminated in the evenings, and see if you can get a hole in one with one of the glowing golf balls. £6.50/£5.50;