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Christmas Markets in Bath

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly Christmas seems to come round – but I think that has more to do with age rather than any quirk of the calendar. Ask my son though and he will tell you it should be “at least every couple of months!”

Thankfully Bath has so much to offer at Christmas time for him, the casual visitor and its residents all of whom are spoilt for choice when it comes to the size and sheer scale of Bath’s Christmas market.  The market is award winning and has been a feature of the City since 2000. It has over 170 chalets packed full of gifts that line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey and is a kaleidoscope of colours, noise, smells and the hustle and bustle of excited shoppers. Regularly voted amongst the most popular events in the UK, the 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is the biggest Christmas Shopping event in the South West and really does make best use of the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.

Christmas markets are not new though and have long been associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in northern Europe (Germany, Austria and France) and were generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones selling food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.

On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the “Christkind” (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child – a great photo opportunity if you are interested in capturing the early spirit of Christmas.

For anyone who is thinking of relocating to Bath or the nearby area this is a truly impressive event and a fantastic way to purchase a lot of your presents in one go, if you can manage to negotiate the crowds – so plan ahead and pick the best times to go. The stallholders are carefully selected so that buyers can look forward to finding a wonderful variety of handmade and locally sourced gifts. Somewhere in the region of 85% of the stallholders are from Bath and the surrounding regions and 90% of these stallholder’s products are handmade – the quality of craftsmanship never ceases to impress me. To keep the stallholder offer fresh and exciting the organisers always endeavour to introduce a variety of new stalls to the market each year, so it never gets boring.

As you can imagine the choice of gifts is wide-ranging and covers everything from children’s toys through to ceramics and glassware, clothing and accessories as well as jewellery and art. Of course if you get hungry or thirsty there are lots of stalls selling seasonal tipples such as gluhwein or hot sausage rolls!

It is just these sorts of events that attract anyone considering a move out of a major city like London, into an environment where the quality and pace of life are far more engaging and sustainable. This year the market runs from Thursday 24th November through to Sunday 11th December on Monday – Wednesday from 10am to 7pm, Thursday – Saturday from 10am – 8.30pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm.