If you are thinking of visiting England during your Christmas vacation, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to see Bath. So named for the Roman baths built in the city in 60 AD, it is a great place to enjoy spas. It is also full of museums, shopping areas and canal boat tours.
Bath is a city that is known for doing Christmas right. Here are some of the holiday activities you can enjoy when you drop in.
Father Christmas Advent Trail
Every year Father Christmas travels through the Bath area visiting different businesses between and 11 AM and 4 PM from Dec. 2 -24. The Bath BID announces where he’s going to be each day. Coordinate your schedule so you can meet Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas.
Christmas Bunting Display
During the holiday season, select streets will be lined with artwork displays submitted by people who live in the area. Check out where the displays will be at this link.
Bath Christmas Market
The Bath Christmas Market is a great place to find holiday goods including decorations, jewelry, home décor and more. There are also plenty of artisan foods for sale. Live music and entertainment are featured.
Christmas Light Trail
At Christmastime, Bath’s iconic streets are dressed up with holiday light installations presented by designer studios. They are lit at 3:30 PM and bring festive cheer throughout the season. The map at this link will tell you exactly where they are going to be.
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong is a take off on a 1920’s murder mystery where, you guessed it, everything goes wrong. This hilarious holiday themed performance is a great way to enjoy the holiday season. It shows at the Theater Royal Bath.
Festive Afternoon Tea at the Pump Room
When visiting England, you can bet there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy afternoon tea, especially during the holiday season. The Pump Restaurant specializes in fine dining and hosts a Festive Annual Tea with Fizz event annually.
During the event, families can enjoy seasonal goodies like sausage roll, turkey, cranberry toasties and a fine selection of pastries.
The restaurant also offers The Pump Room by Candlelight dinners during the holiday season that include chilled champagne, canapés, a three course meal and music by their resident pianist.
If you love golfing, you will definitely want to try and score a hole in one at Royal Victoria Park. During the Christmas season, their mini-golf courses are lit up with holiday lights and glowing golf balls. They also have a skating rink and serve warm food and drinks.
SouthGate’s Christmas Village
The SouthGate Christmas Village is a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. Snow falls on the hour every hour. The Christmas themed bar serves hot chocolate and mulled wine. Children will get the chance to post a Christmas card and hang out with Santa, his elves and his toy soldiers.
Apres Ski Bar at Abbey Hotel
If you want the ski experience without, er, the actual skiing, the Abbey Hotels’ Apres Ski Bar is the place to be. The outside has a large wooden chalet resembling a ski chalet and the indoors has a cozy fire and is well decorated for Christmas. Wine, chocolate and seasonal pastries are served.
For the ultimate Ski Bar experience, you may choose to stay at the Abbey for your trip. It’s located right in the center of the city and offers 65 newly renovated rooms designed to capture the glamour of the hotel’s past.
American Museum & Gardens
If you are missing American culture, head over to the American Museum & Gardens. Located in Haverton, minutes outside of Bath, it features American decorative folk art in a 19th century house with a garden overlooking the valley of River Avon. They typically have a seasonal exhibition. Find out what this year’s will be.
In the midst of all the holiday activity, you’ll want to stop off for a relaxing drink. The pop up Lodge on Stall St. is the place to do it. It has a great rustic, festive ambiance and it’s a great place to enjoy mulled wine and locally crafted beers.
Luxury Gift Wrapping Station
Once you’ve gathered up all your gifts, head over to the Luxury Gift Wrapping Station on Union St. The service is free with a suggested donation to the local homeless shelter, Julian House.
Shoppers Carols at Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey is a parish church and former Benedictine monastery. During the holiday season, you can rest your feet and listen to an informal service that includes Christmas carols and magnificent views.
Father Christmas Workshop
The Father Christmas Workshop is an interactive experience the whole family can enjoy. It includes story telling and live music.
Children help the snow elves collect Wonderberries, a magical fruit that helps reindeers fly. If they don’t find the Wonderberries, Christmas will be canceled!
Children follow the elves through mountains and over seas to find the Wonderberries. When they achieve success, they receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
Christmas at the No. 1 Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent Museum is a great place to visit to find out what life was like for the wealthy and their servants so many years ago. Each room features an exquisite Georgian interior design.
During Christmas it is set up with a Christmas Through the Ages exhibition that allows guests to view Victorian cards and decorations and get a glimpse of grim but hopeful wartime Christmases.
If you are thinking of traveling for the holidays, Bath is a great place to visit. It is full of old world charm, culture and plenty to see and do. What will you be putting on your list of seasonal activities?