British Holiday Information

England’s best Christmas market opens this week

Bath Christmas market 2007

Bath Christmas Market opens to Christmas shoppers this Thursday, 28th November.

The market, which is open until 15th December this year, is the south west’s biggest Christmas shopping event. More than 150 traditionally decorated stalls transform the quaint, picturesque streets and squares in Bath’s centre into a sparkling, bustling hive of festivity. With unique gifts for all, festive food, carols and street entertainment, the event has a really warm, traditional, British atmosphere.

The market is well-loved and known by many in the city and its surrounding areas – but don’t think that if you have visited before you have ‘done’ the market – there are many, many reasons to come back this year.

In 2012, VisitEngland came to Bath Christmas Market and awarded it the title of ‘The best Christmas Market in England’ – the only Christmas Market to have gained the quality marque! So if you are thinking where you might do your Christmas shopping, remember that the best Christmas Market in the country is right on your doorstep!

The organisers of the Christmas Market, Bath Tourism Plus, have undertaken a complete reshuffle and more than a third of the 150 stalls are brand new to the event this year while returning traders have been asked to refresh their product lines.

Opening Night Lantern Procession
Bath Christmas Market, together with the Holburne Museum, will be celebrating light at the darkest time of the year with their annual lantern procession on the Market’s opening evening – 28th November.

Join in or watch the dazzling spectacle of hundreds of hand-made withy and tissue lanterns being carried through the streets of Bath to the sound of a world music beat. Artists, school children and community groups have created stunning lanterns inspired by the seasonal theme of ‘Feast’. The procession will set off from the Holburne Museum at 5pm and trace a path down Great Pulteney Street and through The Bath Christmas Market.

For more information about Bath Christmas Market, to download the event programme and to discover everything else Bath offers visitors this Christmas season, from ice skating to pantomime and from big brands to individual boutiques, see