Every year the city of Bath is filled with people coming together to experience the festive magic of Christmas. People from all over the world fill the streets to enjoy the sparkling lights, bustling markets and festive cultural events.
Whilst this year will be a little different, the local community has been busy working to ensure the spirit of Christmas lives on! Check out our guide for the latest goings-on in the month of December; from online theatre performances and wreath-making classes to tai chi and candlelight carols!
1) Carol’s by candlelight
Formed in 1946, Bath Bach Choir has performed Carol’s by Candlelight every year since then. It has now become an event that marks the start of Christmas for many in Bath. Whilst this year’s setup may be a little different, the magic of Christmas remains.
Bath Bach Choir will perform two nights at the Bath Assembly Room’s Ball Room (18th and 19th December), putting on an extra performance at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick (16th December). At the time of writing, tickets are still available for all performances.
2) Virtual Market
Fans of Bath’s Christmas market, do not despair! You can still shop the market virtually direct from the traders themselves and help support small businesses. Head to the website to get your unique decorations, jewellery, homeware and more from the comfort of your own home – and treat your loved ones to something special this Christmas.
3) Christmas Lecture
Don’t miss out on Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution’s Christmas lecture this year!
The ‘Artificial Intelligence and Human Lives: Looking Forwards’ lecture will investigate how wealth, power and intelligence are communicated and whether there is a possibility of a positive digital future.
Book your place to hear BRLSI’s Victor Suchar on 17th December at 7.30pm. Tickets for visitors are £7; members and students £4.
4) Online wreath-making
Foxy Buds will be hosting their first Christmas Wreath Online Workshop on 1st and 4th December at 6 pm. Create your very own traditional wreath with moss, foliage, and berries
Book your chosen time on their website (or call 07725484375) to receive a wreath kit directly to your door, including printed instructions for you to keep. All you need to join is a strong pair of scissors, a computer or device with video and audio, and some festive drinks and snacks!
Other sessions also running include 5th and 6th December at 2 pm and 7 pm.
5) Advent service
Bath Abbey will be hosting their annual Advent service online this year and including videos of people from the Bath community lighting a candle. Catch this special edition on 29th November.
6) Christmas at the Palace
Catch the Palace’s Christmas Traditions Window decorations
Outside the Palace, the Gardens will also be dressing up for Christmas, with outdoor illuminations on a large scale, and Christmas trees and decorations in the formal gardens.
There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail that will take visitors through the Palace and Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene.
To allow visitors to enjoy the lights there will be special late openings until 6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December.
7) Visit Bath Abbey Christmas Tree
Take a warm flask of hot chocolate (or mulled wine) on an evening winter walk through Parade Gardens. Finish your walk with a pause outside the Bath Abbey to take in the view of this year’s beautiful Christmas tree.
8) Lunchtime choir
Bring singing to your home with Komedia’s free online Lunchtime Choir led by Matt Finch and supported by Bath BID. Take a break and switch off every Wednesday at 1 pm, from Komedia’s auditorium with opportunities to interact with other singers, join in with different songs and improve your own singing.
9) Wellbeing College Online
Have you heard of Wellbeing College? This jointly-funded organisation is committed to the wellbeing, health and happiness of the people of B&NES with the aim to support, guide and encourage people to live as well as possible.
The college offers courses all over the district on mindfulness, financial advice, alcohol awareness and even ukulele-playing and is now running online courses too!
Learn how to use herbs in cooking, decoration and how to improve your wellbeing in the A Handful of Herbs course. An online Knit and Natter is also on offer with a chance to get creative with a friendly group and a cup of tea. Fancy getting outside? Join the Feel Good Walks group to get active and socialise at the same time.
10) St Johns Bath
We know for many of you a second lockdown has meant a stop to social activities. However, St John’s has a brand-new weekly programme of activities available for you to connect with friends and meet other like-minded people. All classes will be over Zoom (video call platform) so you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room, including:
There are also lots of other fun activities and events in and around Bath that you can get involved in pending the latest lockdown rules after 2nd December:
- Book a winter stay at The Bird Bath Hotel
- Watch Folksy Theatre Present: A Christmas Carol
- Attend the Bath Festival Orchestra at the Guildhall
- Take a Bath food tour
- Watch The Play That Goes Wrong
- Catch It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Chapel Arts Centre
- Listen to a Jazz Quartet at Chapel Arts Centre
- Watch Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre at Bath Ale House
- Sing-along to Petty Criminals at the Chapel Arts Centre