2020’s Bath Christmas Market looks slightly different to previous years…
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were sad to announce that this year’s Bath Christmas Market was cancelled.
Although the Market looked slightly different, without the usual array of chalets filling the city streets, you were still able to shop from our wonderful local stallholders, and still can, until 1st January.
We adapted our event to offer a Virtual Bath Christmas Market, letting you shop direct from our local creatives and meaning you could still tick off everything on your Christmas list and feel reassured that you were supporting Bath’s small businesses.
From stylish homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you were still guaranteed to find something special and truly unique for your loved ones.
In previous years at Bath Christmas Market, you could find a range of tasty freshly prepared food, perfect for warming you up on a crisp winter’s day. From delicious burgers and hog roasts, to sweet treats, caramelised nuts and comforting hot drinks, there were lots of tasty options. Last year we also welcomed a new dedicated vegan food chalet.
For somewhere cosier and indoors, The Lodge was the perfect place to put your feet up, right at the centre of Bath Christmas Market on Stall Street.
Last year, visitors could also bring along their reusable cups to receive discounts on warming festive drinks from all the Market’s caterers.
You can find more information about places to eat and drink in the city at visitbath.co.uk/feast.
Filling the streets with music and festive joy during Bath Christmas Market, in past years there has been a programme of various entertainers, from community choirs to brass bands. Local school children sing their favourite Christmas songs, and Bath Abbey open their doors for Shoppers’ Carols.
In 2019, there was an entertainment stage on New Bond Street, and visitors could have a Christmas singsong around a piano decorated by local school children.
Bath Christmas Market is always proud to support local charities. This year, you can still find out about and donate to a selection of local causes, albeit virtually.
In more normal years, every day during the Market, a different local charity takes a chalet for free, and last year, for the first time, there were two charity chalets, meaning that 36 local charities were able to raise funds – over £26,000 in total – and build awareness of their causes.
We care about the local community and work hard to support as many groups as possible, from schools and colleges to choirs and dance troupes. Last year children from Fosseway School in Radstock, a specialist school for special educational needs, designed and planted a miniature Christmas garden for the Market.
Sustainability is at the heart of Bath Christmas Market, and each year, we strive to be more environmentally responsible, contributing positively to economic activity and social progress in the city. This ensures that we are a leader in event sustainability for the Bath and North East Somerset region.
Every year, we take steps to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used at the Market, working with contractors, stallholders and caterers to eliminate the plastic waste entering our oceans and potentially harming marine wildlife. In 2019, by adopting a single-use plastic-free policy, we were able to measure and audit the use of single-use plastics, set targets for reduction and phase them out by finding alternatives.
To further reduce the Market’s emissions, last year all stallholders were also encouraged to keep their stock in dedicated areas within the site, which was transported to them by electric cage vehicles, helping to reduce fuel usage.
Each year, Bath Christmas Market has a selection of pop-up chalets on Bath Street for a limited time only.
We are passionate about supporting small businesses and offer these micro-businesses short-term lets because they would not be able to operate for the full duration. It is always a great reason to visit the Market again and again, to see which up pop-up businesses are open on any given week.