With less than four weeks until Christmas, I can already hear the soothingly voice of Michael Bublé signing us all the way to Christmas! Although some people think it is a bit early to go full out Christmas (cough cough my housemates), with the weather taking a cold turn, I think it is never too early to get in the mood. So grab a hot chocolate, mulled wine or a baileys- whatever is your Christmas drink of choice- and wrap up for a list of Christmas activities in Bath….
If you haven’t already checked out the Bath Christmas markets, then head into town to buy all your Christmas gifts and if you are lucky some free samples as well! From felt decorations to caramel vodka, to cheese to wooden chopping boards, it has it all. They are spread throughout town so make sure you don’t miss any!
⛸Bath on Ice
Whilst you are in town head up by the Royal Crescent for Bath on Ice. You can’t go wrong with some seasonal ice skating whether you are a pro ice skater or hanging onto the side, it can’t be missed. But if ice skating is really not for you then they have a bar where you can grab a warm drink and laugh at your friends floundering on the ice. Remember to wrap up warm!
The Bath golf course gets a whole makeover for Christmas with coloured lights guiding you around the course. And don’t worry the golf balls light up so when you inevitably miss the whole and end up in the hedge then they are very easy to find. Just try not to be competitive and remember it is all fun and games and not worth falling out with your friends over!
🎭Christmas Bingo Lingo
If you have whiled the evening away with sampling and shopping at the Christmas markets or skating and golfing to your heart’s desire, then grab your Christmas jumper and head to Komedia for a festive version of Bingo Lingo! It’s the favourite bingo activity with a festive twist but be careful about what you win- my friend once won a seven kilogram raw turkey which is not a great gift as it sounds as you have to cart it around to the club and then spend six hours cooking when you get back as it is defrosted!
🎶Carols at Brewhouse
Or if you want something less intense than the drama of Bingo Lingo then head to Brewhouse just down the road for beer and carols! It is on Friday the 2nd of December at 8pm and all details can be found on their website. Although it may not be the most tuneful evening it promises to be full of Christmas cheer!
Christmas is one of the best times of the year but also one of the most expensive times of the year. So many presents to buy and Christmas meals out it can be hit the wallet hard especially this year with the cost of living crisis and energy bills. But here are some free activities you can do as Christmas should be about spending time with friends and families and enjoying the season without spending a fortune.
Up first we have the selection of services at the iconic Bath Abbey. They have some ticketed events, but they also have a short informal twenty minute service with carols over serval weekends at a range of times. Also, the advent procession requires a ticket but is free with music sung by the Bath Abbey Choirs. Whether you enjoy some carols or the services in the beautiful setting of the Abbey or they are an important part of Christmas for you, then be sure to check it out!
Or take a winter walk to enjoy the Christmas lights around the city! Top sights include the Christmas tree outside for Abbey and the lights by the train station. Also, the shops windows have some festive displays! If you are looking for more of a daytime crisp winter walk than take a stroll down by the canal or around Royal Victoria Park to see the season changing.
But don’t forget all the great events on campus!
Head over to the enchanted gardens of lights at the American museum and gardens. Follow the sparkling trail around the house and gardens to enjoy beautiful illuminations!
If you are feeling active and fancy raising some money for charity in the season for giving then why not take part in the Santa Dash on campus on Saturday the 3rd of December. You many not get your personal best for a 5K but running in a full Santa suit means that you will get some great photos. So bring your whole house and get running.
Or if you want something less active and saving yourself for the January new year’s goals then watch Bath University Student Theatre Christmas show the Prince’s Bride.
Whatever way you want to get into the festive spirit than Bath has all the options to get you feeling Christmassy!