Kick off your festive season with a Christmas market!

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What could feel more festive than sipping a mulled wine in the winter chill, whilst browsing snow topped wooden chalets full of gorgeous gifts and delicious treats?   A Christmas market is a fantastic way to kick off your shopping list and the UK has some really great ones. Bath Christmas Market xmas shopping markets festive shopping gifts presents Vogue magazine this week published their top UK Christmas markets to visit, with Bath at the top of the list – read the article here . Its no great surprise – to the backdrop of the most incredible Georgian buildings and statuesque Abbey, the award winning market in Bath boasts over 170 stalls of food, drink, decorations and gifts.

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Bath Christmas Market xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
Commanding views and exclusive shopping at Bath Christmas Market

Wandering the atmospheric streets (all in the central shopping district), you can guarantee you will find something unique for that special someone or the perfect gift for the dreaded Secret Santa. The huge variety of stalls and produce is spectacular and ranges from the cute to the quirky, the traditional to the trendy and of course, plenty of Christmas-themed items too.

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If you’re going to buy socks for Christmas, make them good ones….
Bath Christmas Market xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
Gorgeous decorations – ideal for gifts and for the home
Bath Christmas Market lights xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
Magical lighting for festive interiors

When shopper’s elbow sets in, park the bags and rest those tired feet at the scandi-themed ski lodges and revive the spirits with hot drinks, local ales or a light snack. You could be in the Alps sitting on the furs and snuggling under checked blankets. market Christmas Bath Xmas ski bar lodge drinks gifts

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Vin Chaud and Mince pies all round…
Bath Christmas Market ski bar chalet xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
Snow globe selfies have become a Christmas Market must-do….

Jewellery and Gin, ornaments and art, lanterns and legwarmers… if you can think of a gift, its probably here. The candy and treats will keep the kids (young & old) on side whilst you tick off that list and look forward to finding a wonderful variety of handmade and locally sourced gifts.

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I confess to a tiny spot of self-gifting where this cutie was concerned….
Bath Christmas Market ski bar chalet xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
Local distillers and artisans make the market special and its never the same two years running.
Bath Christmas Market ski bar chalet xmas market shopping gifts mulled wine mince pies presents tourists
These are going to be difficult to wrap…. (because I want to keep them)

Bath Christmas market has a magical festive atmosphere (possibly due to the photogenic, history-steeped location) and the hours will fly by so make sure you leave plenty time to see it all. The rest of the city is worth a look too…If you have reluctant shoppers in your party, there are so many other things to see and do. Check out  The Bath Christmas Market website, its packed with information about the stalls and planning your visit.

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You don’t want to miss a thing

Open from 10am its well located for incredible cafes and bars that Bath has to offer…my advice would be to start with a delicious local breakfast to fuel the energy levels. That said, the market looks even prettier at night when the lights are on and the streets and squares come to life so don’t end your visit early – maybe stay over?  Grab the family or a friend and make your season start in style! Christmas market Bath xmas festive market stalls chalets fashion food gifts mulled wine mince pies decorations lights

Christmas market Bath xmas shopping visit gifts chalets presents food drinks festive ideas lights mulled wine mince pies
Colour and craft at Emma Leith’s amazing stall
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Buy into the ‘hygge’ trend with some Scandi-inspired faux fur throws
Christmas market Bath xmas festive market stalls chalets fashion food gifts mulled wine mince pies decorations lights
Plenty to see & do in Bath at Christmas

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