Trips to the historic city of Bath can be wonderful at any time of the year, but the annual Bath Christmas Market helps make December an ideal month to visit. Christmas markets have exploded in popularity recently, and the Bath Christmas Market is one of the most popular in the United Kingdom.

Of course, you couldn’t think of a much better location; the period buildings that line the streets of the city make a perfect festive backdrop, even when it’s a wet rather than white Christmas. Stalls are located right in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site, and you’ll be able to reach them in just a few minutes’ walk from anywhere within the main city centre.

For the 2016 Bath Christmas Market, which will run across 18 days, there are expected to be more than 170 wonderfully decorated wooden chalets, each of which will sell high-quality artisan products. Most of those products will be made right here in the UK, with 70% of last year’s stallholders being businesses from Bath and the surrounding region and 60% of goods available handmade in the country.

Just a few of our favourite stalls include:

  • The Wiltshire Beekeeper: This bee-farming family produce all kinds of honey products from their very own hives.
  • Taste of Bath: Enjoy hampers full of artisan-produced food, all of it sourced from within a 10-mile radius of Bath.
  • Felt So Good: Looking for some quirky handmade Christmas decorations? The team at Felt So Good have got you covered.

Other stalls will offer items as diverse as designer jewellery, local artwork, and hand-made children’s toys, and you’ll be able to enjoy the rich aromas of mulled wine, mince pies, and hundreds of other such enticing scents as you peruse each stall at your leisure. There’s even going to be an animated light display, and you’ll be able to slip into Bath Abbey to take in some festive choir music when you need to rest your feet.