Four reasons why you need to come to Bath during the Festive Season

    Bath is immortalised in history, the arts, fashion and on screen for many reasons, however its incredible architecture and beauty stands the test of time. It’s well known that the 18th century novelist Jane Austen once lived in and wrote about Bath....

    by Pass the Keys Bath




    07 Nov 2023

    Bath is immortalised in history, the arts, fashion and on screen for many reasons, however its incredible architecture and beauty stands the test of time. It’s well known that the 18th century novelist Jane Austen once lived in and wrote about Bath. Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers dedicates several captures around the social life of Bath. Even Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are said to be influenced by the city. Perhaps we’re biased but Bath is truly one of the most beautiful cities, and it’s even more magical in the lead-up to Christmas. As Bath parents (and owners of Bath franchise Pass the Keys), we love living here. Bath awakens with a special Christmas magic during the Bath Christmas Markets and is the perfect place for a
    celebrate the festive season. So - we want to share our special places to visit, see and do this in Bath, this Christmas.

    1. Bath Christmas Market
    The Bath Christmas Market is always on the top of our list. The market will feature over 200 stallholders, charities, and community groups, and will attract a predicted half a million people and it remains on the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK. Bath City Centre will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland from Thursday 23 November to Sunday 10 December, for this free event. The city welcomes artisan independents, live festive entertainment, and some winter warming food. Bathe in the sights and smells of Christmas, whilst being entertained by community choirs and ticking everything off your shopping list. The market nestled amongst Bath's iconic architecture surrounding the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and the Thermae Spa, to name a few. 
    Opening hours vary each day so please head to for more information. 

    2. Bath on Ice at Royal Victoria Park
    Bath on Ice is back for its 11th year from Friday 17 November to Wednesday 3 January and be prepared to be transported to a dreamy Winter Wonderland. Glowing in atmospheric lights, set in the most beautiful expanse of green parkland spanning 57 acres, Royal Victoria Park. Just a short stroll from the city centre you’ll find a rink glowing in atmospheric lights. Expect wintery music, a cosy bar, seasonal drinks and festive food within the large, heated undercover ‘Moguls Alpine Bar’. You will be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of genuine ice.

    3. Bath Christmas Light Trail
    Some of Bath’s most iconic streets and buildings will be brought to life with magical illuminations, this Christmas. Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Bath BID and Milsom Place have invested in spectacular monument lighting in some of Bath’s iconic streets. The installations have been designed and produced by Fineline Lighting. The illuminations will begin with Bath Lights the Night on 15 November and walk through the city heading towards the Abbey! Click here for the map and trail information.

    4. Father Christmas Grotto at Milsom Place
    Create your own festive memories and watch as your children’s faces light up as they meet Father Christmas and his elves in their workshop and receive a gift. Much more than your usual Grotto, Father Christmas’ Grotto is a fun interactive experience with professional actors, just off Milsom Street in the Centre of Bath. A festive destination designed for the family to enjoy and escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bath Christmas Markets. The Father Christmas’ Grotto is at Milsom Place every weekend from 23 November – 24 December.

    A bit about us

    Choosing where to stay can be overwhelming, particularly in a city like Bath with its many options. Almost every street in Bath is adorned with homes that are hosted by various holiday-let agencies, and holiday management companies. But this choice allows you to rent the best Bath has to offer; from single-bed penthouse city flats to detached family properties on the outskirts. Pass the Keys is one of the leading Airbnb short-let management companies across the UK focused on providing a great hassle-free experience for both hosts and guests. Pass the Keys Bath are a new type of holiday let management company; a local partner of a national, growing company, with a streamlined hassle-free management system that allows homeowners to maximise their property assets. Recently expanded into Bath, Pass the Keys offers a full end-to-end short let management service for Bath homeowners wishing to maximise their earnings on their properties. We are the only holiday let company that offers such a comprehensive holiday home management service in this area. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality Airbnb management service that gives hosts peace of mind that their property is safe with us.

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