Christmas sparkle is on the horizon

There are a few things that the Bath BID team are working on in regards to Christmas in addition to supporting Visit Bath with the Bath at Christmas campaign and the Christmas Markets.

In recognition of the fact that traders are keen to encourage footfall into the city after the Bath Christmas Markets (finishes 9th December), when there is typically a lull, we have two noteworthy initiatives – Santa’s Grotto and the Gift Wrapping Station. Both give a good reason for local residents and discerning visitors to return to the city when the streets have quietened. Our thanks to the team at Milsom Place for sharing their facilities with Bath BID to help make these happen.

Christmas Grotto

Santa has not been spotted in Bath for a few years and local families travel to Avon Valley, Longleat, Whitehall Garden Centre and so on to enjoy this festive tradition but we would like to offer this service in the city. So we are delighted to announce that Santa Claus will be in a secret location in the city from Monday 10 December until Christmas Eve. SuperPirates, the children’s entertainment team, will be assisting Santa in his mission.

You will be able to book your Santa experience online at

Luxury Gift Wrapping Service

Bath is a high-class shopping destination and there is a strong desire from the hotel and retail trade to be able to offer upmarket services for discerning visitors to the city, so this Christmas we will offer busy shoppers a luxury gift wrapping service. Visitors can purchase their presents (and wrapping paper) and then pop along to the Gift Wrapping Station in the city to have them expertly presented. The service is available from Monday 10 December until Christmas Eve. It will be free at the point of service with suggested voluntary donations to the homeless charity, Julian House.

Customers may bring their own wrapping paper or choose the gift wrap that has been specifically and generously designed for the Gift Wrapping Station by designers Steers McGillan Eves. The paper depicts Bath landmarks in snowflakes. There are two versions – black & gold for adults and red & white for children.

Please help: Seeking Volunteer Wrappers: Would you be willing to help wrap presents? It’s for a good cause – all the donations will go to Julian House. Perhaps your team could pop along and wrap before the staff Christmas lunch or night out? Don’t worry, training will be provided. Kate Smith of The Makery has generously agreed to provide parcel wrapping tips for the initial helpers and provide a handy how-to-do-it video for all other volunteers. Click here to be a volunteer wrapper.

Click here to volunteer to be a gift wrapper

Late Night Shopping

Thursday Late Night Shopping

Please note that this Christmas’ publicity will say that Bath’s shops are staying open late every Thursday over the festive period – until 7pm during November and December. The good news is that Bath BID has secured an agreement that the Park & Ride will stay open late on these evenings too.

Cycle of Lights

Bath BID will supplement the city’s illuminations this year a new and innovative type of Christmas light decoration this year. Throughout the festive season there will an interactive, pedal-powered light display in front of Russell & Bromley at Old Bond Street in Bath. Come along and cycle and see what happens.

Christmas Tree Carol Trail

Bath BID has commissioned the B&NES Parks Department to provide ten additional Christmas Trees for the city. These will be located at the various welcome points to the city centre. Each will be uniquely decorated on a musical theme.

Would you like to sponsor the decoration of one of the trees?

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