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The Bath Christmas Market is now open, offering 18 days to visit an international Christmas shopping destination, ranked in the top ten of European festive markets.

Running until 11 December, the market offers more than 170 stalls offering exciting and unique festive gifts, food and drink, which are expected to attract 400,000 visitors over the 18 days. In 2019 the estimated spend in the city was £32.5 million.

Stallholders are offering discounts from Mondays to Fridays for anyone who holds a Discovery Card. Details can be found under each individual trader’s listing on the Bath Christmas Market website.

This year sees the addition of new pop-up Christmas Carts which will be open from November 25. 20 local micro-businesses will be at the hugely popular market for three or four days at time and for many traders it is a chance to launch their fledgling businesses.

The council is advising residents and visitors to the market to plan their journeys in advance and where they can access live information about public transport, including three different Park and Ride services, and car parking. Motorists are asked to note that Royal Avenue will be closed to public traffic during the event.

Variable message signs will be in place for the duration of the market to let motorists know how full car parks are on approach. Live occupancy levels are available at most car parks and can be checked online here

Extra staff will also be on hand with ticket machines at Park & Ride sites to speed up boarding. Buses will be running for longer hours into the evening throughout the market. Parking at the Park and Ride sites is free if taking the service into or out of the city.

Useful links to help people plan their journeys are:

For more information, including opening hours and travel instructions, please visit