Advent and Christmas 2022

At the heart of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year with plenty happening here at Bath Abbey and at our sister church, St Michael's Bath. From spectacular carol services and concerts to festive tower tours and family trails, why not drop by to mark this special occasion with us.

Visiting

We are thrilled to be at the heart of a bustling vibrant city and feel privileged that so many people, locals and visitors alike, choose to celebrate Christmas with us.

Our aim is to give our Abbey visitors a meaningful and memorable encounter with the message of God’s love, coming to transform our humanity in the birth of Jesus Christ – whether you are from the other side of the world, a regular worshipper, attending a concert, or visit just once a year.

The large number of special events and services taking place in November and December means that the Abbey may be closed to visitors at certain times.

Please always check our Opening Times or with the Abbey Office before visiting.

Worshipping with us

We are delighted to welcome you for in-person worship this Advent and Christmas. A number of our services are now ticketed in order to allow as many people as possible to attend and to try to keep queues down to a minimum.

In previous years, all our tickets have been taken up. Our hope is that as all members of the Abbey community wishing to attend Christmas services are able to do so. However, we do ask for your patience and understanding as places are allocated, and suggest that you may like to obtain a maximum of 4 tickets per family, to ensure opportunity for the greatest number to be with us. Thank you so much!

Please check our Opening Times or with the Abbey Office before coming to worship outside of services.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas.

James Tait, 14, and sister Catherine Tait, 10, play the roles of Mary and Joseph at the annual nativity play at Bath Abbey. 16 December 2012. Children were invited to come dressed as a shepherd, angel, wise man or citizen of Bethlehem to create a stunning Christmas tableau which also featured Mr Frosty the donkey. Nativity plays are a traditional right of passage for children in the UK with most schools and churches retelling the story of the birth of Jesus in the days before Christmas.

Ticketed services

The following services are ticketed:

Admission with pre-booked tickets via Eventbrite.

Advent & Christmas at Bath Abbey

The Abbey will at times be closed for services and events. Please check our opening times for any closures before your visit.