Things to do at Christmas

With more than 50 places to shop, eat and be merry this Christmas, SouthGate Bath is the perfect place for your festive day out.

Whether you’re planning some Christmas family fun, a day of Christmas shopping with friends, or a winter get together with loved ones – your inspiration starts here.

From the very best gifts to the tastiest menus and festive cinema trips check out what’s on over Christmas at SouthGate Bath.


Christmas shop ‘til you drop

Two women laughing, on has her head on the other's shoulder.
Image provided by Pandora

With stores ranging from high-street favourites to premium fashion stores, you won’t be short of inspiration for a day of Christmas shopping at SouthGate Bath.

Find all of this season’s fashion – from partywear to trainers – with stops at AllSaints, H&M, New Look, Tommy Hilfiger… to name just a few.

Or for a gift for them to remember, head to Pandora or Swarovski, where the teams will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect piece of jewellery.

For the latest tech, Apple is your go-to, for the newest iPhone 13, AirPods, iPads, iWatches and many more accessories.

For the fitness fanatics in your life, there’s no doubt that a Peloton bike might be on their wish list. Offering live weekly classes at home, it’s a must-have for those working on their fitness. You can book an appointment to get a proper run through of the products with the team in their showroom.

Boots and KIKO MILANO will keep you busy with all things beauty, while My Small World will help you find that perfect gift for the littles ones in your life.

There are also plenty of stores to find fabulous stocking fillers and other festive gifts, from Urban Outfitters and Accessorize to Hotel Chocolat.

And if you’re worrying about fitting all of that into one day, fear not, you can enjoy late night Christmas shopping with SouthGate Bath’s extended opening hours on Thursdays from 18th November from 9am – 7pm. For the full list of opening times for Christmas, head to our Christmas opening hours page.

Festive food

four friends round a festive dinner table.
Grab some festive brunch with friends at Cosy Club

Bring family and friends together this Christmas season for some delicious food and drink at SouthGate Bath.

Cosy Club, Graze and Comptoir Libanise will be offering festive menus with three course meals starting from £21.95. From traditional turkey roasts, to rigatoni pasta and festive burgers, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  

Or if you’re looking for a quicker stop, check out Nando’s or Yo!, or pick up a festive bite and hot drink from Caffé Nero or Pret A Manger.

For those looking to make a night of it, head to BrewDog for a hop-haven fit for all. With multiple taps pouring a whole host of draught beers and ciders, as well as a selection of bottles and cans, it’s the perfect spot to meet up with your mates. 

A festive buffet menu is also on offer from £17pp, with its well-loved chicken wings, as well as Christmas favourites including pigs in blankets, mince pieces and chocolate orange brownies!

SouthGate Bath is also located just opposite Bath Spa train station, so it’s super easy to get here and home if you’re hoping to enjoy some dinner and drinks late into the night.


A Christmas movie

Image provided by Tivoli Cinema

If you’ve missed movie mate dates, it’s time to head to the Bath Tivoli cinema to catch the latest releases – keep an eye out for what’s showing here.

Recently voted one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world by TimeOut magazine, Tivoli is a new cinema concept offering super luxurious extra-wide sofas and four small, intimate screens. It’s the perfect way for discerning film-lovers to wind down and relax.

There’s also the brilliant Tivoli café, serving a seasonal menu of small plates, sharing platters, gourmet burgers, and freshly prepared hand-stretched pizzas, all made with locally sourced ingredients. It’s always best to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Supporting our local charities

We’re continuing to support the amazing work of our charity partners – Age UK Bath & North East Somerset, BANES Carers Centre, Dorothy House and Genesis Trust.

Age UK Bath & North East Somerset help older people in the area live healthier, happier, and more independent lives through a wide range of services. From bringing people together to providing financial support, they work to empower older people through the pandemic and beyond.  

Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre provides carers with the trusted information, advice and the support they need to take care of themselves, as well as the one they care for. The centre’s dedicated team work with carers of all ages, including children as young as five years old. 

The Dorothy House team believe that anyone facing a life-limiting illness deserves comfort, security and the chance to cherish life. Its priority is to support the people who need them most, in whatever way they choose, and build a local network of family, friends and community.

Genesis Trust Bath supports homeless and vulnerable people in crisis across Bath and North East Somerset, providing help and encouragement as they seek improved wellbeing and positive change. 

Reverse the role of Santa and help us to support these amazing local organisations by donating £3at our Giving Box – located in the ‘Secret Garden’. You can use contactless payment to easily donate and the box will even light up for every donation it receives! 

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