It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sunshine and blue skies over Bath this morning as l chanced upon a few signs that – despite the warm weather – the mid-winter festival of Christmas will soon be upon us.

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The sun shines upon Bath this Thursday morning in mid-November.

The tree has gone up in Abbey Church Yard, and our annual Christmas Market continues in its construction.

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The tree is up in Abbey Church Yard.

They have spread down Bath Street and around the corner for the first time so there is a circle to one side of the Cross Bath.

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The Christmas Market has spread into Hot Bath Street. Age UK BANES hope they will still have access.

Bumped into some concerned volunteers from Age UK BANES who bring the old and disabled into their St Michael’s Place Centre for coffee and a chat.

They want to know they will have clear access for people in wheelchairs and certainly won’t want to push their elderly through market crowds.

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Arriving flat pack! The drinks and food chalet going up in Stall Street. It will be followed – later in December – by the carousel.

Outside the Roman Bath’s the food and drink bar – which qualifies as a chalet as it’s big enough – was setting up shop. It replaced the Victorian carousel a few years ago – much to many a Bathonian’s displeasure.

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It’s good to hear the carousel is coming back – albeit a bit later than many would have liked.

A bit of a compromise this year as the ‘gallopers’ will be on this site straight after the market ends.

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The Apres Ski chalet under construction outside the Abbey Hotel.

At least the Abbey Hotel – busy putting up its Apres Ski Chalet – says the Snow Globe will be alongside – as usual. One bit of fun for all the family.

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It’s fun having your picture taken behind the Abbey Hotel’s snow globe.

Away from Christmas preparations and into the Saw Close where the first occupant of the newmulti-million-poundd development is getting ready to open.

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Furniture has arrived for the new Zizzi Restaurant in the Saw Close.

My understanding is that restaurant chain Zizzi will be having an in-house service try-out this weekend for family and friends. So an official opening cannot be many days away.

More info on the Christmas Market via http://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk