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Christmas at Waitby School is magical, for children and grown-ups alike

Winter is a magical season at Waitby School – we’ve had a white Christmas and chased rainbows across the fells on Christmas Day. We’ve visited the Lakes on Boxing Day and we’ve had memorable New Year celebrations with friends and family.

We’ll be providing detailed ideas of places to visit and things to do at Christmas in a future blog, including the best place to catch Father Christmas, the nicest carol and Church services, where to get the most amazing food for your Christmas dinner, as well as Boxing Day treats and fun pantomimes.

But for the moment, let’s talk about Christmas at Waitby School itself. To start with, there’s always a real tree in the living room, sourced locally from a shop in Kirkby Stephen, and we do the decorating for you (our favourite job of the year!) You may even find the odd chocolate angel makes an appearance…

Christmas tree Waitby School

We’ll make sure that a real, locally-sourced, Christmas tree is beautifully decorated for your arrival

On Christmas Eve, wrap the presents by the wood burning stove, with carols in the background, then join in the real thing at one of the many nearby churches. Perhaps you could pop into a pub for a quick mulled wine, before returning home and snuggling down to watch a DVD or to play games (and maybe tucking into the complimentary chocolates from Kennedy’s that we have left for you). If there are children present, you could track Santa’s progress on the NORAD website, which is also a great way of getting them to bed on time as Santa gets closer…

Stick your head out of the door just before you go to bed and breathe in the clean, cold air – if it is a clear night, the peacefulness and the stars are enchanting and always make me feel extra Christmassy.

On Christmas morning, throw open the curtains and drink in the views of the snow-topped fells. There’s plenty of room in the bed for kids to pile in and open their presents. Or, for the more decorous among you (and I’m sure nobody wants their in-laws climbing into bed with them), have a glass of Buck’s Fizz in the main room for the present unwrapping.

While the turkey is cooking, go out for a walk, followed by a quick festive drink in one of the local pubs, then back to Waitby and maybe a spa bath to refresh and unwind before Christmas dinner… Late afternoon and evening are best spent in front of the fire, playing games or watching films.

Boxing Day is a good day to drive to the Lakes and take in some fresh air, and there are plenty of organised walks or other activities for grown-ups and children (more on that in a future post).

Waitby School is also a fantastic retreat for New Year’s Eve, whether as a romantic break, a family gathering or with old friends.

To book Waitby School for Christmas or New Year, click here.

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