The holiday season is underway with Christmas fast approaching. When you own a pool, the holidays can be a time to utilize your pool space for a variety of entertainment options to get into the holiday spirit. Pools are a place where people gather, spend quality time together and make lasting memories whether it’s the peak of summer time, or more chilly weather in December. These are just a few great options to make the most of the holidays with your swimming pool:
- Pool-side holiday party: If you live in an area with colder weather, you may need some outside heaters or blankets, but your pool can be the perfect place to host a holiday party.
- Cozy fires: Have you considered roasting chestnuts on an open fire by your pool? A fire pit or outdoor fireplace provides the warmth you need in December with beside the serene waters of your pool.
- Holiday decor: You decorate your home for the holidays, so why not deck out your pool space like you deck the halls?
- Warm drinks and hot spas: The holidays are a busy time, so it’s important to take time to relax and unwind. Why not unwind in a Leisure Pools spa and enjoy the warm massaging water? A spa is a great place to enjoy a warm cup of tea, hot chocolate or a hot toddy.
Another way to provide holiday entertainment by your pool is to project a Christmas movie on a portable screen or wall. Or, if you live in an area too chilly for outdoor pool-side entertainment, holidays movies are always a fun way to get in the holiday spirit. These are some our favorites:
1. Christmas Vacation
In Christmas Vacation, the main character, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), dreams of putting in a swimming pool. In this scene, Clark makes the announcement to his family that he’s made a deposit to install the pool as his family jumps for joy. Giving the gift of a swimming is exciting! If you’re looking for a funny comedy with great actors, Christmas Vacation is a good choice.
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.
3. A Christmas Story
Set in the 1940s, this beloved holiday movie follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
4. Love Actually
Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman).
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.