Getting your Holiday Home Ready for Christmas In Dorset
Spending Christmas at your holiday home in Dorset is an excellent way to enjoy the festive season, especially for people who want a break from it all. It’s never too early to begin preparing for the holidays, even if it seems a bit too early for Christmas. By starting now, you’ll have more time to buy presents and tick everything else off on your festive ‘to-do’ list.
Whether you want to have a quiet time away from it all or you’re planning on having a merry festive holiday, Dorset is the ideal Christmas destination. There are lots of seasonal events and places to visit, and no two areas in Dorset are the same. Conversely, it’s just as easy to hide away from the festive bustle in your holiday home. Here are some of the Johnson’s of Shaftesbury team’s tips to help you make this a special Christmas in Dorset.
Top Tips on Preparing Your Holiday Home for Guests –
If you’re having guests over for Christmas, it will be useful to create as much space as possible. Start by decluttering every room, not just the main places where people will be eating and having fun. This is essential for anyone who will be hosting guests overnight, and your spare room is currently full of old clothes and boxes.
You’ll also want to childproof any exposed electrical points if there are children or pets. Move any valuable or fragile items from the main house, so you don’t spend all day worrying about breakages. Box the smaller pieces up and make sure you put plenty of packaging inside, just in case. Label everything, so you have an easier job when the party is over.
Buy all your food now – pay and arrange to collect your main food items on the 24th. And if you still have gifts to buy, don’t wait until Christmas Eve. You’ll have plenty of last-minute things to do and errands to run. And finally, remember to contact your visitors and get a headcount. Then you’ll know exactly how many chairs you’ll need.
Rather than moving boxes and furniture to different rooms to make more space, the best option is to use storage. By using self storage, you’ll be able to move as many pieces of furniture, appliances and items out of your house to accommodate your guests. Then all you need to do is get enough seats and table space for everyone. You can even use a storage unit to keep your family’s presents hidden before Christmas Day.
Things to do in Dorset this Christmas –
Dorset Christmas Markets – immerse yourself and the family in the festive cheer at one of Dorset’s many Christmas markets. You’ll find unique gift ideas and creations by local artisans. Dorking Christmas Festival is a highly popular event where you’ll find an amazing selection of stalls offering presents, entertainment, as well as other seasonal food and drink produce.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra join us at the Bournemouth International Centre on the 13th of December. They’re joined by special guests Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on percussion. This event is a must for all music fans, and will no doubt get everyone in the festive mood.
The Winter’s Tale – this screening on the 2015 adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragic comedy is one for fans of the Bard. The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is hosting this unmissable event, which stars Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, in addition to a talented assemble cast. This unforgettable performance is one of the finest adaptations of this timeless play. And the Marine Theatre in one of Dorset’s favourite theatres.
You can also see a plethora of other events through the official Visit Dorset website here.
Johnson’s – Dorset’s Favourite Removals and Storage Provider –
The Johnson’s team love Dorset at Christmas time, and we’re 100% confident you’ll enjoy a special time here this year. The thing that makes Dorset such an excellent place for a holiday home is its versatility. You can spend your festive period by having a merry old time of it with lots of family, friends or in our busier towns. Alternatively, you can do the opposite and have a cosy and quiet time off from it all.
Johnson’s move hundreds of people into second homes in Dorset and the surrounding areas every year. We understand why our county draws so many people to purchase holiday homes here. And if you’re spending the festive season here to scout the area, we’re more than happy for you to contact us if you need any local information.
If you’re spending Christmas at your holiday home and need to make some extra room, please contact us today. We have a range of storage and removals services to help create enough space for guests.