This the season to be jolly… But unfortunately, it’s 2020 and that means your family Christmas has been furloughed.

But don’t despair. There’s always the great outdoors.

Maybe creating Santa’s grotto in your backyard sounds like a challenge, but it might be easier than you think. And since outdoors is the only place you may safely meet family and friends this year, it is worth investing some effort in.

So how do you do it? 

Create your grotto

If you are lucky enough to have a shed already, this is the obvious venue for Santa to visit. But if not, don’t fret. 

There’s still time to construct a shed, but if that seems like hassle, there are plenty of construction workers looking for work at this time of year.

But if a shed is not an option, then a gazebo can do just as well – and doesn’t have to break the bank.

A gazebo (or pergola) can be dressed up to become the magical grotto of your dreams. But because they are quite flimsy, care must be taken to ensure they are right for the winter conditions. 

Draping plastic over the back and sides will protect it from hostile snowflakes and then you can add a large throw to evoke the spirit of Christmas.  

And don’t forget the seating – no cave is complete without Santa’s throne!

Christmas Grotto

Light it up

No Christmas fairytale is complete without lighting. Fortunately, the advent of LEDs make this one a cinch. It has never been easier to add fairy lights to any garden. 

And they are just the start, for an extra helping of stardust add lanterns to complete the impression.

Spruce your trees up

Got a pine tree already? Then you’re in business. But even if you haven’t, hanging decorations on any tree is a surefire way to transform it into an enchanted forest. 

Add baubles and lights to all your trees and shrubbery for a truly magical feel.

Baby, it’s cold outside…

Everything looks great, but there’s one thing. It’s freezing.

Of course it is, it’s December.

If you plan on spending any time in your cave – rather than admire it from inside with a hot toddy – then don’t forget to heat it up.

If you don’t have them, a patio heater or brazier could help bring a cozy glow to your Christmas soiree – which will be warmly welcomed by your guests.

Just don’t forget to toast those marshmallows over the open firelight!

And remember, for all your construction projects Sea To Sky is ready to assist you!