Christmas time makes everything seem so cosy and sparkly, and the Grand Union Canal is no exception. If you want to get into the festive spirit over the next few weeks we have seven merry ideas for celebrating Christmas on the waterways this year.

Days Out on the Canals

Getting out and about; these special events offer Christmas shopping, a trip with Santa and a winter works open day for the canal enthusiast.

1) Stoke Bruerne: A Weekend of Christmas Fun – 6th and 7th December, including carols, illuminated boats and a Christmas market.

2) City Road Lock Open Days – 13th and 14th December, Islington, London.

3) London Canal Museum Christmas Shopping Evening – 6pm 4th December, free glass of wine and a mince pie!

4) Hillingdon Narrowboats Association Santa Trips – running their popular boat trips on 6/7th ,13/14th and 20/21st December.

The Festive Food and Drink Guide

Look no further than the Boatshed blog for our recommended canal-side pubs and winter treats. I have personally visited every pub mentioned here on the blog – in the interests of important research - and for the benefit of canal boaters everywhere!

5) Three Grand Union Pubs Every Boater Should Visit

6) Three London Pubs Every Canal Boater Should Visit

7) Four Delicious Comfort Foods for Winter on the Boat

And after Christmas, if all of your budget is spent on Christmas shopping and real ale and you decide to replenish your finances by selling your boat, then we’re here to help with that too. Grab yourself a copyof our free e-book: How to Sell a Boat: The Ultimate Guide

Happy celebrating!

Next week: How to Choose a Gift That Your Narrowboater Will Love

Peggy Melmoth

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