3 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Pool During the Holidays

Festive holiday decorations hung between two pool chairs, poolside

Naturally, you think about the pool more during the summer months but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the space creatively during winter. So are you making the best use of your pool this winter?

Gather & Play

You may not be splashing around over the next few months, but you’re sure to be busy hosting your friends and family for the holidays. Whether you’re prepared to serve the whole meal outside or just want to end the night roasting marshmallows around a fire, there’s nothing better than enjoying food poolside with your loved ones.

Eating poolside brings a special sense of occasion to the event, it gets everyone outside for the fresh air, and if you have some blankets or a fire, it becomes a memorable event.

You can also encourage your kids to get outdoors during the holiday months. Whether it’s making a snowman, picking up pinecones around the pool or just seeing who chip a golf ball over the backyard “water hazard”, there is plenty of fun to be had!

Note: Children should always be supervised around swimming pools and never run on the pool deck – regardless of season. Please supervise your children around the pool.

Relax & Heal

While the holidays are the best time of year, you may often find yourself stressed out making sure everything is perfect for your family and friends. Take a moment to relax this holiday season. Make the pool a place where you can get away from the holiday stress with a comfy chair, a blanket, and a good book and restore a sense of personal tranquility. Whether you’re relaxing in the hot tub or just enjoying the fresh air, doing it poolside is sure to help you relax.

Now, it’s not for everyone but, there are incredible benefits to an icy swim. Check out these 6 Amazing Health Benefits Of Cold Water Swimming. From burning calories to decreasing your stress, there’s a lot to be said for taking the plunge in the cold winter months. If you’re like most of us and can’t take the icy cold water, warm it up for a swim with a pool heater or heat pump from Pentair. There’s even a $200 rebate on the UltraTemp® High Performance Heat Pump until December 31, 2018! Learn more here.

Decorate & Celebrate

Just because you’re not in the water doesn’t mean you won’t be looking at it. Get creative with floating decorations like colorful balls, candles, lanterns, flowers, pumpkins or whatever else makes your holiday festive. There’s something magical about looking out the window on a winter’s evening and seeing light playing across the water.

The year is winding down and the holidays are almost upon us. These days, it feels like we work harder than ever before, which makes some time off with friends and family more precious than ever. This might not be the season when the swimming pool is the focus, but a beautiful pool can still be a feature of family time when it’s cold. It’s all in how you think about it.