From the warm welcome on arrival to the Gala dinner and dancing on Boxing Day, guests enjoy a complete festive experience at The Grand Hotel, where traditional hospitality and service is matched by a real sense of occasion.
Wednesday 23rd December:
Having arrived this afternoon and settled into the house party spirit, afternoon tea will be served in the lounges with Shelley van Loen and the Palm Court Strings creating just the right atmosphere.
Commence the evening in the Chatsworth Lounge with a welcome Champagne Reception before a ‘Victorian’ dinner (recognising 140 years of the Grand) in the Garden Restaurant followed by dancing to the Simon Goodwin Band.
Children are entertained throughout with a full programme of activities. A fully trained Children's supervisor is on hand to ensure fun is had by all.
Christmas Eve - Thursday 24th December
Our coach will be making regular trips to and from town during the morning for your last minute gifts. If shopping doesn’t appeal, our Cellar Master will be offering a tour of the cellars and a unique opportunity to taste a range of Sherry from 'salty' Manzanilla to wonderfully rich Pedro Ximenez (fabulous with Christmas pudding) Sheery and Schnapps will be served before Scandinavian Christmas Smorgasbord lunch for all in the Garden Restaurant.
During the afternoon find a cosy chair and test your knowledge with the Family General Knowledge Quiz. A wonderful hamper from Fortnums will be sent to the home of the winners. To round off the afternoon, tea with afternoon tea sandwiches and Pastries will be served in the lounges In the evening, we will be joined by the choir in the Great Hall, after which Champagne is served before being invited to enjoy a splendid Christmas Eve Dinner followed by music from the Dance Band ‘Visage.
Christmas Day - Friday 25th December
Start Christmas Day with a hearty English breakfast and see the surprise on children’s faces when they are greeted by one of Santa’s helpers with gifts!
Seasonal jazz favourites will be played in the Great Hall whilst gathering for sherry before having worked up an appetite for the Grand Christmas Day Buffet. Relax in the lounges where homemade delicate sandwiches, Christmas cake and tea will be served, while our pianist ‘tinkles the ivories.
The festivities reach a crescendo on Christmas evening with Champagne in the Drawing Room followed by a very traditional Christmas Dinner in the Garden Restaurant. Dance the night away to the Simon Goodwin Band. Black tie is requested on Christmas Day Evening.
Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December
Boxing Day is traditionally a day for relaxation or sport. Why not explore our Spa a little more...take a swim in the beautiful heated pool. If morning dancing takes your fancy, join the Boxing Day celebrations for all at the Bandstand, just a short stroll along the prom.
Return to the hotel for a lavish Buffet Lunch including Suckling Pig, which will be served in the Garden Restaurant. There’s great excitement for children in the afternoon (oh no there isn’t!) when they can enjoy the pantomime show ‘Peter Pan' at the nearby Devonshire Park Theatre. All children have tickets reserved and they will be accompanied by qualified child minders. Adults can then relax and have their caricature drawn by Soozi or take a turn at indoor Crazy Golf with a prize for the lowest round. Tea served with Christmas sandwiches will be available in the lounges with the gentle accompaniment of our pianist.
In the evening, enjoy a glass of Champagne with canapés followed by a Gala Dinner in the Garden Restaurant. Then dance until the early hours to the ever popular ‘Co-Stars’ in the Chatsworth Room. Black tie is requested on Boxing Day Evening.
Families with children
A special Children’s package of £40.00 per day (23rd departing 27th December) for 14 year olds and under when sharing a room with two adults, includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertainment throughout their stay and Pantomime on Boxing Day. Under 2 years – no charge. Children’s menu offered at lunch and dinner in the Family Dining area of the Garden Restaurant.