Perhaps he’d like a little holiday on a narrowboat? Every year he is seen bringing presents and joy everywhere, even  on the canal. Here is a very jolly photo of Mr and Mrs Claus aboard a narrowboat. But actually,  if we look to the Dutch traditions, Santa Claus (or Sinterklass) begins his journey in November from Spain on a steam boat and travels all the way to a seaside town in the Netherlands. The steamboat anchors, then Sinterklaas disembarks and parades through the streets on his horse, welcomed by children cheering and singing traditional Sinterklaas songs. His travelling companion Zwarte Piet  throws sweets and small, round, gingerbread-like buscuits, into the crowd. They travel all the way to Antwerp, Belgium, and to the towns and villages that are not accessible by sea, he has been known to arrive by horse, train or even fire engine! So before Christmas Eve and the big present delivery overnight by reindeer sleigh, Santa has already been very busy all over Europe.

I am sure he will be exhausted and need a relaxing holiday away from the business of the festive season, so while he is relaxing by the warm fire he may be dreaming of a little canal holiday where he can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal and visit the many pubs and restraints along the way. Unlike Santa, our boats are in hibernation until February, as we don’t hire over the winter months. If you would like a holiday next year, 2019, we have availability from the beginning of February until the end of November. If you just fancy a day out on the water then Moonlighting, our dayboat, would suit you (10 people max and up to 4 dogs!). Moonlighting can be hired from  March until October, and each hire starts at 9:30am returning to Devizes Wharf by 5:30pm.

Full tuition given and all our boats are suitable for novices as well as the more experienced boaters. The relaxed pace onboard allows you to relax and unwind. A short break would see you travel perhaps as far as Wootton Rivers, although you can turn before if you don’t fancy tackling the locks. A longer holiday will allow you to reach the beautiful town of Hungerford, but you would need 2 weeks if you wanted to reach Newbury.

So if you are Santa, or feel like you deserve a quiet holiday next year, we would be delighted to welcome you and your crew aboard…. although your reindeer will perhaps be happier on the towpath!

Merry Christmas!