5 Tips to Enjoy Your Fireplace to the Fullest This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season! The evenings are long and cold, but the festive fun with your friends and family makes up for it. In fact, what better way to spend the holiday season than cozying up by the fire with your loved ones? The fireplace is the heart of the home, and it’s the perfect backdrop for all of your holiday fun.
Let’s take a look at a few ways to enjoy your fireplace to the fullest this holiday season!


1. Dress up your Mantel


To enjoy your fireplace to the fullest this holiday season, you must create an inviting – and festive- space. If you haven’t already decorated your fireplace mantel, now is a perfect time.

Grab some spare garland, wreaths, fake snow, or whatever else you have stored away in those old Christmas decoration boxes, and dress up your mantel to match the rest of your holiday decor.


2. Create a cozy ambience


A fireplace can create a relaxing ambience all on its own. But if you really want to make the most of your fireplace this winter, a few extra luxuries will make all the difference. Here are a few additions to create a welcoming space:

  • Warm blankets for your family to snuggle up under
  • Slippers for anyone with cold feet
  • Festive or relaxing background music
  • Dimmed overhead lights
  • Ambient lighting like candles, Christmas lights, or dim lamps
  • Hot beverages like tea, hot chocolate, cider, or mulled wine.
  • Easy snacks


3. Bring back holiday traditions


Once your fireplace is all set up and ready to be enjoyed, it’s time to make a list of activities you and your family will enjoy. For some families, many age-old traditions take place around the fireplace. If you’re not one of those families, now might be the time to start those traditions. Here are a few things the whole family can enjoy by the crackling fire:

  • Watch your favourite Christmas movies
  • Exchange Christmas gifts
  • Read a Christmas Story around the fireplace – little ones will love this!
  • Decorate your Christmas tree
  • Play a board game
  • Tell stories or reminisce


4. Spend time with those who matter most


While holiday traditions are all good and fun, the most important part of the holiday season is enjoying time with your loved ones. Whether it’s your family, visiting relatives, or friends, the holidays are the time to enjoy their company. Forget about being a good host, long shopping lists, or deadlines. Take the time to sit back, enjoy the festive mood, and spend quality time with those who matter most. Your fireplace is the perfect backdrop for your intimate get-togethers.


5. Most importantly – Stay safe!


The holiday season is the time of year when fireplaces are used the most. In case you’re rusty, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

Get your fireplace serviced


If you have a gas or wood fireplace, you should get your fireplace serviced every year. Electric fireplaces don’t have the same hazards, so they don’t require as much maintenance. However, to ensure your wood or gas fireplace is still in safe working condition, have a professional take a look. Call our experts at Fireplace Center & Patio Shop today

Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly


Detectors should be replaced every 5-10 years, and really should be tested monthly. Inspect your detectors before lighting your fireplace. 

Never leave your fireplace unattended


Don’t leave the fire burning if you’re going to bed or leaving the house. Likewise, ensure small children and pets don’t get too close to your fireplace.

Keep combustible items away


Furniture, Christmas trees, some decorations, gifts, and stockings are all items to keep away from the fireplace while it’s burning. If you want to keep decorations on the mantel, make sure they are fire-resistant.

Keep a protective screen 


Great for wood fireplaces, but also any fireplace that generates heat. A screen will keep embers from escaping or will serve as a barrier between your loved ones and the hot glass of a gas fireplace.


Are you ready to enjoy fireplace season? Whether you’re looking for a new installation, a consultation, a fireplace service call, or just some answers, our fireplace experts are here to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season. 

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