Waitrose Christmas Entertaining Program: Making Your Festive Season Sparkle

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The holiday season is a time for joy, family gatherings, and indulgence in delicious food and sparkling drinks. Waitrose, the renowned UK supermarket chain, understands the importance of making your Christmas celebrations special. In this article, we'll delve into the details of Waitrose's Christmas Entertaining program, which offers a wide range of delectable food and beverages to elevate your festive gatherings.


Quality and Freshness

Waitrose prides itself on providing the most delicious food and fizz for your holiday parties. Whether you're planning a lavish Christmas dinner or a festive get-together, Waitrose has you covered. With a commitment to quality and freshness, the Christmas Entertaining program ensures that you can celebrate with the freshest food on the day of your choice, not limited to just December 25th.

Shelf Life Assurance

When selecting items for your Christmas celebration, it's crucial to ensure that they have a suitable use-by date for your chosen delivery or collection date. Waitrose provides guidance on this matter, advising customers only when there might be an issue with the shelf life of individual items. Rest assured, all Christmas turkeys from Waitrose are guaranteed to last until Boxing Day, allowing you to savor the holiday spirit beyond Christmas Day.

Placing Your Order

Ordering your Christmas Entertaining items from Waitrose is a breeze. You can place your order conveniently through their website. Online ordering offers the quickest and easiest way to select your items at your leisure. However, if you need extra assistance or prefer not to order online, you can call Waitrose at 0800 188 884. Please have the Christmas Entertaining brochure or access to the website while on the phone. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.

Delivery and Collection

Waitrose offers flexible delivery and collection options for your convenience:

Delivery: You can have your order delivered to your doorstep, with Christmas slots available from December 20th to December 24th. Please note that a minimum spend of £40 and a delivery charge apply.

Free Collection: Alternatively, you can choose to collect your Entertaining order from a Waitrose store of your choice, with no minimum spend requirement. The collection can be done by you, a family member, friend, or volunteer over the age of 18. The person collecting the order must have the order confirmation number and a valid form of ID.

Payment Methods

The payment process for your Entertaining order depends on the chosen method:

Collection: If you're collecting your items in-store, payment must be made at the store as per the instructions provided in your order confirmation email and SMS (if you've provided a mobile number).

Delivery: For items ordered for delivery, payment is made online when the order is picked and ready for delivery.

Delivery and Collection Dates

The availability of delivery or collection dates depends on the items you select. Here's a breakdown:

Items for a roast, including turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, and sides, will be available from December 20th.
Chilled desserts will also be available from December 20th.
Shellfish, vegetarian, and vegan options can be ordered starting from December 22nd.
Other seasonal items, such as Christmas cakes, buffet, and party food (including canapés), will be available from December 5th.
Each item displays a notice period indicating the time needed for preparation. You can choose a delivery or collection date that aligns with the longest notice period to ensure everything is available simultaneously for your celebration.

Order Updates

You have the flexibility to add or remove items from your Christmas Entertaining order until midnight on December 15th, provided your delivery or collection falls between December 20th and December 24th.

In-Store Availability

While most Entertaining items are exclusively available online due to their larger serving sizes, Waitrose also ensures that many equivalent products will appear in their physical stores as Christmas approaches. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended to pre-order online and choose free collection, allowing you to complete the rest of your Christmas shopping in-store.


Waitrose's Christmas Entertaining program is designed to make your holiday season memorable and stress-free. With a wide selection of high-quality, delicious items, flexible delivery and collection options, and expert guidance on shelf life, Waitrose has everything you need to create a festive feast that will dazzle your guests. So, order now and get ready to celebrate with the freshest and most delightful Christmas fare from Waitrose.

Georgetta F. Palsen

Georgetta F. Palsen

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Georgetta F. Palsen spearheads the Loyalty Programs Project, aiming to unravel the global impact of loyalty programs. Leading a dedicated team, she adopts an interdisciplinary approach to explore these programs' influence on consumer behavior and capitalism, offering critical insights for academics and businesses navigating the complexities of today's societal dynamics. More info