The festive season is a perfect time to show your team how much you appreciate their hard work. There are many things you can do to get your team in a festive spirit. We have handpicked some ideas to help you get a head start on your planning. Bring a little bit of Christmas joy with these fun work Christmas party ideas.
Night Out Christmas Party Ideas
A drag queen Christmas
Enjoy an evening of glitz and glam at a cabaret drag show. Get merry as you watch a glittering lineup of incredible drag performers, who will ‘sleigh’ you with lip-sync battles, live vocals and jaw-dropping dance acts.
Bus pub crawl
Hire a bus and see how many pubs you can visit in one evening. You can deck the bus out with tacky tinsel and festive fairy lights. Build some challenges into the evening at each stop to add interactive fun.
The only way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Get your team together for an evening of karaoke, with a festive twist. Whether you’re a superstar or can’t sing a bar, you can all get merry at this festive night out.
Christmas boat party
Christmas party afloat is a great festive team night out with a nautical twist. Whether you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful or a fine dining experience, there are options to suit your needs.
Immersive Christmas play
Enjoy a delicious feast whilst the scene is set. Then get into character as you and your team become the stars of the show in an immersive Christmas play.
Christmas Office Party Ideas
Food truck rodeo
Create your own festive mini street food festival at your office. You can ask employees to vote on which cuisine they would like to see at the event. Then treat them to lunch or after-work feasting extravaganza with food trucks. You could team this with live music or other entertainment, such as stand up comedy or a festive movie showing.
You may have heard of Christmas in July parties when during the Summer’s hottest month you pretend it’s Christmas – complete with a tree, gift exchange and hearty meal. Turn the tables on this tradition with a beach-themed romp in the depths of Winter. Beach balls, Pina Coladas and a Summer hits playlist – even the office Grinch will enjoy this event!
BYOT: Bring your own tradition
Not everyone celebrates the same holidays. Bring together your employees of different religious faiths and backgrounds to enjoy a feast featuring a variety of cultural dishes. This event allows employees to share viewpoints and unique cultural experiences.
Bring your pet to the Christmas party
Because pets like nothing more than to be dressed up… Why not throw a party celebrating them and their adorable outfits. Imagine a gathering with lots of puppies dressed in Santa hats. If that’s not Christmas joy, we don’t know what is.
Storytime with Santa
If your company has a large reception area that would fit a winter wonderland scene, set up a Santa’s shop. Set a time and day for employees to bring their kids and young family members along for a family festive fun.
Unique Christmas Party Ideas
Hire a stately home
We’re sure you’ve visited a stately home before, but have you ever stayed the night? Why not hire one to host your work Christmas party. This will give you the flexibility to design a bespoke programme of activities. Not to mention, your team will get a night or weekend away from the office!
Christmas on the farm
If you want to try something out of the box, why not whisk your team away on a farm adventure. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, enjoy a festive hog roast and tipple under the stars. You can also compete in a series of farm-based team challenges, such as sheep herding, scarecrow making and the farmer Olympics!
Bounce, bump and bash each other in inflatable Bubble Suits! This is the perfect opportunity to get revenge on your boss at the work Christmas party.
Christmas multi-sensory dining
Turn your team Christmas dinner into a multi-sensory dining sensation. Inspired by Christmas festivities, the multi-sensory dining will provide a carefully crafted experience with food, ambience, art, lighting and music that will excite all of the senses.
Bring the North Pole to you
Can’t make it to Lapland? Then why not bring Lapland to you! Pop up igloos, fake snow, an ice skating rink and hot chocolate with marshmallows. You can create your very own Winter wonderland!
Incentive trip to Lapland
Of course, you could always take the above one step further. Get your team over to the real Lapland for a once in a lifetime opportunity! Design an action-packed few days to experience everything the location has to offer… and of course, meet the big man himself!
Team Building Christmas Party Ideas
Can you create a Christmas TV advert that John Lewis would be proud of? You will be given a brief, a budget and a limited props department. Then it’s your turn to see if you can do a better job than the big brands. After designing, casting and filming your adverts, the winners will be crowned!
Santa’s sleigh box derby
Using only basic materials and tools, build sleighs from scratch and go bumper to bumper in a flurry of festive races. After a briefing, you will receive a construction kit. You must then work together to devise the best way to build it. Prizes will be awards for the fastest, but also the most festive in appearance!
The twelve games of Christmas
Compete in 12 games of Christmas, which could include air hockey, darts, pool and giant Jenga. A gift is awarded to the winner of each one. The team with the most presents at the end of the event will be crowned Christmas Champs.
Deliver care packages to the homeless
Spend the day with your team handing out care packages to the homeless in your community. Items to consider including in a package are socks, gloves, wet wipes and pre-packaged snacks. Add a Christmas card with a heartfelt message to brighten the recipient’s day.
Virtual Work Christmas Party Ideas
Online Christmas cooking class
Whether you decide on a holiday-themed menu or something completely different, cooking classes are always a crowd-pleaser. Learn new skills from a talented chef and devour a delicious meal at the end of the night! You could practice making a full-course turkey dinner or try something new and bake Argentinian holiday empanadas! You could even choose to book some of the UK’s most recognisable and well-loved chefs, like José Pizarro, Neil Rankin or Tom Kerridge, for live demos and interactive cooking classes.
Online Christmas film watch-along
You can bring new life to old Christmas Classics with this virtual celebration. First, pick a beloved Christmas film and then encourage your team to chat and comment while you watch it. You can use Netflix Party or something similar. The funny conversation will make for an entertaining viewing experience and will bring out your team’s sense of humour. You could complement this idea by sending everyone a ‘night in’ hamper with cinema essentials.
You could take the above one step further. If your employees live close to one another, watch a festive film at a drive-in cinema. They usually serve food and drinks and you can enjoy the film from the comfort of your cars.
Christmas around the world
Many teams live and now work remotely and Christmas may look different in each city/country. This event will celebrate all the wonderful traditions during the holidays. You can create short slideshows or videos to show off how you celebrate and give a virtual tour. This is a great way to compare holiday traditions and ‘get outside’ without any airport hassle or traffic.
Virtual craft events
From candle making and wreath decorating to holiday wrapping/tag designing, get crafty with an online making workshop. Packages with everything you need will be delivered in advance. Not only is this a chance to get creative and have some fun, but you will be left with something to take away or give as a gift for Christmas. This is a great option as it can be designed to fit a range of different preferences and budgets.
Christmas cocktails and tarot cards
A magical combination of learning how to make a delicious cocktail, then getting a tarot card reading whilst you sip on your mystical creation. Take part in a group mindfulness visualisation session, followed by individual readings for those who want to partake.
Now you have some ideas for inspiration, it’s over to you. Go and get planning your best work Christmas party yet!
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