We’re officially in the lead-up to the festive period, so if you are ready to begin preparations, your corporate Christmas party is a great place to start!

It can be challenging to put together a fun-filled Christmas party that all of your colleagues enjoy. Our article on 18 company Christmas party ideas can guide you on the journey from virtual celebrations to festive-themed games and delicious food.

Get In The Festive Spirit With Our 18 Company Christmas Party Ideas

The annual corporate Christmas party is always an event to look forward to; it’s the perfect time to show your staff your appreciation for all of their hard work throughout the year.

If this year, you have been delegated the role of party planner, then you may be beginning to shortlist your options. Having been lucky enough to attend many Christmas parties over the years, we have put together just some of our favourite ideas, covering both in-person and virtual celebrations. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the following:

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    Company Christmas Party Ideas

    Most companies are grabbing the opportunity to plan a huge festive celebration with both hands, and if this applies to you, you won’t be short for work Christmas party ideas. Take a look at our favourites:

    1. Traditional Christmas Party

    For big corporations, you can never go wrong with a traditional Christmas party featuring a tasty three-course meal followed by hours of fun on the dancefloor. As leading providers of photo booth hire in London, this is the most popular option amongst our clients, who work with our team to create a tailored package complete with festive-themed booth props.

    When planning the party of all parties, we always recommend opting for a theme, making decorating, catering, games and dress codes easier to navigate. It’ll also allow you to easily shortlist venues, as your main requirement will be a location that fits your chosen aesthetic.

    2. Wreath Making Workshop

    More and more companies are now favouring a more relaxed approach to their Christmas party, and what better way to unwind than with something creative? A wreath-making workshop is ideal for getting your team into the festive spirit while giving them a memorable keepsake to take home with them.

    There are tons of great wreath-making workshops across the UK and online alternatives that allow you to set up craft stations in your office and watch tutorials. Most online workshops also provide you with a kit with everything you need to make your very own wreath, making it a super easy event to put together. For a full list of online wreath making workshops starting from only £10 per person, take a look at Eventbrite.

    Wreath Making

    3. Retro Games Day

    No one can turn down the nostalgia of the games they loved as a kid, which means that a retro games day is guaranteed to go down a storm. You can combine digital games with traditional board games for a day filled with fun and a little competitiveness! You could even complete your day with games table hire, clearing a space in the office to make way for a snooker or table tennis table.

    For those who like the idea of a day filled with games but are less keen on the retro theme, our virtual reality hire in London is the perfect solution. Each team member sits in the pod, and their surroundings transform into a futuristic world, whether it may be a rollercoaster or a racing track. Feel free to get in touch for more information on our tailored hire packages.

    4. Christmas Market

    If you have a smaller team, why not book a day trip to one of the UK’s many fabulous Christmas markets? From ice skating and funfair rides to delicious sweet treat stalls, nothing says Christmas like wrapping up warm and wandering a festive market.

    Depending on where you are based and how far you are willing to travel, all major cities hold their take on the traditional Christmas market. Of course, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London is the most popular, but there are also wonderful markets in Birmingham, Newcastle, York and many other locations. Take a look at European Best Destinations for a full guide to the different events taking place this year!

    5. Scavenger Hunt

    A festive-themed scavenger hunt is an excellent interactive activity that will act as the perfect team-building activity, helping your staff feel united to enter the new year. You could either plan your scavenger hunt around the workplace with Christmas riddles and clues leading to a prize or venture outdoors for a pre-planned activity. If you’re interested in the second option, ClueGo is a brilliant company that offers GPS Christmas treasure hunts featuring several themed challenges around your local area, guaranteed to go down a storm with your team!

    Friends At Christmas Market

    Office Christmas Party Ideas

    If you’re in the office, then it’s likely that your last day at work will be spent enjoying the festivities. Why not take advantage of themed, enjoyable office Christmas party ideas to create a memorable day for your team?

    6. Digital Graffiti Wall

    Our innovative digital graffiti wall in London is always a hit amongst our clients. Designed with interactivity in mind, the digital graffiti wall can be used to play games and turn your team members into graffiti artists for the day. Their creations can be brought to life using stencils, animated images, and virtual spray paint cans. The wall is typically accompanied by our live printing service, allowing all artwork to be instantly printed onto a keepsake of their choice, whether this may be a keyring, mug or even phone case.

    7. Gingerbread House Competition

    Another challenging idea that comes alongside a tasty treat to enjoy afterwards is a gingerbread house competition. Simply pick up a gingerbread house decorating kit for each team member and allocate a set amount of time to bring their creation to life. Don’t forget to choose a team of judges (pick people who are not competing – we need it to be fair, of course!) and ask them to select their favourite masterpiece.

    Decorating Gingerbread House

    8. Festive Bingo

    You can always rely on a game of bingo to get your team to let their hair down and interact with one another, and even better, there are plenty of pre-made festive-themed bingo games online to choose from. Amongst your celebrations, break up the day by delegating a caller and handing each team member their unique bingo card. You can opt for having just one winner or award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize for those with the winning cards. Take a look at The Spruce Crafts for ten free, printable Christmas bingo games.

    9. Christmas Bake Off

    If you have a team of budding bakers, then it’s more than likely they’ve been tuning into The Great British Bake Off for the past few weeks. So, as another delicious idea, why not arrange your very own Christmas-themed baking competition? Schedule a date in the diary in advance so participants have plenty of time to perfect their sweet treat, and much like the above, choose a team of non-biased judges. We can guarantee that this idea will go down a treat – quite literally!

    Making Christmas Gingerbread

    Virtual Christmas Party Ideas

    In the instance that you need to celebrate Christmas with your colleagues at home, planning an in-person party is challenging. But, this doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the festivities. Take a look at our virtual Christmas party ideas for inspiration!

    10. Virtual Christmas Quiz Night

    Quizzes over Zoom are our favourite way to keep in touch from the comfort of your home and get into the festive spirit together. Depending on how creative you’re feeling, you could choose a host to put together a quiz or use a pre-made alternative from the internet. If you know that everyone will be eager to get involved, then the best route will be to opt for the second choice, as it means that no one will miss out on the competitiveness of being the host. Pub Quiz Questions HQ has a whole host of fantastic quizzes if you’re hoping to get one online.

    Christmas Video Call

    11. Virtual Murder Mystery Party

    For those looking for something a little more unique, why not consider putting together a virtual murder mystery party? There are tonnes of excellent companies that are now specialising in putting together virtual events; you can find a list of options over on Stylist. Once you have chosen the company you will go ahead with, you will need to decide whether you want to invite your participants to dress up as their characters or keep it simple. You could even consider delivering themed snacks to the doors of your team members to set the atmosphere!

    12. Virtual Musical Bingo

    If you have a team of music enthusiasts, then we can be sure that they will love the idea of musical bingo. Putting a modern twist on the much-loved game, traditional bingo cards are still used, but instead of having numbers, these will be replaced with song names. The game host will then play only ten seconds of each song, and if a team member has the song on their card, they will mark off the spot. This will continue until one lucky participant strikes off all their songs and wins an extra special prize. This could be anything from a Christmas treat box to a gift voucher!

    Young Woman On Video Call

    13. Virtual Escape Room

    One of the most popular challenges is the escape room, and you will be pleased to know that you can now complete this activity virtually from the comfort of your home. Much like if you were to visit an escape room, the virtual activity will include a thorough briefing before you are let loose to use your problem-solving skills to the test. In teams of 3-4, you will be asked many questions and set challenges to crack the code before the time runs out. You can find more information on virtual escape rooms and book for Christmas over on Go To Events.

    14. Virtual Awards Ceremony

    Especially for Christmas, your staff will undoubtedly be looking to get dressed up and feel themselves – hosting a virtual awards ceremony is perfect! Set a date in December for your team members to get together one evening to celebrate the positives of the festive season. This is also a fantastic way to ensure everyone finishes the year feeling accomplished, boosting morale in time for the new year.

    Before your awards ceremony, be sure to put together various awards in different categories, then send out virtual voting cards to each attendee. If you are stuck for inspiration on types of awards, take a look at Vantage Circle.

    Man On Video Call At Christmas

    Games For Christmas Parties

    When deciding which games to play with your friends and colleagues, there are many options. Whether they take the time and are active or are short and amusing, we guarantee these games will allow everyone to spend time together, share laughs and feel ready for Christmas!

    15. Christmas Charades

    Get your colleagues on their feet, being active and having fun with this Christmas-themed charade game. Beforehand, write down many different Christmas words on various pieces of paper and then split everyone into two teams; people from both teams take turns acting out the random Christmas word they get whilst their teammates guess what the word is. Whichever team gets through the most cards win! Or, if you don’t want there to be a competition, take it in turns to get up in front of your coworkers and act out a Christmas word whilst everyone else guesses.

    16. Left Right Christmas Game

    This game is a fun way to mix up everyone’s gifts and confuse your coworkers, guaranteeing laughs and fun. Ensure everyone brings a Christmas gift for another person, maybe through secret santa, and all sit in a circle. Then, one person starts reading allowed a poem filled with the words right and left, and as those words are said, everyone passes around the gift in their hands, either right or left, creating a hilarious mess!
    This free, printable poem by Play Party Plan is perfect for this game!

    celebrating christmas in an office

    17. The Carolling Challenge

    One of the best games to play either in the office or whilst you’re all at home; this game entails picking up a real or fake microphone and singing your heart out to Christmas classics! Start with one person who sings a line of a song; the mic then moves to the next person who has to sing the following line, which goes on and on. If someone doesn’t get the lyric right, create a forfeit or fun punishment to make it more fun.

    18. Antler Ring Toss

    This game will end with everyone jiggling with laughter, just like Father Christmas! Buy a set of blow-up antlers and rings, which can be found cheap on Amazon and split into two teams; get one person to wear the antlers as headgear, and everyone else has to throw the rings and get as many onto the antlers as possible. A funny and competitive game will leave your coworkers buzzing and happy, creating a positive mood ready for Christmas!

    passing presents round in office

    Let The Festivities Commence!

    Whether you are celebrating in-person or virtually, this year is the perfect opportunity to reward your team members for their hard work. Our fabulous Christmas party ideas mentioned above are just some of the ways that you can get into the festive spirit and lift the mood; ready to start the new year in style!

    If you are planning a celebration and in need of memorable entertainment, don’t forget our team are always just a phone call away. From our graffiti wall hire in London and event entertainment to our venue decorations and photo booth in London, we can work with you to create a bespoke package. We do our best to create events that make an impact, so let’s make your Christmas party one to remember!

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