5 Alternative Christmas Party Ideas for 2019

4 September 2019

The Christmas party is a great opportunity to bring staff from across departments together, boost morale, and leave everyone feeling happier, more valued and more engaged with your business. But, thanks to unimaginative, uninspired events, a recent Reward Gateway survey found that a huge 50% of employees dread the work Christmas party.

Something has to change – and 2019 can be the year you make it happen.

Ready to take the plunge, leave the ropey conference hotels behind, and make your Christmas party the stuff of office legend? Bin the paper hats and dry turkey, and take a sleigh ride through our top five alternative Christmas party ideas for 2019.


1. A Bespoke Private Party

The gold standard of ‘normal’ Christmas parties, a bespoke private party is tailored to fit your organisation and your people.

From unusual, unforgettable venues (think an aquarium, the top of Tower Bridge, or a major museum after closing time), to unexpected giveaways (branded brownies, wine, cosmetics or even major event tickets to take home?), a bespoke Christmas party means you call the shots.

Pick an unusual theme – maybe a Great Gatsby or Peaky Blinders event, a Hawaiian-shirt beach party, or an unforgettable Winter Wonderland. Pick your dream entertainment – DJs playing at your fairground-themed party while your people hit the dodgems and carousel, or a live band playing individually chosen songs as you give out tongue-in-cheek awards. It’s all up to you.


2. One Night in Europe

Give your people a Christmas to remember by taking them for a night away in a European city.

Stick to cities a 1-2hr flight from the UK to make the logistics easier. Head to Berlin or Stuttgart for legendary German Christmas markets, or choose Amsterdam for a magical bike tour along illuminated canals before dinner in the city and ice-skating at Museumplein. Based in London? Head to Paris by plane or Eurostar – get tickets for the private Victorian fairground at the Musee Des Arts Forain, or book dinner at one of Paris’s 100+ Michelin-starred restaurants.

Closer to home, Dublin and Edinburgh are both vibrant, welcoming cities that come alive over Christmas.


3. A Festive Boat Cruise

London is a great city for a festive river cruise. A choice of routes lets you choose the sights you pass, and there are floating venues for groups of any size. Catering options are varied, from a full sit-down Christmas Dinner to canapes or buffets, and on-board entertainment can be booked too – there’s nothing quite like dancing on the Thames to a live band.

You can even combine the idea of a hitting the water with a night in a European city – Amsterdam’s canals and the Seine in Paris both make particularly spectacular backdrops.


4. A Team-Building Event

Use your Christmas party to dip a toe into more experiential events for your team. These aren’t team-building events as you know them – think about an escape room or Crystal Maze challenge followed by drinks and dinner, or a treasure hunt-style event where your people work in a team and solve clues across a city to reach a destination or recover a lost object.

These are high energy, memorable options full of laughter, bonding and genuine good cheer. Options are available in all major cities, so you can keep travel time down and manage overall costs too.


5. The London Comedy Lunch

Join the Inconnection team and this year’s headliner Jimmy Carr for one of London’s most hotly anticipated festive events.

Back for its ninth year, the London Comedy Lunch will once again be returning to the Honourable Artillery Company this December for an unrivalled afternoon of networking, amazing food, complimentary drinks and world-class comedy.

We would love to see you there! Tickets are selling fast and the event always sells out. For more information, or to book your tickets, contact us now or call 0161 498 3311.


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