Work parties give both employers and employees the chance to relax, enjoy themselves and come closer together as a company. With these unusual work Christmas party ideas, your work party is guaranteed to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the year!
How unusual work Christmas party ideas will improve your work life
Work parties are not only a great way to say thank you and recognise the hard work of all your colleagues, but they are also a great way to improve team bonding. By spending time together outside of the office environment, everyone can get to know each other better in a more relaxed and enjoyable setting. This is invaluable as it means there will be better communication within the office and a smoother workflow.
A Christmas party is also a great way to keep everyone motivated by giving them something to look forward to at the end of the year. A break from the stress and pressure of work also encourages a healthy work-life balance, which is essential for the wellbeing of all staff.
Generic office parties can get boring and repetitive after a while, so opting for an unusual Christmas party will spark interest with all employees and ensure it is a day/night to remember. To make the party even more memorable, you should consider using party photo booth hire Woburn.
Christmas Jumper Competition
If you are planning to celebrate by going out for an office meal, bowling or mini golf, you can use this idea to make it more festive. Make sure everyone knows there is a Christmas jumper dress code beforehand, so they have time to dig theirs out from the bottom of their wardrobe or to buy a new one entirely. No matter what venue you decide to host your party, make sure you use photo booth hire Andover to capture everyone wearing their favourite Christmas jumper.
Christmas Themed Awards Ceremony
The hard work and dedication of all employees should never go unnoticed, so a Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to reward everyone for their contribution to the company. However, instead of having the standard awards such as most hardworking or most organised, change the categories to be more festive. Below are some ideas you could use:
- Father Christmas Award – this would go to the employee with the most positive attitude and consistently boosts morale in the office
- The Rudolph Award – As Father Christmas’ right-hand man (or reindeer) who keeps everything running smoothly, this award would go to the company’s strongest leader
- Mrs Claus Award – Every workplace has an office mum/dad; someone who is always there to give advice and look after you, and this is the award they should be given
- Hardest working elf – Fairly self-explanatory, this award will go to the individual that has continued to show their commitment to their job and worked hard throughout the year
- The Grinch/Ebenezer Scrooge Award – If there is someone in the office who doesn’t quite get into the Christmas spirit every year, you can give them this award and get them involved in the festivities…whether they like it or not.
- Most likely to be on the naughty list – This award will go to the office prankster who regularly causes mischief within the workplace
Of course, these are just some suggestions but feel free to get creative and make up some Christmas themed awards of your own!
Christmas Movie Drinking Games
Even if watching a movie together is not how you plan to spend the whole evening, it’s definitely a good way to get the party started! A Christmas movie drinking game will quickly get everyone into the holiday spirit, and with so many classic films to choose from, you can easily find a movie that everyone will love.
A much loved Christmas film, which is great for drinking games, is Elf. For example, everyone would drink every time:
- The naughty or nice list is mentioned
- Someone mentions Christmas Spirit
- Buddy is scared
- Buddy screams “Santa!”
- Buddy sings
- Buddy eats something he’s not supposed to
- Buddy breaks something
Before you know it, everyone will be feeling merry and ready to party!
Festive Cocktail Masterclass
If you are planning on hosting a movie night with drinking games, why not go the extra mile and make them yourself! If there are people you work with that are underage or prefer not to drink, they can still have fun and enjoy the experience with mocktails. This BBC Good Food article has over 20 festive cocktail and mocktail recipes you can use, as well as handy video tutorials you can follow step by step to make the ultimate Christmas drinks.
If you are catering for a large number of people, why not get everyone to make some punch which they can help themselves to throughout the evening. Winter Pimm’s punch is a delicious winter treat and super easy to make; all you need is:
- 500ml Pimm’s
- 500ml brandy
- 1½ litres of apple juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Sliced apple
- Sliced orange
Once you have these ingredients, all you need to do is combine the Pimm’s, brandy and apple juice in a punch bowl filled with ice, sliced apples and oranges. You can also add in the cinnamon sticks for a more festive touch.
If you’re looking for a Christmas party with stylish skating, contemporary music, festive shopping and gourmet food, you should take your celebrations to Somerset House. Renowned for being one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, Somerset House is the perfect location to host your work Christmas party as there is something everyone can get involved in and enjoy.
Christmas Pub Quiz
As a nation, we love a good pub quiz, so why not incorporate this into your work Christmas party? A pub quiz is a great way to unwind from a stressful day at work while initiating friendly competition between teams and giving everyone a chance to showcase their Christmas related knowledge.
If you can’t find a local pub which is hosting a Christmas quiz, you could always do it yourself! You can rent out a hall, so there is enough room for everyone, and make the quiz one of the activities for the evening. There are a lot of online general Christmas trivia questions you can use, or you can make up your own.
If you do end up hosting your own Christmas quiz, you should consider using photo booth hire Basingstoke for everyone to use throughout the night. The winning team can even take a celebratory photo inside which they can then keep to remember the fun-filled evening.
A Winter Wonderland Murder Mystery Night
Hosting your own murder mystery evening will take a lot of planning, but the end result will be completely worth it.
If conjuring up a murder mystery scenario seems impossible, you could always use A Very Merry Christmas Murder flexi party game which includes a murder scenario, suspects, question menus, invitations with costume suggestions and everything else you will need to host a memorable Christmas themed murder mystery evening.
As London’s alternative festive experience, Winterville has a plethora of events and attractions that will keep everyone entertained. The attractions include:
- Ice rink
- Street feast
- Backyard cinema
- Roller disco
- 9-hole mini golf
- Chivaree circus
One of the best things about hosting your work Christmas party at Winterville is that, if you have a group of 10 or more, you can reserve a table at their Magic City bar.
The Ivory Vaults
The Ivory Vault’s Christmas Nightfall Banquet will transport you and your colleagues into a medieval wonderland which is set within a land of archaic culture where winter reigns long. The event boasts a stunning 10,000 sq ft historic venue with a 450 seat capacity and individual vaulted private dining areas. There is also live entertainment, bold and skilful fighting knights, glamorous aerial acrobats and contortionists and remarkable jugglers. With so many unique features, this is guaranteed to be the ultimate work Christmas party.
A Christmas party no one will ever forget!
Work parties aren’t always something we look forward to, especially if you are not very familiar with your colleagues. However, with these unusual Christmas party ideas, you’re bound to throw a party everyone will wish never comes to an end.