Christmas party season is fast approaching – and previous years are anything to go by, you may bracing yourself for an onslaught of lame cracker jokes and translucent Brussel sprouts.
But it doesn’t have to be that way: from pasta-making masterclasses to dining in an igloo, there are plenty of alternative Christmas party ideas across the country to shake up your office do, and there’s still time to make a booking…
Foodie Christmas party ideas
Burro e Salvia – East London
Shoreditch based eatery Burro e Salvia offer an array of bespoke fresh pasta events in which the team can prepare a dish from scratch, cook and eat it. Bellisimo!
La Fromagerie – London – Highbury, Marylebone & Bloomsbury
For all cheese lovers, swot up for the Christmas day cheeseboard with La Fromagerie’s variety of event options. They offer both seated and standing cheese and wine events, both relaxed and intimate affairs that promise to take you on a seasonal tasting journey.
Brighton Cookery School – Brighton
We all know there is nothing better than a bit of healthy competition. Get your hands dirty and compete against your colleagues in the Brighton Cookery School’s Bake Off. You’ll be spilt into teams, shown a recipe by the chefs and left to master your bakes all in the name of fun.
The Botanist – Leeds
Become a true botanist by choosing from a selection of boozy masterclasses and tasting sessions. Explore mixology, test your ale knowledge or even take a journey through the extensive world of gin.
Crafty Christmas party ideas
Drink Shop Do – Central London
Drink Shop Do have an array of Christmassy craft activities for your team to get stuck into. Get the fuzzy felt and pom-poms at the ready for piñata making, or try your hand at Christmas jumper or hat decorating. DSD also offers a range of food and drink packages including festive Christmas themed cocktails to get your team in the spirit, literally.
Crafty Hen – Nationwide
Not just for hen parties, Crafty Hen also do a range of seasonal workshops, including cracker making, winter crown making, ceramic painting and even customised Christmas knickers. The mobile service can be booked to come to you – be that in the workplace, at an events space or even in a local bar to enjoy some cocktails alongside your crafting.
The Art House – Sheffield
Paint, sculpt and even learn to throw on a pottery wheel (Unchained Melody soundtracked moments optional). The Art House can also provide glasses if you bring your own booze.
Petersham Nurseries – Central and South London
Check out Petersham Nurseries’ selection of festive workshops throughout the winter season. If you have a small team, book onto one of their group workshops where you can make a Christmas wreath or take a floristry course in crafting festive hand-tied bouquets – that’s your mother in-law’s gift sorted.
Maketown – London
Here’s one to do without the senior leadership team. At newly-opened Make-Town they will print your manager’s face onto fabric and you can stab stitch and decorate them with glitter bells and whistles galore.
Fun Christmas party ideas
Ballie-Ballerson – London
Ballie-Ballerson, the one and only ball pit bar chain in London, has upped its game for Christmas. The Shoreditch branch have gone full Mariah with a pink themed-pit and a life-size cut-out of the queen of Christmas. Whether you want to book the entire venue or a reserved seating area, Ballie-Ballerson will make a bespoke package tailored to your needs.
Lucky Voice – London, Brighton & Cardiff
The ultimate place to belt ‘Heath-cliffe’ into the wee hours, Lucky Voice offer private karaoke booths, each equipped with access to over 9,000 songs, a prop box (feather boas are a must) and their iconic ‘Thirsty’ button for speedy food and drink service.
Junkyard Golf Club – Manchester, London, Oxford, Leeds and Liverpool
Step into a UV-adorned, junk-filled dreamland for a crazy golf experience like no other. The Manchester venue has three 9-hole courses for groups to putt their way through. Fuelled by cocktails and junk food, things may get intense.
The Grid Escape Room – London
You and your team can join a secret undercover operation to learn and operate Artificial Intelligence tools, drink futuristic sci-fi potions (ahem, cocktails) and eventually defeat the system for the betterment of humanity’s future.
Luxury Christmas party ideas
SKATE Lates at Somerset House – London
Ice skating. Rink-side decks. A Baileys Treat Bar. We say no more. Skate Lates returns to Somerset House this winter with an exciting series of late-night music takeovers. Across 17 nights, a curated line-up of acts will provide the ultimate open-air party experience for your team.
Rosewood London – London
For a few festive drinks with the team, cosy up at Rosewood London. Collaborating with Absolut Elyx, they have transformed The Terrace into a Swedish-inspired winter hideaway. Walk-ins are allowed but reservations can be made for tables of 8, the space is also available for private hire.
Aerospace – Bristol
For a truly ‘first class’ Christmas party, what could be better than a festive celebration alongside the last Concorde ever to fly? Aerospace Bristol offers private parties and Christmas sharer parties, giving guests the chance to enjoy fine dining and a Christmas cocktail under the wings of an iconic supersonic jet.
Coppa Club Igloos – Brighton
It can’t have escaped your notice that winter igloos have taken London by storm in recent years – and with the arrival of Coppa Club in Brighton, they are now bringing some winter magic to Brighton Square in The Lanes with four new igloos available for private parties. Seating up to 8 people per igloo, be sure to make a reservation – there’s one igloo available for walk-ins daily.
The Garden Room, Bourne & Hollingsworth – London
Take in panoramic views of London whilst sat in plush leather banquettes framed by orange and grapefruit trees. It’ll be impossible not to Instagram Bourne & Hollingsworth’s new autumnal installation. The atmospheric room provides a stunning setting for larger private dining parties, catering for up to 24 seated guests.
Feature by Chloe Sharp