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Date:  22/10/2021

Top Tips: Corporate Christmas Parties 2021

A festive celebration is a great way to reward your clients and employees for their continued support and hard work. Luckily, it seems that this year we may be able to, once again, celebrate the holiday season together in person. To help you start planning your 2021 Christmas party, we have gathered the ultimate list of venues, themes and entertainment options that are guaranteed to make your first post-pandemic Christmas stand out.

But first, it is very important to be mindful that, for many people, 2021 Christmas events will be amongst the first larger face-to-face gatherings they will be attending post lockdown. Hence, it is crucial to take into account the anxieties this can bring and learn how to assist your attendees in coping with them. To find out more about what you can do to help your guests feel safer and more relaxed, then read our blog on how to manage attendees anxieties about face-to-face events.

If you are still not able to gather in person this Christmas but want to treat your clients or employees to some seasonal cheer, you should definitely also check out our blog on how to throw the best virtual Christmas party!

Corporate Christmas Party Venues

The Ivy Asia

Luxurious Christmas Dinner table set at the Ivy Asia
Image via The Ivy Asia

Teleport to the Far East this Christmas at The Ivy Asia St. Paul’s. This exotic-looking venue, complete with a 12-ft samurai statue, offers an unconventional yet glamorous setting for corporate festivities and is sure to make a lasting impression on your attendees. The Edo private dining room, which can fit up to 35 guests, is perfect for smaller groups seeking a luxurious and intimate atmosphere, whether the occasion is a sit-down dinner or a drinks reception with canapés. The menus offered by the venue provide a wide selection of authentic Asian fusion, that is a delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas classics.

Bokan

Laid back, rustic bar with views of London
Image via Bokan

Celebrate the upcoming Christmas season with a gorgeous sunset view of London. Located right on Marsh Wall, the Bokan Bar and Restaurant is the optimal corporate Christmas party venue for anyone based in Canary Wharf, looking for a laid back atmosphere and fine European dining. Whilst taking in the breathtaking views from the 39th-floor open terrace, your attendees will also be able to enjoy locally distilled spirits and expertly made cocktails, crafted by the bar’s in-house mixologists. What’s not to love?

The Decimo

Cozy Christmas terrace with Christmas lights and sheepskins
Image via The Standard

Invite your guests for a Michelin experience at The Decimo. This venue, located on the 10th floor of The Standard Hotel, right across from St. Pancras Station, offers a unique blend of Spanish and Mexican cuisines curated by Michelin-starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. The Decimo is famous for its festive three-course Christmas feast which can be enjoyed in its semi-private dining room, which offers stunning panoramic views of the city.

Daphne’s Conservatory

Luxurious Mediterranean inspired dining table set
Image via Daphne’s Conservatory

This gorgeous private dining room, located in the heart of Chelsea, can accommodate 32 guests for a seated dinner and up to 50 for a standing reception. Offering a luxurious, airy atmosphere and Italian country cooking, dining at Daphne’s will make your guests feel, as though they are spending Christmas in the Mediterranean. This venue prides itself on its authentic seasonal cuisine which includes a wide selection of antipasti, as well as truffle specialities and seafood. Daphne’s is also a great option if you are looking for a bespoke Christmas menu created specifically for your party.

Corporate CHRISTMAS PARTY Themes

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Christmas tree decoration

Why not remind your guests of their childhood Christmas memories by throwing a Nutcracker-themed celebration? A beloved holiday staple with an over 200-year tradition, the Nutcracker embodies the marvellous spirit of Christmas. This timeless theme calls for toy-inspired decor and all things glamorous, to create the ultimate night-before Christmas feel. From nutcracker Christmas crackers through gingerbread castles to short ballet performances, the imagination knows no limits in the world of the Nutcracker.

Alice in Winterland

Alice in Wonderland lanterns
Image via Alice in Winterland

Down through the rabbit hole and into Winterland! Have your guests join the Mad Hatter at his Christmas tea party by turning your corporate holiday celebration into a winter-y Alice in Wonderland experience. For this theme, your essentials will be white rabbits, Drink Me and Eat Me plenty of antique-looking mirrors and clocks set to Christmas time. You can also take this a step further and set your party in the Red Queen’s castle with playing card decor all around.

The Polar Express

Scene from The Polar Express with conductor
Image via Into Film

All aboard! Take your guests on a magical ride to the North Pole at your Polar Express-themed Christmas party this year! A celebration inspired by this Christmas classic is sure to bring out the dreamer in every attendee. Why not send your passengers their golden tickets ahead of time and have a conductor punch them out for them at the door? For decor, think trains, a starry sky and heaps of snow. You could also set up a festive North Pole photo booth for your guests to snap some memories in. Finally, you definitely want to make sure that your Polar Express has a proper hot chocolate station. Don’t forget the rule: ‘Never ever let it cool!’

Christmas Masquerade

Venetian masquerade masks

Introduce a little mystery into your corporate Christmas party this year by holding a masquerade holiday ball. Although carnival season isn’t until February, you can encourage your attendees to dress up their black-tie attire with glamorous Venetian-style masks. Feathers, foldable fans and bright colours are encouraged for the ultimate luxurious feel!

Corporate christmas party entertainment

Acrobats

Three aerial acrobats on aerial hoop
Via Cirque du Soleil

Air-borne acrobats are always an instant show-stopper. Perfect for grand gatherings in larger venues, an aerial performance, whether it be with aerial silks or a hoop, is sure to make your corporate Christmas event the buzz of the town. Classical acrobats can also be a great entertainment option for a Holiday Circus themed event. Who knows, maybe your holiday party will inspire some of your attendees to pick up a new hobby for the new year!

Saxophonist

Saxophone in colourful lighting

Jazz up your corporate Christmas soirée by hiring a professional saxophone player. Sax players are a great entertainment option for office parties because they often create a relaxed musical ambience that allows for clients and employees to socialise but still enjoy a musical performance. For an immersive performance experience, have your sax player mingle amongst the guests whilst playing.

Carol Choir

Large singing choir
Image via Pirate FM

Get the crowd jamming out to their favourite holiday hits with a carol choir. A choir is a great option for a main stage performance of the evening or a welcoming mood-setter at the entrance. Whether it be Silent Night or Jingle Bells, a good carolling session is a sure way to get your attendees in a festive Christmas spirit and humming out tunes all season long.

Christmas Light Show

Blue and green Christmas lights and trees

Give your Christmas party an extra spark with a bespoke Christmas light show! Brightening up your venue with loads of luminous decorations is sure to set the mood right for the night. However, curating a synchronised light show with special effects and music is sure to give you that wow factor that will leave your attendees talking about your event well into the New Year! For a more laid back alternative, you can also consider using a projection system that will immerse your guests in a special holiday animation.

For support with organising your 2021 corporate Christmas party, get in touch! We would love to help.