Once again the year is flying by! It is never too early to start planning Christmas events with the festive season preparations well under way already. With venues in central London already booked up on certain dates in December, it is best to get ahead of the crowd. We hope this is a little push to help you make the correct decisions to achieve a fantastic staff Christmas party. In this Corporate Christmas Party Guide to London we consider the main objectives for before, during and after the special event and hope to help you make that all important decision, what to do for your Christmas celebrations this year. We have several Christmas party ideas to make the whole process run smoothly.
Setting the date for your Christmas event, book early
This is more important than you realise, with certain dates already booked before we even reached the summer season it’s important to choose a date as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You will also want to invite people in advance as we all know Christmas is a busy time for everyone. One thing that would help you guarantee your favourite event or activity would to be slightly flexible with dates when making the enquiry therefore opening the door up to more opportunities. The last three Thursdays before Christmas, this year this falls on the 6th, 13th and 20th are always the busiest days of the year for Corporate Events so if it’s a Thursday you want to book we recommend enquiring sooner rather than later.
Knowing the budget
If you know the budget for your event it will help us understand what sort of event we can plan for you. That doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out if not as we can send a range of ideas over to you ranging from the cheapest to the more expensive full day Christmas party ideas. Things to consider include if the budget you have been given includes VAT and if you need to include all food and drinks within that budget for the activity. Again we have some great deals for Christmas menus that can match a lower budget as well as the more pricey menus in iconic venues.
London Christmas Venues
Choosing the right venue for a Christmas staff party or celebration is a real headache in London for December. With so many venues you may not have tried before and those which might not be versatile enough for your group, we pride ourselves on choosing the correct venues across the capital for your particular brief. We have countless contacts for venues across London enabling us to meet any requirements. Things that we have to consider with regards to the venue depends on the activity whether it requires lots of equipment or an extra space for active events. One advantage for our Yuletide Treasure Hunts is that you do not require the booking of a venue for the duration of your event and is therefore fantastic value.
Transport has to be considered for Christmas events to make them run as smoothly as possible, whether you are travelling from venue to venue to do different activities or just need transport from the offices to the meeting point. As one of the busiest cities in the world it needs to be planned in advance and a decision between private or public transport needs to be made. Perhaps one of the most luxurious ways to travel around the city would be in our very own recently refurbished private party bus. See the sights of London in the luxury of your own party bus with a full bar and karaoke system to create a fantastic party atmosphere.
Sites to see in London during Christmas
There is never a dull moment in London during the festive period so why not make sure you see some of the best bits throughout the city as part of your Christmas party. One of the most iconic additions to the capital in December is the giant 70ft Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square donated by the people of Norway to London for our support during WWII. Another thing to notice is the extravagant festive decorations spotted throughout the Covent Garden area every year. The whole capital is filled with spectacular decorations to make it a magical time of year including many Christmas markets and fairs with the largest taking place in Hyde Park each year.
But MOST importantly make sure you and your team enjoy the day away from the office and have a very happy Christmas! Below are some of our favourite office Christmas event ideas for Christmas 2018.
Our 6 Favourite Christmas Party Ideas
- 1. The Crystmas Maze
The ultimate Christmas team adventure, travel through four central London zones inspired by the hit TV show ‘The Crystal Maze’. Teams must use their iPad complete with an interactive map to navigate themselves around the Futuristic, Medieval, Ocean and Industrial zones completing interactive and hilarious Christmas challenges with the aim of scoring as many points as possible to top the live leader board. This is a festive frenzy an a fun race against time. Combine this with a Christmas dinner for an unforgettable Christmas party.
2. Bake A Wish
This could be your chance to give something back this Christmas. Working in conjunction with fantastic charities, this Christmas we invite you to combine your Christmas party with a charitable element. Join us in our central London kitchens for an exciting festive themed corporate bake off! Challenge your teams to create baking masterpieces with our showstopper and technical challenges. Our professional chef will take you through the ropes of the art of baking throughout this bespoke 2 hour baking experience, before donating the delicious creations to an exceptional charity.
3. Festive Journey Around The World
Find out who are the wise men/women in this festive virtual challenge. The world is under one roof in this unique indoor treasure hunt. Teams must take a trip around the world using their iPad complete with an interactive map. Each country entails fun challenges related to the country along with many exciting physical challenges involving props on your teams table. From tower construction in Italy to visiting the Chinese embassy for a quick game of Chinese whispers, this event gets everyone involved as the laughter fills the room. Teams even have the chance to visit Lapland to add to the festivities.
4. Cook, Eat & Be Merry
Tis the season to cook, eat and be merry in our favourite Christmas cooking event. Christmas just would not be Christmas without the odd party and a glass or two to lighten the soul. If you feel your Christmas dinner usually lacks a bit of magic, then why not bring your team together to cook their own! There is no better way to inspire, reward or just have fun in such a relaxed and informal setting than in our cookery kitchens. Guests are treated to a festive feast with a three course meal complete with prosecco and nibbles on arrival and drinks throughout the evening to complete a mouthwatering Christmas party.
5. Merry Masterpiece
Perhaps our most creative festive activity, Merry Masterpiece is a fun and interactive challenge that focuses on collaboration, perfect for the festive season. Small teams must collectively recreate a festive scene, art work or logo. Teams can only complete the challenge by purchasing various items at our ‘pop up’ art shop. Art shop tokens are awarded throughout a series of mini challenges ranging from physical, mental and creative activities. The event culminates in an exciting unveiling of the ‘Merry Masterpiece’ which can be taken back to the office for a fantastic memento of the day!
6. Great Christmas Gingerbread Challenge
It doesn’t get much more festive than this challenge! The sweet smell of a gingerbread house is enough to make you feel Christmassy at any time of the year. This year your team can have the chance to design and create your very own gingerbread house ready for the judges to critique. But this isn’t just a standard gingerbread house challenge, teams will join us in our sleek kitchens along with our professional chefs for an afternoon like no other! There will be a large array of decorations and tools to enable your team to create a structure that Mary Berry would be proud of.
At Team Tactics we have been delivering award winning team events for over 22 years so we understand how important the special day is for your team. Our corporate Christmas party portfolio is always growing with fresh, new ways to spend your Christmas celebrations with your colleagues. Contact us with your brief and our friendly events team will suggest plenty of staff Christmas party ideas!