Love it or loathe it, the Christmas season is fast approaching. Yes, it gets earlier every year. Yes, that also means - the work Christmas bash is also almost upon us.
So to avoid the last minute panic, the OzParty Events Team have come up with 20+ of the Best Christmas Party Ideas for you and your A-team.
Whether you’re planning a more intimate gathering for a small team or an extravagant corporate Christmas blow-out, we’ve got a whole bunch of top Christmas party ideas with bells on!
Read on. And if you need a helping hand to bring your Christmas Party Ideas to life, contact our OzParty Event Extraordinaires, we're here for you every step of the way.
1. Rent a Mansion
Celebrate your work Christmas party in super star style with a luxurious executive mansion party. Yes that’s right, imagine rocking up to a ‘sick’ (as the cool cats say) Sydney mansion or Melbourne city penthouse with your A-team to live it up ‘Hollywood Hills’ style for a Christmas Party worthy of a Gatsby film set.
Picture this - floor to ceiling waterfront views, sun soaked entertaining areas, plush velvet couches to sink into, slick pop up bars with bespoke cocktail menu, edgy DJ spinning Café del Mar style beats, super hot wait staff and a succulent seafood feast even Ramsay would be proud of.
Or if you’re keen to crank up the festive vibes – opt for a traditional Christmas retreat at the picturesque Southern Highlands or Yarra Valley, complete with oversized Christmas trees, garland trimmed marble banisters, glistening fairy lights and a turkey feast with trimmings and lashings of gravy!
It’s really your call, choose a Christmas Party Venue to suit your teams’ sense of style ranging from waterfront homes, beach retreats, city penthouses or rural escapes.
This one will have your team beaming like Cheshire cats from sunrise to sunset.
2. Axe Throwing
Test your teams ability to ‘bring it’ under pressure, with this highly unique Christmas Party Idea for work. Channel your inner lumberjacks with a super fun team axe throwing tournament hosted in an edgy converted warehouse in Sydney’s groovy inner Western ‘burbs (soon to arrive in Melbourne – stay tuned!).
After a few rounds of expert tuition and practice, unleash your axe throwing warriors in a cut throat team tournament designed to test your focus, discipline, strength and mite! Suitable for the ladies too – and yes boys beware they often take home the winners trophy.
3. Reindeer Race (ATV, Go Karting, Jetski)
Picture this…your boss…wearing a santa suit and a Grinch mask….on a Jet Ski….with flags pinned to the rear….and your team challenged with chasing him down to capture the flags to save Christmas!
A seriously awesome way to blow out the cobwebs and get your teams adrenaline pumping as they rally together to take down the boss!
Or if you’d prefer to stick to on-land activities this concept can be easily adapted for ATV quad biking or Go Karting in Sydney or Melbourne. You can even flex your creative muscles and dress up your quad bikes with baubles, reindeer noses and tinsel.
We love this high energy, action adventure quirky Christmas party hustle. It’ll sure become a legendary event on the Office Annual Calendar that your team will rave about for years to come!
4. Christmas Casino Royale Themed Party
One of OzParty’s most popular Corporate Christmas Party Ideas…Transport your team to the bright lights of Las Vegas for a Viva Las Vegas themed Party Extravaganza this Christmas!
Immerse your guests in a spellbinding night of razzle dazzle with interactive gaming tables, professional croupiers, deluxe dining, entertaining showgirls and so much more!
And don’t worry - in case you’re concerned “all-on-black” Dave might blow his kids Christmas present kitty on Russian roulette – it’s play money. Dave’s kids present fund is safe this Christmas.
5. Amazing Race
An Amazing Race or Scavenger Hunt topped off by a slap up team meal remains hot on trend for fun staff Christmas party ideas this festive season. Why? Quite simply it ticks all the boxes for a massively fun team social bash. It gets everyone out of the office, exploring the city, working in teams to solve clues, riddles and challenges, smashing through candycane check points and racing to the grand finish, all whilst enjoying a few festive bevvies along the way.
Fancy dress is not essential but the OzParty crew will definitely back you here – in fact the more outrageous the better!
With endless opportunities to tailor the race design to your company and team vibe, this is a super popular work Christmas party idea for the coming year.
6. Cooking Classes
Cook up a festive feast with your team with an interactive cooking masterclass led by a professional executive chef. Choose from a variety of cuisines including Italian Pizza and Pasta, Japanese Sushi, Mexican and Margaritas, Spanish Paella and Tapas, Desserts, Pastry, Baking and more.
Learn how to slice, dice, bake, shimmy and shake, develop a bunch of new skills and be sure to indulge in the fruits of your labour.
Host your team ‘Masterchef’ style in one of Sydney or Melbourne’s best cooking schools, or if you have kitchen facilities onsite we can conveniently bring the cooking class to your Office. Get in touch with our OzParty Event Guru’s and we’ll work through the best Cooking Classes to suit for your company.
7. Christmas Gala Ball
Get your glad rags on and glam it up this year with a dazzling Christmas gala ball. Start out by choosing an elegant, sophisticated venue space that oozes style and glamour. Make it a night to remember for your special guests with a champagne reception, exquisite food, spectacular roving singers and endless dancing.
With an abundance of premier 5* Christmas party venues in Sydney and Melbourne to choose from, be sure to get in touch if you need expert guidance on suitable venues and creating the perfect Gala Ball Package within budget for your A-team this Christmas.
8. Harbour Cruise
Bulk buy the Santa hats, over order on the guacamole, fill up the eskies, and enjoy sailing past the city’s most iconic landmarks from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House! Nothing says ‘Sydney’ like a Christmas Harbour cruise. That’s right…dust off the selfie stick and cue the endless stream of shameless team Christmas harbour backdrop selfies.
There’s a huge range of Christmas harbour cruises in Sydney to choose from, ranging from an exclusive charter of a James Bond Style Sports Cruiser with all-inclusive drinks and on board executive chef, to a BYO budget friendly catamaran.
Researching boats, and organising catering plus entertainment can be tricky to navigate – if you need help to select the best cruise package for you and your team, the OzParty Event Extraordinaires are here for you every step of the way.
9. Christmas Family Fun Day
Extend the festive spirit to your employees’ family members and create a fun, friendly and inclusive corporate community event in celebration of the successes of the year.
Channel the family friendly festival vibe with party games for kids and adults alike, Christmas themed inflatables, interactive activities, face painting, live music, food trucks, chill out zones, cupcake decorating and more.
Open parklands are a great venue option for hosting a Corporate family day. Aquariums, museums, theme parks, wildlife centres and general entertainment venues can also work a treat.
10. Lawn Bowls with a Twist
Aussie summer vibes at their best! Lawn bowls is a relaxed, highly enjoyable and sociable sport that appeals to mixed teams of all ages and skill.
Add a touch of novelty to the days activities with left handed bowling or blindfolded bowling, and be sure to adopt a fun dress up theme to get your team laughing and bonding together on the green!
Many lawn bowls clubs also have onsite catering facilities, but if you’re looking for something more substantial, we recommend booking a fun PartyBus transfer to a local gastro pub for a belly filling Christmas feast! And yes – you can book this entire package, hassle free with our OzParty Team.
11. Ugly Christmas Sweater Bash
The Ugly Christmas jumper party craze is back, and it’s showing no signs of abating. It’s time to unearth that monstrosity of a wooly jumper Auntie Jean bought you back in the 80’s and don it with pride as you strut your stuff at the this years on-trend Ugly Christmas sweater work bash.
Of course if your jumper didn’t survive the raves of the 90’s there are more award winningly tacky sweaters available for online order than ever before. Check out our top picks here, or for the more fashion conscious amongst you ASOS has you sorted.
For theming? Think ‘Christmas on Steroids’ all things red, gold and green, giant inflatables, tinsel from morning til night, plus anything that flashes. If you’re celebrating 'downunder' be sure to choose a venue that has air conditioning! And throw in a couple of tongue-in-cheek awards for the best/worst jumper.
12. Festive Winter Wonderland
Who says it can’t snow down-under at Christmas?!
Embrace a white winter wonderland Christmas party theme this year with a festive Christmas bash on ice, complete with snow machines, Christmas trees, fairylight reindeers, inflatable santas and so much more! Sip on mulled wine, and gorge on fresh-off-the-spit meat rolls dripping with gravy and a side of roasted chestnuts!
Watch in awe as I.T tech Keith showcases his hidden figure skating prowess in front of an awestruck audience. And standby with baited breath as Sheryl steps onto the ice for the first time after 3 rounds of G&T style dutch courage…!
Consider incorporating a silent disco for added entertainment. But if you need to keep your feet firmly planted on solid ground, the Winter Wonderland Theme can easily be adapted to more traditional style function venues (with solid anti-slip flooring!).
13. Interactive Murder Mystery Party
Rumour has it events at the North Pole have taken a cryptic turn this year...Rudolph has been discovered in the elves library with a blood soaked candy cane, and Ms Clause hasn’t been seen since the strike of midnight on the last full moon…! Have your team work together to solve the mystery of the Ho Ho Homicide, catch the Christmas killer and save Christmas for us all!
Murder Mystery Parties remain a hugely popular choice for Corporate Events year-on-year as they’re fun, interactive and socially engaging. You can of course self host your own Murder Mystery Party, but we find they tend to work best with a professional Murder Mystery Host leading the team with guile and cunning through the many cryptic plot twists and turns.
14. Christmas Paint and Wine Evening
Draw out your teams’ creative and artistic skills with a tasteful, sophisticated Christmas Paint and Wine Evening.
Guided by a professional tutor with all paint, materials and equipment provided, a painting class is an enjoyable and relaxed group activity that can be adapted to suit any skill level, and often accompanied by a healthy dose of fun and banter.
Painting classes are available for both studio hosted or office based events. Paint and wine packages can be tailored to suit your teams dynamic and company budget, choose from BYO wine and nibbles right through to a sommelier led gourmet wine and food tasting experience.
15. Hawaiian Luau Party
Get your Tiki on this Christmas with a vibrant Hawaiian Themed Christmas Luau Party. Arrive at a sun soaked outdoor terrace furnished with tiki torches, totum poles, floral leis and colourful parasols. Indulge your team with Hawaiian themed culinary delights such as poi, salmon, rice, and kalua pork paired wonderfully with zesty summer cocktails.
Turn up the entertainment with fun hula competitions, limbo games and hip-shaking performances from vibrant Hawaiian fire dancers. A Hawaiian Themed Party is a great way to ditch the stresses of the year in favour of soaking up those feel-good island vibes with your A-team this Christmas.
16. Learn a New Skill
What better time to bolster your employees New Year’s Resolutions than hosting a fun afternoon learning a new skill or craft. Open your thinking to all sorts of creative and artistic ideas here.
If you’re looking to playing it safe with more conventional style team activities consider group yoga classes, pilates, zumba, pottery, wood carving and life drawing to name but a few.
For the more colourful and daring, challenge your team with aerobatics, stunt training, battle of the bands, survivor… the possibilities are truly endless.
17. 'Bring a Plate' Family Style Christmas
A great budget friendly Christmas Party Idea that actively involves the entire team. A BYO Christmas gathering allows team members to contribute collaboratively to the event, each bringing a dish from home to share.
Be sure to have individuals sign up ahead of time to bring their choice of entrees, mains, dessert and side dishes. For great Christmas recipe ideas check out Curtis Stone.
Top tip - encourage your team to relax and let their hair down by engaging staffing from a professional events company to serve dishes and drinks, clear plates and glassware. Perhaps even layer the event with a drop of entertainment by engaging a professional MC to lead an interactive company themed quiz or TV game show.
18. Christmas Around The World Party
Celebrate the rich and diverse Christmas cultures and traditions from around the world and synthesise into a ‘Christmas Around the World’ themed party bonanza! Assign each of your office teams or banquet tables a unique country or region from the global stage. Showcase styles and traditions associated with each region through themed food, dance and décor.
For a more budget friendly office-based Christmas party idea, have your teams choose a different country or region as their theme, and each team member BYO a dish for everyone to enjoy and share. Check out Buzzfeed for heavenly Christmas dish inspo.
19. Corporate Volunteering/Charity Day
This Christmas, why not top up your good karma and use your Office Christmas social as an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate through a well-organised corporate volunteering day.
Inspire your team to make a difference to those in need, and in doing so boost team morale, develop new skills and spread a little Christmas cheer to those who really need it. If your searching out Corporate Volunteering Opportunities, we’re big fans of cooking for a cause at OzHarvest, and Streetlevel life working alongside The Salvos. The benefits to the business are demonstrably far reaching; enhanced social connection, loyalty and personal fulfillment to name but a few.
20. A Wine Country Christmas
And last but not least for the avid foodies amongst us…why not indulge your team in a gourmet Christmas food and wine trail through one of Australia’s premier wine regions.
Enjoy a relaxed, indulgent day sampling delicious organic produce and artisan treats paired with premier local wine tastings. Expand your knowledge of wines, soak up the idyllic scenery and take a moment to raise a toast to your team and a successful year gone by. There are various air-conditioned transport options available complete with fun, informative guides, but for a real team treat upgrade to a Limobus for complete door-to-door luxury.
Or for a similar concept food and wine experience closer to home, enjoy a gastronomic degustation with sommelier led wine pairings at a choice of premier Sydney hotels. Be sure to contact the OzParty Event Extraordinaires and we’ll let you in our insider list of our top 3 favourites local to your business.
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Main Image Photo ref: The Artillery Garden Christmas Party