Christmas is a great excuse to celebrate the year with your team and thank them for their hard work. If you haven’t organised your work Christmas party yet, or fancy a change from the usual meal out, you’ve come to the right place.
In the following blog post, we’ll go through the top 5 small business Christmas party ideas that are not only fun but could also make your team feel appreciated and valued.
This activity involves a team getting locked in a room and working together to solve a series of clues and puzzles to try and escape the room within a time limit. Escape rooms are usually themed, from the Wild West to murder mystery style.
Escape rooms are often reasonably priced and are popular in many city centres so you should be able to find one near you. After you’ve successfully escaped, why not take your team out for a meal and a few drinks to make a night or day out of it.
Price range per person: £13 - £25
There’s no denying that the UK are huge gin and beer lovers. In most cities, there are plenty of gin tasting experiences and independent brewery tours available that can be a great day out for you and your team. If you can’t decide between both of them, open the question up to your team to see which one they would prefer. Don’t forget to combine it with a bite to eat, just to be on the safe side!
Price range per person: £8.50 - £70
Everyone loves pizza? Right? A pizza making class is a great activity that can encourage everyone to try something different and get their chef hat on. This activity is especially good if you are a relatively small team so you can each make your own pizza, rather than taking turns.
Price range per person: £21 - £35
Similarly to a pizza-making class, a cocktail class is a great way for your team to try something new and create their very own cocktail. If your team enjoy a drink, then this Christmas party idea could be a real winner. Most companies will also offer the opportunity for non-alcohol drinkers to make a mocktail rather than a cocktail. A cocktail making class could offer a relaxed and fun environment for your team to really let their hair down.
Price range per person: £25 - £40
If you’ve got a small Christmas party budget, why not look at having it in the office. You can surprise your team with plenty of fun games, a lunch buffet, mulled wine and even an early finish at the end of the day. Festive Christmas party games can include, gingerbread house making, a quiz, pin the hat on Santa and bauble decorating.
You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money on an office Christmas party for your team to notice how much you appreciate them. Sometimes all your team are looking for is something a little different from the usual routine.
Price range per person: £5 - £15
Local comedy nights can be a fun and cost-effective activity for a work Christmas party. Local comedy nights give you the opportunity to see a range of comedians in a relaxed and upbeat environment. A team that laughs together, stays together!
Price range per person: £15 - £25
If you really want to splash out and treat your team, why not consider taking them somewhere new? Local airlines can offer great pre-Christmas deals if you’re thinking of going abroad, or alternatively, you can look at taking your team to a UK city.
Taking your team away is a great opportunity for them to discover a new place and spend time together outside of work. You can also combine the trip with plenty of local activities and cuisine.
Price range per person: £100+
Tell your team to grab their coat and bear the cold; a scavenger hunt is a fun activity that allows your team to work together and get their competitive hats on. There are plenty of scavenger hunt apps available that involve finding monuments, answering questions and taking funny pictures together. Combine it with a delicious meal out or a trip to the Christmas markets for a full festive day of fun.
Price range per person: £15 - £40 (mainly for food)
Changing your Christmas party each year is a great way to keep the office spirit at a high and give your team something to look forward to at the end of a busy year.