A Christmas party doesn’t have to be all about stuffy office small-talk and awkward Secret Santa gifts – there are plenty of ways to make your event more fun, festive and memorable for all the right reasons!

Here are 10 quick Christmas party ideas to inspire event organisers looking to add a little something extra to their festivities this year.

Interactivity is key

An interactive Christmas party is a great way to get everyone involved and having fun – think games, quizzes and activities with a festive twist. You could even have a prize for the best (or worst!) dressed!

Consider a theme to focus your event around

Whether it’s ’70s disco or a winter wonderland, getting everyone into the festive spirit with a themed party is always a hit. You could keep it classy with a Red & Gold party or go the complete opposite with a Christmas Jumper/Pyjama party. Make sure you provide plenty of props and decorations to really get everyone into character!

Foster a relaxed atmosphere

If you’re looking to avoid the usual office small-talk, then why not create a more relaxed atmosphere at your Christmas party? This can be anything from having an open bar or serving canapés instead of sit-down meal, to hiring live musicians or providing entertainment that encourages guests to mingle and mix.

Host an ugly jumper contest

This is a fun and easy party to throw, and it’s guaranteed to get your guests into the festive spirit! All you need to do is ask your guests to wear the ugliest jumpers they can find, and you can give out prizes to the ugliest or funniest sweater to add an extra element of fun.

Mix up Secret Santa by making it a White Elephant exchange

A white elephant gift exchange is a great way to liven up any Christmas party. Guests bring wrapped gifts that they’ve either received but don’t want, or that they’ve bought specifically for the exchange. Then, everyone takes turns picking a gift, with the goal being to end up with something funny or absurd. This is sure to be a hit with any group of friends or family members!

Set up a Hot Chocolate bar

Get your guests into the holiday spirit with a hot chocolate bar. It’s also important to cater for those who don’t drink alcohol. Set up a bar with different flavours of hot chocolate and toppings, and let your guests customise their own cups of hot cocoa.

Make it a potluck

A potluck party is a great option if you’re looking to save on costs or if you have guests with different dietary restrictions. Simply ask each guest to bring their favourite dish, and you’ll end up with a spread of food that everyone will love. Don’t forget to provide some festive drinks and decorations to really get everyone into the holiday spirit!

Add a DIY activity like decoration-making

This is a great option for kids’ parties or for anyone who loves being creative! Simply provide some plain glass balls ornaments, paint, glitter, ribbon, and other decorations for your guests to use. They can then take their finished products home with them as souvenirs!

Christmas decorations.
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Take it outside

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with snow on the ground during Christmastime, why not take advantage of it? This is a great option for kids’ parties where you can simply build snowmen, have snowball fights, go sledding, or just enjoy the beauty of nature! But it also could work for an office party, if you are lucky enough to have a nice garden or outdoor space. Consider getting a bonfire or blankets for people to warm themselves by, and don’t forget to wrap up well!

How about a movie marathon?

If you’re looking for a low-key Christmas party option, why not host a movie marathon? Simply choose your favorite Christmas movies, make some popcorn, and settle in for a cozy night in front of the TV. This is sure to be a hit with any group of friends or family members!

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