How many days until Christmas? 🎅🏽
Even if you are not a huge fan of the festive season (Bah! Humbug!), you still probably have Christmas related stuff popping to your mind right now.
Food, gifts, music, parties, family members you see once a year; you know how it works!
The office Christmas party is something we look forward to – for better or for worse! They can be cheesy but often they’re also quite novel. If you organise it properly, it can even be a lot of fun for the right reasons and not in the “someone made a fool of themselves and now we can laugh at them until next year’s party” way. One of the ways to make it fun is by sorting out the entertainment. But how do you find entertainment for your office Christmas party? If you always leave it to the last minute or your boss bans even thinking about it until the end of October, this is the guide for you!
Assemble a team to come up with ideas
You definitely don’t want to end up just walking to the nearby pub and have everyone drink until last orders. Something middle of the road dressed up as fun is often what many of us end up with, but it doesn’t have to be this way!
Think beyond just having food, drink and a venue for Christmas entertainment – you need action and things to do. That doesn’t just mean going to a different pub this year because they have a pool table and a dartboard.
It’s a good idea to assemble a small team to come up with things to do. Use a lunch hour to brainstorm ideas and another for someone to check up on those options. Searching for last minute entertainment isn’t going to take forever if you have a team working on it.
You can even just have a final minute get-together for ideas that you can then pick and choose from. Just ask everyone in the office to suggest an activity they’d like to do and use them as your guide.
Consider your venue options
Start your entertainment hunt by thinking about the venue. Now, you probably shouldn’t hold your party at the office. After all, you can’t really relax when you are surrounded by accounts summaries, client papers and to do-lists.
Many offices tend to take the folks to a local pub or a nearby restaurant for a meal. This is fun but also rather challenging in terms of entertainment. You need to sort out with the venue whether they provide any kind of entertainment, such as music, and if they allow you to book a performer for your Christmas party.
Sometimes the venue itself might be the entertainment. You could organise the Christmas office party at an experience venue where people would first participate in an obstacle course or paintball war and then have drinks and food.
Should you go for something different?
When you are dealing with office party entertainment, you want something unique yet at the same time you don’t want something that is too “out there”. The office is probably a mixture of people with different tastes. You don’t want only half your team coming out because the other half are put off by what you have planned. Traditional entertainment options like magicians, bands and circus artists can be the safest choice to guarantee everyone has a good time.
It’s common today given the diversity of many workplaces to break the evening up into two parts. Take care of everyone by doing the meal and collective entertainment relatively early, leaving enough time for those who want to go onto a club. or finishing at an acceptable time for those who want to go home to bed. This is likely to ensure you get the best possible turnout from your office.
At Freak Music we have a variety of acts available for Christmas party entertainment with plenty of them still not fully booked for the remainder of 2017.
Christmas office parties are supposed to be fun and relaxing. You shouldn’t put too much pressure on thinking about entertainment, but you also don’t want to forget about it. You should offer your office more than just a few drinks and karaoke – unless that’s the most popular idea!