The Christmas party marks the time of year when you can relax and feel festive together. Much more than just eating, drinking and being merry, it’s also a chance to boost team relationships, increase morale and reward good work done throughout the year. Throwing a great Christmas party can set the tone for the year ahead too and make employees excited about work and friendships after the Christmas break.
Getting the Christmas party venue right is therefore crucial to ensure the event has the feel-good factor you aspire to have.
Here’s what to look out for to ensure you find the perfect Christmas party venue for your group.
Finding a venue that has the right sized space for your group’s numbers is absolutely crucial. A small group that finds itself in a large, soulless function room will struggle to get the party started. A large group in a confined space will feel claustrophobic. Have a look at a venue before you book – with tables and chairs already set out – so you can visualise your group in the space.
Decide whether you want your Christmas party to be a private affair, or if you want to be somewhere where lots of other activity is going on. A private party is a good idea for larger groups of 50 or more, as there will be enough people to get a good atmosphere going. If you’re a small team, consider a table in a thrumming restaurant or find a Christmas party event where you can book a table alongside lots of other small businesses.
Given the team spirit that can come from a Christmas party, consider finding a venue that can offer a little bit extra, so you can turn it into a team-building event followed by a Christmas lunch or dinner. For example, see if there are facilities to do a team-building challenge, game-show style event or adventurous group activity to get the team spirit flying high before the Christmas meal.
A good Christmas party venue will give you options for making your event original and memorable, while taking care of all the practical elements seamlessly. When it comes to practicalities, check there are different menu options and enough alternatives for those with dietary requirements. Find out if there are ample parking facilities for your group and ask what arrangements can be made for those who will need public transport or taxis. And if you want to go all-out, find out what options there are for overnight accommodation.
We have a number of options for Christmas parties at The Runnymede on Thames, from Christmas menus in our restaurants to private or group Christmas parties in our function rooms.