If you need inspiration for an engaging event to keep your colleagues in good spirits, here are 11 fun corporate Christmas party entertainment ideas to consider. In movies and TV shows, office Christmas parties are usually the stuff of jokes. But you surely want your corporate Christmas party to be a bit more original, right? If so, we’ll help you get a little more creative with your own office holiday party.
Make the most of these ideas by pairing them with a private, pristine, and inviting Peerspace venue. New to Peerspace? It just happens to be the world’s largest online marketplace for hourly event rentals. Sure, we have thousands of meeting spaces, offices, and corporate retreat venues, but we also have an equal amount of stylish and cozy party spaces near you.
Pair the following corporate Christmas party entertainment ideas with a stylish Peerspace venue, and your party will be a resounding hit!
1. Book a venue on Peerspace
Head out of the office for a change of scenery. With Peerspace, you can find thousands of unique locations — from gorgeous lofts and galleries to glitzy lounges — where you can host a private movie screening, stage a photoshoot, or throw an elaborate dinner party.
Here are a few of our favorite options for your corporate holiday celebration:
And so on! As you can see, Peerspace has countless event spaces that can make amazing corporate Christmas party venues wherever you’re located. Plus, many venues offer catering and equipment rentals to go with your booking. So that takes care of several things off your to-do list, all with one booking!
2. Build gingerbread houses
Gingerbread houses aren’t just for kids. Grab some cookie kits and have a gingerbread house-building competition at the office. Off to the side, have a hot chocolate bar where your attendees can make their own hot cocoa drinks topped off with Baileys, peppermint schnapps, or Kahlúa for an additional twist. We think this idea would be even more festive at a Peerspace cabin!
3. Run an online Secret Santa
Engage your whole team — even remote employees — with an online gift exchange using the Secret Santa app on Slack. Have remote workers open their gifts via webcam during your office party so everyone around the globe can feel involved in your holiday activities. After all, Santa can deliver presents virtually anywhere.
4. Host a boozy arts and crafts session
Studios like Painting With a Twist host painting workshops that allow you to bring your own beer and wine to class. Book one of their locations for a holiday session so you and your colleagues can learn to paint Xmas cards or holiday decorations.
This is a great corporate Christmas party entertainment idea for employees who love arts and crafts. You can also opt to create your own wine and paint party at a Peerspace venue of your choosing!
5. Play Christmas paintball
Get into the holiday spirit with competitive games! Depending on the size of your team, you can join a pre-scheduled event — like Santas vs. Grinches at Velocity Paintball in Ramona, CA — or book an entire paintball venue. Have players come dressed in themed outfits. Perhaps you can even request holiday-colored paint and other accessories.
6. Visit a haunted house
Celebrate the Nightmare Before Christmas with a Halloween-themed winter party. Plenty of locations around the United States offer haunted houses during the holiday season; one such event is Krampus: A Haunted Christmas, which toured eight different cities in 2020. Check out this list of holiday haunted houses to see if any will be open in your area.
You can also book a private Peerspace venue that just happens to look a little spooky to get the same thrills. While this spooky activity isn’t for everyone, it can make a memorable holiday outing, especially if everyone dresses up for it.
7. Hire a live band
Forget the awkward karaoke and hire a live band. They don’t even have to play Christmas classics — consider a jazz band or string quartet. Music can be the corporate Christmas party entertainment idea that sets the vibe for your holiday party. Therefore, having a sleek, professional ensemble can mean the difference between a party that feels classy and one your guests can’t wait to leave.
8. Book a mixologist
Bartenders know how to set the scene for a holiday party, making them an indispensable corporate Christmas party entertainment idea. And many mixologists, such as Mix and Twist in London, provide corporate Christmas services. You can bring these professionals to the office or enjoy your party at one of many spectacular locations on Peerspace. To take things up a notch, book a mixology lesson with N2 Mixology in Los Angeles so that your team can get hands-on experience mixing drinks.
These fun office party ideas are solid suggestions all year long!
9. Have a puppy party
If everyone in the office loves dogs, puppy parties are a fun corporate Christmas party entertainment idea that will keep your guests smiling. Rescue organizations like Secondhand Hounds in Minnesota offer puppy parties to socialize their dogs while also providing the opportunity for prospective dog owners to learn about the adoption process.
While you’ll need to book in advance and host the event in a suitable environment, nothing brings out the holiday spirit like a room full of puppies! Choose to book from a rescue agency rather than a pet store so you can be sure the animals are well-cared for. Plus, maybe you or a coworker will wind up adopting a sweet pup, the perfect present for the holiday season!
10. Rent food trucks
You don’t have to live in LA or Portland to bring food trucks to the office. If you live somewhere with relatively decent weather, you can throw your holiday party in a courtyard or outdoor event space and bring a few local food trucks to cater to your team.
How many food trucks do you need? Check out this handy guide to do the calculations. (They suggest around one truck per 200 people.) You can find food trucks that offer wood-fired pizza, grilled cheeses, paella, tacos, ice cream, and more. Decide on whether you’ll be footing the entire bill or giving your team food and drink vouchers. Remember to specify that in your contract.
11. Play bubble soccer
You won’t be the first team to play bubble soccer for Christmas, but you’ll certainly be in select company. Bubble soccer is popular in Europe (it’s called Loopyball in Germany), and it’s starting to catch on in the United States.
You can play outdoors in warmer regions or on a basketball court if it’s too cold outside. The game entails players encapsulated in giant inflatable orbs, with the upper body and arms enclosed but the legs free. You can run, kick, jump, and knock each other over without getting hurt. It’s the perfect way to have fun while you’re all shaped like giant Christmas ornaments.
The best corporate Christmas party entertainment ideas happen with Peerspace
Whether you want to keep things in the office or rent an exciting venue, you don’t have to settle for a cliche Christmas celebration. Ditch the ugly sweater contest and take a risk with something unconventional with one or more of these 11 fun corporate Christmas party entertainment ideas.
To get the party started right, book a Peerspace venue and try these ideas in a cheery, private setting. It sounds like the start of a cheery holiday season to us!