Now we’re into Q4, you might be starting to focus on Christmas events… I know I’m getting increasing amounts of email about them. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread for sharing different packages and themes etc. to get the festive juices flowing. Do tell us what you’re organising this Christmas and if you need any help.
Hilton London Metropole will be hosting two Join A Party events (Dec 7 & 14) where smaller companies (groups of 10 to 50 people) can share the celebrations with others. All-inclusive packages start from just £54 per person (inclusive of VAT) and the venue will be decked out in white, silver and gold. The price includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, three-course buffet with half a bottle of wine per person and dancing to a Christmas DJ set. Private parties start from £76 pp.
Book a party at Somerset House and your guests can take a turn on the 900 m² Fortnum & Mason ice rink with its Christmas trees festooned with decorations and twinkling fairy lights . Option 1 offers large group slots for up to 80 guests skating at the same time during public sessions; option 2 provides an hour of exclusive hire for up to 200 guests skating at the same time; while option 3 is the ultimate pre-opening exclusive use of the rink for 1,000+ guests throughout the day alongside hire of the Portico and Navy Board Rooms.
For the first time the East Wing Galleries is now available for Christmas party packages for up to 300 for a standing reception. A seated three-course lunch for up to 40 people is also available in the East Wing.
Butlin’s Conference & Events is offering a Christmas residential package from just £185 per person (excl. VAT). The dinner, bed and breakfast package includes the exclusive hire of Hotshots (an American Pool and Ten Pin Bowling venue), as well as a free drink and a Christmas present for each guest, which they say equates to a saving of over £2,500 on a booking of 100 guests.
The package includes a two-course buffet lunch, three-course dinner, three servings of refreshments, overnight accommodation, full English or continental breakfast, WiFi, room hire and car parking.
These venues are so good. I have performed in all of them actually with my band. Somerset House is my fav though! Love that place!
Are you performing anywhere exciting this Christmas? Does it look like it will be a busy festive season?
30 Euston Square in London has announced a new Christmas street food package. Starting from £95 + VAT per person, it features mix and match food stations with festive dishes including the Fishdog, a Yorkshire pudding burrito and the Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings. The package also includes three hours of bottomless drinks, a DJ, dance floor and festive theming. Extras offered are a photo booth and midnight munchies.
Parties can be held in the State Rooms (216 pax) and adjoining Rooftop Terrace or the recently refurbished Heritage Rooms (24 pax). There are also 41 bedrooms on-site.
the studio is offering Christmas party venue hire for £1,000 at its city centre venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
The price also includes:
- Arrival drink for each person
- Table decorations
- Crackers, hats and table goodies
- Event manager on site to ensure a smooth running of the event
- Security on site
Food options range from fun party food or a festive carvery, to a traditional 3-course meal, all priced between £20-£35 per person. Drinks packages featuring buckets of beer and bottles of wine are priced under £100 per table. Meanwhile, extras that can be added include a DJ, selfie mirror, slushie machine, and a donut wall.
The Mermaid London is offering star-themed parties this festive season (26th November to 31st December). The venue has both big and small space that will be transformed into beautiful starlit scenes, including the River Rooms with their stunning views of London’s skyline, and the Auditorium where guests can dine on the stage.
- Max reception: 700
- Max stand up buffet: 500
- Max dinner and dance: 300
- Exclusive venue use: 1,992
Packages start from £69 pp excl. VAT for a two-course seated lunch. A full party package with drinks, DJ and disco ranges from £90 to £105 pp depending on whether you have bowl food, a standing buffet or sit down meal.
Whittlebury Hall near Towcester is promoting ‘Alpine Ball’ party packages this Christmas.
Awarded bronze for Best Christmas Corporate Party Venue at the National Venue Awards 2018, Whittlebury Hall will be offering both private parties and shared party nights.
Party nights include full event theming, après-inspired appetizers and aperitifs, three-course dinner of seasonal themed dishes, magician, interactive entertainment, DJ set, themed ice bar and midnight snacks.
Shared Christmas party nights will be taking place on:
- Thursday 6, 13 and 20 December
- Friday 30 November, 7, 14 and 21 December
- Saturday 1, 8, 15 and 22 December
Christmas party night packages are available from £64 per person. Overnight Alpine Ball and Spa packages are also available from £189 per person, including bed and breakfast and a choice of 25-minute spa treatment on the day of arrival.
Warwick Castle is offering two Medieval-themed Christmas party packages and a NYE party:
Christmas Medieval Banquets – 13 dates between 23 November and 20 December 2018: from £59pp
Guests are immediately immersed in medieval merrymaking at this entertaining seasonal spectacle. Package includes a welcome drink, three-course banquet and live entertainment.
Great Hall Tournament Feasts – 7 dates between 23 November and 22 December 2018: from £79pp
Two feuding knights battle for the affection of the crowd gathered to dine in the magnificent Great Hall, in the shadow of the Castle’s stunning Christmas tree. Includes a three-course meal with drinks, and disco until midnight.
New Year’s Eve Ball, 31 December 2018: £140pp
A black tie celebration set in the Great Hall and State Dining Room. Package includes welcome drink, six-course evening meal and champagne to toast the stroke of midnight.
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The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales is offering join-a-party nights with 11 different themes this Christmas. With prices starting from £38 per person, tickets to the party nights include a festive cocktail on arrival, three-course meal, half a bottle of wine per person and a disco.
Fabulous Las Vegas
Raising the Rafters (soul band)
Gangsters and Molls
Sounds of the 80s and 90s
Full date listings can be found here: www.celtic-manor.com/christmas/christmas-party-nights. Bespoke parties are available from £40 per head.
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms has released its Christmas party packages, starting from £79pp. The Covent Garden based venue offers more than 30 event spaces, including three dramatic ballrooms, each of which caters for up to 500 guests.
The package includes a Bucks Fizz on arrival, three-course meal and a late-night disco. Bookings are available from the last week of November to January 2019. Event bookers can also choose from a range of upgrades including a hog roast for £6pp with a minimum of 200 guests.
For those wanting a less traditional Christmas party, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms offers a reception package at £89pp which includes, a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival, four drinks vouchers per person and a menu of four canapes. There’s also a DJ playing until the early hours.
Wow, these venue’s make me wish I was in England, they are so beautiful.
I am not doing anything so grand, but I am doing a charity Cosplay Disco, I’m still thinking of what I could do to make it more inviting and special. but I am organizing all attendee’s buy and wrap a present, nothing over $10 so when they hand it in at the door, people get a ticket, then during the night ticket’s get called out and people can pick out a present, so everyone takes home a present.
I was also thinking of giving a cracker bon bons to everyone that attends as well, I’ll also be decorating the space, making it more festive. but I’m wondering if it’s enough?
I love your bring a present idea. Are you doing prizes for best costumes or picking out a disco king and queen? There are also several superhero movies due to be released in December so you could something linking into those - maybe ask your local cinema to donate tickets for prizes?
Thanks Belinda they are great ideas, I did hold a costume contest at my last event like this one, so I wanted to do something different this time. I do like the idea of king and queen for the night. I also like the cinema idea. Thanks again, very helpful.
Are you looking for an intimate venue for a Christmas meal? Abuelo, located in Covent Garden, is London’s first Antipodean-meets-South American coffee house and kitchen, and has a private dining room that can seat 20 people.
The space features a farmhouse table and a rustic lounge area with tables and stools. The food on offer fuses traditional South American with a contemporary Australian approach and is characterised by beautiful presentation, heavily influenced by the founder’s background in architecture.
Available for hire over the Christmas period, the space lends itself to team lunches and festive
gatherings, with a 'family sharing style’ menu priced at £40 per person.
Glaziers Hall in London is offering Frost Fair Christmas party packages, inspired by the fairs held on the frozen River Thames during the winters of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.
The scene will be set as guests arrive to see a 9ft-high, snow-flocked Christmas tree, before reception drinks take place in the River Room, with panoramic views of the Thames and City. In the Banqueting Hall, guests will dine and dance amongst glittering ice skates, seasonal foliage, fruit and Christmas spices.
Frost Fair Christmas parties at Glaziers Hall start from £130pp for reception packages, including two glasses of fizz per person on arrival, canapés and bowl food, one bottle of wine per person and two bottles of beer per person, plus all theming, entertainment, cloakroom and security.
Dinner packages are from £149pp, including all of the above with a three-course dinner with tea and coffee instead of canapés and bowl food. Remaining available dates are December 7, 11, 12, 13 (River Room and Arches only) and 14 (Arches only).