Bored of the dry turkey lunch and obligatory Santa hats? Want to do something unusual and alternative to reward your staff? Chris Maher, our events and programmes manager, tells us why choosing an unusual venue could make your office Christmas party the best yet.


‘Wow’ factor

Christmas parties are now firmly established as part of office culture. Not only are they a great way of motivating staff but they are a chance to reward the team for all their hard work.

Year-on-year, companies are looking for ways to make their Christmas party different. After all, this is a key event in many businesses’ diaries and one that takes months of preparation.

Although traditional venues are a safe option, they can also substantially restrict the creativity of your event. Imagine if you built in elements of surprise at your office Christmas party – how would your staff react to something completely fresh and exciting?

One of the key benefits of booking an unusual space is that it really creates the ‘wow’ factor from the offset. Through interesting backdrops, different themes, hanging installations, eye-catching displays and effective lighting, your party can come to life.

Transform the space

Unusual venues, particularly those that are a blank canvas space, give you total freedom and control over how to dress and transform the space into your own vision.

You can create several breakout areas to host different activities, which will allow you to tailor your party to suit everyone whilst creating a fun setting for your staff.

Hiring a less orthodox venue also means that each individual detail can be personalised to suit your company’s brand and its requirements. From switching the traditional Christmas dinner to substantial, street-food style canapés – giving your event a more informal, fluid feel, to organising alternative entertainment such as karaoke booths or video gaming, each element comes into its own to give your party the fun factor.


Keep it modern

Take some time out to visualise each part of the event from a guest’s point of view. Can you see staff enjoying a traditional sit-down Christmas meal or appreciating something completely new and out of the ordinary?

Technology has always played a key role in bringing an event to life and now more than ever, it plays a significant role in the guest experience. Whether it’s through large screens, video units, floor or wall projections, quirkier venues can offer content that will create a much more memorable experience for your staff – something that ordinary venues don’t have the facilities for.


Creative contacts

With all of the finer details to think about, one of the huge benefits of using an unusual space is the impressive list of contacts that the in-house events team have built up over the years.

By working with everyone from cultural organisations to creative businesses, just think about the range of events that the venue holds year-on-year. So if you’re looking for something completely different this year, make the most of the dedicated on-site events team and its contacts to see how they can make your Christmas party stand out from the rest, and bring your ideas to fruition.


This year, we have partnered with Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, which is part of Birmingham Museums Trust, and gaming specialists, Joypads to offer two Christmas party packages. For more information about our Christmas party packages, visit: