With only a couple of weeks to go until Christmas party season, is now the time for some help with London Christmas party entertainment ideas?
The Christmas party is all about giving your employees an opportunity to let their hair down and enjoy themselves after a year’s hard work. It’s a big job trying to find new London Christmas party entertainment ideas that will make the event truly memorable. There are a huge amount of entertainment options out there to choose from and what is right for your event will depend on whether your event is day or night, seated or standing, casual or formal, your audience mix and the general culture of your company: how many guests, age of guests, whether there are more males or more females.
So what are the different types of entertainment you can consider for your Christmas party? The classic ‘dinner and dancing’ format is still a favourite, but you can keep things fresh and fun with the addition of other entertainment throughout the evening. To help you out, we’ve listed some of our top London Christmas party entertainment ideas which will help keep the festive spirit high throughout the event!
A pre-dinner drinks reception is a great time to provide some captivating entertainment while your guests are being served canapés and drinks as they mingle and wait for everyone to arrive. This part of your event is usually fairly short and as guests are standing, it lends itself well to some interactive entertainment.
Roving performers who work the room keeping your guests engaged and entertained are a great way to get creative with event entertainment ideas and easy to tailor to your needs. Think magicians, comedians, caricaturists, fortune tellers, stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and fire performers. Roving artists create a vibrant atmosphere and are a good option as they can also continue to engage your guests during dinner by approaching tables in between dinner courses delighting your guests with their skills and creating a talking point.
Magicians are a sure fire hit and are certainly the best ice-breakers at any event. Whilst more expensive than other close up performers they offer greater value for money as they will entertain 60 to 100 people an hour. Not only that but they leave guests with a talking point. How did they do that?!
During dinner the main focus should be the food and conversation, but some subtle entertainment such as live background music or live performers during courses will keep the atmosphere lively while providing some fun talking points. There is no shortage of live music options: acoustic duos, pianists, string quartets, tribute bands or some jazz or swing as mellow background music are to name a few. Or you could consider hiring live performers such as comedians, dancers, jugglers or circus acts.
Roving entertainers work well anywhere in the event space and at any stage of the event, so can be asked to approach tables in between dinner courses and perform something a little different for your guests.
A live cabaret or stage show can also be a great way to entertain a large group at the start of the meal, in between courses and/or at the end. This could be a Magician stage show, a dance performance, circus acts, singing or comedy.
After Dinner Entertainment
After dinner is when your guests will be wanting some entertainment that they can get involved in. We would recommend a choice of general entertainment that allows guests to choose if and when they wish to take part.
Dancing at the Christmas party is a must and hiring a professional DJ is always a popular option. You’ll want to make sure you choose someone who can interact well with your audience and has the right level of experience and equipment. A good DJ is worth their weight in gold. They can effortlessly mix the music up to cater to a corporate crowd with some party classics, a few golden oldies, some festive tunes and chart hits.
A Live Party Band is the perfect way to top off the night with a crowd pleasing mix of Christmas tunes and cover versions to get everyone up and dancing. Alternatively you could choose a party band who can tailor their set to the theme of your party, such as a vintage jazz band for a Great Gatsby themed party.
Interactive games and competitions such as a giant scalextric, murder mystery, classic arcade games and side stall games are popular at the moment. They have a built-in fun factor and encourage socialising and allow your guests to embrace nostalgia and indulge in some competitive spirit. You could include a couple of different interactive stations with games and activities so there is something for everyone.
Photo booths are another fun and ever popular interactive option; they are digital, easily portable and print photos in a matter of seconds. You can also customise a hired photo booth with fun props and backdrops based on your event theme. It’s easy for guests to take selfies, group photos, videos and even GIFs, and they will enjoy recording unique and fun moments to share to their social media accounts.
Finally another interactive entertainment that has stood the test of time is a casino. It combines well with a DJ or a live party band and your guests can play as and when they choose to. How about having a black tie Christmas party with a bond theme and a fun casino to get pulses racing?
At Yes Entertainment, we have a vast knowledge of live entertainment and events, particularly in London. We can help you deliver a fun and memorable London Christmas party for your team. We can assist with a venue, ideas, entertainment, AV as well as managing the whole event. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0845 8908525 to tell us about your event.