Four of the best... Christmas packages for groups

There are lots of alternatives to the traditional Christmas party for event planners to consider this winter.

Ice skating at Somerset House, Strand (© Marcus Ginns)
Ice skating at Somerset House, Strand (© Marcus Ginns)

Skating at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

From 18 November, one of London’s most popular Christmas traditions is back at Strand’s Somerset House. The ice rink is situated in the venue’s enormous courtyard, which is also home to a spectacular fountain displays and a number of live events during the summer months.

The ice rink is open throughout the day and into the night when DJs provide added entertainment. Somerset House also offers several added extras to make the group experience even more special, including champagne, truffles and cream tea in the Fortnum and Mason lodge, as well as cocktails and fondue.

Christmas wine tasting at Vinopolis

In February, C&IT was sad to report that Vinopolis will close at the end of the year after 16 successful years in operation. This means that a Christmas event at the Borough Market venue is even more special.

To mark the occasion, Vinopolis is offering its renowned festive wine tasting package for groups for the very last time, which will include three different themes: Essential, Classic and Quintessential. Each package includes a 15-minute ‘How To Taste Wine’ tutorial before guests are invited to get stuck into the Vinopolis collection, which is made up of more than 100 wines, spirits and champagnes.

Optional tapas platters and glasses of champagne are optional extras.

Treasure hunts at National History Museum

For groups looking to boost team morale as part of the Christmas office party, the Natural History Museum offers teambuilding packages in collaboration with Wildgoose Events. The venue has designed a modern day treasure hunt where teams compete to solve the venue’s many secrets as they race around its galleries and exhibitions.

While the teambuilding experience can be held throughout the year, for Christmas it can get underway with a festive sparkling champagne reception and festive-themed questions and challenges to run alongside an evening Christmas party in the Museum.

Film screenings and carol singing at Troxy

East London venue Troxy is known for its packed out parties, particularly during the Christmas season, with the venue exploring new themes and ideas each year. One of the new themes this year is influenced by the venue’s latest addition, the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in Europe.

Delegates can gather for film screenings of their favourite Christmas movies while the organ supports the soundtrack, playing during all the dramatic moments. Or, more daring groups can hone their singing voices while performing carols with the backing of the organ. Both packages can be arranged as stand alone events or as a fun lead up to the Christmas party.

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Case Study: Klesch Group's Christmas at the museum

Christmas Party Venues: Quirky

Christmas Party Venues: Modern

Christmas Party Venues: Classic

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