Christmas is a time for Christmas parties, but there are few ideas that haven’t already been done to death in the season of festivities. If you want to throw a bash that makes a splash this year, try doing something different and really make an impression on your party guests.
1) Christmas bikini party
For a holiday party with a difference, why not book a spa day with some of your closest friends and enjoy some pre-Christmas pampering? Admittedly this is something that you’re more likely to do during the day but you can get yourself in the mood with some Christmassy cocktails at the poolside and some steam in the sauna before getting dolled up for a night on the town.
2) Holiday movie marathon
Ask many people how they get themselves in the mood for Christmas and they will tell you that the feeling comes when they put on their favourite festive films.
This year, you can make it a party of your favourite Christmas films with a reservation at The Exhibit in Balham. With space for 24 adults on squishy leather sofas with comfy cushions, the state-of-the-art projector and surround sound system will bring your chosen films to life while you enjoy hot chocolate or hot toddies from the bar.
3) Christmas Carol-aoke
If your way of getting in the Christmas mood is with a few favourite festive ditties, maybe this idea is the party plan for you. Lucky Voice karaoke in Soho has private booths you can hire for as little as £5 per person to get a minimum of two hours to sing your heart out. Whatever your favourite Christmas tunes, you can belt out at the top of your voice without worrying about wowing the crowd while staff bring a steady supply of drinks to your sound-proofed room.
4) Santa crawl
This year, why not dress up like the most iconic modern Christmas figure – Santa Claus! There’s nothing to stop you strapping on your fake beard and hearty belly if you’re a guy or a girl, and with a group of friends you can enjoy the Christmas equivalent of a masquerade ball.
If you want to join other like-minded Santa fans, get yourself and your Santa suit to London on the 14th December for Santa-Con – the world’s premier Santa event! Take along a bag of goodies to give out to good girls and boys as you and your fellow Santa’s wend your way from, pub to pub around central London.
5) Ice and Fire
George R. R. Martin doesn’t have the monopoly on Ice and Fire. You can create your own and bring it to one of the most stylish locations for your London party. Advise your guests to dress warmly along the theme then invite them to the unique IceBar on Heddon Street just off Regent’s Street. Enjoy cocktails in glasses made of ice as you enjoy the stunning ice sculptures before retiring to the belowzero bar to enjoy the rest of your evening.
6) Nativity party
A true Christmas staple, the Nativity party allows you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in costume to suit the occasion. Dress as your favourite King, Mary, Joseph or even the donkey that bore them to Bethlehem and seek out one of London’s many spit-and-sawdust pubs for a real stable experience.
One such hostelry, the Mug House under London Bridge, has wood panelling and sawdust on the floor to put you in the mood for a festive Nativity.
7) Ugly sweater party
Christmas is known for many things – peace on earth, goodwill to all men… and that awful sweater that your great aunt got you when you were 10. Not a new party theme but one that benefits from the ability to do it anywhere, the Ugly Sweater party recalls and celebrates that hideous knitwear your family got you as a kid.
With prizes for the worst jumper, most festive and most inventive, you can inject a bit of competition into proceedings that can be held at any pub or party venue without risking causing offence.
If you choose to hold your Christmas party in London this year, take some inspiration from our list for a festive event to remember.