Christ­mas party ideas

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What should I plan for this year’s staff Christ­mas party or end-of-year so­cial oc­ca­sion?

Christ­mas is fast ap­proach­ing and you are won­der­ing how to re­ward and thank your staff for their con­tri­bu­tion to the busi­ness this year.

Here’s some ideas to con­sider from Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge Events.

Be­fore you even start con­tem­plat­ing the event or func­tion, there are two sim­ple but im­por­tant things to fi­nalise first:

1. What is your bud­get? This will help you de­ter­mine other as­pects like venue, cater­ing, type of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port and en­ter­tain­ment.

2. Who do you want to at­tend? Your staff is a no-brainer but this ques­tion is re­ally about any ad­di­tional peo­ple. Do you want to in­vite part­ners of staff, fam­ily of staff and any of your stake­hold­ers like sup­pli­ers and spon­sors?

Once you have an­swered these two ques­tions, you can de­ter­mine ex­pected num­bers and a per per­son bud­get.

Now it’s time to con­sider whether you fea­ture Santa and Ru­dolf, a DJ and band, Christ­mas-themed cock­tails, an il­lu­mi­nated dance floor and an in­flat­able North Pole for kids.

It’s time to bring your Christ­mas party to life.

In re­cent years, busi­nesses from all over New Zealand have en­gaged Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge Events to de­liver Christ­mas par­ties that meet their bud­get, au­di­ence and com­pany val­ues.

Here are three pop­u­lar and dif­fer­ent ideas for your Christ­mas party in 2018: 1. Fam­ily Fun Day

A fam­ily fun day is a great op­tion for Christ­mas for a more ca­sual event that can take ad­van­tage of a beau­ti­ful out­door en­vi­ron­ment in sum­mer and ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion of fam­i­lies in em­ploy­ees’ work lives.

A scenic pub­lic space that can be booked via your lo­cal coun­cil can be ideal for these events and en­able you to con­sider var­i­ous cater­ing op­tions such as food trucks and bar­be­cues as well as a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment op­tions such as bands, team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and in­flat­able play­grounds.

Be sure to choose a lo­ca­tion that has am­ple on­site park­ing close by.

While you may or­gan­ise shut­tle buses from your work­place, in­evitably in large or­gan­i­sa­tions some staff and their fam­i­lies will want to make their own way there.

2. Hunt for Santa’s Sleigh

Hunt for Santa’s Sleigh is a Christ­mas­themed team build­ing event that en­ables staff of all ages and abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in a chal­lenge-laden pur­suit around a CBD or sub­urb.

It is fun, it is ad­ven­tur­ous and it is a great way for your staff to en­joy the sights and land­marks of a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion.

Your en­tire group will be split into teams and then use skills in nav­i­ga­tion, knowl­edge of the lo­cal area and team­work to com­plete var­i­ous fun chal­lenges, all while try­ing to lo­cate Santa’s miss­ing sleigh.

This is a great af­ter­noon ac­tiv­ity to be fol­lowed by some bev­er­ages, snacks and gift-giv­ing at the fi­nal lo­ca­tion.

3. A Christ­mas staff con­fer­ence

If your or­gan­i­sa­tion uses the last cou­ple of months of the year for redefin­ing goals and plans for the year ahead, a staff con­fer­ence com­bined with an evening Christ­mas party could be just the tonic.

Staff con­fer­ences bring ev­ery­one to­gether in a fresh en­vi­ron­ment, which is con­ducive to cre­ativ­ity, to do some al­limpor­tant plan­ning.

It may be to re-set your vi­sion and val­ues, de­ter­mine strate­gic plans, do team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties or con­duct pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through spe­cial­ist cor­po­rate train­ing providers.

Then to top it all off, you can or­gan­ise one of the nights as your staff Christ­mas func­tion with a fes­tive-themed din­ner and awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

There are hun­dreds of great Christ­mas party ideas that can work ef­fec­tively.

It’s just a mat­ter of choos­ing one that meets your bud­get, caters for your num­bers, is suit­able for the back­ground and in­ter­ests of your staff, and aligns with your com­pany val­ues.

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