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Work Christmas Party Ideas for Every Budget


The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to start planning your office Christmas party. Whether your budget is tight or extravagant, there are plenty of creative work Christmas party ideas that will spread the festive cheer and make your colleagues jingle all the way. 

In this blog, Encore Musicians will explore a range of options to suit budgets under £100, under £300, under £500, under £1000, and even over £1000. So, let’s dive in and make this year’s Christmas office party one to remember!

Work Christmas Party Ideas under £100

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  1. Virtual Karaoke Extravaganza (£50-£100):
  • Host a virtual office Christmas party where colleagues can join in from the comfort of their homes.
  • Use video conferencing platforms to create a virtual karaoke night. Encourage everyone to sing their favourite Christmas tunes.
  • Award prizes for the best performances and enjoy a night of laughter and camaraderie.

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  1. DIY Secret Santa Gift Exchange (£20-£50):
  • Organise a DIY Secret Santa gift exchange where participants set a budget of £10-£20.
  • Have everyone draw names to determine their gift recipient.
  • The anticipation of who gets what adds an element of excitement to your Christmas office party.

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  1. Festive Movie Night (£30-£60):
  • Rent a cosy venue or use your office space for a movie night under twinkling fairy lights.
  • Project classic Christmas movies onto a big screen and provide popcorn, hot chocolate, and mulled wine.
  • It’s a budget-friendly way to create a festive atmosphere and enjoy some holiday classics.


Work Christmas Party Ideas under £300

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  1. Themed Potluck Dinner (£150-£300):
  • Choose a Christmas theme and have each colleague bring a dish that fits the theme.
  • Decorate the office with festive decorations and Christmas tunes to set the mood.
  • It’s a cost-effective way to enjoy a delicious meal together.

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  1. Cocktail Mixology Class (£200-£250):
  • Book a cocktail mixology class at a local bar or have a mixologist come to your office.
  • Colleagues can learn to make and enjoy a variety of festive cocktails.
  • It’s an interactive and fun way to celebrate together.

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Outdoor Ice Skating (£200-£300):

  • If you’re in an area with a Christmas ice skating rink, consider organising an outing.
  • Many rinks offer group discounts, and skating under the twinkling lights is a magical experience.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate or mulled wine afterwards.


Work Christmas Party Ideas under £500

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  1. DJ Dance Extravaganza (£400 for 2 hours):
  • Transform your office Christmas party into a lively dance celebration with a professional DJ.
  • A DJ can curate a playlist that includes both festive Christmas tunes and crowd-pleasing hits.
  • With their expertise in keeping the dance floor hopping, your colleagues will be dancing the night away.
  • You can customise the playlist to suit your team’s musical preferences and ensure a fantastic time for all.

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  1. Holiday Cooking Class (£450-£500):
  • Book a cooking class where your team can learn to prepare a festive meal together.
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labour as you dine on the delicious dishes you’ve created.
  •  It’s a fun and educational way to celebrate the season and get into the Christmas spirit. 

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  1. Hire Carol Singers (around £500 for 3 Singers):
  • Bring the enchantment of traditional Christmas carols to your office Christmas party.
  • Hire a group of talented carol singers who can perform classic Christmas tunes and spread holiday spirit. 
  • Having carol singers serenade your team adds a touch of nostalgia and warmth to your celebration.
  • You can even arrange for them to make surprise appearances during the party or perform a dedicated carolling session.

Work Christmas Party Ideas under £1000

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  1. Exclusive Venue Hire with Live Band (£700-£1000):
  • Consider renting an exclusive venue for your Christmas office party.
  • Hire a party band to keep the dance floor busy with Christmas tunes.
  • This option allows you to create an upscale and memorable experience for your colleagues.

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  1. Outdoor Adventure Day (£800-£1000):
  • Plan an adventurous day out with activities like zip-lining, paintball, or a team-building ropes course or more simple team-bonding games such as scavenger hunts. 
  • Reward your team with a day of adrenaline-pumping fun followed by a hearty Christmas meal.

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  1. Christmas Gala Dinner (£800-£1000):
  • Host a formal gala dinner at a high-end restaurant or hotel.
  • Enjoy a lavish winter-themed three-course meal, live entertainment, and a dance floor for your colleagues to groove to Christmas tunes.

Work Christmas Party Ideas over £1000

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  1. Weekend Getaway (£1500 and up):
  • Go all out with a weekend getaway to a charming Christmas market destination.
  • Book accommodation, plan sightseeing activities, and indulge in local cuisine.
  • It’s an opportunity for your team to bond while exploring a new city during the festive season.


No matter your budget, there are plenty of exciting fun Christmas party ideas to choose from. This holiday season, make your Christmas office party a fun and festive occasion that your colleagues will cherish for years to come!

Ready to bring your Christmas party to life with some incredible live music? Visit Encore Musicians today to explore a wide range of talented Christmas party musicians. From festive tunes to chart-toppers, they have the perfect musicians to make your celebration unforgettable. Book now and make your work Christmas party a musical masterpiece!


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Ava-May is our specialist in SEO Content and Public Relations. Ava-May is a passionate music lover who appreciates various music styles, from neo-soul to Cambodian rap. She's worked at music festivals such as All Points East, British Summer Time, and Wide Awake and regularly attends gigs in her free time.

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