Corporate Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas

Corporate Christmas parties can potentially include a wide range of entertainment opportunities that you can tailor to the setting and theme of the party. Whether your company is holding a sophisticated, sit-down dinner party, a drop-in open house or a family-oriented gathering, you'll want to find the right entertainment to help you set a festive holiday mood.

Winter Wonderland Sophistication

When hosting a more posh sit-down dinner, you'll want to schedule entertainment to provide background music as the guests arrive and eat, shifting to a more focused entertainer such as a singer, band or DJ for after dinner. As your guests arrive to your winter fairyland of snowflakes, balloons in silver, pearl and ice blue, luminaries on the tables and twinkly white lights, treat them to a strolling singer, a wind or string ensemble or a gifted pianist playing holiday tunes. After dinner, open up the dance floor for a local cover band, a disc jockey taking requests from the crowd or a lounge singer to provide holiday and popular songs.

Hometown Christmas Traditions, Family-Style

A corporate Christmas party to which entire families are invited calls for a different kind of entertainment, something that'll keep the kids entertained without boring the parents. Set up a craft table to entertain the kids while the grown-ups mingle. This might include a table where the kids can make an ornament to take home, decorate Christmas cookies or make a mini snow globe. Hire a strolling balloon animal artist to make something fun for the kids. Have a magician performing in a central area where families can watch his tricks while they eat. Serve food buffet-style so the families can self-pace their meal, allowing them time to visit with co-workers while the kids do their thing. Of course, no family party would be complete without the most hometown Christmas tradition of all: a visit from Santa. Provide Santa with gender-neutral wrapped gifts like storybooks, crayons, stuffed animals and such so he can give each child a gift. If your budget can't accommodate this, have your Santa hand out candy canes or special cookies to the kids. During the entire party, have music playing in the background using either a CD changer or PA system.

Simple and Casual Entertainment

For smaller shindigs or Christmas open houses held by companies with small staffs or tight budgets, your entertainment can be more casual. Along with the buffet-style finger foods and toned-down decorations, your entertainment options for this type of Christmas party can fall to something simple like a CD changer playing holiday music, a karaoke machine for guests to display their talents, strolling carolers or a magician.

Help From a Talent Agency

Some corporations don't have the time or resources to deal with finding entertainment for their Christmas parties. If this is the case, turn to a local talent agency to find the right singer, comedian, magician, band or music ensemble to entertain at your corporate Christmas party. This will most likely be more expensive than finding the talent yourself, but an agency will have a wider range of talent from which to choose and can help find you the right entertainer to fit your budget.

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