Christmas Corporate events ideas to reward your staff this year

Posted by Jo Kelly

A Christmas corporate event can be the perfect way to reward your staff after a year of continuous hard work, from hitting deadlines and targets to achieving high sales, and bringing in new customers and clients.

In fact, there are many benefits to holding corporate events at Christmas. They can:

  • Make staff feel appreciated and valued, reaffirming their loyalty with you and your company
  • Encourage employees to stay with your company for the long-term, knowing they will experience other exciting events each year
  • Motivate staff to work harder and perform better after the Christmas break and through the following year
  • Improve morale as the excitement of the event filters through a company, encouraging other employees to work hard to enjoy future events too
  • Attract new talent in the new year, as buzzing staff tell their family and friends about the event over the holiday season

With all this in mind, here are some exciting Christmas corporate event ideas to consider taking your employees to this year.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland


18 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

This spectacular festive event, which transforms London’s famous Hyde Park, is ideal for rewarding staff at Christmas. There are over 100 rides and attractions, including the Giant Observation Wheel which offers stunning views of the capital. For an extra special experience, employees could enjoy a spin on the wheel in a VIP pod with plush interior and leather seating.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland also offers an array of fun activities and entertainment. Brave festive-themed roller coasters or sip on warm mulled wine at London’s largest German-style Christmas market. Other highlights include skating on the UK’s largest open-air ice rink and watching world-class ice dancing in The Nutcracker on Ice.

Skate Somerset House


7 Nov 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

Christmas and London’s Somerset House go together like mince pies and cream. The stunning historic venue offers activities and attractions to make the perfect Christmas event. Skate on what’s described as the capital’s most beautiful ice rink, or enjoy an exclusive club night with music from international DJs.

Your employees could enjoy a drink rink side at the Skate Lounge or soak up the atmosphere of the alpine-themed Fortnum’s Lodge, where you could reward them with a selection of luxuries, from champagne and chocolate truffles to wine and fondue. There is also the chance to do some seasonal shopping at Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.

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Christmas Markets

Bath and Manchester

Bath: 24 Nov – 11 Dec 2016 | Manchester: 10 Nov – 20 Dec 16

The cities of Bath and Manchester offer award-winning Christmas markets, which can make great festive corporate events for your company team. These German-themed markets provide plenty to see, experience and buy, from enjoying drinks in beer tents to tucking into German foods to browsing stalls filled with everything from jewellery to toys.

While Manchester’s market winds its way around the city’s eye-catching squares, Bath’s Christmas market lines the stunning streets surrounding the city’s Roman Baths, known as one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe.

Combining your visit with a trip to the baths could really add to your event experience.

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Festival of light

Longleat, Wiltshire

Selected dates from 11 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

This unmissable event at Longleat is Europe’s largest Chinese Lantern festival and could be a memorable staff trip this Christmas. This year, to celebrate its safari park’s 50th anniversary, the event will be extra special. Amongst other activities, Longleat will be lit up with giant lanterns of safari animals and the characters of Beatrix Potter, set against the beautiful backdrop of beautiful stately home, Longleat House.

As well as enjoying the stunning festival of light lanterns, any animal lovers on your team can experience a unique winter safari drive-through, while others can visit Longleat House and enjoy its grounds, trimmed up in the style of an Edwardian traditional Christmas.

Christmas at Blenheim

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

25 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

A visit to this monumental country house, and its festive trail of lights in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, could make an unforgettable Christmas corporate event for your best employees. The after-dark trail lights up the stunning estate and take visitors on a winding path through the formal gardens, across beautiful grounds, and beside lakes, with highlights including the scented Fire Garden.

Staff can complete the stunning winter’s stroll by indulging in some festive treats, including roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and mulled wine. Other highlights include enjoying a ride on a vintage carousel and visiting the Palace’s festive gift shop.

These are just some of the top corporate Christmas event ideas to incentivise your staff this festive season. From theatre visits to city shopping to dog sledding in the Scottish Highlands, there is so much to choose from.

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Jo has worked at CR Worldwide as Events Operations Director since 2004. She is responsible for scoping and delivering all types of events, for clients of all sizes, globally. She manages the division’s team who organise and execute award-winning events – ranging from one-off sales floor days, corporate hospitality events and incentive travel trips, to annual conferences and partner summits.