The time of year to don festive jumpers, sip hot cocoa by the fireplace and spread cheer is just around the corner! As Christmas approaches, so does the ever-exciting tradition of office Christmas parties. While traditional office parties have their charm, why not add some extra sparkle this year by embracing the unconventional? Step into a world of merriment as we unwrap a treasure trove of unusual work Christmas party ideas that’ll leave your colleagues talking about the festivities for years to come!

Top 15 Unusual Work Christmas Party Ideas

Here’s some our favourite activities for a quirky Christmas party that we think you’ll love to suit a range of budgets, group sizes and Christmas party themes

Unusual Christmas Parties

1. Alcotraz Festive Prison Cocktail Bar

Spend Christmas at the bar behind bars! Alcotraz is an immersive prison cocktail bar where you’ll immerse in the story straight away by sneaking your own drink past the warden, aided by actors embodying infamous bootleggers. Avoid detection, don an orange jumpsuit and enter a cell as the bootleggers whip some delicious drinks for you. Skilled actors portray the warden and corrupt guards with a focus always on fun, breathing life into this US-style prison experience.

2. 80s and 90s Bonkers Bingo Party

Head to Headingley Stadium in Leeds for this brilliantly bonkers Christmas party that welcomes you with a drinks reception and hot, festive sandwiches. Then it’s time for an uproarious game of bingo, celebrating the 1980s and 1980s. The night ends with the resident DJ cracking your favourite festive jams and retro chart toppers that you won’t be able to resist busting a move to.

Unusual Christmas Parties

3. Christmas Cabaret Show and Dinner

Experience a unique Christmas party at Proud Cabaret's Christmas Cabaret event. Savour a welcome drink then be dazzled by spectacular Vegas-style acts by West End pros, including award-winning acrobats, fire eaters, dancers, burlesque acts and hilarious drag queens. Indulge in a five-course meal while enjoying outstanding entertainment with loads of laughter and awe-inspiring moments. This is a night you’ll never forget, available for Brighton and London Christmas parties.

4. Bowling with Festive Feast

Immerse yourselves in festive spirit with a unique Christmas party idea at Brewdog. Enjoy a blend of dining, drinks and fun competition as you’re welcomed with a complimentary signature beer, cider or soft drink. Then it’s time for banter as you all take part in duckpin bowling, celebrating strikes and friendly rivalry. Finish your festive shindig with a tasty buffet with bitesized festive favourites.

Unusual Christmas Parties

5. Axe Throwing with Festive Food & Drinks

Head to Whistle Punks for a fun evening of axe throwing, food, drink and good times. Enter the lively city venue to a prosecco welcome before you enjoy more than two hours in a private lane where you can learn how to throw axes and aim for bullseyes, with expert guidance from an instructor. A photo booth will capture your memories while three drinks each, five pizzas and sharing platters sweeten the deal!

6. Ultimate Speedboat Christmas Adventure

Ditch the usual Christmas events because Thames Rockets offers an unparalleled, heart-pounding adventure on the iconic river. Bundle up and embrace a thrilling Thames speedboat ride with workmates or friends. Departing Millennium Pier, board a high-speed vessel, rocketing at 35 mph with 880 horsepower engines. A 50-minute festive blast featuring Christmas hits and stunning city sights awaits! This is too fun to resist.

Unusual Christmas Parties

7. Mario Christmas Gaming Package

Experience a unique twist on Christmas parties with Experience Platform's Mario Christmas gaming package. Enjoy exclusive use of private booths with gaming, a giant TV and festive cocktails. Indulge in starters, pizza and dessert while unwrapping a mystery present. You’ll compete against each other in a range of video games including Mario Kart, Call of Duty, Overcooked and more, all great fun for Oxford Christmas parties and other locatio

8. Festive Silent Disco Adventure

Embark on a festive frolic through the renowned streets of the city of your choice with the Silent Adventures Team. Dance and sing to hits and Christmas classics using hi-tech headsets. Unleash your inner pop star, laugh and groove along famous landmarks on this all-dance, all-singing walking tour. Comfortable shoes, water and an open mind are your companions for this 60-minute musical journey.

Unusual Christmas Parties

9. Murder Under the Mistletoe

Celebrate the festive season with this unusual Christmas party activity, Blackwatch's Christmas murder mystery. Expect mince pies, mulled wine, several professional actors and a classic whodunit with a festive touch. Play detective alongside Lord and Lady Thornley-Cruttock, unravel clues and try your hardest to catch the killer before time runs out in a real-life Cluedo adventure. Do you have what it takes to figure out whodunit?

10. Frost Shot Virtual Clay Shooting

Immerse in a festive shooting extravaganza with 90 minutes of private peg use. Take aim with deactivated shotguns on 4k virtual screens featuring Christmas-themed games. Guided by a shoot captain, even novices become sharpshooters. Do you think you can come out on top? Embrace friendly competition, enjoy three complimentary drinks, from prosecco to Clays' signature cocktails, accompanied by tasty sharing plates.

Unusual Christmas Parties

11. Christmas Karaoke

Get into the Christmas spirit early at Lucky Voice! Sing your heart out to over 11,000 songs, including festive favourites by Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Wham and more in your private karaoke room with a disco ball. Enjoy 2 hours of musical joy and Christmas snacks. Whether you’re planning a Cambridge office Christmas party or celebrating somewhere else in the UK, who can resist karaoke?

12. Carnivale 

Enter the vibrant world of Carnivale, greeted with cocktails and canapés. Marvel at performers and El Dia de Los Muertos skeletons. Indulge in a three-course meal with wine, entertained by captivating dances. Once your bellies are full, you can dance to live music and DJ beats and enjoy fairground rides for an unforgettable, culture-infused festive celebration with a difference.

Unusual Christmas Parties

13. Christmas Themed Dance Class

Dance into a uniquely fun and fab festive bash with a themed dance class. Embrace the magic in a 90-minute Christmas-themed dance class. Sport your ugliest Christmas jumper or dazzling elf attire; dressing up is a must. Led by lively, experienced dance instructors, you’ll learn how to groove to a tailored routine. Do you best dance floor slide, step and shimmy as you boogie on down to everyone’s favourite Christmas hits. It's a Strictly-worthy celebration!

14. Christmas Whisky Tasting

Celebrate the season to be jolly with a festive whisky tasting. Sample four to six tasters including shots, long drinks, and cocktails. Start with an icebreaker, followed by a blind taste test to enhance focus on aroma and flavour. A dedicated whisky expert will help you explore whisky's rich history, production and origin. Try various whiskeys and possibly your favourite as a cocktail. Raise your glass, revel in the festive spirit and enjoy the best time of the year in good company.

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15. Festive Escape Room

Take your colleagues on an adventure they won't soon forget with a festive-themed, virtual escape room challenge! Split into teams, they must solve puzzles, uncover clues and work together to escape the room within a time limit. Not only is it an entertaining way to spend time together, but it also encourages problem-solving skills and teamwork.

Why Have an Unusual Christmas Party?

Before we delve into the quirky Christmas ideas that’ll transform your office gathering into an extraordinary celebration, let's explore why choosing an unusual Christmas activity can elevate your Christmas party game:

1. Break the Monotony: Year after year, the same old routine can start to feel like a broken record. Choosing unusual Christmas party activities can infuse a breath of fresh air into the traditional festive party, making it an event everyone eagerly anticipates and talks about for ages after. 

2. Team Bonding: Unusual festive activities often require collaboration and teamwork, encouraging a sense of camaraderie among colleagues. It's a brilliant way to unite the team and encourage them to work together outside the confines of the normal work or office environment.

3. Unleash Creativity: Trying something different sparks creativity and encourages individuals to think outside the box. This newfound inspiration can carry over into the workplace, sparking innovation and fresh ideas.

Unusual Christmas Parties

4. Memorable Experience: Forget the work or office Christmas parties of the past than felt a bit meh! An unusual Christmas party creates a lasting impression, ensuring your festive bash becomes the stuff of legends.

5. Stress Relief: The festive season can be a bit overwhelming. An unexpected activity injects some fun and relaxation into the mix, providing the perfect stress-busting remedy for everyone at your workplace. 

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This festive season, break free from the ordinary and venture into the extraordinary with these unusual work Christmas party ideas. Whether you embark on an adventure to Alcotraz, try an escape room, host a winter wonderland carnival or try axe throwing, the memories you create will be cherished for years to come. Embrace the festive spirit and give your colleagues a celebration that not only brings joy and laughter but also fosters teamwork and creativity.

Remember, it's the season of magic and merriment so let your holiday party sparkle with uniqueness and creativity! Happy holidays and get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in style with unusual Christmas party ideas from Fizzbox. 

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