Want to take your staff Christmas party up several notches? Treat your employees to a night out of the office with these holiday events and shows.
The holidays are right around the corner—but they also can add a lot of stress. If you’re living the office life, that can mean working long hours to hit a hard deadline and then taking an expensive flight to see family.
To lift employee morale and inspire the Christmas spirit, a holiday staff party is an annual tradition the whole team looks forward to. It’s a company-wide ‘thank you’ for all the hard work throughout the year—an opportunity to stop thinking of deadlines, let loose and have a bit of fun.
If you’ve been tasked with planning the annual Christmas party this year, don’t panic. Before you deck the halls of the office with twinkle lights and mini-trees and ask everyone to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater, there’s another festive option.
If budget allows, take your staff outing up a notch this season and show off your party-planning skills with a holiday experience everyone will be talking about for weeks.
Here are five out-of-office Christmas events, shows, and experiences to bring your staff to.
Dress up for a night at the ballet
Not just for connoisseurs, the ballet is a perfect excuse for the whole team to look their best in an outfit they wouldn’t normally wear to the office. Suit up or put on your favourite cocktail dress for a mesmerizing night at Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker and marvel at the grace of the Sugar Plum Fairy in her Land of Sweets, danced to the live accompaniment of Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Sparkling elegance awaits.
Sing-along to a Christmas musical
Even if you don’t know any of the lyrics, seeing a musical—especially at Christmastime—will have everyone smiling and humming along. Find a production that is written for adults like the hilarious comedy Holiday at the Elbow Room showing at The Cultch. Grab a drink, sit back, and hear your entire team laugh together.
Sip Christmas cocktails at a holiday market
Pop-up holiday bars are opening up in all major cities, and they offer the perfect seasonal touch to an evening out with your staff. Catch up with your team over festive drinks (spiked gingerbread eggnog, anyone?) and tasteful Christmas decor. Try WunderBAR attached to the Vancouver Christmas Market for more holiday entertainment—after the bar, you can snap a group photo at the walk-in Christmas tree.
Laugh until you cry at an improv show
You can guarantee laughs at an improv show, but it’s even better to laugh along with a big group. See if you can convince one of your staff members to shine on stage during a skit, too! Find a production like the Vancouver TheatreSports and Merry Kissmas: A Royal Wedding—a parody on all your favourite (and familiar) Christmas tropes.
Be completely dazzled at the circus
For a truly amazing staff experience, head to the circus. With gravity-defying acts and incredible storytelling, your team won’t be able to stop talking about this event. Although not technically Christmas themed, LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil will transport you to another time and place—far, far away from the office.
The goal with any staff party is to make your team feel appreciated—and to have some fun before the new year. Whether it’s a fancy night out at the ballet or belly laughs at the theatre, doing something special for your employees can make a world of difference to them this season.
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