The standard Christmas work party is almost formulaic. Beginning with cocktails and polite conversation, followed by wine, beer and food, before perhaps, a little dancing. Then, just as Grant from accounts is performing his ‘hilarious’ David Brent impression, and the intern is oversharing with the boss, you bundle up your belongings and call it a night. It’s fun, if not a little repetitive. So this year, in an endeavour to change up the Yuletide celebrations, we have rounded up five less predictable party plans so that you can mix things up a bit.
Basement Theatre’s Christmas Show
If you’re after something a bit more cultured (but no less entertaining) consider the Basement Theatre’s Christmas Show your cue. This year, award-winning comics Alice Sneddon and Rose Matafeo are joining forces to bring you their ‘Christmas Party gone wrong’, a belly ache-inducing tale featuring a litany of Basement Theatre’s best talent. The best part about it, aside from the laughs, is that there’s a good chance your boss will have to put their pride aside and get up on stage. And the fact that you’ll be supporting a worthy, not-for-profit organisation, of course. Purchase tickets here.
The Gallery By Candlelight
Newmarket gallery Sanderson is teaming up with neighbouring eatery The Candy Shop to offer a truly unique end-of-year affair. Dubbed The Gallery by Candlelight, the partnership will see a three-course meal unfold within the gallery where guests are surrounded by contemporary New Zealand art, illuminated by candlelight. They can accommodate up to 20 people, where for $90 a head they will receive plates of nori tacos, spicy pork belly, tantalising mains and dessert with the option of BYO beverages or provisions of Craggy Range wines. Click here to inquire.
It’s the grown-up activity for big kids at heart that has caused quite a stir in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Tapping into our penchant for all things nostalgic, the new locale will offer a wide range of themed drinks and a delicious selection of food to enjoy with your intrepid round of minigolf. Promising to inject a fair amount more ‘fun’ into the idea of going out, Holey Moley is the vibrant activity that’s worth booking the office into.
Cork and Canvas
Hosted by a local artist, wine and art collide at this cultured event where you are invited to first examine a famed work before picking up a palette and emulating it in your own style. The wildly popular series has sold-out all of the public events for the rest of the year, but there is still space for private and corporate bookings. It’s particularly entertaining for those with a competitive streak and a fitting chance to bring out your inner Picasso.
Team bonding and seasonal get-together in one, if you haven’t yet tried to mastermind your way out of an escape room, now is the time to do it. Pitting team against team (or maybe management vs. others?), you and your colleagues will battle it out to solve the clues and break out of the room the fastest. There are plenty of options in Auckland, with Escape Masters, Great Escape, Escape Rooms NZ and Escapade being just a few of the finest.
Moving onto something more indulgent, East Day Spa’s Corporate Christmas Parties are a relaxing way for the bosses to show they care. With 12 individual treatment rooms (five of which can be double suites), a generous relaxation area, a steam room, and group manicure and pedicure lounge, it’s the dream way for small teams to round off the year. Boasting an all-encompassing array of treatments for men and women, you can discover more about the luxurious services, here.
Ever since it launched in August, Akai Doa is living up to expectations of being a ‘theatrical dinner experience like nothing else’, making it the perfect place to take the work troops. Inside K’ Road’s famous Las Vegas nightclub, acclaimed chef Yukio Ozeki takes the stage to deliver some crazy delicious and somewhat experimental food using the influences of Japanese cuisine and Asahi beer. Having extended their season due to popular demand, there are sessions available up until 21st December with ‘late night surprises’ in store for the silly season. To book, click here.