christmas party

What will a Christmas party in 2021 look like?

You may think we are mad to be talking about Christmas at the start of September, but hear us out…

Even before the pandemic, planning a Christmas party started as soon as the last one finished, and with Christmas 2020 not turning out like the one we had in mind, 2021 is set to be BIG!

With all lockdown measures set to end before the party season, the past year has taught us all to prepare and look at all options available when it comes to planning a Christmas celebration, so what are your options when it comes to a Christmas party in 2021?

T’is the season to reconnect in person

Typically, businesses would have their Christmas parties booked by now, leaving event organisers only to think about what to wear! But, 2021 isn’t a typical year…

Many businesses over the past year have embraced a hybrid style of working with flexibility set to be the future of work. A special event such as a Christmas Party is the perfect opportunity for teams to meet face to face, bond in a casual setting, and celebrate the year.

With this being said we are seeing a rise in enquiries and a demand for event venues for Christmas parties. Teams are excited to get together and celebrate employees who have gone above and beyond during challenging times.

A festive blend

Hybrid has been 2021’s buzzword and the term isn’t going anywhere when it comes to Christmas Parties. A Hybrid Christmas Party will feature meaningfully integrated experiences for virtual and physical attendees, combining the irreplaceable magic of in-person with the amazing reach and insights of virtual.

Even though hybrid events have two separate types of attendees, a blended Christmas Celebration can provide personalised experiences to individual attendees, rather than delivering the same cookie-cutter event. If it is not possible to get everyone together this year, a hybrid Christmas Party like no other could be the perfect option for your business!

Virtually together

The majority of businesses last year celebrated Christmas with their teams virtually and for some businesses, conventional Christmas parties might still not be an option this year. Some businesses may have bases all over the world and a virtual or hybrid celebration may offer the perfect solution without the worry and uncertainty of any changing restrictions.

Attendees may also be apprehensive about a large gathering close to Christmas, which is completely understandable and a virtual option means that no one misses out on the end of year fun.

The good news is, Virtual Events have continued to evolve and develop over the last twelve months, meaning that we will be able to go above, beyond, bigger, and better for virtual events this Christmas!

Final thoughts

Whether you are organising an in-person,hybrid or a virtual Christmas Party it can be time-consuming and often expensive. However, it is also an investment and offers many valuable benefits for both you and your employees such as boosting staff retention, strengthening bonds with colleagues, and inspiring better performances for the upcoming year.

Whatever the format, hiring a professional events agency with corporate event management experience will help bring your vision to life - whilst also taking away some of the stress!

Need a hand planning the party of the year?

Whether it’s live, hybrid, or virtual - First Event can work with you to deliver a Christmas celebration to remember, contact us by heading to our contact page for more information!