Ideas for your office Christmas party in 2017

Corporate Challenge Events is a regular contributor to Executive PA. This month its Conference & Events Manager Rachael Ziccone provides 4 ideas for your end of year celebration.

It is that time of year when you ponder what to plan for your work Christmas party.

We work with organisations, large and small, all over Australia and New Zealand to plan and deliver corporate Christmas parties so we understand the challenges.

To help you decide on a rewarding and unforgettable event, here are our top four ideas for 2017….


  1. Family fun day

Family fun days can be a great way to acknowledge and involve staff and families in a fun, relaxed and social environment with something for all ages to enjoy.

When organising family fun days, some things to consider are catering for all ages, providing entertainment for both kids and adults, what infrastructure needs to be brought in, applying for council permits for outdoor venues and conducting a risk assessment.

Budget can also be a concern when you start to forecast total numbers to include families. We have a variety of all-inclusive packages tailored to suit different group sizes and budgets.


  1. Christmas team challenge

If your team enjoys problem solving or adventure activities, a fun day-time team building event followed by a barbecue and drinks may be ideal for you.

Some team building programs like Mission Impossible and City Scramble provide the opportunity to explore your region, and others like Survivor and Beach Olympics are perfect to enjoy a beautiful location.

We have also designed Christmas-themed team building programs such as Hunt For Santa’s Sleigh, Christmas Cluedo and Christmas Dinner to combine fun with various bonding exercises.


  1. Charity team building

To enjoy the spirit of ‘giving’ this Christmas, a great option for your staff event may be a charity-focused team building program.

They are fun, they are team-oriented and, most importantly, they provide a gift to those less fortunate.

Bikes For Tykes, Toys For Tykes and Formula One Kart will put smiles on many disadvantaged children’s faces, Give A Dog A Home will provide shelter for four-legged friends in need, whilst Charity Chef will help put food on a family’s table.


  1. Festive company conference

Holding your staff conference in the lead-up to Christmas is a good opportunity to combine strategic planning, professional development, team building and festive fun in the one corporate event.

It may be perfect timing for you to plan for 2018, provide some training opportunities and then let your hair down with an evening dinner or cocktail function.

A festive company conference will provide a positive injection into your company’s culture and take advantage of everyone’s creativity and high spirits at this time of year.

If you need any help choosing, organising and delivering an event suitable for your organisation, please contact our team directly or visit

Rachael Ziccone is the Conference & Events Manager for Corporate Challenge Events – leading the way in creating positive team cultures in businesses across Australia and New Zealand through conference planning, team building and corporate training.