Christmas entertainment ideas to keep your staff happy

great ideas for your staff christmas party - John Holt magician

It’s bonfire night tomorrow which means that the shops will be absolutely flooded with all things Christmas in about two days. For some, Christmas is a very busy time. For magicians, December is the one time of year that you don’t want to be ill – you can be working two or maybe even three events in a day, and there are few days off. It’s amazing…and tiring.

For others though, December is a cooling off time, a time when work naturally slows down and you can afford to kick it into a low gear – a time to celebrate and have some fun.

How to celebrate though? Of course, you could have a bog standard staff party: find a venue, book some food and stock up the bar, but why not try something a bit different?

Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

1. Why not have a weekend day on a Friday? Instead of going out in the evening, just have a day (or an afternoon at least), where people can stop work, put on their weekend clothes, bring in their PS4 and just relax and slob out in the office? Get them to bring their own food and you’ve got a great way to spend a day!

2. How about giving your employees some cash, so that they can go out and celebrate however the heck they want? Take the staff party budget, divide it up and give it out! I’d demand photographic evidence and offer prizes for the best/most original celebration.

3. Gambling! Everybody loves an occasional flutter, so why not take everybody to the races/dogtrack/casino/local park (depending on budget), to bet upon the horses/dogs/cards/local tramps fighting?

4. Looking for something a bit more dignified and elegant? How about a corporate wine tasting day? You could spend the afternoon appreciating “floral bouquets” and “light bodied reds” with a “spicy finish” (I may have Googled some of these). If you’re in Cheshire, my good friend Richard runs the awesome Wine School of Cheshire and would my first port of call. A quick internet search will find similar, though obviously not as brilliant, results. 🙂

5. Why not hire out a stack of arcade games and let your staff go nuts as they shoot zombies, ride bikes and race cars? Again, I’d be disappointed if there weren’t prizes for “most improved zombie killer” or “funkiest mover” on Dance Star.

6. Book a magician to come round the office, during work hours, to entertain staff in 5 minutes breaks or while they are making a brew!

7. How about fancy dress day with a theme of “come as the job you wanted when you were 10 years old”? It might be fun to see a bunch of fighter pilots, premiership footballers and models around the office. If you invite me, it would give me chance to finally wear that Spiderman costume that’s still in my wardrobe…

There’s a few suggestions to get you going. If you have any more, feel free to email me at and I’ll add the more legal ones to the list.

Whatever you’re doing for a party, have an awesome Christmas!

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