What are your office Christmas parties like? Let us guess. Turkey dinner, festive pop tunes, someone from accounts dressed up as Father Christmas dolling out the secret Santa gifts? Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying all of that isn’t a great way to celebrate the ‘season to be jolly’, but if you’re not careful, one year merges into the next and soon your office Christmas party has become a little bit, well, predictable.
Lots of event organisers come to us at Merlin Events because they’re looking to throw a party that offers something a little bit different. And that’s something we’re confident on which we can deliver…
Our festive portfolio of iconic venues includes Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and London Dungeon. Unique spaces, theming and entertainment is what we do and we love nothing more than the opportunity to bring all of this together for clients wanting to say a big thank you to all of their staff before they go off to spend the holidays with their families.
Our four Christmas packages
Celebrate in style with a celebrity-packed party at Madame Tussauds where your guests can rub shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, enjoy a three-course, sit down dinner and have exclusive access to the attraction. One of our most popular Christmas party venue choices, Madame Tussauds can host up to 1,000 guests and offers a truly special night to remember.
The venue offers clients lots of branding opportunities as well as beautiful festive decorations and atmospheric lighting. Your guests will enjoy exclusive access to one of London’s top tourist attractions and all of its interactive games and rides. Get a real flavour for how one of our corporate clients, Danone, did their Christmas party last year.
Movies at Madame Tussauds
If you’re looking to hold more intimate office Christmas parties, Merlin also hosts Movies at Madame Tussauds nights for Christmas parties. Themed around Marvel and Star Wars films, the evenings include a short, exclusive 4D film. The 360 degree, interactive experience sees the special effects literally leaping from the screen into the audience as they watch, sitting in their sensory seats with baited breath. It’s a totally unique event with full and exclusive access to the fun and games in the Marvel Movies zone at Madame Tussauds.
As well as the mini Marvel movie screening, your guests will be able to try on Iron Man’s costume in the Test Zone, have their picture taken with a giant-sized Incredible Hulk and even hang out with Darth Vader. The Test Zone is a flexible space which turns into a dancefloor later on in the evening and the numerous screens mounted throughout the venue can be used for branding. These high-octane events are suited to drinks parties of up to 250 and for sit-down dinners for up to 65.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
For an out-of-this-world experience the SEA LIFE London Aquarium is the perfect choice. How often can you say you’ve eaten your Christmas dinner while sharks swim overhead? The aquarium was designed for events and the main space, the Atlantic Cove’, has moveable partitions so whether you have 50 or 200 diners for your sit-down meal, the venue feels comfortably full.
Reception drinks are hosted near the shark tank, where you can book divers – in branded outfits – to communicate with your guests; an evening highlight that never fails to delight! Other branding opportunities are available throughout the space and special event lighting means that your party will have an atmosphere fitting to the occasion.
For party planners opting for a fun and feisty take on their office Christmas parties plans, the London Dungeon – with its comic horror show and ride – offers a night you and your guests will never forget. Actors will take you on a gripping and sometimes gruesome tour of the darker side of London life. Expect gore, tales that will make your toes curl and the occasional fright! Particularly adventurous sorts can also have a turn on the Dungeon’s infamous drop ride…
Food and drink for then night is themed and, of course, delicious. Organisers can choose from a selection of some of London’s finest caterers who have a wide variety of menu options for you to choose from. They are also happy to collaborate with any planners who have specific dishes in mind to create a completely bespoke menu. The venue, now located up on the Southbank at County Hall near the London Eye, can welcome up to 120 party goers.
Your Christmas party with Merlin Events
It’s not just our event spaces that make our office Christmas parties so special. Every event we host is organised by a dedicated, in-house planner who will be your go-to person for all enquiries, requests and advice. Our professional, award-winning team organise over 200 events every year, know our venues inside out and are never afraid to take on a challenge – however weird and wonderful the request may be.
Our list of approved caterers includes renowned companies including Food by Dish and Payne and Gunter. Not only are their chefs hugely talented, but their teams of kitchen and serving staff understand how to produce restaurant quality food in unconventional venues. They also source their ingredients locally and ethically wherever possible.
On the night you’ll have staff guiding your guests round the attractions at your chosen venue, managing the cloakroom, tending to all of your audio visual needs and taking care of any behind the scenes requirements. So you’ll have time to grab a drink and enjoy the party along with your guests. To talk to someone about your office Christmas party dates and ideas, drop us a line.