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You have been given the job of arranging the work Christmas party. The expectations are high – the pressure is on – what are you going to do?

Well after your initial panic has subsided, its time to make a plan. First off, we recommend researching options online before putting a proposal back to the team.

At Red Cactus Events, we organise hundreds of work Christmas party events each year and specialise in fun and unusual activities that will make you and your team laugh out loud!

We believe that the work Christmas party should be more than just turkey and alcohol so why not mix things up by starting the party with an event to be remembered?!

So on to some ideas – we have compiled the top ten unusual activities to book for your work Christmas party.

1: Office Games Festive Gameshow

One of our favourites is the Office Games Festive Gameshow! It’s inspired by Saturday Night TV and all the gameshows from yesteryear including Countdown, Family Fortunes and more! Hosted by a live gameshow host and featuring some festive fun and jaffa cakes?! It’s definitely one not to miss!

2: Christmas Murder Mystery

Christmas isn’t complete without a Christmas Carol or two. But what about the mystery of a Twisted Christmas Carol? With a Christmas Murder Mystery featuring live actors, this is the perfect choice if you’re looking for some entertainment alongside your Christmas dinner plans. Gather the evidence, question the suspects and catch a murderer!

Christmas Murder Mystery(2)

3: Festive Court Room Comedy Roast

Enter the court room and face up to your crimes in this Festive Court Room Comedy Roast. Have you been accused of wearing an awful Christmas jumper? Perhaps you’ve been eating all the Christmas chocolates in the office? In this experience, you will be put to trial in the court of Santas Grottos where the elves will decide if you belong on Santas naughty or nice list! Featuring live actors, this is a comedy special guaranteed to bring laughs and entertainment.

Festive Court Room Roast

4: Elf School

Elf School is a Christmas themed team building event to test your logic and quick thinking skills! Santas sleigh has been taken for a joyride so you and your fellow elves need to get trained up to get it back! Participants will go head to head in a series of games and challenges including Chimney Present Toss and Long Range Reindeer Feeding. The aim of the game is to become the top trained Elf in the Elf School. Think 007 and MI5 but for Elves!

Elf School

5: Festive Quest

Festive Quest is an engaging, social, festive event with lots of team challenges to get your team in the festive spirit. Participants will split into teams and take part in several festive team challenges where they will need to work together and communicate! Challenges include Tree-mendous where guests have to decorate a christmas tree whilst blindfolded! Another favourite is BIG Piano where teams learn how to play a festive tune using their feet on a giant floor piano. There is plenty of festive fun to be had with Festive Quest!

Festive Quest Christmas Party


6: Bake That Christmas Special

The best thing about Christmas is definitely all the treats! With the Bake That Christmas Special, it’s your opportunity to make your own delicious baked goods and get to take them home to enjoy. You don’t need a giant kitchen as everything is provided including mini ovens and all utensils and ingredients. Guests will take part in ‘Great British Bake Off’ style challenges including Signature Bakes, Technical challenge and the final Showstopper! The perfect festive treat.

Bake That Christmas Special

7: Festive Around The World Challenge

Looking for something inclusive that can be either live, hybrid or virtual? The Festive Around The World Challenge suits everyone due to it’s adaptability. The event is kicked off by a remote host on Zoom and guests then split into teams and participate using an app. The aim of the game is to collect Travel Credits to travel virtually round the world by competing in trivia, photo and video challenges. Whoever gets the most Travel Credits and travels the furthest miles, wins the games! This event is popular with global teams due to it’s inclusivity and ability to be run in a virtual or hybrid format.


8: Eco Festive Paper Printing Workshop

We’re all trying to be more climate conscious and at Christmas, we spend a fortune on shiny wrapping papers, gift tags and plastic coated bags, not to mention the gifts themselves! With the Eco Festive Paper Printing Workshop, you can help offset your carbon footprint by creating your own eco friendly designs. You can create your own personalised Christmas stamps which can be taken home and re-used again and again. If you don’t wish to take them home, they will simply be saved for the next group so nothing goes to waste!

Eco Festive Paper Printing

9: Virtual Crimbo Bingo

With more employees working at home than ever before, do you need a Virtual Christmas activity? Christmas fun is guaranteed with Crimbo Bingo! Instead of using your dabber to cross off numbers, you’ll be listening out for festive tunes instead! Participants can login from anywhere in the world and all join in which makes it the perfect event for global teams who can’t get together but still want to celebrate as a team.


10: Virtual Save Our Santa Escape Room

If you’re looking for a short, virtual activity to entertain your team, the Virtual Save Our Santa Escape Room is the perfect event. Hosted exclusively by your own Gamesmaster, participants will split into teams and work together to solve riddles and puzzles to find the clues needed to save Christmas! Perfect for an icebreaker activity or a short bit of entertainment for your team if you can’t get together in person.

Save Our Santa Escape Room



Take a look at our other incredible Christmas Party ideas here, all of which can be tailored to your group / client / company. We offer a wide range of activities in more than 50 destinations across the UK and Europe.

If you still have no idea, get help by talking to one of our expert advisors on 01235 330133.


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