Holiday Fun

19 Holiday Party Ideas That Are Better Than What Your Company Is Planning

For a good time in NYC this holiday season, forward our list to your HR department.

Polish your party shoes and brush up on your small talk, because (like it or not) holiday soirée season is upon us. Cocktails and appetizers in a swank space are always nice, but break the mold with something a bit more unexpected this year. There are so many different ways to celebrate in this city—whether it’s with employees and colleagues, clients, friends, or family—and we can help you get the planning and the party started. Let us count the ways.

1. Sip champagne and bake delicious cakes to take home—with the help of a professional pastry chef—in an airy Williamsburg kitchen.

Photo by Marion Doucet/Courtesy of Milk Bar

2. Plan a Pinot-tasting party at an urban winery.

3. Get in formation with your coworkers for a private Beyoncercise class. Check up on it!

Photo courtesy of Pearl Studios

4. Jump out of a plane and fight zombies with your team at a virtual reality arcade.

5. Give back at your get-together with a special meal-prep event through God’s Love We Deliver.

6. Party in a private movie theater with full bar and meal service. One idea: A Christmas Story on the big screen, while sipping eggnog and threading popcorn garlands!

Photo courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema

7. Commission an exclusive immersive theater experience—in your home, office, or anywhere—for your group.

8. Get cooking with a top chef, then eat the fruits (and meats and veggies) of your labor in an exclusive restaurant.

9. Go rock climbing, throw axes, become archers, or try fencing—all in Brooklyn’s sportiest (and most unlikely) neighborhood, Gowanus.

10. Karaoke (duh!).

11. Send your invitees the password for a tucked-away speakeasy, complete with live jazz and bespoke cocktails.

Holiday Party Drink Bar
Photo courtesy of Fig 19

12. Toast the season as you nosh on gourmet bar food at a lively downtown biergarten.

13. Book a private bungee class in a hip yoga studio. (You know you’ve always wanted to see Bob from accounting in tights.)


14. Throw an under-the-sea affair and have a brine time learning to shuck and slurp oysters.

15. Swing into the New Year at a jazz and supper club, where your team can learn the Lindy Hop and cut up the dance floor.

Photo courtesy of Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club/Facebook

16. Arrange a sake and sushi soirée at this Japanese oasis.

17. Heat things (that is, sand) up at a small-group, private glassblowing class.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Glass/Facebook

18. Have a magical night filled with illusions, trippy immersive experiences, and plenty of photo ops at the Museum of Illusions.

19. Steal these fun bachelorette party ideas and host your bash in a burlesque club, a nail salon, or a bowling alley.

Need more ideas? Get in touch.