Holiday Fun

17 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.

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

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Winery

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

4. Buy out an intimate theater for a dinner and an award-winning off-Broadway show.

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!

Nighthawk Cinema Holiday Party Celebrate
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.

Holiday Party Cheese Cooking
Photo courtesy of Murray’s Cheese Bar

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

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

Biergarten Holiday Party
Photo by Jonathan McPhail Photography

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

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

13. 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.

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

Photo courtesy of Japan Society

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

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

Museum Illusion Fun
Photo by Carolina Ramirez

17. 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.