From fun to fine dining - and everything in between
Have you been put in charge of organising this year's work Christmas Party? Don't know where to start? It can be a daunting job if you have large groups of people to organise and literally hundreds of options to choose from around the city. There is also the added pressure of wanting to pick the right venue so that everyone has a good time - if it's a total disaster you'll be hearing about it until next Christmas! Check out the following 20 options to choose from around the Capital, split up into Fun, Funky and Formal - depending on the kind of workplace - and the kind of people - you will be celebrating with...
1/ The National Arboretum will be holding Christmas Parties in their Discovery Garden and the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, with three packages ranging between $65 - $90 per person. This scenic location is an ideal place to have a party, with views overlooking the city. The fun part? Each package comes with Lawn Games to play afterwards. See here for details. For a full article on the National Arboretum, see here.
2/ Delta Paintball in Tuggeranong is a good team-building Christmas party option, with various packages depending on your time restraints and how many people you have going. See here for details and contact details to arrange a personalised event.
3/ Rose Cottage Inn in Gilmore is a rustic, historical pub and at Christmas time they offer an "Aussie Christmas Buffet" for $40 per person. See here for function space options and here for Christmas menu.
4/ The RUC Turner Bowls Club offers Christmas lawn bowls packages as a fun way to break the ice and have a laugh before enjoying a Christmas feast. Their Lawn Bowls and Christmas packages range between $44.90 per person (with canapés) to $76.90 per person (full buffet). See here for details.
Your bowling green awaits! Image: The RUC Turner Bowls Club Facebook
5/ The Kingston Hotel have Christmas party packages at their Maddie's restaurant starting from $34 for main and dessert, with a minimum of 30 people. After lunch, why not stay for a few games of pool or sit out on the leafy verandah and enjoy some cold Christmas ales. See here for details. For a full article on the Kingston Hotel, see here.
6/ Four Winds Vineyard in the Canberra Wine District host Christmas parties for between $25 - $50 per person for wood-fired pizzas and beverage packages with their own award-winning wine. Why not hire a minivan to take the hassle out of driving and play games on the way there, to get into the party mood. See here for details. For a full article on the pizza at Four Winds Vineyard, see here.
7/ Canberra Southern Cross Clubs have Christmas party packages at their Woden, Tuggeranong and Jamison clubs, as well as at their Yacht Club overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. For groups of over 40 people, they also cater Christmas parties on their MV Southern Cross cruise boat. See the sights and relax while enjoying good food and wine. See here for the full details.
Relax and enjoy the sights on the MV Southern Cross
8/ AMF Bowling is located at both Tuggeranong and Belconnen. AMF offer two Christmas party packages - The Prancer package is at both Tuggeranong and Belconnen for $50 per person and The Rudolf is $65 per person and available at Tuggeranong only. Show off your skills and have a few laughs! See here for details
9/ Bubble Soccer 2 U is a hilarious way to spend an afternoon as you play games of soccer inside giant inflatable balls. If you have a public oval or reserve near your workplace, why not book for Bubble Soccer to come to you, followed by a visit from a catering van, such as Pizza 2 U. See here for details.
Fun and laughter with Bubble Soccer 2 U. Image: Bubble Soccer 2 U Facebook
10/ The Duxton in O'Connor has Christmas party options for groups of 5 to 100 people, with three venue spaces to choose from. If you want something casual they can make freshly made platters delivered to your table or alternatively you can enjoy a coursed meal. See here for details.
11/ Bookplate Café is located at the National Library of Australia, with views over to Lake Burley Griffin. This year they have four party packages to choose from, ranging between $95 - $130 per person. See here for details. For a full article on the Bookplate Café, see here.
12/ Siren Bar in Gungahlin have an extensive Christmas party menu, starting from cocktail parties at $20 per person (food only), up to $65 per person for a full Christmas Buffet or 3-course meal. See here for details.
13/ EQ Lounge in Deakin can cater to large groups with 250 people standing or 100 people sitting in their leafy, modern restaurant. Contact the functions team to cater the event to your requirements. See here for details.
Style and sophistication at EQ Lounge. Image: EQ Lounge Facebook
14/ GIO Stadium in Bruce is an ideal choice for larger, corporate groups of up to 700 guests. Prices start from $99 per person, with a minimum of 50 people. See here for details.
15/ Hotel Realm in Barton has Christmas-inspired menus and packages ranging between $62 - $80 per person, with bon bons, stage, dance floor and an area for live music if you book it separately. See here for details.
16/ Crowne Plaza have a range of corporate Christmas party options starting from $30 per person for a canapés package. Choose between six different function areas - and this year they also have a barbecue lunch option on the terrace adjacent to the Glebe Room, with a dedicated chef for your event. See here for details.
17/ Museum Café at the National Museum of Australia is a scenic place to hold your Christmas party, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Their Christmas package includes a three-course Christmas lunch by Broadbean Catering for $60 per person, with a minimum of just 4 guests. See here for details.
Christmas parties at the Museum Cafe, National Museum of Australia
18/ QT Hotel Canberra in the city can host Christmas parties for groups of 10 to 700 people. Choose between the Capitol Bar and Grill, themed events in Lucky's Speakeasy bar or sophisticated experiences in the exclusive QT Lounge. Prices start from $35 per person. See here for details.
19/ Hotel Kurrajong in Barton are hosting Christmas parties with elegance and sophistication this Christmas season. Prices start from $45 per person for a cocktail party (minimum 30 guests), up to $85 per person (minimum 40 guests). See here for details.
20/ Rydges Capital Hill offer 3 Christmas party packages with either canapés, buffet or set menu for less than $60 per person, with a minimum of 30 people. See here for details.