A key part of any Christmas party is of course the entertainment!
We put together a list of Christmas party entertainment ideas. You’ll find everything from classics to some more original ideas.
We’re sure you’ll find something here that will get your creative juices flowing.
As always, we recommend you don’t try to do too much. Instead, take a few of these ideas and go all-in with them. Less is more.
We’ve broken down the article into two sections. An adult Christmas entertainment section and then a kid’s Christmas entertainment section.
Let’s get started.
Adult Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas
A lot of Christmas parties are tailored predominantly towards adults. Such as office parties.
The ideas listed below are suitable for both private events and corporate events. If a few kids are attending the party, they should enjoy these activities too:
Photo Booths have become a party classic!
They come in all shapes and sizes. From actual booths to mirrors that take life-sized selfies. With just a few props you’ll have the best Christmas party souvenirs.
Before making a booking, double-check that the booth is suitable for your venue. For example, can it fit through the door? If your event is on the second floor, can the booth be brought up in the elevator?
Each booth will have its own specificities. For that reason, we recommend asking the service provider directly. To learn more, you can also check out our article on booking the best photo booths.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a Photo Booth directly through PartyWizz.
You can book a magician to entertain your guests at your upcoming party… yes, the adults too!
They will leave a lasting impression on all of your guests. Bringing some “real magic” to Christmas.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a magician directly through PartyWizz.
While not technically entertainers, photographers are central to any party.
If you’re hosting a small house party, one of your friends might fill the position. The key is they need to remember to take them!
However, for a big event, you’ll want to book a professional for the job. It’s a lot less stress and you’re guaranteed to have some great pictures.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a photographer directly through PartyWizz.
A slightly unusual form of entertainment but great fun nonetheless!
You can book a caricaturist to draw your guests during the party… Only the brave need apply!
If you’ve never seen a caricaturist in action before, check out our article on the topic!
For the occasion, why not ask the artist to add a few silly Christmas items. Like a Santa Claus hat.
Pro-tip: If you’re hosting an office party, you can get the caricaturist to brand all of the pictures. The perfect souvenir for your guests.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a caricaturist directly through PartyWizz.
If you’re planning on some dancing, a DJ is a must. Especially for bigger events. They will make sure you pack the dancefloor.
We recommend you check with your DJ when the best time is for them to set up their gear.
If they’re likely to be in your guest’s way, it’s better if they set up everything ahead of time. Otherwise, it might be a party killer.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a DJ directly through PartyWizz.
Why not book a singer or a band for your party? There is nothing like live music to set the atmosphere.
There are singers and bands for all genres of music. You’re guaranteed to find something you like!
If you’re booking a (physically) large band, we recommend you double-check with the venue that there is enough space for them.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a singer or a band directly through PartyWizz.
It’s the end of the year, everyone wants to relax. So why not book a massage chair with a masseur for your guests?
We feel this generally works best early on in the evening… before the loud music is turned on!
Depending on the size of the event, you might want to book few chairs. In addition, you’ll need a separate room for them.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book massage chairs for an event directly through PartyWizz.
Storytellers are worth considering! It’s a great way to learn about history and local folklore.
Obviously, for a Christmas party, these could be Christmas stories.
They don’t have to be religious if your guests aren’t. As Christmas takes its roots in pagan festivals, it could be based on those. Or they could just be stories based around Christmas times.
It’s really up to you and what you think your audience will enjoy!
Nothing beats having a really good laugh!
This is where the comedians come in. All they need is a bit of space and a microphone. Which makes it a very versatile form of entertainment.
Pro-tip: if this is the company event, why not ask internally if anyone does stand-up comedy? It’s a great way to shine a light on internal talent. They could do an opening bit before the professional comedian comes on.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a professional comedian directly through PartyWizz.
Virtual entertainment is a great solution if not all your guests can meet in the same space.
Companies might have remote teams or you might have a family member that’s far away.
In that case, why not book a virtual show? Virtual entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes: magic shows, online bingo, comedy shows, and more…
If this is something you’re considering doing, you can book virtual Christmas entertainment directly through PartyWizz.
Make your own cocktail
Set up a DIY cocktail stand for your guests. Depending on the time of day you’re hosting the party, these could be alcohol-free cocktails.
We do recommend staffing the cocktail stand. The bartender can then give recommendations as well as keep the stand tidy.
Colourful cocktails make for great pictures! And when you’ve made them yourself, they taste better too!
You’re never too old to play silly games. They’re the perfect way to break the ice at a party and get everyone to know each other.
We’ve already written an in-depth article about adult party games. You’ll find all the ideas you’ll ever want there.
Karaoke can be hit or miss. You need to judge your audience carefully.
However, if you have some karaoke fans in your audience, it’s sure to be a hit. And what better time to sing Christmas songs than at a Christmas karaoke event!
You can set up karaoke on your own fairly easily. All you need is a microphone and a projector. You can then look up your favourite song on YouTube as follows: “song + karaoke”.
If you don’t want the hassle of setting up and managing the event yourself, you can also book a karaoke entertainer who will take care of everything.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a karaoke party directly through PartyWizz.
Kid’s Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas
Although Christmas is a fun time of year for adults, it’s a truly magical one for the younger kids. Here are some ideas to entertain the kids at your Christmas party:
You can’t have a kid’s Christmas party without going to see Santa Claus.
This doesn’t have to be at the mall or in a public space. Santa Claus can be booked to come to private parties as well.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a Santa Claus visit directly through PartyWizz.
Santa can also be booked to provide some entertainment.
This might be music, storytelling, and some magic. The exact content will depend on the package.
When you book Santa for some entertainment, he’s often accompanied by some helpful elves or Mrs. Claus.
Once again, if you’re based in Ireland, you can book Santa Claus directly through PartyWizz.
Unfortunately, Santa’s diary fills up very fast… If he’s unavailable to attend your event, why not book Mrs. Claus for the occasion? She’s usually easier to get a hold of!
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book Mrs. Claus to attend your party directly through PartyWizz.
For some fun and games, you can book Santa’s elves to come to your party.
The elves will show you some tricks, tell you some stories and of course bring you some presents…
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book Santa’s elves to attend your party directly through PartyWizz.
Christmas and magic go hand-in-hand. So why not book a magic show?
When you have a group of kids, you have two main options:
- A kid’s show; This is perfect for younger kids (4 to 7).
- A family show; This is perfect for a mixed audience (4 to 100).
If you’ve never booked a magician before, you can check out our article on the topic. It covers everything there is to know.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a kid’s magician directly through PartyWizz.
Dancing appeals to all ages. So why not throw a Christmas disco party for all the young ones?
You can do this yourself with just an amplifier, a disco ball, and some playlists from Spotify.
However, if you want to really get the kids going, we recommend booking a disco entertainer. They’ll know all the latest moves and “cool” songs.
If you’re based in Ireland, you can book a disco party directly through PartyWizz.
Pin the bauble on the Christmas tree
A funny twist on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. It’s a simple game to play. You’ll just need a few prizes for the winner(s).
If you’re looking for some more ideas, check out our article on variations for pin the tail on the donkey.
That’s a wrap
We hope you have a great Christmas party and you find these Christmas party entertainment ideas useful!
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