7 Sydney Christmas Party Ideas That Will Impress Your Colleagues (And Your Boss!)
By Lauren Morison /Australian Venue Expert
Sat 22nd Apr 2023 Corporate Venues
We know the pressure that comes with planning the office Christmas party. You want the event to be memorable and enjoyable for everyone, but you also have to balance the restraints of your budget and keep your boss happy. Take heart: Sydney is filled with fun and exciting Christmas party ideas for every budget.
Whether taking over a private courtyard suits your company vibe or you’re more likely to find your team enjoying happy hour at a cool cocktail bar, these venues offer a festive space ready to welcome you and your colleagues.
1. Host an elegant Christmas party at Establishment Ballroom by Merivale
Between its formal ballroom and spacious, New York-style outdoor terrace, the Establishment Ballroom by Merivale can easily transform into a sparkling wonderland for an office Christmas party with a bit of glamour. The natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows creates an atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating Christmas in Sydney’s summer sunshine.
Plus, using flexible configurations, it can accommodate events of all sizes — from intimate dinners to grand celebrations with all the trimmings. That means you can truly make the event your own. Establishment Ballroom is in the Establishment Precinct, conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD — just a 7-minute walk from Circular Quay train station.
2. Celebrate with a fancy high tea at The Tea Room QVB Ballroom
If you know your company culture is more refined than rowdy, the Tea Room QVB Ballroom could be your ideal event venue for a work Christmas party. This iconic Sydney venue offers a majestic setting of grandeur and luxury, with its sparkling ballroom complete with crystal chandeliers and lavish menus. Enjoy high tea in an elegant, historical setting — with all the fine details and sophistication your Christmas event deserves.
This venue also offers flexible options for seating, from full-length banqueting tables to a more informal, cocktail-style setup.
3. Ring in the start of a new year with cocktails at Kimpton Margot
If you want to take your office Christmas party up a notch, why not kick off the new year with a luxurious rooftop cocktail event? Kimpton Margot, Sydney’s newest luxury hotel venue, is where you can make it a night to remember. After all, it’s unlikely that your colleagues will have been there before.
This venue offers the perfect combination of modern luxury and Art Deco heritage, with stunning views of Sydney Harbour from its stylish rooftop terrace, making it the perfect backdrop for your Christmas celebrations. And to seal the deal, the dedicated in-house events team and world-class culinary experts led by Australian celeb chef Luke Mangan will ensure your event is truly spectacular.
4. Hire a private event space at Ovolo Woolloomoolloo for a beautiful seated dinner Christmas party
For creative catering menus in a beautiful setting, look no further than Ovolo Woolloomooloo — a luxurious harbourside venue just minutes from the Sydney CBD. Situated on the charming 100-year-old Woolloomooloo Wharf, this funky five-star hotel perfectly balances heritage charm and modern luxury.
From the versatile Piper Rooms to the snazzy Alibi Bar to the picturesque outdoor Wharf area, Ovolo Woolloomooloo has plenty of event spaces to choose from. Plus, its experienced team will help you bring your Christmas party vision to life. We suggest a festive dinner party, replete with candlelight and disco balls.
5. Escape the city for an overnight experience at Chateau Elan
For a relaxing night away from the hustle and bustle of the city, escape to the historic Chateau Elan in the Hunter Valley. This exclusive estate evokes a sense of old-school grandeur with its location amidst manicured lawns and lush gardens, giving off a vibe of sophistication and serenity.
Stay a night in one of the many luxury suites, go for a morning round of golf on its renowned Greg Norman-designed course, and top it off with some fine dining from their two onsite restaurants. There’s no shortage of activities for your team with the spa, wineries, etc. What better way to celebrate Christmas together than to decompress with your VIP team after a long and successful year?
6. Take over Establishment Bar for an epic private courtyard party
If you’re looking to really let loose with your team, the courtyard at Establishment Bar by Merivale Sydney is the place to take over for a night. This sleek and sophisticated events venue in the city centre offers fresh interiors and a large marble bar for truly unforgettable experiences.
Party it up on their column-lined grand space, or step out and enjoy the private Garden — a spacious outdoor courtyard with twinkly lighting, lush greenery, and a towering brick-walled heritage backdrop. All these elements combine to make Establishment Bar one of the most sought-after venues to host a Sydney Christmas office party, so you’ll want to book well in advance.
7. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor vibe with cocktails and small bites at Cruise Bar
For laidback but stylish Sydney Christmas ideas for corporate events, we find that Cruise Bar ticks all the right boxes. Boasting an unbeatable waterfront location and multi-level event space with three dynamic spaces, this will surely be one of the most memorable office parties you’ve ever thrown.
Whether you’re looking for full banquet seating or just a selection of canapes, Cruise Bar’s experienced team will help you create the perfect menu for your event. Soak up the indoor-outdoor vibe with cocktails and craft beers as you enjoy the stunning Sydney harbour views — it’ll be an evening to remember.