Christmas Party Venues – Ideas and Costs

 

With party season almost upon us you may be considering where to hold your Christmas party this year. Whether you’re a company, club or group of friends, hiring the venue is likely to be your biggest expense. It can also make or break your party – choose somewhere too big and the event will lack lustre, too expensive and you won’t be able to afford the all-important finishing touches. Our venue guide is here to help.

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Village/Town Hall

Hiring out a village or town hall can be a good option if you are a reasonably large group but don’t want to break the bank. Don’t assume that cheaper means lesser quality – many village halls are charming; it just takes a little research. However, what the low price does reflect is that catering and a bar are rarely included. Instead there is often a kitchen facility which you will be allowed to use, and cleaning up will be your responsibility as well.

This option is therefore best for groups who know each other well, as you will all have to chip in in advance and arrange who is going to be purchasing food and drink. You will also need some good friends who you can rely on to help with the clean-up!

Best For

Large groups who know each other well, looking for a cheap Christmas party option.

Minimum Spend

Most town/village halls hire out for around £10-25 an hour, although this can increase if you are booking at the weekend. If you hired a venue for around 4 hours the least amount you could spend would be around £40.

Maximum Spend

Some halls will offer set slots rather than letting you pay hourly. A common time frame is 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm which normally costs around £250 during the busy festive period. Some halls will increase their rates at the weekends and also if they have facilities such as a bar.

Bar/Restaurant

If you’ve got some more cash to splash then booking a bar or restaurant could be the perfect choice. It can also work out well for smaller groups who require a more intimate setting than a hall. However, the customer service that venues such as this normally provide, as well as the fact that they will be giving up their usual revenue from the public for the night, makes this option much pricier.

Best For

Medium sized groups looking for a more intimate setting, customer service and a fully-stocked bar.

Minimum Spend

The amount you can spend really depends on the location and quality of the venue you are hoping to hire. You can hire a very attractive (albeit compact) bar/restaurant in a medium-sized town like Swansea for free, as long as you spend at least £400 on food between you. Some chains like Revolution also offer free venue hire of an area of the bar subject to a deposit.

Maximum Spend

If you want to hire a large bar or restaurant in a major city like London you’re looking at a lot more money. Hiring out the top floor bar of the Oxo Tower can set you back up to £6000.

Hotel

If you are a larger group and are looking for silver-service rather than a self-catering village hall, a hotel is the right choice. Normally popular wedding receptions, they can work just as well for Christmas parties. However, once again high-quality table service will cost you.

Best For

Large groups looking for top notch service in a less intimate setting.

Minimum Spend

To hire a hotel that is part of a budget chain, prices start from £1-2000.

Maximum Spend

To hire out a high-class London hotel like The Mayfair including room hire, a drink on arrival, a three course meal and a DJ, you’re looking at around £110 a head. Whilst this may seem reasonable it soon adds up – 30 guests will cost you £3,300.

Museums

If you want to throw a party to remember then a museum could be the perfect choice. They’re great for those who want something a little off beat, special and with plenty to look. However, not only will you be paying for service but also to host your event amid priceless antiquities, making this the most expensive option on our list.

Best For

Large groups with an equally large budget, looking for something a little different.

Minimum Spend

You can hire less popular rooms or less prestigious museums for around £6-7000. Alternatively, if you don’t mind the time of day your event is held at, daytime hire can cost as little as £2000.

Maximum Spend

To hire out a space in a world class museum like the Victoria and Albert you could be spending up to £14,000 – for one night. Blimey.

At Home

For the truly cash-strapped, or those who aren’t planning to invite enough guests to warrant a bigger venue, why not host your Christmas party at home? It’s a cosy, intimate setting that’s ideal for smaller groups, and the best bit is that you can leave the cleaning up until the next day if you want to!

Best For

Small Christmas parties with close family or friends only.

Minimum Spend

Nothing. There are obviously no venue fees to pay, and if you don’t fancy the idea of a traditional turkey roast why not host a pot-luck and ask all the guests to bring some food or drink along of their choice?

Maximum Spend

To make the event extra special, a budget of £50-£100 is more than enough to set you up with a Christmas tree and tinsel, baubles and wall decorations to match. Visit our Christmas decorations section for trees, baubles, lights, wreaths, tableware and much more starting from just 50p.

Hiring a venue for your Christmas party can be a confusing business. Getting the right size and price for your group involves time and research. This guide should help you to get it right.