The holidays are the perfect reason to make your parties extra special! Who doesn’t love the idea of a holiday party taken straight out of a Hallmark movie? Imagine the snow falling outside, the clink of champagne glasses, happy laughter, and the warm glow of Christmas lights. You may not be able to control the weather, but you can make sure your party is full of Christmas cheer! We have 10 festive entertainment ideas to help make your party merry and bright.
1. Santa Claus (and the Mrs.)
Santa Claus and Christmas are a given. And sure, you can find him in almost any mall in America. But Santa and Mrs. Claus also make home visits! This trend is steadily growing in popularity, so it’s important to get your date secure as soon as you can. However, there are still options in the midst of the busy season! Santa and Mrs. Claus are great for both kids and adults. They love posing for photos, passing out gifts, and listening to Christmas wishes. They’ll probably even stick around for some cookies and egg nog if you let them.
Ever since the movie Elf came out in 2003, elves have been rivaling Santa in popularity. If you want a little more silliness at your holiday party, booking elves is the way to go! Elves are notoriously mischievous and aren’t afraid to shake things up. They can help lead games or sing-alongs, as well as keep everyone laughing during their visit. Keep an eye out for snowball fights, tickle attacks, and photo bombs when you book elves for your event!
3. Christmas Carolers
Nothing says festive entertainment like a group of traditional Christmas carolers. Donned in authentic Victorian-era clothing and packing some pipes, carolers will transport you back to a Dickens novel in no time. They can sing all the most popular songs and encourage guests to join in, too. Is your party more Rudolph than Tiny Tim? Most Christmas carolers can swap out their bonnets and top hats for bright pom-pom hats and sweaters to fit the theme of your party!
For parties with lots of little ones, booking a professional storyteller is a great way to keep them entertained. Christmas classics like The Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas are all great choices. Storytellers can quickly engage a group of rowdy toddlers (or adults who’ve had too much hot toddy) and get everyone in the holiday spirit.
5. Christmas Flicks
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the warmer states for Christmas, take the festive entertainment outside! With so many classic holiday movies, why not host your own screening? Inflatable movie screens are great for backyards; just add a few strings of Christmas lights to create some holiday ambiance. A popcorn bar or egg nog station are perfect complements to It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story.
6. Horse-Drawn Carriage
How about hoof beats, sleigh bells, and warm apple cider? A horse-drawn carriage ride in the snow is one of the most magical ways to celebrate Christmas! Bundle up your loved ones in cozy flannel blankets and pile into the carriage. As the old song goes, “The horse knows the way, to carry the sleigh, through the white and drifted snow!”
7. Flair Bartender
Office Christmas parties shouldn’t get to have all the fun! If your parties tend to be in high “spirits,” then a flair bartender can add the perfect touch of festive entertainment. Not only can they serve traditional drinks, they do it with a flourish. Flair bartenders will amaze your guests with their spinning, flipping, and sometimes even fiery displays with your favorite cocktails! They can even help you create a personalized drink for the party. Merry Martinis, anyone?
8. Jazz Band
Hosting a classy Christmas affair? Dim the lights and strike up the band! The jazz band, that is. Get your guests’ toes tapping and fingers snapping with holiday classics on the horns, strings, and drums! For festive entertainment that brings everyone out of their seats, you can’t go wrong with jazz music.
9. Photo Booth
Ugly sweater parties have become a staple theme this time of year! What’s the fun of wearing something silly if you don’t capture it on film? A photo booth is always popular and leaves your guests with a cute keepsake after the party. Throw in a basket of props like Santa beards and hats, elf ears, over-sized candy canes, or reindeer antlers and you’re set!
10. Christmas Sing-Along
Ever since November 1st, we’re surrounded by tinny holiday tunes in department stores. But as much as we love to hate them, Christmas songs are the best form of festive entertainment! Nothing compares to having someone singing live to your guests. Booking a professional to lead the sing-along is much more fun, too. Let the pro lead the music and get the crowd going; you just concentrate on having fun! Whether you prefer a singing pianist or singing guitarist, most musicians already have lots of holiday music in their repertoire. If you have special requests, don’t be afraid to ask! They usually have no problem learning new music for your party.