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12 Jan 2016

Christmas Parties: The Points To Note

Christmas 2016 might seem a long way away, but it’s never too early to book your venue for your big night!

Companies tend to book earlier in the year tend to secure the best dates for Christmas parties later in the year.

The Events Team here at Emirates Old Trafford have come together and provided the following eight tips so that you can get ahead of the game.


The Early Bird Catches The Worm

It’s never too early to get your party in the diary. By booking sooner rather than later you will have a better choice of venues and dates. You will also have much more time to plan your party so that it will be one to remember rather than a last-minute nightmare!

Doesn’t Have To Be December

You and your colleagues maybe flat out in December – even arranging parties for other clients. Why not consider booking yours in late November or early January?

Off Site Is Alright!

By holding your party away from your work premises you will dramatically reduce your workload. You won’t have to worry about preparing for the event or clearing up after the fun. By going to an off-site venue, such as The Point or The Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford, you will benefit from a team of experts to do all the hard graft. Another important aspect to get right is if you want total exclusivity for your party. With some venues you will share your party night with other companies.


It’s worth gauging your colleagues’ opinions on their availability and travel expectations which will enable you to choose a suitable venue. Is the venue easy to get to? Is it near to public transport networks?

Save The Date

You don’t need to be concerned about designing an award winning invitation to invite your colleagues to the party. As you are planning very early, keep it simple. Send out a ‘Save The Date’ notice as soon as you have confirmed your booking. The fine details can wait until nearer the time.

Plan food and drink

When choosing your venue, check what food and drink options are available. Do you want the party to have a relaxed vibe or a more formal approach? Can you create your own bespoke drinks and food packages? Also check to see if you can pre-order drinks for arrival too – this is a splendid touch that will be greatly appreciated by your colleagues

More than Christmas!

At Emirates Old Trafford we host conferences and team building activities throughout the year and we are witnessing more and more companies combining these activities with Christmas parties, which provide added value to their overall experience. Make sure that the venue you choose is flexible and can offer you bespoke packages.

At Emirates Old Trafford we are renowned for the quality of our cuisine which is meticulously prepared by our award-winning catering team.

Added Extras

You want your party to be memorable, right? If you make sure the music is right you well get people up on the dancefloor, busting some moves until the wee small hours. Be creative, get in a photobooth where people can dress up and have instant photos of an evening to remember. The venue you choose should be able to provide you with many options and ideas of how to add extra value to your evening.


Wow! You’ve got there. The party is booked and you’ve got the rest of the year to look forward to. The pressure is firmly off. Keep in touch with the venue as there will be more decisions to make, but you’ve done the hard work so just chill and relax until the big day!

For further information, or to book your 2016 Christmas Party at Emirates Old Trafford please call a member of our Events Team on 0161 282 4020 or via email at Alternatively, visit for more information.