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29 Aug 2019

Why book your Christmas party in January?

If you’re a Christmas Scrooge, look away now, because we’re talking about all things Christmas…in January. Yes, you heard us right – we’re rounding up why hosting your Christmas party the month after the most wonderful time of the year could be the best party night your company has ever hosted.

We all know Blue Monday exists in January for a reason. Once the festivities have drawn to a close in December, January can seem a pretty gloomy month with nothing to look forward to. So, why not extend the yuletide season and celebrate the annual Christmas party this month instead?

  1. Start the year the right way

Or, as some may say, start as you mean to go on. What better way to kick start the year than with a team get together? A party in January could be the perfect way to motivate your team in the New Year, toast the previous year’s successes but also, look forward to the challenges and targets ahead.

  1. Clearer schedules

Christmas can be a pretty hectic season – there’s a lot of projects that need wrapping up and your team’s calendar can be pretty tight. There’s also a lot of social commitments, so January could provide the perfect solution and allow your team to bond.

  1. Beat the Blue Monday blues

We mentioned earlier that January is notorious for Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. So, instead of joining the post-Christmas lull, bring everyone together and incentivise your team with a night out.

  1. Abolish tradition

Come January, you’ll have eaten enough turkey dinners, turkey curries and turkey sandwiches to see you through until next Christmas. Who said your Christmas party in January had to abide by the traditional festive roast?

Just because you’re celebrating in January, doesn’t mean you have to adopt a Christmas theme, so let your imagination run wild and experience the unexpected.

Still need some convincing?

At Emirates Old Trafford, we pride ourselves on creating moments that encapsulate your brand and brings your team together. Our expert Events Team can work with you to create your post-Christmas vision and bring it to life – whatever the theme. Work with our Executive Chef to curate a menu full of different flavours and rife with seasonal ingredients,

Combine your annual conference with a party and reward your team for their efforts in the previous year, and toast to the year ahead. Host your day time conference in the award-winning venue, The Point before returning in the evening to dance the night away. Why not host a drinks reception in the Mezzanine Bar with a jazz band welcoming your guests on arrival?

Looking for something a little more intimate? We’ve got you covered. Our Members’ Suite is steeped in tradition, located in the historic Pavilion, or perhaps you’d like to step in to the 1864 Suite, where your guests can start the New Year in a relaxed and vibrant atmopshere. Both suites offer private balconies so your team can soak up the stunning views of the Lancashire Cricket pitch, and can comfortably accommodate up to 200.

Why not create a bespoke cocktail for your team to enjoy on the evening? Each suite contains its own bars, perfect for celebrating the forthcoming year.

Need somewhere to stay?

With all the festivities, don’t forget about booking your accommodation. At Emirates Old Trafford, we’ve got every base covered – enjoy an overnight stay at the on-site four-star Hilton Garden Inn. Freshen up in your room and order a bottle of bubbly to one of the 80 pitch-facing rooms with balconies to get ready for the night ahead, before slipping in to your party attire and heading back to your venue.

Thinking about the morning after? Tuck in to one of our famous cooked-to-order breakfasts, which will set you up for the day ahead.

Worried about getting here? We’re just three miles from the city centre, a 20 minute drive from Manchester Airport and are easily accessible by car and public transport too. Take advantage of over 600 on-site free parking spaces, or hop on the Metrolink situated directly behind the venue. We’re sure you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

If you’re interested in finding out more about hosting your private Christmas party with us in January, our Events Team would love to hear from you. Give them a call on 0161 282 4020 or simply email, and one of the team will get back to you.