The holiday season is fast approaching, in fact, it’s just around the corner as the months ending in ‘Ber have arrived. And as a business owner or manager, you may be thinking about how to make this Christmas special for your staff and employees.

After a challenging year, it’s crucial to spread some joy and show some Yuletide appreciation for their hard work, and one fantastic way to do this is by throwing a memorable Christmas celebration. And what better way to make it unforgettable than by having a fairground-themed event? In this guide, we’ll guide you through the steps to plan the ultimate Christmas celebration for your staff and employees.

employees huddle round at christmas party

Choosing the fairground theme

A funfair theme (and opting for fairground hire companies to help you plan your event) is an excellent choice for a Christmas celebration because it adds a whimsical and nostalgic touch to the event. It appeals to people of all ages, making it perfect for a diverse workforce. Imagine the joy on your employees’ faces as they walk into a winter wonderland reminiscent of their favourite childhood memories!

Venue selection and décor

Start by selecting a venue that can accommodate your fairground Christmas market theme. An indoor space like a banquet hall or a spacious outdoor area can work depending on your location and the weather.

Once you have the venue, focus on the christmassy décor – decorate with colourful banners, twinkling fairy lights, and life-sized cut-outs of classic funfair attractions like carousels and Ferris wheels plus Santa’s sleigh to make it more festive. You could even set up game booths with prizes to add an interactive element to the celebration.

If you have space and budget for extravagant festivities, bigger rides like a Ferris wheel, ice rink, carousel, and carollers. If not, you’d be amazed what imagination can be invoked by simple things like the aroma of spiced cinnamon and roasted chestnuts to guarantee holiday cheer.

dancing at christmas party
Dance floor is essential for any Christmas party

Entertainment and activities

A fairground-themed celebration offers plenty of entertainment options. Consider hiring a local band or DJ to provide live music throughout the event. Set up a dance floor to get everyone grooving. For a more immersive experience, you could even rent a photo booth with carnival style props, allowing employees to capture the fun moments.

Don’t forget the classic fairground games! Arrange for attractions like ring toss, duck pond, and a mini golf course. Offering prizes for winners can make these games even more enticing. Additionally, a fortune teller or magician can add a touch of magic to the evening, and of course you need a Father Christmas in attendance.

Food and Drinks

The Christmas spirit and fairground food is all about indulgence, so opt for a menu that includes classic favourites like candy floss, popcorn, and hot dogs. For those who prefer something a bit more substantial, consider setting up food stalls serving hamburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, and nachos. To wash it all down, offer a variety of beverages, including soda, lemonade, hot mulled wine, hot chocolate and mocktails.

For dessert, a make-your-own cupcake station or offer delights like candy apples, gingerbread, roasted almonds, or stollen can be a sweet addition to your fairground feast.

festive funfair food
Festive carnival themed food or get inspiration from Christmas markets

Gifts and prizes

Show your appreciation by giving out thoughtful gifts or prizes. Consider hosting a raffle with exciting rewards like gift cards, tech gadgets, or even a paid day off. Personalized gifts like custom-made ornaments or engraved keychains can also leave a lasting impression.

A fairground-themed Christmas celebration is a fantastic way to create lasting memories and boost morale among your staff and employees. By carefully planning the venue, decor, entertainment, food, and gifts, you can ensure that your event is a resounding success. After all, the spirit of Christmas is all about bringing joy and spreading good cheer, and there’s no better way to do that than with a fairground-themed celebration.