So, whether you're looking for an event to enjoy with loved ones or something the whole office can get involved with - either virtually or in-person - Obby is here to help! Check out our Top 10 choices below to help you decide how to celebrate the festive season.
Our Top 10 Alternative Christmas Party Ideas are:
- Christmas Lights Photography Tour in London
- Christmas Special: Gingerbread Decorating
- Festive Pine Wreath Workshop
- Terrarium Masterclass
- Crochet A Hat Workshop Using Recycled T-Shirt Yarn
- Lino Print Christmas Card And Wrapping Paper Workshop
- Live Online Natural Soap Making Workshop
- Make Your Own Christmas Jumper
- Paint in an Artist's Studio at a City Person
- Live Online Christmas Candle Making Workshop
Christmas Lights Photography Tour in London
Location: Embankment Tube Station (In-Person) | Price: £49pp
Take in London in its full Christmas glory with this night-time photography tour, led by professional photographer David of Sky Blue Photography. Over the course of 2-and-a-half hours, you and your party will capture the famous light displays of Regents Street, Piccadilly and Soho - as well as many more!
The tour is suitable for all types of digital cameras, all the way from your phone to a professional DSLR, so it doesn't matter if you or your group don't have the fanciest camera on the market. From creative techniques to practical advice, David will offer tips, tricks and guidance all the way; regardless of your ability. What better way to capture the Christmas spirit, for all your loved ones (and your Instagram followers) to see!Book now on Obby
Christmas Special: Gingerbread House Decorating
Location: Belgravia (In-Person) | Price: £45pp
Led by professional baker Nada Fahmy, this Gingerbread House Decorating class is bound to get you and your party in a festive mood! You’ll each be given your very own gingerbread making kit, which comes with everything you need to create your gingerbread house of dreams; delicious pre-baked gingerbread shapes, piping bags, cake boards, and all the sweets you could ever want!
You'll receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pies on arrival to help get you in the spirit, and Nada will be there to guide your group every step of the way and ensure you leave with a creation fit for a centrepiece or loved one. Be sure to check out Nada's Instagram over at @little_london_bakery to see her amazing bakes, and get a taste of the class!Book now on Obby
Festive Pine Wreath Workshop
Location: Clerkenwell (In-Person) | Price: from £75pp
Some of our favourite (and most popular!) classes at Christmas are all to do with wreath making, and this one offered by Flower Factory LDN is no exception! Based in Clerkenwell, the flower studio and floristry school have a highly creative team of florists who are sure to offer a botanical experience you and your party won't forget.
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Inspired by the simple but stylish beauty of Scandinavia, your group will be provided with a wreath base and all the materials needed to create your festive wreath. Your teacher will also show you multiple different ways to decorate it in true Skandi style, using both traditional and modern methods to add seasonal foliage, pine cones, dried fruit, flowers, moss, berries and ribbon. Anyone is welcome to bring along something personal they'd like to also include in their wreath, for an added sentimental touch.
Location: Virtual or In Person (Kings Cross) | Price: £78pp
If your group is looking for a botanical themed event, but with less emphasis on the festive element, then this Terrarium Masterclass by the Botanical Boys is the class you're looking for. Started by Ben and Daz in 2009, they both started out with a total lack of gardening experience, so if you're feeling like you're lacking the green thumb then don't stress!
Available either In-Person or as a Live Online Class, you and your group will get to build a self-sustaining living garden in a 3 ltr glass jar, topped with a natural cork lid, to take home with you. Perfect as an alternative centrepiece or even as a gift, the garden requires very minimal maintenance and you and your party will learn all about aftercare to ensure your terrarium stays healthy and thriving long into the New Year.Book now on Obby
Crochet A Hat Workshop Using Recycled T-Shirt Yarn
Location: Brixton (In-Person) | Price: £35pp
Given the chilly winter weather, why not spend your Christmas party creating something that will not only help shield you from the elements but also help the planet? With this workshop from Restoration London, you'll be given yarn made out of old t-shirts to use, and under the guidance of your teacher Hannah, your group will learn the basics of crochet - to chain stitch, half double crochet and how to sew the hat together to complete!
Even though - by Restoration London's admission - you probably won't finish your hat by the end of the class, rest assured that they will show your group everything needed to finish your hat at home! Whether you want to keep it for yourself or finish it in time to gift it to a loved one.
Lino Print Christmas Card And Wrapping Paper Workshop
Location: Clapham (In-Person) | Price: £50pp
Give your Christmas gifting an extra personal touch this year with custom cards and wrapping paper, with this workshop by Lavender Print School - based in Clapham. Using high-quality lino materials, including non-toxic inks, you'll be given plain wrapping paper along with 5-10 cards and envelopes to design to your heart's content!
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You and your group will learn how to design, carve and print your very own cards and wrapping over 3 hours. You'll also receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and mince pies during the workshop, and basic lino skills if you ever wanted to carry on printing.
Live Online Natural Soap Making Workshop
Location: Virtual (Live Online Class with Learning Kit Included) | Price: £39pp
If some of your Christmas party members aren't able to make an in-person event, then this class is a perfect way to ensure everyone is included! These soaps are perfect to gift, and your party will have the satisfaction of knowing they crafted them themselves. During the 1 hour class, you will learn about scent creation, how to use dried flowers, essential oils, and colour in natural soap making. Everything you'll need to create these soaps will be sent to each party member prior to the event, so no one has to stress about finding obscure materials for the class!
You will start by heating the soap base, blending the oil, adding dried flowers, natural colour powder, and finish by pouring your own four soaps. All the raw materials provided by class teacher Yougi are cruelty-free, vegan, ethically sourced, eco-friendly.Book now on Obby
Make Your Own Christmas Jumper
Location: Peckham (In Person) | Price: £45pp
Few things scream Christmas quite like a classic 'ugly' Christmas jumper, and 3rd Rail Print Space is offering the chance for you and your party to make your own with this class! As London's biggest open access screen printing studio, specialising in paper, fabric and t-shirt printing, you're in the best place possible to create the most outrageous jumper you could dream of!
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Choose from a wide selection of icons available in an array of block colours, glitters and metallics and - if your festive design juices are really flowing - you can even cut out your own shapes, to create a truly unique design. All materials including the blank jumper and, of course, a mince pie are provided.
Paint In An Artist's Studio At A City Farm
Location: Stepney City Farm | Price: from £59pp
If your group is based in London, but looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for your Christmas event then look no further. Based in Stepney City Farm, artist Georgie Mason's studio is a wholesome and creative environment where you're encouraged to leave your stresses behind and embrace your creative side; something that's very important as we head into the holiday season which can be stressful for lots of us.
On arrival, Georgie will set you up with a canvas and begin with some mindfulness, art or literature linked to the month's theme to get you feeling inspired (although you can create anything you'd like!) You can then go for a walk around the farm to salvage materials for texture, or just soak up the nature, before getting stuck into your piece. Georgie will talk you through the process of creating a good composition - including building texture, colour mixing, mark-making - whilst also encouraging your group to let go of the inner perfectionist, and enjoy the process of creating.Book now on Obby
Live Online Christmas Candle Making Workshop
Location: Virtual (Live Online Class with Learning Kit Included) | Price: £42pp
Our final class on the list is all about scents, which are all around us during the Christmas holidays - Christmas trees, mulled wine, and gingerbread are just a few that come to mind. In this virtual workshop, you and your group will get to create a Christmas-themed candle - an aromatic mix of orange, cedarwood, and spices - all whilst receiving live instruction and tips from your teacher Emily on how to create a natural Christmas fragrance.
All materials will be posted to your group ahead of the class, including eco-soy wax, copper glass candle container, essential oil blend, wick, wick holder, and sticker. All the raw materials are cruelty-free, ethically sourced, eco-friendly, and 100% natural.Book now on Obby
Need more advice?
Struggling to find a class that fulfils all your Christmas wishes in London? Be sure to check out our special London Christmas page, which has every Christmas-y event in London all in one place for you to browse to your heart's content! You'll be in a festive mood in no time.
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