Embrace the festive spirit mid-year with these delightful Christmas in July ideas for your workplace.
Isn't Christmas the most wonderful time of the year? The magic, the festivities, the feeling of togetherness - it's a season like no other. So, why limit the merriment to just once a year?
With Christmas in July, we can recreate the yuletide magic and experience Christmas as our northern hemisphere friends do - in the chill of winter.
Why celebrate Christmas in July?
In Australia, our traditional December Christmas celebrations are in the heart of summer, which can make it hard for us to truly connect with the cosy, winter wonderland vibe that characterises Christmas in many other parts of the world.
This is where Christmas in July comes in. By embracing the chill of winter with a mid-year Christmas celebration, we get the opportunity to experience the festive season in a whole new light.
Think warm jumpers, hot chocolate and snowflake decorations. There's something special about celebrating Christmas in the colder months that adds a certain magic to the festivities.
Christmas in July ideas for work
Elevate the festive fun with some Christmas in July office games and activities! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Best Christmas in July jumpers contest: Encourage everyone to come in their most festive jumpers and host a contest for the best (or most outrageously) dressed!
- Secret Santa: Who said you can only do Secret Santa in December? Organise a gift exchange to add a dash of surprise to your mid-winter celebration.
- Christmas trivia: Test your team's knowledge of Christmas traditions from around the world. You might learn some fascinating new facts!
- Mulled wine contest: Mulled wine, simmering with spices and served warm, is sure to add a touch of cosy comfort to your celebrations. Add a touch of competition to the day by pitting teams against each other to see who’s got the best recipe.
- Cookie decorating: Turn the festive dial up a notch with a cookie-decorating competition. Provide plain Christmas cookies, icing and decorations, and let your colleagues' creativity flow.
- Festive playlist: Get everyone in the holiday spirit with a playlist of Christmas classics. A merry singalong or even karaoke is a great way to bond with the team.
Delicious Christmas in July menu ideas
One of the most exciting parts of any party is, of course, the food! For your Christmas in July office party, here are some delicious and warming food ideas that your colleagues are sure to love:
- Roasted meats: Nothing says 'festive feast' quite like succulent roasted chicken and lamb. Juicy, tender and packed with flavour, these hearty dishes will undoubtedly be the centrepiece of your Christmas in July party.
- Chocolate fountains & cheese fondue: Who can resist the allure of a chocolate fountain or a warm, gooey cheese fondue? Pair them with an assortment of fresh fruit, bread, and marshmallows for a decadent treat.
- Roasted veggies: Offer a healthy, hearty option with a colourful array of roasted winter vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
- Sweet treats: Complete the festive feast with a beautiful dessert table. Think mince pies, yule logs, gingerbread cookies and more. Don’t forget to add in something for vegans, gluten-free and other dietary requirements so everyone can join in the fun.
What our catering partners are offering for Christmas in July
- Flavours Catering and Events (Sydney): Christmas-themed canapes and finger foods, traditional Christmas buffets and roasts and, of course, desserts including Christmas pudding: Mulled wine pop-up bar
- Hut Dog Catering (Sydney): Mulled wine pop-up bar
- One Pot Catering (Sydney): Honey roast ham, turkey skewers, Christmas-themed sliders (with prawn cocktails and smoked turkey fillings), mince pies and Christmas cookies.
- Lunch in a Box (Melbourne): Plenty of celebratory finger foods, skewers and sliders.
- Top Food and Events (Melbourne): Choose from a few different Christmas n July buffets (with crispy pork, turkey, lamb and vegetarian options aplenty), buckets of prawns and platters packed with either desserts or charcuterie.
- Your Private Chef (Melbourne): Gourmet Christmas buffet complete with roast turkey, slow-cooked leg of lamb and plenty of sides like roasted potatoes and other root vegetables, salads, slaws and dinner rolls with sides of cranberry sauce, mustard and, of course, Christmas gravy. French desserts and fruit platters complete the meal.
- Luxurious Grazing (Adelaide): Breakfast boxes, sweet-and-savoury grazing boxes and sweet boxes.
- South Terrace Catering (Adelaide): Indulge in Christmas platters with ham on the bone, prawns, turkey and cranberry sandwiches, and, of course, fruit cake and rum balls.
While the name 'Christmas in July' may not be everyone's cup of tea, there's no denying the joy a mid-winter celebration can bring to the workplace. So, why not make it an annual tradition? Whether you call it Christmas in July or simply a Winter Feast, it's the spirit of togetherness and merriment that truly matters.