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15 Places to hold your office christmas party

Holly Zapasnik

It was the day of the office party, and all through the office, not one person was working, not even the boss.

It’s coming towards the end of the year which means many different things to many different people. For some of us, it means working extra hard to get everything done by the end of the year. For some of us, it means counting down the days until we can wake up after midday.

However, for one poor sod in each office, now is the time to find somewhere to have the annual work Christmas party! But with so many trendy venues popping up in Canberra it can be hard to navigate this space and find somewhere that will satisfy all appetites (even the office Negative Nelly). Here’s a list of some of the best venues to book this year’s end of year extravaganza!

Hotel Realm or the Burbury Terrace

2016 Christmas party early bird special booking is now available at the Realm Hotel in a variety of spaces. Book your all-inclusive Christmas party at Hotel Realm or Burbury Terrace before or on 31st October and receive two complimentary room nights in a Hotel Realm Suite. Hotel Realm, Canberra’s most exclusive 5 Star property offers a conference venue like no other.

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Crowne Plaza

Celebrate this festive season with a Christmas party or end of year celebration at Crowne Plaza Canberra. Enjoy outstanding food, impeccable service and central location. Choose from their six flexible function spaces along with Redsalt restaurant and Binara One bar that can cater to a range of event sizes and styles.

Crowne Plaza Canberra has prepared some delicious festive menus for your corporate end of year event or Christmas party in Canberra, starting from $30 per person for a canape only package. For something more substantial, they have plated lunch and dinner packages, as well as a festive lunch or dinner buffet.

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Akiba offers two function spaces to choose between; including an area for sit down dinners and a trendy standing art space with art from the late and great Robert Foster that is sure to impress your guests. Enjoy an 8-course meal starting at $55pp and drinks packages starting at $25pp.

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Rydges Hotel 

Whether you’re after a casual cocktail celebration or stylish sit-down dinner with all the trimmings, this festive season’s not the time to scrimp on service or style. Offering Christmas packages, Rydges’ highly skilled event team are here to make your planning a breeze.

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Highball Express 

With a laid-back tropical feel, lots of natural sunlight and a big, breezy balcony they have the perfect backdrop for your end of year celebration. Catering for any function from 20 to 200 guests, you will be blown away by their impressive selection of beverages, with everything from champagne to over 300 rums, barrel aged cocktails and signature punches all on offer.

Fresh, delicious and ever so inviting, your menu items will be beautifully styled on wooden trestles.

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QT Hotel 

QT’s venue packages range from private affairs for groups of 10 to 700 guests. From eclectic food and beverage offerings in Capitol Bar and Grill to themed Gatsby events in the award-winning Lucky’s Speakeasy bar to sophisticated experiences in the exclusive QT LOUNGE, perched high on the top level of QT Canberra with magnificent views of the city surrounds. Whether you’re after drinks & canapés or a 3-course dinner QT have a suite of affordable or luxurious packages on offer.

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Rose Cottage 

Enjoy an ‘Aussie Christmas Buffet’ at Rose Cottage at the affordable cost of only $38 per head including favourites such as hot carved turkey and delightful home made beef kebabs, with vegetarian and gluten free options available. Top it all off with some cheescake and cream! Bookings essential.

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National Arboretum (Ginger Catering) 

A favourite festive feast for Kitchen Cabinet friends as their summer harvest of cherries and berries announce it is Christmas– and time for holidays! $90 per person for canapés, three-course dinner and matching wines on December 14. Chef Janet hosts monthly Kitchen Cabinet dinners to highlight sustainable local produce and premium wine from the Canberra Region. Dinner is canapés plus three courses and will include talks by local producers and wine makers.

Dinner include canapés, three courses and talks by local producers and wine makers.

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ibis Styles Fyshwick

Eat drink and be merry. Whether you have been naughty or nice, ibis Styles Eaglehawk has the package and the location for you to indulge in Christmas cheer. Whether it poolside canapes and cocktails or a more formal dinner we have a package to suit all need and budgets. Book and of the above packages on or before 31st of October and receive an additional hour on your beverage package…that’s right four hours for the price of three, so don’t think twice.

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Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club

As one of Canberra’s most unique and picturesque venues, the Yacht Club offers a beautiful setting for any event. From the Lotus Room or Wardroom within the Club to the fully enclosed Marquee or MV Southern Cross, their award winning Executive Chef Jojy Vattoly has developed an extensive range of function packages for you to choose from.

Or if you prefer, they can work with you to tailor a menu to reflect your personal taste and style – from ocean fresh seafood to decadent desserts, allowing of course for any special dietary requirements.

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Thoroughbred Park

Book in to one of Thoroughbred Park’s race days over the Christmas party season and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, great racing and fun for everyone. Even the most discerning racegoer will enjoy a delicious menu, a fantastic comfortable environment and maybe even a visit from Santa! Choose from 13 November, 25 November or 11 December.

For smaller groups of 30 or less you can reserve a Winning Post Bar Courtyard table. Should you have a larger group and a race day does not suit your requirements their function rooms are perfect for dinners, parties, awards and conferences.Please note that bar tabs or consumption tabs and food platters must be pre-arranged.

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Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

With a touch of elegance and plenty of history, let the magic of Hotel Kurragong inspire you this festive season. Indulge in beautiful handcrafted menus, perfectly matched beverages and unforgettable service that will ensure your event is a resounding success! Packages and menu available online (including the festive package!).

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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Sean Buttrose, Key Account Manager at Restaurant Associates said he is delighted to be offering first class hospitality in such an iconic Australian location. “I can think of no better way to celebrate Christmas than by combining a stunning historic venue with award-winning fine dining.”

Having recently been named the best Venue Caterer in the ACT, Old Parliament House should undoubtedly be a top choice for a corporate end of year function.

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Pavilion on Northbourne

With a range of venue options and a wonderful tropical atmosphere, Pavilion on Northbourne is your ideal choice for your upcoming Christmas party. We can accommodate for both small and large groups. With christmas buffet packages starting at $39pp.

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Canberra Christmas Comedy Festival

For something a bit different join the festival’s best comedians as they get you into the festive spirit in an amazing show packed with comedy superstars. This 2 hour showcase event features some of the very best acts from the 2017 festival line-up, as well as other festival favourites! Don’t wait until March 2017 to get your laughter fix, join us this Xmas for the best Santa-sack full of laughs this side of the North Pole!

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Holly Zapasnik

Holly is a final year public relations student at University of Canberra who will talk your ear off about her dog, Archie (who she will claim is the cutest kelpie in the world). As a Canberran who has lived here her entire life, Holly enjoys quaint little bookstores full of character and making people uncomfortable with her terribly bad puns. When she isn't at home geeking out on her computer, Holly can be found lurking around dog parks patting and playing with the best of them. More about the Author

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