So you’ve been enlisted to organise the office Christmas party—eek. The pressure is on and chances are you’re scratching your head for ideas.
To ensure the team are throwing you high fives long after the night is over (and you’re on the boss’ nice list), we’ve rounded up the best Gold Coast Christmas party venues and out-of-the-box activities for your upcoming silly season shindig.
If your energetic team loves a bout of friendly competition or you’re in search of an icebreaker to warm the crowd, consider a Gold Coast Christmas party at Movie World’s iconic golfing spot, Topgolf. This multi-level entertainment destination is a high-tech golf driving range with a rooftop bar, beer, cocktails, eats and LOLs guaranteed. Bonus: if you work on the north end of town, Topgolf is conveniently located in Oxenford so it’s a cheap Uber ride home after a few celebratory bevvies.
LUMBER PUNKS AXE THROWING
Has 2021 been one helluva stressful year for you and your workmates? Don’t worry, we are all in the same boat and need some stress relief urgently. Lumber Punks in Miami is the ultimate stress relief, where you can dust off your faithful plaid shirt and hurl axes like the madmen (and women) that you are. Start your day here, or end it; either way, it’s a bloody fun option for your next Gold Coast Christmas party. Did we mention there’s a jukebox and novelty vikings hats?
Holey Moley is the cult-like chip-n-putt that’s taken the country by storm. This 18-hole crazy AF mini golf course can be found in Surfers Paradise’s Circle on Cavill precinct, along with a disco bowling alley, karaoke, The Caddyshack cocktail bar and two escape rooms. An easy to organise Christmas party venue on the Gold Coast (just wrangle your work mates and they’ll do the rest), expect all the LOLs with a labyrinth of holes featuring everything from an ass with Trump’s face on his, well, ahem, ass, to a hound dog with The King himself upon his throne. There’s a reason Holey Moley is known as the creator of Australia’s best mini golf courses, par none. Check out their 2021 Christmas party packages here.
Did you really think we were going to make a list of the coolest Christmas party venues and not include the Burleigh Pavilion? Impossible. The Pav is the prime spot for silly season celebrations and is pimped out with sweeping ocean front vistas, refined eatery The Tropic, pumping DJs, slurp-worthy cocktails and uninterrupted sunset views—the ingredients of a killer party. Burleigh Pavilion offers unique event spaces, no matter if you’re looking for a lowkey celebration or pull-out-all-the-stops Christmas party. Check out their functions package for a memorable party that will keep you in everyone’s good books for a looooong time.
CALI BEACH CLUB
One of the hottest openings of summer 2021, we all knew Cali Beach Club was going to be popular, but boy, the Gold Coast has certainly fallen in love with this sun-kissed spot. The brand-new entertainment destination towers four stories above street level and is spread over an expansive 5000 square metres of prime rooftop space, boasts a spectacular outlook over Surfers Paradise beach and unparalleled views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. If you’ve got work pals who are all about basking in the sun and dancing long into the night, you need to check out Cali Beach Club’s Christmas party packages.
Whether it’s an intimate gathering of ten, or an extravagant, somewhat larger affair, it’s hard to find a cooler venue for a relaxed yet sassy party than The Island. With plenty of options to choose from, take your pick from their massive outdoor deck at The Island Rooftop (hello, summer breezes!), a posi on the poolside deck in leafy surrounds, a view of the big city lights from the Penthouse rooftop bar or perhaps a reserved space in Goldie’s bar and restaurant on the ground floor. With retro vibes and friendly service from start to finish, you’ll be guaranteed a top night.
THE YOT CLUB
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a watery adventure or two, so why not make this year’s office Christmas party on the Gold Coast one to remember. The YOT Club is without a doubt the ultimate celebration venue—it’s essentially a giant floating oasis that takes luxury to the next level. The YOT Blue is 80 feet of pure super yacht luxury and fits up to 58 guests, while the YOT 75 is the pinnacle of yacht entertainment and is licensed for 70 guests across two glammed-up levels. If you’re looking to seriously impress (and can max out the CEO’s credit card), The YOT Club is a Christmas party venue like no other. #prayforsunshine
GRANDDAD JACK’S CRAFT DISTILLERY
Granddad Jack’s is the Coast’s only dedicated whiskey and gin distillery—and she’s a beauty! With up-cycled materials throughout giving a raw and gritty rustic feel, a raised roof, distillery production on full show at the rear and a private bar for you and your colleagues, this is one intriguing venue that’s certain to see the RSVPs come flooding in. Plus, this vibing venue is a veritable blank canvas for catering, music and styling, if you wanna go all out. If you’re on the hunt for one of the hottest new office Christmas party venues on the Gold Coast, well, you’ve found it. Peruse their event package offerings here.
Home to two unique spaces which simply ooze character and spice, Miami Marketta has your next office Christmas party on the Gold Coast covered. You and up to 70 guests can enjoy the vastness of Marketta and all of its magical fabness! With a selection of musical acts and food vendors on their books, fully stocked cocktail, craft beer and wine bars, Marketta’s experienced event planners are raring to go and wanna help with your next big silly season blow out. Did we mention there’s a swanky new gin bar? You’ll be the fave team member of 2021 for organising this one.
When cocktails are a high priority on your Christmas party agenda, you can’t pass up an intimate night at Mermaid Beach’s hole in the wall swillery—BonBon Bar. Packed to the rafters with drool-worthy tacos and 100 tequilas and mezcals, this dimly lit space is ideal for a private hire, so check out their offerings here. Your boozy Gold Coast office Christmas party will be seriously pumping at BonBon. Cue the shot count down!
THE COLLECTIVE ROOFTOP
If you’ve got a ballin’ budget burning a hole in your pocket, take the team to The Collective Rooftop this year—hands down one of the Gold Coast’s best Christmas party venues. With five kitchens slinging nibbles and a private rooftop bar with capacity for 150 standing or 95 seated, this energetic team knows how to throw a good party. All you need to do is bring the crowd. You’ll find a taste of their events packages here.
Looking for a ridiculously cool venue for your Christmas party on the Gold Coast? This Currumbin drinking hole exudes charm and buckets full of charisma. Balter HQ features high ceilings and exposed brick backdrops, an outdoor alleyway, pumping tunes and delicious food truck noms, making this one of the best event spaces on the Gold Coast. Flowing beer is included in your package, naturally, so give the guys at Balter a call and turn your next Christmas soirée into a long boozy afternoon that no one is likely to forget. Or is that remember?
ALLEY BAR COOLANGATTA SANDS HOTEL
So well hidden most locals don’t even know it exists, surprise your workmates with a fun street party vibe at Coolangatta Sand’s The Alley Bar. Picture sky-high murals, a cool open air space and fairy lights twinkling overhead; combined with a top notch pub-style catering menu and your own private bar. Christmas is all wrapped up at Coolangatta Sands, so check out their latest packages here.
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