Best Places To Go For Your Work’s Christmas Function

Christmas is fast-approaching; the smell of mince pies is already in the air!

When you think about the season of goodwill, a few things may come to mind: spending time with loved ones, giving gifts, eating too much food and putting tinsel absolutely everywhere. And of course, Christmas just doesn’t feel quite right without a trip to see the giant Santa Claus at Manchester’s Christmas Markets in Albert Square. Good times!

There’s also a Christmas work function to plan. Your Christmas Do is often the one instance each year when you spend time with your colleagues outside of work. So why not make it filled with festive fun? But whatever you do, make sure Sharon from accounting doesn’t go overboard on the eggnog again. We all know what happened last year!

From the best three-course meals in Manchester to brilliant themed events, you and your colleagues will  surely have a Christmas function that will stay in your memory for a while. Well, until next year at least. And if you’ve left your Christmas Do planning to the last minute (we know, it happens) we’ve included some suggestions for that too.

Transport needn’t be a headache this year, as System One Travel can get you there fuss-free with our range of brilliant travelcards.  

Let the festivities commence!


Jamie’s Italian

The team at Jamie’s Italian in Manchester have got your Christmas Do’s dinner sorted. They’ll be serving up incredible three-course Christmas meals for you and your colleagues to savour this festive season. A mouth-watering choice of antipasti, classic Italian courses and delectable desserts will ensure that you’re on everyone’s nice list this Christmas.

There’s something for everyone to love at Jamie’s Italian; for once, everyone will be happy. A vegetarian menu is available upon request to cater to your veggie work pals, too.

If you weren’t already sold on having your Christmas Do at Jamie’s, you’ll be greeted with crackers and a glass of bubbly on arrival. Book now to enjoy your Italian feast at Jamie’s Italian between 20th November and 30th December.

The Roaring Twenties

Step into the shadowy world of 1920’s Chicago. Wear as many sequins as possible, don your feather boa, or suit and tie and you’ll be set for a themed evening of fun at The Roaring Twenties event.

Dance away the night in a jumpin’ Jazz Bar with live, foot-tappin’ music and hot or cold canapés. You and your party will then sit down in the glamorous dining room, ready to enjoy a three-course meal with live music and entertainment provided by spectacular acrobats and aerialists.

You can then initiate some friendly competition with your colleagues and try your luck at roulette and blackjack at the Gambling Den. There’s also free-to-use dodgems, a state-of-the-art disco and a ‘survivors breakfast’ of bacon butties, or a vegetarian alternative, at half past midnight. The perfect post-party food!

Capture all the memories with your workmates with a Magic Mirror Photo Booth which will ensure your 1920s night will be one to remember.

Northern Quarter: Tusk

Experience a little slice of Africa in the vibrant, intimate cocktail bar Tusk. With food, booze and music in tribal surroundings, Tusk provides a perfectly cosy setting for your Christmas Do and is something a little bit different.

Tusk’s booth packages are perfect for smaller parties or if you’re planning a big bash, the second floor, party destination Walrus holds up to 250 people.

Tusk serves up a hot buffet for your Christmas Do with options including mini cheeseburgers, Tempura king prawns and of course, pigs in blankets in a sticky cranberry glaze. It’s the ultimate, unorthodox Christmas feast!

You can also opt for a Christmas cocktail making class at Tusk from £25 per person. You’ll get a glass of fizz on arrival and two cocktails to make and drink.

Spinningfields: The Oast House

For a last minute, low-key Christmas Do, head over to The Oast House for an evening of cosy festivities. The ‘Curious Teepee’ has returned at The Oast House, offering you a winter escape right in the heart of Spinningfields.

Fire pits, fur throws, fairy lights and warming drinks will keep you toasty warm in the midst of winter. There’s really nothing quite like huddling in a teepee with your colleagues and sharing mulled wine to aid team building. You won’t find a more atmospheric setting to get you in the festive spirit than a trip to The Oast House.

Christmas Markets

If it’s got to mid-November and no one in the office has so much as uttered the words ‘Christmas Do’ then this suggestion is for you!

No Mancunian would turn their nose up at a festive trip to the Christmas Markets at Albert Square. Returning from 10th November to 20th December, you can warm your hands with a cup of mulled wine and an authentic German Bratwurst at Manchester’s infamous Christmas event.

There’s a range of stalls selling everything from fine amber jewellery to crafts and soaps, so if you’ve also left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you can grab a few gifts whilst you’re there.

And the best thing is that you don’t have to plan much ahead as you can attend the markets without the need to book. Festive fun, fuss-free!

There you have it; our ultimate Manchester Christmas Do destinations to get you in the festive spirit. Remember to check availability and book your Christmas Do as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Grab your System One Travelcard so you and your party can arrive at your venue cheaply and ready to enjoy your Christmas do. And when the evening draws to a close, you can make use of one of many night buses that run throughout the region until the wee small hours, so you’ll make it home safely and full of festive spirit.

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