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And why Select Car Leasing Stadium should be the venue

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Christmas party planning! With summer in full swing, it may seem premature to be thinking about this year’s festive celebrations, but planning early gives you the chance to make it even more memorable than last year’s event.

As a popular Christmas party venue in Reading, we’ve hosted many Christmas celebrations at Select Car Leasing Stadium – from casual mince pie mingles to three-course fine dining experiences. To help share some of our experience, we’ve put together a 5-part guide to hosting a Christmas party that’s a step up from last year’s celebrations. We’ll also show you how our Reading venue could bring your festive vision to life.  
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1. Choose a unique venue for your Christmas party in Reading

starting with the most impactful aspect of a successful Christmas party: the venue. From the moment you circulate your email invites to the night of the party, hosting the festivities within a unique space will get spirits high in anticipation of what’s to come, wow guests as they arrive and keep people talking throughout. Reading has plenty of venues on its doorstep, from stately homes to restaurants - it’s all about evaluating what’s doable when it comes down to your budget, theme and location. 


2. Review last years event

The best way to predict the future is to study the past, and the same applies when it comes to hosting a Christmas party that tops last year’s event. Review everything from the venue to the activities you picked in 2022 - what went well and what didn’t? What were people talking about in the office on Monday morning, and what were people complaining about? This can help you define priorities for this year.
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3. Get a grip on the party budget 

Knowing your budget might be one of
the less exciting considerations, but it will inform all your planning decisions, including the size and the scale of your party, catering and extras like decoration, while preventing you from overspending. Once you know how much money has been allocated for the event, you can create a more detailed plan of how much you will spend on each aspect of the party.

4. Source expert catering

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without delicious food, so planning a festive party with outstanding catering should be on the menu for this year’s event. Find caterers that take an innovative and sustainable spin on the classic Christmas feast to keep guests guessing. This year, Reading are offering a traditional Cracking Christmas Party with three courses and all the trimmings or alternatively a Street Food Spectacular, including a selection of street food dishes and drinks packages. 
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5. Set the tone

An important question when considering your Christmas party in Reading, is how do you want the evening to feel? Could be a sophisticated black-tie affair with champagne, festive canapes and a jazz band, or something more casual like a hot fork buffet and a DJ. It can also be fun to get creative with a Christmas theme, whether that’s Love Actually, Winter Wonderland or The Grinch.

Once you pick a style or theme, write down a list of decorations including lights, garlands, drapes and table decorations. If there’s not much budget to go all-out with décor, you can’t go wrong with the classic red, green and gold colour palette and a tastefully decorated Christmas tree.
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Why you should host your Reading Christmas party at Select Car Leasing Stadium

At Select Car Leasing Stadium, our pitch views, team of enthusiastic event coordinators and impressive food offering make our venue a popular choice for a legendary Christmas party in Reading. Here you’ll find space to accommodate any size of party, from 2 guests to 500. Take a look at our cutting-edge events space Room 106 and the Princess Suite & Windsor Lounge, both perfect for elegant festive affairs. 


Book with us, and your guests will be treated to a sustainable gastronomic journey prepared by award-winning caterers, Levy UK + Ireland. From traditional festive fare to contemporary culinary creations, our team of talented chefs will whip up delicious, planet-friendly menus that tantalise the taste buds and cater to a variety of dietary requirements.  

Find out more about our Cracking Christmas Party and Street Food Spectacular parties now.

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Ready to start planning your event at the Select Car Leasing Stadium? Tell us about your ideas and we’ll contact you straight away to discuss how we can bring them to life.

Our Conference and Event enquiry team are available to take your meeting, conference, celebration or event enquiry between Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00.

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