CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and with that so are Christmas parties. Most companies just opt for a conventional celebration, a meal and drinks but there are more options in Manchester than you may think to spread festive cheer. Here are our top five alternatives to celebrating in a slightly different way this season.

Junkyard Golf Club

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Manchester’s answer to mini golf with a twist has had a Christmas make over. The courses have been decked with festive gear and fresh seasonal cocktails will see you around the holes on a Christmas outing different from the rest. Junkyard Golf has been a huge success since its arrival in Manchester and that’s no different during the Christmas period, with two brand new mash up courses available there something to suit every work team and inject some fun in your festive gathering.

Bookings are essential for large parties and play time can take up to an hour but the party doesn’t stop once all the holes are potted. The golf club is open every day and offers dreamy food at their #junkfoodkiosk serving up seriously tasty post game treats and cocktails to keep the party going.

Hayley, bookings manager at Junk Yard Golf explains, ‘we do get very busy this time of year and tickets sell out quickly. Bookings are important especially for large parties. The majority of our bookings are corporate so we are used to dealing with large parties. To make things easier groups can pre-order food and drinks to make things run smoother on the night.’

Bongo’s Bingo

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This alternative takes on the classic game makes for the perfect Christmas do. Bongo’s bingo has taken the city by storm since its arrival in 2015.

The event is strictly over 18’s and takes place in Manchester’s centrally located Albert Hall, just off Deansgate and takes place every Tuesday. The idea behind the themed nights is to make the game more relevant to a younger generation and that it does. A combination of rave intervals, dance competitions an d buckets of prosecco make for a Christmas party to remember.

The Elf Rave

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Your favourite Christmas film combined with a house party, what better way to celebrate the start of your Christmas break? It’s like a sleep over with your work colleagues only better.

This one off night at Albert Hall promises to offer a memorable evening with a ‘party screening’ of Elf, a festive rave, spaghetti eating competition and a Christmas beer festival and food stall a brilliant combination of all things festive for everyone to enjoy. Fancy dress is optional but festive cheer is guaranteed.

Tickets are still available but limited so be sure to snap them up before they go. They’re available from Albert Hall’s website for £15pp for the event on Saturday 17th December.

Black Dog Ballroom 

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If a private alternative for your office party is more up your street, why not give the Black Dog Ballroom a visit in the Northern Quarter. The private ballroom is free to hire through the week with your very own pool table, bespoke cocktail menu and a private karaoke booth so you can sing to your hearts content.

The room accommodates between 30-80 people and is yours for the night. Food is available so take your chance to eat, drink and be merry.

All Star Lanes

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How about some healthy competition to kick-start your Christmas party, luxury lanes are available for private hire with unlimited bowling, party food and cocktails on tap to increase your team spirit. With access to a retro photo booth for picture perfect memories to last you well past the festive period. With three different themed rooms to choose from we’re all about the alternative Christmas parties to get your adrenaline pumping.

As well as bowling fun, there is an all American diner for you to fill your face, a real change to traditional turkey dinners.

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