Your Complete Guide to Christmas Party Entertainment
Planning a Christmas Party? Want to Make it Magical?
Our Complete Guide to Christmas Party Entertainment is bursting with fresh and exciting ideas to put the fizz back into your festive celebrations. Whatever kind of party you’re having and whatever your budget, we’ll show you how to make it sparkle.
Whether you’re entertaining family and friends, or giving your staff a well-deserved treat, you want to make it special. But how to transform yet another Christmas Party into an event to remember? The answer is simple. Focus your efforts (and the bulk of your budget if this is limited) on booking some awesome entertainment.
All of the acts and services featured in this guide can provide fully-customised performances, to make your party shimmer and shine in true Christmas style.
Take a look below to find quick answers to what sort of musical entertainment will work for your party, what stage and speciality shows are available, what fantastic christmas themes you can use for your big event, how much your entertainment will cost and all the other practicalities. Or if you want to find out all the nitty gritty then read our full guide here.
Anyone organising an end-of-year staff party will know that Christmas is a time when employees are truly ready to let their hair down with their workmates, after all their hard work over the year. Whatever your Christmas Celebration, it's a time to really enjoy that fun seasonal atmosphere.
Hiring live music, whether you book a fantastic singer or a floor-filling band or DJ, is a wonderful way to guarantee an unforgettable party, where everyone can unwind, sing and dance their cares away.
Not sure what type of Musical Entertainement will bring that perfect extra sparkle to your event?
Just click on the links below to find out which of these act types will work for your event.
Whether you’re looking to impress important clients at your corporate Christmas party this year or just want to give everyone a great evening of fun and celebration, make sure put on a show to remember.
If your looking to hire entertainment we have some great options for speciality and stage shows.
Stand-up Comedians are a popular choice for corporate Christmas parties. A chance to kick back and enjoy a few belly laughs could be just the thing for your hard working employees to enjoy after a long year.
We also have stunning circus acts such as Aerialists and Acrobats who will certainly make an impact as they fly through the air demonstrating incredible skill.
Click below to find out about these act tyes and how they can make your Christmas party really special this year.
Performers who get in amongst your guests or get them to join in the performance can create a real buzz and bring great energy to your Christmas party.
Mix-and-mingle entertainers, such as close-up magicians and lookalikes, get in amongst the action, breaking the ice and bringing your party to life. Guests can enjoy the thrill of talking to the performers and watching them up close, as well as posing for photos.
You'll also find entertainers in our directory who have a real talent for teaching their skills to others and get them involved in the action. Why not hire a balloon modeller, a dance teacher or circus act to get your guests up and interacting with the action?
Click below to read more about these acts and services and find out how they can bring your seasonal celebration to life.
We have everything you could possibly need to help plan the perfect Christmas party.
Need inspiration? Take a look at our Christmas Party Themes. Need food ideas or help planning your entertainment budget? Wondering how long your entertainmer will perform for, how long it will take them to set up or how much space they'll need? It's all here, we've got it covered so that your party can go off without a hitch - just click on the links below!
Anyone organising an end-of-year staff party will know that Christmas is a time when employees are truly ready to let their hair down with their workmates, after all their hard work over the year. Hiring live music is a wonderful way to guarantee a fantastic party, where everyone can unwind, sing and dance their cares away.
Sensational Male and Female Solo Singers
The type of singer you choose can really influence the atmosphere and mood of your party.
Male singers can cover such a huge variety of genres, from 50s and 60s classics like Elvis or Chuck Berry to smooth Rat Pack numbers, Rock and of course more contemporary classics life Jamed Bay or Bruno Mars.
There's also something completely timeless about a female singer, a stunning voice can really lift the mood, add emotion and a touch of class to your Christmas event. If you’re thinking of adding some magic to your event, then we have a vast pool of talent for you to choose from, with singers across the globe, covering every musical genre.
Talented Piano & Guitar Singers
As a guitar singer, you need that wonderful ability to completely captivate your audience with nothing but your beautiful voice and your incredible aptitude for playing a guitar so fluidly it all seem easy. Think of some of your all-time-favourite performers and the chances are many of them will be Guitar Singers. Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Ed Sheeran, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman…to name but a few. They cover every possible style of music, but the one thing they have in common is that they really know how to move people and how to entertain.
Piano singers can also add a real touch of elegance and sophistication to your party, playing everything from Elton John, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel to Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, Vanessa Carlton and John Legend.
Divine Opera Singers
Nessun Dorma, Toreador Song, Un bel di from Madame Butterfly, nothing gives you that overwhelming swell of emotion, or makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck like these beautiful works of art. Particularly when they’re sung in a more private setting, by a phenomenally talented and rigorously trained Opera singer. There is a touch of the divine in the human voice when it has been developed to perform this way. Not only does the sound seem to melt the heart but many are surprised at its sheer power.
Booking an Opera Singer can bring real sparkle to your seasonal celebration, and keep everyone talking for months.
Function & Party Bands
If you’re hiring a venue with a stage and room for dancing, hiring a live band is the ultimate way to see out the year with a bang. Playing a fantastic mix of classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers, with a helping of popular Christmas songs thrown in for good measure, a Function & Party Band is guaranteed to get colleagues of all ages and musical tastes, hands in the air, dancing the night away.
For something with that extra touch of magic, a Jazz Band makes an excellent choice for a Christmas party. From the romance of Gershwin and Cole Porter to the toe-tapping tunes of Duke Ellington, a jazz band will add a sophisticated tone to any celebration, dressed in elegant suits and delivering cool, effortless performances.
A group specialising in smooth, modern jazz is just the thing to bring a warm, festive feel to a sparkling Christmas dinner or cocktail party. Jazz Bands come in all sizes, from duos and trios right up to big ensembles. For larger venues, options include Big Bands & Orchestras, Rat Pack Shows and Swing Bands.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the warm glow of much-loved carols being sung by a choir. Why not hire one of our talented A Cappella Groups. They can perform their beautiful harmonies anywhere as they sing without instrumental accompaniment and are guaranteed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. And if you fancy your carols with a pop twist, in the style of the famous A Cappella group Pentatonix, this can be arranged!
A skilled Party DJ knows just how to make an event a real party. Whatever their age and taste in music, your guests will soon be up on the dancefloor, getting into the songs that mean the most to them, along with a few festive favourites!
Far from just spinning tunes, a professional DJ is well-rehearsed in making announcements and interacting with the audience, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and has a good time. So get that glitter ball rolling and make it a Christmas party to remember!
To find out about costs for these acts, just click here.
Hiring a Stand-up Comedian is a popular choice for corporate Christmas parties. A chance to kick back and enjoy a few belly laughs could be just the thing for your hard working employees to enjoy after a long year. Many our our professional comedy acts work regularly on the corporate circuit and are more than happy to include jokes and material tailored to your company and event.
It’s a great way to end the year on a high note, and colleagues will leave with raised spirits, smiling and laughing together. To see the full choice of comedians available on our website, including stand-ups, impressionists, comedy singers and comedy waiters, take a look at our complete range of Comedy Acts.
To find out about costs for these acts, just click here.
Some party themes just never go out of fashion, and when it comes to Christmas, you can really pull out all the stops. Go back in time with a retro or historical theme, revel in the glamour of a Las Vegas-style casino night, or wow guests with a sparkling winter wonderland. Here are our top suggestions for Christmas party themes...
If you’re hosting a black-tie Christmas event, or corporate dinner, why not up the glam factor and make it interesting with a Las Vegas theme?
Guests can enjoy a friendly flutter with a Hired Casino, complete with Blackjack tables and Roulette wheel. If you’re having a Christmas fundraiser, you can give guests the chance to participate in an epic tournament, with their buy-in going towards your good cause.
If you have competitive employees who enjoy a gamble, this is a fantastic choice of entertainment. Colleagues can try their hand at casino games safe in the knowledge that it’s all completely legal, as no money actually changes hands.
To further enhance your glitzy Vegas theme, consider hiring a James Bond Lookalike, Elvis or Frank Sinatra Tribute Act. Guests can also dress up in tuxedos and gowns, for a real Christmas night on the town!
You only have to look at the ever-growing number of jazz dance classes popping up in cities across the globe, to know that a popular theme is the Roaring ‘20s, also known as the Gatsby era, and it’s the perfect sparkly theme for Christmas. For musical entertainment, a Jazz Singer or Jazz Band will warm the atmosphere nicely, setting the perfect swinging mood.
If the 1940s or 1950s is more your thing, how about hiring a DJ who specialises in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Doo Wop? You could opt for fancy dress, with polka dot frocks or diner girl outfits for the girls and leather jackets and greased back hair for the guys. For the perfect live music entertainment, you can book a Buddy Holly or Elvis Tribute Act to get the crowd going. To really bring your theme to life, hire a Marilyn Monroe or James Dean lookalike, to mix and mingle with guests, pose for photos and really create a buzz!
Or why not go for something extra Christmassy, and hire an A Cappella Group. These talented groups rely solely on their voices, with no accompaniment. Many offer doo-wop classics and other vintage genres and will simply amaze your guests.
Perhaps your guests would enjoy the upbeat, free-spirited music of the sixties with a specialist 60s Tribute Band. Expect beehive hairdos, mop-tops and hit after hit, encompassing a rich cocktail of styles. Or add some sophistication with the help of a Rat Pack Show. These tributes to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis offer fabulous performances.
The seventies was the decade of excess, with outrageous costumes and more glitter and hairspray than you could throw a platform boot at, so get your groove on with a 70s tribute band. And if Madonna and Wham! are more your thing, an 80s Tribute Band will have you dancing non-stop. Fancy dress is a must, with leather jackets and jeans for the boys and legwarmers, big hair and brightly coloured make-up for the girls.
For those with a penchant for history, we have plenty to choose from to bring your chosen era to life. Living statues are a great start, posing as anything from fairies to medieval jesters and Victorian ladies and gentlemen. With highly realistic costumes they stand completely still for long periods, occasionally moving just to take you by surprise!
You can hire a medieval knight with real armour and props, or a classic Roman statue, made up in stone or marble effect and long, flowing robes. Or you can choose a Georgian or Edwardian character, or a particular historical figure. Guests will love having a selfie taken with Admiral Nelson, Queen Victoria or Coco Chanel!
There are statues painted in gold, silver and bronze, ice kings and queens, and statues adorned with seasonal decorations. Booking a Human Statue is a fantastic idea for a corporate Christmas function.
Are you ready for some serious glitz and glamour? A popular theme nowadays is Burlesque. Guests can go all out with fancy dress, wearing feather bowers and sexy basques or beautifully elaborate showgirl costumes, inspired by the famous Parisian cabaret the Moulin Rouge, with its extravagant shows and the Can-can dance. The men can hire a Victorian gentleman’s suit and hat, or dress as a Regency dandy!
Help your guests achieve the perfect look with an adult Face painter, who can create amazing burlesque-style face designs, embellished with diamonds, pearls and glitter, and super-sized feather lashes. This party will sparkle!
For live entertainment, if you hire a Burlesque Dance Act it will feature a female chorus and solo dancers, plus bawdy slapstick skits and songs. It absolutely doesn’t have to include striptease! Other options include variety acts such as masquerade Stilt Walkers and Close-up Magicians.
For Christmas entertainment with an extra helping of fabulous, look no further than a sparkling, shimmering Drag Queen. Sharp-tongued with a big heart, she knows just how to get your masquerade ball or burlesque party started. Expect saucy banter, jokes, songs and glitter galore, as she lights up your night with theatrical flair, amusing anecdotes, music, laughter and good old-fashioned mischief and fun.
Create a magical festival feeling this Christmas with a carnival-style event. From circus acts to dancers and magicians, anything goes as long as it’s fun, colourful and a little bit quirky!
No carnival is complete without a Stilt Walker, taking giant but elegant steps as they move around several feet above everyone else and wearing brightly coloured costumes, often juggling or balloon modelling as they go. For Christmas, you can expect stilt walking fairies, jack frosts, snow kings and queens, reindeer, elves, snowmen, ice queens and Victorian ladies and gentlemen!
Mention the circus and most people think of Jugglers. They are always hugely popular. As well as juggling plates, batons, hoops and balls (and for more daring stunts, knives and fire torches), they incorporate a lot of comedy into their acts, providing dynamic shows that will entertain guests of all ages.
For a fun and dynamic act, that will add a colourful and interesting visual element to your Christmas Carnival, check out our talented Hula Hoop Performers. Combining flexibility, rhythm and acrobatics, a Hula Hoop performer will keep guests captivated as they perform astonishing routines to music, spinning more and more hoops simultaneously!
For lots more circus-style acts that would be perfect for a Christmas Carnival theme, check out our amazing range of Speciality & Variety Acts!
Now is your chance to get crafty, and go to town creating a shimmering, glistening winter scene, to really make your Christmas party sparkle. Best of all, you can get everyone involved and it doesn’t have to be expensive. If anyone at home or in the office is a dab hand with the knitting needles, ask them to make some white snowflakes or Christmas stockings.
A great way to save money is to have a root around and use items you already have. Fill glass jars or vases with candles or white string lights, spray pine cones silver and arrange in boxes or scatter, make wreaths out of evergreens and white flowers, or garlands with cedar, boxwood or holly. Hang sparkling Christmas tree, snowflake, or star shaped ornaments, hang twinkling fairy lights and Christmas tree baubles and you’ve got yourself a real-life winter wonderland!
For an extra layer of winter warmth, how about serving up sumptuous hot chocolate or fragrant mulled wine? If you can afford to outsource this, see our list of Caterers and Mobile Bars for more marvellous Christmas food and drink inspiration.
To add the final touch of magic to a corporate Christmas event, you can hire a professional Ballerina to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’’s Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. An exquisite performance such as this is bound to impress your guests and leave them feeling uplifted and inspired.
Last but not least, you can add some real Ho-Ho-Ho when you hire a cuddly Santa Clause / Father Christmas Act, providing a full meet and greet service, resplendent in his customary red Santa suit and sporting an impressive white beard.
Santa can make a special guest appearance at your Christmas work party, handing out Secret Santa gifts. Our Father Christmas acts are trained to a high standard, with some even being professional actors, so they can play the part perfectly. His big belly laughs and reassuring presence will put a smile on everyone’s face.
If you’re hosting a Christmas party at your school or local community centre, then Santa can be set up in the main hall with a sleigh, grotto, elves and presents to hand out. There’s bound to be a long queue of excited children who can’t wait to meet him, have a chat and tell him what they want for Christmas!
Ideal for events where you want people to interact, Mix and Mingle entertainers get in amongst the action, breaking the ice, creating a buzz, and bringing your party to life. Guests can enjoy the thrill of talking to the performers and watching them up close, as well as posing for photos of course!
Magic can be the perfect Christmas party entertainment. A Close-up Magician will move around tables or groups of people, performing dazzling tricks using nothing more than simple, everyday objects. Adults love to be astounded and amazed just as much as children, and this will make your Christmas party one to remember.
Caricaturists are extremely talented artists who can sketch people at high speed, exaggerating features such as the eyes, nose, mouth and hair to great comic effect.
They work fast, completing portraits in a matter of minutes, and you can even hire a digital caricaturist who will use the latest generation equipment, allowing pictures to be emailed and shared on social media!
Lookalikes mingle with guests and pose for photographs, providing huge laughs, plenty of banter and the thrill of having a ‘celebrity’ in the crowd. They can act as a host if required, making speeches and announcements, presenting awards or simply cracking jokes, telling stories and keeping everyone entertained.
Our amazingly true-to-life Lookalike Acts include cockney market trader Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses. The perfect ice-breaker for any Christmas event, he will have your guests in stitches from the minute they walk into the party. Just don’t let him sell you any of his dodgy gear.
A popular choice for a Christmas dinner, red carpet event, corporate celebration or restaurant opening is a Gordon Ramsay Lookalike. Greeting guests as they arrive, serving Champagne and Canapés, and entertaining around the tables and posing for photos, he will provide the perfect opportunity for some celebrity schmoozing.
For mix and mingle entertainment with elegance, flair and a licence to thrill, you can’t beat a James Bond Lookalike. James Bond impersonators will create a buzz at corporate events, cause a stir at casinos, and add glamour to black-tie events and Christmas gala dinners.
For a raucous Christmas experience, hire a glamorous Absolutely Fabulous Patsy Lookalike. The champagne-swilling, chain-smoking and utterly outrageous Patsy Stone is sure to break the ice at your Christmas party or drinks reception. She will meet, greet (and flirt shamelessly), delighting friends, family, colleagues and clients with a perfect all-round impression of the lady herself. Complete with beehive hairdo, Chanel jacket, colourful repartee and hilarious banter she’ll fill your festivities with fun and wonderful memories.
We have a huge variety of other talented and utterly convincing lookalikes ready and waiting to join you, so mix up your Christmas party this year and check out our complete range of fabulous Lookalike Acts.
To find out about costs for these acts, just click here.
Entertainment these days is all about providing an experience, rather than simply watching a performer from the sidelines. Friends, family and colleagues will enjoy the chance to get stuck in and try something new, and maybe even learn a new skill. This will not only make your party more memorable, but will act as a brilliant bonding exercise, the benefits of which will continue long after the party’s over.
Many circus performers, including Jugglers, Magicians and Hula Hoop Performers, offer workshops where they teach basic techniques and tricks, in addition to performing. This can be an exciting and fun way to get everyone involved and interacting at your Christmas party.
This could be a great addition to a Christmas Carnival theme. Why not hire a Balloon Modeller to make some Christmas-themed creations, such as Christmas trees, reindeer, elves and fairies. Guests can then have a go at balloon modelling themselves, with a little friendly competition to see who can come up with the most elaborate creation!
Dance taster classes are happening everywhere now, and your guests will love being taken through some simple steps (suitable for even those with two left feet) and be amazed to find themselves dancing a short routine by the end of the class!
Since everyone swaps partners throughout the session, your guests will all get to know each other in a fun and engaging setting. You could even award a prize to the best dancer. A hired DJ (or the dance teachers who give the class) can also keep the dancing going with a great music set, to really get the party started.
Games have always been one of the best ways to get people interacting, and they are becoming increasingly popular at parties. They can also be easy on the pocket, if you ask guests to bring board games from home for everyone to play, or make your own games, such as a series of clue trails leading to hidden prizes.
For corporate Christmas parties, in venues with enough space for a play zone, oversized games such as Jenga, Connect Four, and Twister are great fun. Another option is bar games. Darts, billiards, foosball, and ping-pong can either be set up in advance, or you can let employees organise them themselves. Just make sure the venue is filled with games!
Magic Selfie Mirrors & Photo Booths
People will be looking their sparkling best at your Christmas do, so why not give them a chance to capture the moment, and also have heaps of fun with our Magic Selfie Mirrors and Photo Booths. Those Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages will be bursting with amazing photos from your party!
Magic Mirrors and Photo Booths are packed with interactive features for a truly unique experience. Guests can take full-length pictures and then add their own drawings, emojis, GIFs or pre-loaded animations and sounds. In a matter of seconds, they get prints, or files that can easily be uploaded to share on social media, giving them instant mementos of your party to treasure.
Quotes generally include set up, an attendant, props, and unlimited visits, prints and downloads. If you’re having a work party, show the photos on the first day back at work. It will remind your staff of the fun they had at the Christmas party. What a great way to beat the January blues!
To find out about costs for these acts, just click here.
If you’re looking to impress important clients at your corporate Christmas party this year, you’re going to want to put on a show to remember. Stunning circus acts such as Aerialists and Acrobats will certainly make an impact as they fly through the air demonstrating incredible skill. Here are just some of the amazing acts available to make your party special...
Aerialists & Acrobats
The ultimate in dramatic entertainment with an authentic circus theme, aerialists and acrobats are renowned for thrilling audiences with high-energy, tightly choreographed routines. These elegant and gravity-defying displays require great gymnastic skill, with a combination of strength, flexibility, balance and stamina.
Aerial artists perform high in the air which makes them perfect for larger venues.
Using a variety of apparatus including trapezes, hoops, rope swings and silk ribbons, these amazing gymnasts will leave your guests breathless as jaw-dropping moves are performed before their very eyes.
Available to book as solo acts, duos or groups, they can tailor shows to suit your event, either putting on a stage show or providing a mesmerising backdrop that guests can enjoy as they move around and mingle. If you need to stick to the ground, opt for a floor-based Acrobat, who will perform gymnastics and daring stunts without the need for being held in the air.
Check out our sensational Aerialists & Acrobats available to hire all around the world. Their profiles detail their experience and include showreels, testimonials and a contact form, making it easy for you to get in touch and ask for a quote.
Add sparkle to your Christmas party with cutting-edge LED props, instruments and video screens, or glowing spinning poi that draw beautiful patterns as they trail light through the air.
LED shows are ideal for large Christmas events, adding excitement, colour and something that guests will not be expecting. You can also opt for lights that create a more relaxed and mellow atmosphere if required, for smaller Christmas drinks receptions or VIP cocktail parties.
With so many amazing LED performers to choose from, why not take a look at the profiles or our amazing LED Entertainers and see what they offer!
If you’re looking for thrilling, daredevil entertainment including juggling with batons and circles of fire, fire spinning, fire breathing and fire eating, hire a Fire Performer!
This circus-themed act dates all the way back to the Ancient Aztecs but its enormous popularity endures to this day. Guests of all ages will be kept in suspense as performers dance and spin in routines that are often choreographed to music.
Fire Performers can perform on stage or with a group gathered round them, providing exciting, carnival-style walkabout entertainment. Either way, these incredible performers add dramatic visual impact, all the more effective after dark.
Whether you want to hire a spectacular fire performer, football freestyler, circus act or mind-blowing magic show, you can find it here at EntertainersWorldwide.com. For the ultimate wow-factor Christmas party entertainment see our huge range of Speciality Acts.
To find out about costs for these acts, just click here.
Whether you need to cater for a sit-down dinner or want to go self-service, you can find a caterer to provide the perfect solution. Many mobile bars and caterers also offer interactive activities, such as cocktail making classes or food taster sessions. With a bit of imagination, you can really mix things up and have a lot of fun with the food and drink at your event this Christmas.
Whether you’re looking to add a touch of flair to your Christmas do, or you just fancy leaving the selecting and serving of drinks to the experts, hiring a mobile bar can be a fun and cost effective way of providing alcohol, with prices often competing with those at your local pub. What’s more, you can expect top-notch customer service, with friendly and efficient staff who know exactly what’s required to make your guests happy and who will go the extra mile to make your Christmas event extra special.
You can choose from a wide selection of quality beverages, from specially selected wines and locally brewed beer and cider, to craft gin and cocktails, as well as the main premium brands.
Some mobile bars also offer fun experiences such as cocktail making masterclasses, guaranteed to get everyone interacting. Guests will love getting creative with exotic ingredients and you could even add a bit of friendly competition, with a prize for the best cocktail. If you’re worried about the drinking getting out of hand, you can opt for non-alcoholic beverages!
So for a complete bar service, fully-stocked with your favourite tipples, or a fun, interactive experience, take a look at our fantastic Mobile Bars. They’ll even take care of the glasses for you!
Whether you want a side order of minced pies or a full course Christmas dinner served at your Christmas party...there will be a Caterer to fulfill your needs. Many use fresh, locally and ethically-sourced produce and the range of available caterers means you can enjoy festival-style street food or gourmet dishes prepared by a top chef. You can even have chefs preparing food live, while you wait!
To find out about costs for these services, just click here.
Timing is Everything
If you’re planning a work Christmas party, Thursdays or Fridays are ideal as they are late enough in the week for people to be happy to go out. Avoid weekends as employees are likely to have family or other commitments and may not want to attend a work event.
Location, Location, Location
The location of your office Christmas party is critical. Choose a venue that is close and convenient, with easy access and good transport links. Your guests may well be put off by the thought of expensive taxi fares or having to drive.
Christmas is a popular time for parties and entertainment bookings! Many acts and event service get booked up months in advance - so don’t get caught out. To make sure you get the act you want to make your Christmas party sparkle, book early!
Solo Singer / Guitar Singer / Keyboard Singer: £300 - £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe)
Singer + Guitarist / Keyboardist (Duo): £400 - £700 ($700 in the U.S. and €800 in Europe)
Singer + 4 or 5 piece band: £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and €600 - €1200 in Europe)
High profile singer + band: £2000 to £10,000+ in the UK ($2000 to $10,000+ in the U.S. and €2,200 to €11,000+ in Europe)
A Cappella Group: £550 - £3000 in the UK ($550 - $3000 in the U.S. and €640 - €3500 in Europe)
Function & Party Bands
4 / 5-Piece Party Band: £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000 - $2000 in the U.S. and €1100 - €2200 in Europe)
High Calibre Party Band: £2000 - £10,000 in the UK ($2000 - $10,000 in the U.S. and €2,200 - €11,000 in Europe)
4-Piece Band: £600 - £1200+ in the UK ($600 - $1200+ in the U.S. and €670 - €1330+ in Europe)
6-Piece Band: £900 - £1800+ in the UK ($900 - $1800+ in the U.S. and in €1000 - €2000+ Europe)
12-Piece Band: £1800 - £3600+ in the UK ($1800 - $£3600+ in the U.S. and €2000 - €4000+ in Europe)
20-Piece Band: £3000 - £6000+ in the UK ($3000 - $6000+ in the U.S. and €3,330 - €6,660+ in Europe)
Solo Tribute Act: £300 - £600 in the UK ($300 - $600+ in the U.S. and €340 - €680+ in Europe)
Duo or Trio Tribute Act: £400 - £600+ in the UK ($400 - $600+ in the U.S. and €450 - €680+ in Europe)
Local DJ: £300 - £600 in the UK ($300 - $600 in the U.S. and €330 - €700 in Europe)
Full-time professionally trained DJ: £1000+ in the UK ($1000+ in the U.S. and €1100+ in Europe)
High Profile DJ: £2500+ in the UK ($2500+ in the U.S. and €2770+ in Europe)
Aerialist / Acrobat: £500 - £1000+ in the UK ($500 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €570 - €1140+ in Europe)
Caricaturist: £250 - £500+ in the UK ($250 - $500+ in the U.S. and €280 - €570+ in Europe)
Fire Performer: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and €340 - €570+ in Europe)
Hula Hoop Performer: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and € 340 - € 570+ in Europe)
Juggler: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and €340 - €570+ in Europe)
Stilt Walker: £330 - £500+ in the UK ($330 - $500+ in the U.S. and €375 - €570+ in Europe)
Solo Dancer: £150 - £300+ in the UK ($150 - $300+ in the U.S. and €170 - €340+ in Europe)
Dance Duo: £300 - £1500+ in the UK ($300 - $1500 in the U.S. and €340 - €1700+ in Europe)
Dance Trio: £450 - £1500+ in the UK ($450 - $1500 in the U.S. and €500 - €1700+ in Europe)
4-5 Dancers: £1000 - £2400+ in the UK ($1000 - $2400+ in the U.S. and €1100 - €2700+ in Europe)
Troupe 6+ Dancers: £1500 - £2500+ in the UK ($1500 - $2500+ in the U.S. and €1700 - €2800+ in Europe)
Close-up Magician: £450+ in the UK ($450+ in the U.S. and €500+ in Europe)
Stage Magician: £550+ in the UK ($550+ in the U.S. and €620+ in Europe)
Basic Lookalike: £250 in the UK ($250 in the U.S. and €280 in Europe)
Lookalike + Mix & Mingle Act: £500 - £600 ($500 - $600 in the U.S. and €560 - €670 in Europe)
High Profile Lookalike: £700 - £1000+ in the UK ($700 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €785 - €1120+ in Europe)
Please note these prices are only guidelines. Fees will vary from act to act and will also depend on location, travel costs, performance time, level of experience, equipment used, costumes and other factors. We recommend getting in touch with your chosen performer for a completely free, no-obligation quote.
As with booking any act, we advise that it’s worth paying for a reputable performer who will turn up on time and deliver great entertainment. See our Essential Tips below for information on booking terms and conditions.
Photo Booth: £350 - £600 for up to 3 hours ($350 - $600 in the U.S. and €390 - €670 in Europe)
Magic Selfie Mirror: £250 - £750 ($250 to $750 in the U.S. and €280 - €850 in Europe)
Mobile Bar: £10 - £20 per head ($10 - $20 in the U.S. and €11 - €22 in Europe)
Caterers & Mobile Bars: Prices vary depending on the type and amount of food and drink being provided and the number of staff required etc.
Casino / Gambling Table: £200 - £4000 ($200 - $4000 in the U.S. and €225 - €4500 in Europe)
Event service prices will vary depending on hire time, location, travel costs and the size and type of the package selected. We recommend asking a range of service providers for a free, no-obligation quote.
How Long Will My Christmas Entertainers Perform For?
Here are some typical set lengths for the different act types, although performers can usually adapt this to suit your requirements. If your having an all-day event, your entertainer may be happy to perform over several hours. Just bear in mind that entertainers will need a 15-20 minute break in between sets and at least every hour. If you require something different to your act’s standard set, simply ask your entertainer when you book. They will usually be happy to accommodate any special requests.
Singer / Musicians: 2 or 3 x 30-45 minute sets
Live Band: 2 x 60 minute sets
Tribute Acts: 2 x 45 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes
Stand-up Comedian: 30 minutes - 2 hours, average is 60 minutes
Drag Queen Acts: acts lengths vary depending on whether mix and mingle or stage show
Lookalike: 2 or 3 x 30 minutes mix and mingle. For hosting or attending all day events, discuss your requirements when booking.
Magician: 60-90 minutes
Juggler: 5-10 minute routine or 3 x 45 minutes mix and mingle
Hula Hoop Performer: 5-10 minute routine, 30 minute show or 3 x 45 minutes mix and mingle
DJ: 1 - 4 hours or the duration of your event as required
Aerialist: 5-10 minute stage set, 20-30 minutes freestyle
Acrobat: 5-10 minute stage set, 30 minutes-1 hour freestyle / mix and mingle
Solo Dancer: 3 minutes to 20 minutes
Dance Group: 2 x 5 minute routines or longer sets if requested
Full cabaret dance show or troupe production: 45 minutes to 3 hours
Dance Taster Class: 1 hour
Caricaturist: 3 hours (with a short break every hour)
Juggler: 5-10 minute routine or 3 x 45 minutes mix and mingle
LED Entertainment: 45-60 minutes
Human Statue: 30-45 minutes or 3 x 30 minutes / 2 x 45 minutes
Stilt Walker: 45 minutes or 3 x 30 minutes
Santa Claus: 60 minutes or longer if requested
If you need some background music between sets, don’t forget to mention this to your singer, band or musician, as they may be able to bring an iPad or laptop to play pre-recorded playlists through the PA system.
Venue Space Requirements
If you’re booking a venue for your Christmas party, it’s important to consider the type of entertainment you’re booking and how many guests you’re inviting. A six-piece band will need much more space than a solo singer or musician, and guests need enough space to dance but too much space will leave people feeling adrift.
Whether you have a built stage or a designated area at floor level, we recommend the following minimum performance areas (width x depth):
Solo Singer / Musician: 2.5m x 2m
4-5 Piece Band: 6m x 3.6m
5-6 Piece Band: 6m x 4.8m
7-8 Piece Band: 5m x 3m
8-10 Piece Band: 4.8m x 7.3m
10-12 Piece Band: 4.8m x 8.5m
Aerialist: 2.5m x 2.5m (ceiling height 5-9m)
Floor-based acrobat: 2.5m x 2.5m
Hula Hoop Performer: 2m x 2m
Juggler: 2m x 2m ceiling height 3.5m
Solo Salsa or Tap Dancer: 4m x 4m
Solo Ballet or Contemporary Dancer: 6m x 4m
Dance Couple: 7m x 6m
Dancer Trio: 8m x 6m
Four or more dancers: 9m x 6m or more
Please note, these size guidelines are for the performers only. Extra space may be needed for a PA system, microphones, monitors, music stands, lecterns, tables, props or specialist equipment, as well as room around the stage for amplifiers and lighting stands.
Equipment & Set-Up Requirements
Most singers will provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system with monitors and a mixing desk, and even basic stage lighting - but this will vary with each act so we advise checking when you book. It usually takes an hour to an hour and a half for a singer to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and power point sockets near the stage area.
Live bands usually provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system and basic stage lighting. It takes about an hour and a half for the average band to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and four or more power point sockets near the stage area. If staging and lighting equipment is not already in place at the venue, and you’re wondering if the band can provide it, do check this well in advance.
Live bands usually provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system and basic stage lighting. It takes about an hour and a half for the average band to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and four or more power point sockets near the stage area.
If staging and lighting equipment is not already in place at the venue, and you’re wondering if the band can provide it, do check this well in advance.
Even though your DJ will mainly be in one spot, they will need a certain amount of space in order to be comfortable and put on the best possible show. Your chosen venue may have a DJ booth or stage area. If not, we recommend a minimum area of 2.5m x 1.5m for the DJ + turntables, mixing desk, vinyl or laptop, monitors and lighting stands. If in doubt, check with your DJ.
Event DJs, also known as mobile discos, come fully equipped with all their own equipment, including decks, PA system, microphones and lighting.
Whatever the venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors, your DJ will need the basics of a dry/covered area to set up, a safe supply of electricity and at least four power point sockets near the stage area.
It usually takes an hour or two for a DJ to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. It will take longer if there are extra features such as complex lighting or video screens to install.
If you’re hoping to use the DJ’s microphone to make speeches or announcements, it’s a good idea to check with them first. Most DJs nowadays use wireless microphones and some prefer other people not to use their equipment, in case it gets damaged. However, your DJ may be able to provide an extra hand-held mic, so don’t forget to request this if necessary.
Stand-up comedians, comedy singers and impressionists will provide most of their own equipment, including a microphone, mic stand and PA system. Comedy Waiters will provide their own uniforms (unless particular outfits are being provided by the booker). Drag Queen Acts will have all of their own costumes and make-up.
Basic lighting is a requirement for any stand-up act, so make sure the venue has something suitable in place. If you’re not sure whether your comic needs a microphone, or any extra equipment, just ask before you book.
Close-up Magicians provide their own props and will usually arrive around 30 minutes before they are due to perform. If you are hiring a more elaborate show, with PA system and lighting, more set-up time will be needed and this should be discussed with the individual performer.
Lookalike acts provide fantastic photo opportunities, so you may want to consider having a designated area for photos, with a plain backdrop.
Caricaturists will supply their own easel and drawing supplies and may just need a couple of chairs and possibly a table. They will only require room for two people to sit down, with about a metre in between. The space should be well lit.
Aerialists may bring their own portable, free standing rig or use existing rigging or ceiling hooks. Minimum floor space is usually around 2.5m x 2.5m but this will be more for some acts. Minimum ceiling height will usually be around 5-9m but again, this may vary.
Even the most basic aerial acts may require rigging points with a minimum working load limit (WLL) of 500kg. However, aerial acts vary enormously in the type of equipment and set-up they require, so you will need to get a full list of technical specifications from your act. Only fully-trained and experienced riggers should be used and top level aerial acts will have their own.
Dancers & Acrobats
Most floor-based acrobatic acts require a minimum performance area of 2.5m x 2.5m, with a dry floor, no tables and chairs and free from clutter. Minimum required ceiling height is usually 4-5m.
Dancers and acrobats require a dry floor and a clear area with no tables and chairs and free from clutter. Minimum required ceiling height is usually 4-5m.
The amount of performance space required for dancers depends on the style of dancing, the number of dancers and the type of show. Please check with your act to find out their requirements.
Most dance acts do not provide their own lighting or PA, although some do. Dancers will usually bring their own music, so make sure there is a facility to play it. As with any entertainment booking, any electrical equipment used should be PAT tested and operated by trained technicians.
Hula Hoop Performers
Minimum performance area: 2m x 2m. Minimum ceiling height: 3.5 metres (the higher the better). Minimal set up requirements.
Stilt Walkers require the ground to be dry or non-slip and reasonably level with a minimum of 4 metres overhead clearance. A dressing room with same level or lift access to performance areas is ideal, and a surface the height of a wheelie bin (or a chair on a table) on which to sit and put on the stilts. Stilt walkers can duck under doorways, travel in lifts and walk short distances in lower clearance areas or up and down slopes, if necessary, to get to and from the performance area.
Minimum performance area: 2m x 2m. Minimum ceiling height: 3.5 metres (the higher the better). Unless this is an LED or fire juggler, there will be minimal set up requirements.
Fire shows work best after dark but low-level lighting may still be required so that performers can see and be seen. If performing inside they will require headroom (with no hanging lights or other fittings) of at least 4m. The floor must be clean and uncarpeted, all furniture removed, and the area must be properly ventilated.
The audience should be kept at least 2 metres from the performers and there must be a good supply of water available nearby. You should always get permission from the venue and any regulations regarding fuel storage, space requirements and safety equipment should be observed.
Musicians need time to unload and set up their instrument, tune and warm up. Entertainers also need time to get changed and prepare. DJs and event services will need to set up their equipment. It’s worth bearing this in mind when booking so that it doesn’t interfere with any key parts of the day.
Set up times will vary depending on the act type, how much equipment is being used, how big the venue is and how many performers there are, but to give you a rough idea, here are some suggestions for the amount of set up time different act types and event services are likely to need:
Solo Singer: 30 minutes
Solo Musician: 40 minutes
Duo or Trio: 40 minutes
5-6 Piece Band: 90 minutes
Close-up Magician: 30 minutes
Disco and DJ: 90 minutes
Photo Booth: 60 minutes
Magic mirrors are usually around 2m x 3m and 2m in height, so sufficient space is required for the mirror and an area for your guests to try out props and pose in front of the screen. A 13 amp power supply should be available close to the mirror and parking with easy access to the venue, for loading and unloading. If the venue is not on the ground floor, a lift is required.
Mobile Bars & Caterers
Space required for a mobile caterer really depends on the type of stall you’re hiring. A pizza van will need a lot more room than a confectionary cart. Speak with your caterer about their space and set up requirements, they will be happy to advise.
Most entertainers will need a private room away from the guests, ideally with a mirror, to get changed, warm up and relax in between sets. A small, lockable room or back office may be sufficient if there’s no custom-made dressing room available.
Entertainers and event service providers may need to unload heavy equipment, so it’s essential that they have a parking space near to the entrance, with easy access to the backstage and stage areas. Mobile caterers will need reasonably level ground on which to park their van / stall / cart and an easy route to and from the venue.
If your event is taking place outdoors, make sure your hired entertainer or event service provider is aware of this. It’s usually advisable to ensure that a covered area is available for performing. For some musicians, playing outside may not be feasible. Expensive instruments and equipment need protecting from the sun, wind and rain.
All performers require the ground to be dry and reasonably level and if you’re hiring acts that need amplification, an electricity supply will be required. The venue may be able to organise this, or you may need to hire a generator.
Essential Tips for Booking Christmas Party Entertainment
How far in advance should I book?
Popular entertainers get booked up months in advance and Christmas is always especially busy. So, get your booking in nice and early!
Do I need to provide food?
Your entertainer may have travelled some distance to get to your event and have a long day ahead. For daytime performances, acts will require soft drinks, water and tea or coffee free of charge. For longer or evening events, you should provide a proper meal as well. This will be much appreciated!
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Entertainers usually require a deposit of around 15-20% of the overall cost, in order to secure the booking. This protects the performer against lost income in the event of cancellation, and also gives you reassurance that you have a confirmed booking.
Will I have to cover travel expenses?
These will usually be included in the quote you are given, as your entertainer will need to calculate their travel costs, especially if they are travelling some distance.
What happens if the act cancels?
In the unlikely event that, due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, your entertainer is unable to perform for you as agreed, they will usually be able to send a similar performer in their place, at no extra cost. For confirmation of this, you can check the Terms and Conditions in your contract and ask your performer what will happen is they are unexpectedly unavailable.
What happens if our event is cancelled?
If you are in the unlucky position of having to cancel your event, there will be a cancellation fee. The amount usually increases the closer it gets to the event date. For example, cancelling 90 days before the event might incur 75% of the overall fee, while cancelling less than 30 days prior might mean paying the entire sum.
These conditions should be laid out in the contract you receive when booking, so check before signing. If you have any reason to think your event may not go ahead as planned, it would be better to let your act know as soon as possible.
Insurance / Risk Assessment
Reputable entertainers will have Public Liability Insurance. This covers you and them in the event of a claim, should any members of the public or guests be injured at your event, or any damage be caused to property. If you’re hiring a venue, the venue should also have Public Liability Insurance.
If your act is a member of Equity, a trade union that represent live performers in the entertainment industry in the UK (the American Guild of Variety Artists or the Actors' Equity Association in the U.S. and various unions and societies in Europe), this gives you extra reassurance that they are professional and trustworthy, fully insured and abiding by industry standard contracts.
Clarify in Advance!
When it comes to practicalities, it’s always better to discuss them in advance, to avoid any unexpected hitches on the day. Whatever questions you have, however silly they might seem to you, you can bet they’ve heard them before, and worse! So, don’t be shy - good communication is the key to planning a great event.
We also recommend double-checking everything with your chosen entertainer the day before, to confirm what time they will be arriving etc. You can also ask them to text you on the morning of the party to confirm all is well.
How to Book Christmas Party Entertainment
Booking Christmas party entertainment is easy with Entertainers Worldwide. You can search through different acts, view their profiles and read their all-important reviews. Some of our listed acts also include video samples of their performances.
Once you’ve found the act you want to book, simply use the contact form on their profile page. We are not an agency, so you can deal directly with your chosen entertainer, with no extra booking fees or commission to pay!
Start searching for your entertainment hire now, and make this years' the most magical Christmas Party yet.