Choosing your entertainment for Christmas and Holiday parties. There are many factors that go into choosing your entertainment for your holiday party, whether it’s for your company, civic organization, church, etc.
How many people are you expecting? What venue have you booked? Catering? Is there a theme? Are there other activities? What is the primary demographic of your guests? This is a tough question all by itself! Put simply, what do your guests like?
To answer that question, you’ll have to consider age, occupation, geographic region, maybe even political orientation! Is it employees only, or families too?
I once performed for a fire department. The firefighters were fighting over the entertainment and could never agree on anything. (They settled on my magic show, and it turned out that was the first party they all enjoyed!)
The most common choice for parties is a band. This may seem like the safest direction to go, but that is not necessarily true. Depending on the size of your venue, the band will probably be heard throughout the whole party. That means if a guest doesn’t like the music, then too bad for him! People can also argue about the volume because some people like to talk at parties while others want to dance!
My personal favorite type of entertainment is a variety act. A new kind of show can really make an impression on your guests, and make this year’s event stand out from years past. There are many to choose from, magicians, jugglers, comedians, circus acts, hypnotists, dancers, and many many more.
No matter what kind of entertainer you go with, make sure they have a history of performing for your kind of organization or similar. For example, You probably don’t have to worry about the comedian making dirty jokes if he/she has a long history of performing for churches!
There are probably other considerations you may not have thought about. For example, any type of entertainer might try to make a joke about politics, but if your party is large enough then someone is going to be offended! An experienced corporate entertainer will know that.