Top Cities to visit for your Corporate Christmas Break
Winter in Europe can be magical. Home to some of the most culturally significant cities in the world, Europe boasts snowy climates, traditional markets and an array of stunning architecture, making it the perfect spot for a company Christmas getaway.
Whether you are booking a corporate trip to enhance yuletide nostalgia with traditions and sparkly lights, make a radical break from it with some warmer temperatures, reward key players, or incentivise employees; breaking the habit of staying at home will reward you and your delegates with a Christmas that will be talked about for years to come. With that goal in mind, we’ve rounded up some diverse and truly exceptional places to get you in the festive mood.
Get a taste of the magical Scandinavian winter in Stockholm, which offers everything from the remains of the first settlements in the old town, to the creative modern architecture of today. Boasting a lively arts scene with over 150 museums and galleries, this trendsetting collection of islands beckons visitors from all over the world with its elegance, class and natural beauty. From visiting the popular ice bar and the cheery Christmas markets to experiencing the true Swedish spirit with a mulled wine and smorgasbord, Stockholm is brimming with things to see and do. You and your fellow delegates could take a boat trip and marvel at the grand architecture, churches and palaces and if you’re lucky, you could even take a break ice-skating around the frozen water surrounding the city.
Perfect for business trips looking to develop team dynamics as well as explore the city; the Stockholm Puzzle is a teambuilding challenge with a difference! This two-hour long challenge will put the interpersonal skills of your employees to the test as they compete in a fun and fast-moving game on the streets of the city. This incredibly unique experience will put staff leadership, communication and negotiation techniques to the test as they solve a series of complicated missions.
Located in the very heart of Stockholm, Radisson Blu Strand Hotel overs an unrivalled position near to both business and recreational sites. With 8 large meeting rooms, the venue offers ample space to meet and team talk. Equipped with high-speed Internet, stylish décor and LCD projectors, this business hotel offers serious style for a truly memorable corporate break away.
Amsterdam is a truly scenic, liberal and exciting city. Located only a mere hours flight away from the UK, it is perfect for corporate incentive breaks away and team building trips. Holding its festive Winterparade in the last week of December, it is also perfect for those looking for a last-minute winter package. The Winterparade festival invites guests to enjoy a full menu and stacks of merry entertainment, providing an imaginative way for you and your employees to spend a day forgetting about the day-to-day stresses of work. Amsterdam’s many museums and theatres are also full of Christmas themed exhibitions while taking a canal boat trip is the perfect way to sightsee a city renowned for its beautiful architecture.
Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Pulitzer offers luxury accommodation and multiple rewards for corporate groups looking to stay. There is a huge selection of business packages, including Green Meetings, Hospitality, Leadership and Team Development workshops and an impressive 13 boardrooms to gather and share your thoughts. Situated in the very centre, this hotel is perfect for corporate groups wanting to work and play hard. The city’s many recreational pursuits are just a short distance away, perfect for allowing delegates to soak up the Dutch culture by hiring a bike and exploring what’s on offer. Not forgetting Amsterdam’s reputation as a city to party in, the thriving nightlife offers an ever vibrant and cultured party scene.
Becoming increasingly accessible for companies wanting something a little different, Prague is fast becoming a favourite weekend city break, offering fresh white snow, wonderfully decorated streets and historical buildings brought to life with a Christmas twinkle. Prague’s well-established Christmas Markets are of course a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic, where a winter wonderland awaits all visitors. The city’s grand Christmas tree lights up the main square, while the animal stable at the Old Town Square is decorated Nativity-style with a petting zoo and figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
Aside from the decorations, there is plenty to explore in this charming historical “golden city.” From discovering the mesmerising Prague Palace, the world’s largest ancient castle, to walking tours to coach tours to romantic river cruises, there is a fun way for everyone to explore. Playing host to a series of magical classical music and carol concerts in churches and other venues throughout the city, you and your team could even gather with fellow music lovers and sing carols to your heart’s content!
Exceeding all business needs, Corinthia Hotel Prague is located just minutes away from the city’s main cultural and business highlights, including Vysehrad Park, Wenceslav Square and the Pankrac Business District. Beckoning guests with its unrivalled panoramic views of the city, 22 meeting rooms and top of the range facilities, this luxury hotel is a bustling business locale to many world-renowned firms. Boasting extensive executive accommodation, spacious meeting space and imaginative incentive team challenges, the Corinthia Prague is a corporate dreamland.
Rome, where the Catholic celebration of Christmas originated, is a top city to visit during the Christmas holiday season. From the beginning of December through to January 6th, the vibrant city displays wonderful Christmas sights to inspire and brighten any corporate Christmas break. A once in a lifetime experience, Rome sparkles with elegance and generous Christmas spirit. Regardless of religious beliefs, the Catholic city is an uplifting and inspirational experience, where visitors will be greeted with the famous and elaborate life-size nativity scenes located in St Peter’s square and of course the Vatican.
Those interested in Christmas shopping will find the main shopping streets sparkling with festive lights and packed with shoppers. Groups of busking musicians often dressed as Santas, play cheerful seasonal tunes and many shops lay down novelty red carpeting on the pavements. Thanks to the sunshine and mild climate, the city offers corporate parties a chance to take a break from the colder climates and sit outdoors with a warming hot wine.
Overlooking the city, the elegant hotel of De La Ville Roma is the perfect accommodation for you and your business associates to explore, relax and take advantage of the hotel’s very own business services. Offering a range of exclusive event packages, team activities and top of the range of technical equipment you will forget you are even in a meeting! The hotel is located just a short distance from the Trevi fountain, Colosseum and Borghese Gallery when during the evening, the famous monuments are illuminated with twinkling lights and shadows.
As one of the most charismatic incentive destinations in Europe, Dublin offers a magical Christmas atmosphere with a wealth of cultural treasures, iconic landmarks and history. An upcoming and simply charming city, Dublin is sure to deliver a host of amazing and unforgettable experiences for your whole team. Whether you choose to visit the famous Guinness factory, engage in a spot of Irish dancing in a lively atmospheric restaurant, or enjoy a bespoke sightseeing tour around Dublin’s castle, the city has it all.
Not forgetting this is a corporate Christmas break; Dublin’s festive activities include Christmas Markets held on St. Stephen’s Green, with a unique selection of wooden chalets offering handicrafts and plenty of homemade yuletide delicacies, as well as the city’s gospel choir who perform feel good carols at the Pavilion Theatre.
Situated in the heart of the city, and only a stone's throw away from Ireland’s world-class conference and events venue - the Convention Centre Dublin, Trinity Lodge Hotel offers business trips the perfect location to explore Dublin’s many offerings. Hosting Banquets, meeting and executive retreats of the highest quality, Trinity Hotel is within easy distance of Dublin’s business and financial district. The luxury hotel’s Georgian style meeting rooms are full of old world charm and ambience, perfect for gathering all of your thoughts after a jam-packed day of festive treats.