The nightmare before Christmas: is the party over for the office festive do?

Seasonal cheer and morale-boosting benefits under threat from economic woes and employee disinterest – or dread

Smiling businessman pours champagne for his colleagues during a Christmas party in the office
Half of UK employees were planning to avoid their office Christmas party this year, survey findings suggest
(Image credit: Skynesher/Getty)

London's hospitality sector is "booming", said Bloomberg, as bookings for office Christmas parties come "roaring back". 

Reservations have "soared" past 2019 levels, wrote the site's Ellie Harmsworth, following years "blighted" by Covid lockdowns and strikes. Restaurants, pubs and bars across the capital report being fully booked this festive season, amid "intense" demand for office parties and dinners.

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