The holiday season can be exciting and fun, but it may also present real challenges for your company’s event planner. If that’s you, you know the stress of trying to organize such occasions during one of the busiest social seasons of the year. Venues are hard to book, and your employees are stressed about juggling your team celebration with multiple other events with friends and family. It is not surprising, then, that there is a growing movement among corporate event planners to extend the holiday party season into November and January.

This makes a lot of sense: Why not make life easier for yourself and your employees by holding your company holiday party before Thanksgiving or in early January? Planning will be a lot easier as vendors will be much more available, and employees will be less stressed and able to give your event their undivided energy and attention.

Creative Event Planners schedule annual company celebrations outside the traditional holiday season

There are a few key reasons holding Holiday Parties before Thanksgiving or in January make a lot of sense.

Venue Availability

When you throw a company party in December, you compete with all of the other businesses in the area for venues and vendors. Shifting your annual gathering in November or January will increase your options in terms of desirable dates and times. The more options you have, the more likely you will be able to secure a time that works for most of your employees.

Vendor Availability

Hosting your event in January or November may also open up a wider list of caterers and entertainers. Your event will benefit from being able to hire the best possible vendors. Many are already booked for the peak season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Avoiding the December Rush

Give your staff members a break! December is filled with family obligations, activities with friends, shopping for gifts, or just taking the family out to enjoy the season. By throwing your yearly bash outside of the typical time frame, you could score some serious points with your employees. You don’t force them to choose between your event and others that are scheduled at the same time. Plus, your employees won’t be frazzled and pressed for time, as they may be at the height of the holidays.

Plus, January celebrations also get the New Year kicked off with a lot of energy and camaraderie. A double benefit!

A Holiday Bay Cruise for Your Hardworking Team

Give yourself a break, too. Even the most capable of event planners can use some help. The corporate event managers at Commodore Cruises & Events are here to assist you in navigating your way to a fabulous company holiday party. We pride ourselves in being the yacht venue of choice in the Bay Area, and we love helping businesses create special celebrations and memories. Whether you select a daytime outing or a dinner cruise, we know your employees will appreciate our impressive fleet, world-class cuisine, stellar service, and the magnificent views from San Francisco Bay.

By opting for an “off-season” date for your annual gathering, you and your employees could actually make the most of what the Holiday Season offers this year. Call us today at (877) 346-4000, or fill out our convenient online form for more information.