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Christmas in July

Who says it can’t be Christmas every day?

A great option for people who love to party, a Christmas-in-July event is a chance to enjoy the best bits in the middle of the year. Although the chances of snow are pretty slim (we haven’t had snow since 1836), the cooler temperatures give a completely different ambiance to traditional Christmas celebrations. If you like the idea of packaging the fun bits together and sharing the experience with a few friends, Christmas in July could be the perfect solution. Read on to discover more about the various options for your event, as well as find out why boat hire for the occasion could provide an amazing venue for your festive activities!

Christmas in July buffet cruise on Sydney Harbour

Why hire a party boat?

Hiring a party boat, rather than a static venue, provides a number of benefits: firstly, the vessel is for the exclusive use of you and your guests – not only does this mean you’re unlikely to have any problems with gatecrashers, it also allows you to have everything from the decor to the refreshments tailored to your Christmas-in-July party needs; secondly, your guests get the added benefit of the stunning panorama Sydney Harbour presents. Not only is the harbour surrounded by a number of iconic structures, but the illumination and spectacles on the shore add to the party atmosphere; thirdly, our capable team are here to help make your event a complete success. Not only can we ensure that everything you want is in place in the lead up to your event, we will also do our best to make sure that everything runs smoothly throughout the duration of your cruise.

The facilities aboard your Sydney boat hire

For the best Christmas-in-July experience, a trip on one of our popular cruise boats is a necessity! Guests can enjoy a meal in our sophisticated dining area, go for a bop on the dance floor or nibble on canapés with a glass of their favourite beverag. With two bars, multiple deck spaces and modern facilities, the yacht Eclipse provides an ideal environment for both large and small-scale entertaining. For a more casual party experience, Hoochie Mumma could also be an excellent choice. The selection of facilities on board give party organisers an enormous amount of flexibility when it comes to planning. Whether you want to seat your guests in order for them to enjoy a Christmas buffet, or simply want to give a flavour of Christmas with appropriately themed canapés, one of the yachts has the right space for your ideas to work. 

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Buffets, canapés and more

When it comes to catering for your Christmas-in-July event, you can rely on us to deliver high-grade dishes, tailored to your requirements. As a team that have extensive experience in the hospitality industry, we are able to source and serve a wide range of dishes. If you’re not sure what to serve or what quantities are needed, we are happy to offer advice and suggestions at every stage of your planning process. If you have any specific dietary requirements, let us know and we can devise a menu which takes these into consideration. In addition to set buffet and canapé options, we can also tailor what we do to work with your theme: if you would like Christmas cake or even a Christmas pudding as a centrepiece for your celebrations, let us know and we will make sure one is waiting for you!

Variety of drink options

Because drinks can potentially be a costly consideration, we’ve come up with a number of different options for your party: guests can bring their own if pre-arranged, or make use of our fully licensed bars with very reasonable bar packages available. Christmas in July tip: Ask us about adding Mulled wine to the menu!

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Customised party planning service

A Christmas-in-July party is far more than simply food and drink. Decorations, crackers, a Christmas tree, presents, festive music, and even a visit from Santa could all be great options to add authenticity and excitement to your party. Why not have a festive fancy dress theme? Or request that guests each bring a present for a game of Secret Santa? If you’re stuck for inspiration, let us know and we will be happy to come up with some suggestions to make your event truly special. Our aim is always to add value to the occasion, doing our best to ensure that every guest enjoys a magical trip.

No-hassle entertainment

Whether you want to conclude your cruise at a Harbourside venue, or bring the entertainment to your event on board, we can make it happen. Possible Christmas-in-July entertainment might include anything from a dj, musician, or comedian, to a candle lit meal or roulette tables. Whatever it is you have in mind, talk to our cruise director so we can bring it all together for you. Is money a consideration? We are usually able to tailor a cruise to meet most budgets. If you have a particular idea in mind, let us know and we will come up with a stunning night out that’s still on budget.

Party boat hire for Christmas in July

Because July is normally about as cold as it gets in Sydney, there’s no better time to try and evoke the ambiance of a northern hemisphere, chilly Christmas celebration. Not only that, Winter is usually the most beautiful time of year on the harbour with clear smooth waters. Whether you choose to mark the occasion in the form of a corporate event, or just fancy a casual get-together with a few friends to “eat, drink and be merry”, a festive boat trip on board one of our well-appointed boats is going to turn the event into something memorable. Something a little different from the usual Christmas-in-July parties, boat hire provides plenty of fresh party possibilities. Get in touch to find out more, or to tell us your party ideas and let our team turn them into a stunning reality.

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