The Do’s and Dont’s of Christmas Party Etiquette

It’s that time of year again, where every working citizen of society risks their reputation at the annual corporate Christmas party. Not to worry, we have your back! We want to ensure a bright and healthy future of employment for our readers, so we put together this simple list of office party do’s and don’ts. Adhere to this guide and you can be sure to have an enjoyable night and a painless return to your desk on Monday morning after the party.


  • Attend & Be Present
    Your office Christmas party may not be at the top of your list of places to be, but your presence tells a lot about your commitment to the company. Unless a major family emergency has emerged, last minute, be there, and be present.
  • Put Away Your Phone & Mingle
    Part of being present is avoiding distractions from your phone and making conversation with your colleagues, whether you know them or not. This makes a great opportunity to get to know the receptionist you never got acquainted with, or another department you don’t normally get to interact with. However much an introvert you might be, now is not the time to be anti-social. Now is the time to build stronger relationships and connections.
  • Prepare Questions & Conversation Topics
    Anticipate who you will talk to and prepare relevant questions to ask. Conversely, anticipate the questions you will receive and prepare to answer whatever may come your way. Be up-to-date with current news around the world, company, and community. Keep the conversation and body language positive, light and upbeat.
  • Prepare Your Plus One
    Whomever you decide to bring with you to the event, ensure you prepare them of sensitive conversational topics to steer clear of to avoid awkward silences and tangible tension. Did your colleague recently go through a messy divorce? Might be worth mentioning to your significant other or guest. Remember that your guests behaviour is a reflection of you.
  • Dress to Impress
    If the party is ugly-Christmas-sweater-themed, then do wear your ugliest sweater, otherwise ditch the sweater. Unless there is a clear theme to dictate your dress code, dress like you would in the office, turned up a notch. Now is an appropriate time to pull that dress and tie out of the closet – but not that really short, really tight dress that shows off tons of cleavage.
  • Take Time to Thank The Host & Party Organizers
    A lot of hard work went into making this party happen. Make sure to acknowledge your gratitude for the time and effort that went into making this night possible. Seek out the host when it’s time to go to say goodbye. Also, try not to be the first to leave the party.
  • Plan Your Ride Home
    Typically, your company will coordinate taxi chits for you to get home safely. In any case, plan ahead of time to avoid long taxi or Uber waits, or worse, disaster.


  • Show Up Late
    Just as you would to any work day or business meeting, show up on time and continue to present yourself professionally.
  • Head Straight to The Bar
    First things first, ensure you seek out the host, your managers/bosses or owners to greet them hello. Take the time to greet other guests. If the event is taking place at someone’s home, it would make a thoughtful gesture to bring a bottle of wine as a gift.
  • Get Wasted
    Sure, Christmas parties are about having fun and letting loose, but don’t loosen up to the point that you cannot control yourself from spewing insulting curse words at your manager who you secretly resent or from doing something else completely foolish. Alcohol can help ease nerves and tension, but it can also harm your reputation and career if you don’t keep your intake to a minimum. The last thing you would want is to lose your job over something completely preventable.
  • Flirt
    However much you think this is the perfect night to profess your love to your office-mate, DON’T!!! We’re not going to elaborate on how much we think this is totally the inappropriate place to fire up that office romance, just don’t. And keep your hands to yourself, other than hand-shaking. If anyone was foolish enough to hang mistletoe, don’t even dare going near that thing.
  • Gossip
    Resist the temptation to criticize colleagues, discuss the details of a recent divorce, or vent about your boss. A good rule to abide by is: speak only if your words are more pleasant than silence.
  • Post That Picture of Yourself Doing a Keg Stand
    Sharing pictures of the event on social media is completely acceptable, as long as the photos are SFW (safe for work). Avoid posting photos while intoxicated, and keep your comments about the party positive, even if you think the party was a total bore.
  • Do Anything You Wouldn’t Do In The Office
    This is a simple guideline to keep you in line for the night – if you wouldn’t do it in the office, don’t do it at the party.