20 Best Christmas Party Venues in Sydney 2023

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Need a party venue this Christmas?  We’ve combed through hundreds of Sydney party venues to find you the best options to celebrate with family, friends or colleagues.

The dedicated Christmas in Australia team do the research so that our Sydney readers know exactly what to expect from their chosen party venue.  Our professional party planning assessors grade each venue based on:

  • Location, size and facilities
  • Personalisation for the party goers
  • Menu and menu flexibility
  • Value

Our recommendations

Cargo Bar

This two-level party destination with waterfront views is the perfect place to host a chic and on-brand Christmas party. With a funky metropolitan buzz and a palette of concrete, timber and pops of royal blue. Combined with its prime real estate overlooking Darling Harbour, Cargo is the perfect place to get your party started or keep it going!

Pros:  Flexible food and drink packages, located close to transport and accommodation, trendy décor and “high end feel”

Cons:  Pricier than other options

Address: 52 – 60 The Promenade, Sydney

Website: Cargo Bar

The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill

This venue has a large and totally private function space with its own entrance. It includes a private bar and alfresco area, state-of-the-art audio and visual fitout with multiple TV screens, entertainment space for DJ/musician, lift access and private toilets. They can cater from 20 – 300 people.

Pros:  Ideal for a private party where the general public are excluded.  Good value packages and plenty of room for dancing.

Cons:  Has a “low end feel” and “pub grub” is the default catering option.

Address: 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour

Website: The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill

The Star

‘When only the best will do’ is the catch cry of The Star and they have a range of dining options to choose from that will help you create the perfect Christmas party. From seafood favourites, to pizza to Chinese, your guests will not go hungry and will love the views at one of The Stars Christmas party venue options.

Pros:  Flexible and varied menus, excellent location

Cons: Being in a casino may make this a distasteful choice for NFPs and ethical traders. 

Address: Level 2, The Star, Harbourside Entry via Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney

Website: The Star

The Glenmore

The Glenmore can cater for a wide variety of occasions; from intimate private Christmas parties to a corporate Christmas party for up to 150 people. With years of hosting such a multitude of events & parties, their team offers a wealth of experience, making your special occasion a truly memorable one. There are two options for locations so you are bound to find just what you need.

Pros: Well located, with super friendly staff and lots of experience

Cons: Pricier end of our suggestions

Address: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Website: The Glenmore

Harpoon Harry’s

This diner is bursting with Americana style aesthetics and boasting an extensive set menu, including a vegan menu for your woke guests. Harry’s represents a destination that can cater for a wide variety of events; be it an intimate cocktail Christmas party or an office Christmas party. With a range of different rooms, and extensive menus, they have something to suit everyone.

Pros: Great variety of menu options, definitely something different

Cons: Not everyone will appreciate the aesthetic/not to everyone’s taste

Address: 40 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

Website: Harpoon Harry’s

The Corner House Bar

The Corner House is a founded upon a historic location of Bondi, once a stop for the Bondi tram and home to Castile for the past 35 years. The Corner House has 3 different rooms upstairs, all with their own different vibe and atmosphere. All three rooms can be hired individually as well as hiring the whole bar exclusively, depending on the size of your booking.

Pros: Great for groups of all sizes, lovely views of the sea.

Cons: Gets booked out quickly, so get in early.

Address: 281 Bondi Road, Bondi

Website: The Corner House Bar

The Grounds of Alexandria

Looking for a Christmas party venue in Sydney that is sure to impress? Host your next social or staff Christmas function at one of Australia’s most Instagrammable locations — The Grounds of Alexandria. They can cater for groups of 12 – 600 guests and they have packages to suit every budget.  They offer world-class food & beverages and are flexible with the time of day for your Christmas party.

Pros: Absolutely gorgeous grounds, these guys go above and beyond

Cons: Another super popular venue, it gets booked out quickly.

Address: 43 Bourke Road, Alexandria

Website: The Grounds of Alexandria

Pyrmont Bridge Hotel

From 10 to 350 people Pyrmont Bridge Hotel is the perfect venue for your next booking. Recent refurbishments of the 1st Floor & Rooftop Terrace have been undertaken with careful consideration to hosting events. Designers were briefed to maintain the significant history of the 145-year-old heritage listed building, whist still offering plush modern comforts to ‘wow’ the guests.

Choose from the top floor completely private rooftop level, with an open-air terrace & harbour views. Or the 1st floor level, comprised of several great function areas, all available to the wee small hours of the morning.

Pros: You cannot beat the views of this location!

Cons: Parking can be a hassle and an additional expense for your guests

Address: 98 Union Street, Pyrmont

Website: Pyrmont Bridge Hotel

All Occasion Cruises

Explore Sydney Harbour aboard our luxury vessels and experience it in a way you’ve never before. Their luxury yachts and boats can host from 2 to 950 people for a wide assortment of Christmas parties. Ensure your personal celebration is highly memorable and an event unlike any other. Spoil your guests with luxury and grace and enjoy every moment.  This is a great option for someone looking for different options for venues for Christmas parties.

Pros: A great options for enjoying the harbour at Christmas time

Cons: A moving vessel and Christmas drinks might not work well together!

Address: 5/11 Bank Street, Pyrmont

Website: All Occasion Cruises

Greenwood Hotel

With lots of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, and packages to suit all tastes and budgets, the Greenwood Hotel can accommodate a range of different types of events. They have three different areas to choose from so you are sure to find something that suits you. These include the Chapel and Lounge bars as interiors spaces and the Southern and Northern Courtyards on the exterior.

Pros: Reasonably affordable option on our list

Cons: Another one where parking can be tricky.

Address: 36 Blue Street, Sydney

Website: Greenwood Hotel

55 George Street

Let the fantastic rooftop views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House envelop you and your guests as you enjoy your next event at 55 George. The open-air space on the rooftop terrace of Rydges Sydney Harbour can be organised to suit your large of small gathering and features tabled seating, high-top standing bar tables or a mix of both.

Pros: Best options for views of the harbour, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the CBD and The Rocks.

Cons: This is a very popular and busy hotel, so you will need to plan at least 6 months in advance if this is your preferred party venue!

Address: 55 George Street, The Rocks

Website: 55 George Street

Doltone House

Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf is a unique heritage venue situated on a restored finger wharf on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour’s Pyrmont. A spectacular decking area offers outstanding views of the Harbour Bridge, city skyline and Darling Harbour. With a collection of 18 unique event spaces suitable for 20 to 4000 guests, they have a venue and package to suit your tastes and budget. This is a bit venue which makes it a great choice of corporate Christmas party venues.

Pros: They offer 11 different Christmas packages from cocktails to sit down meals.

Cons: Their website does not list prices so you musst complete their enquiry form.

Address: 26 – 32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Website: Doltone House

Coogee Bay Hotel

With large French doors opening onto a beautiful verandah and smaller private spaces, Coogee Bay Hotel offer the perfect private event hire atmosphere with breathtaking views over Coogee Beach. Why not host a delicious BBQ for friends on the terrace, or sit down to an intimate dinner under the stars as you enjoy the ocean views on the balcony. They can throw an extravagant party in the sunlit function room, or help you saunter through an elegant soiree as they pour their classy cocktails throughout the evening.

Pros: Everyone knows the Coogee Pub Hotel, indoor and outdoor space, easily accessible

Cons: Must have a minimum of 40 people for Christmas party venue hire, no tram to Coogee so you will need to figure out other public transport if you are not driving.

Address: 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee

Website: Coogee Bay Hotel

Rooftop Bar Sydney

The Rooftop Sydney is an impressive setting for any occasion. Their events team specialise in cocktail parties, with a wealth of experience in corporate events and private celebrations, offering beautiful catering and excellent service to compliment the picturesque setting.

Pros: The glass frontage ensures perfect sunset views over Darling Harbour, while a retractable roof allows the alfresco area to convert to a fully enclosed room in poor weather.

Cons: A better location can be found for families, venue is more for 21 years+

Address: Level 3, Shelbourne Hotel, 200 Sussex St Sydney

Website: Rooftop Bar Sydney

Escape Hunt Sydney

Get the team together this Christmas and step into adventure. Escape Hunt Sydney have a range of in-venue and online experiences to suit teams of all sizes, there’s something for everyone this Christmas no matter where you’re working from.

Experience any of their 5* rated adventures and enjoy the festive licensed lounge with optional catering available. Relax with top-rate hospitality from start to finish and be guided by the dedicated games masters and experienced event planners.

For a virtual Christmas party, enjoy a digital adventure that’s truly out of this world with one of their hosted online events, perfect for teams in any location globally! We love this idea!

Pros: Great for small companies who have staff who like to do team events.

Cons: Food menu is limited, you might need to go somewhere else for a Christmas meal.

Address: 393 George Street, Sydney

Website: Escape Hunt Sydney

Kingpin North Strathfield

Don’t let your work Christmas party be a night to forget, make it a night to remember by ticking off all those amazing party ideas the team has been planning all year! Bowling, check! Laser, check! Arcades, check! And don’t forget to take it to the next level, with their escape rooms or compete against each other with table tennis or sing the night away in the karaoke rooms.

Wrap the night up with a fully stocked bar and enough great food to keep everyone happy. Each event at Kingpin will have a dedicated host so you can get to enjoying yourself, without worrying about all the little details.

Pros: Another good option for teams that like to do challenges together.

Cons: Again, limited ‘bar menu’ type food.

Address: 3 – 5 George Street, North Strathfield

Website: Kingpin North Strathfield

Australian Turf Club

Revel in an unmissable evening that’s exclusively yours to enjoy. Celebrate the festive season with colleagues and friends as you host your Christmas party at one of their stunning spaces. End the year with flavour, fun and flair. Dazzling Christmas celebrations are what they are known for. Celebrate the end of another year with loved ones or dance the night away with colleagues. The stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, award-winning chefs and mixolgists; and unsurpassed service standards provide the perfect backdrop to see out the year.

Pros: Late license so you can kick on until 2am.

Cons: Being in a horse racing venue may make this a distasteful choice for NFPs and ethical traders. 

Address: Randwick, Rosehills, Canterbury Park, Warwick Farm

Website: Australian Turf Club

The Greens North Sydney

Leave behind the standard office party and embrace a fun, engaging, and team building event that includes bowling on the Greens and enjoying delicious food and beverages from the specially curated menus. Their Christmas packages are designed to cater to all sizes, needs, and budgets, so you can be sure that your team will have a fantastic time.

The Greens Christmas events are the highlight of the year, and we recommend booking early to secure your preferred date. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate gathering or a larger corporate event, they’ve got you covered. Their experienced team will take care of everything from the decorations to the catering, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities.

Pros: Lawn bowling is so ‘in’ right now, well priced packages, dogs allowed, accessible.

Cons: small car park offers limited parking, pokies onsite, rain affects your experience.

Address: 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney

Website: The Greens North Sydney

Helm Bar & Bistro

Host your next Christmas function at Helm Bar. Their waterfront events spaces are sure to make your next Christmas party unforgettable. Helm Bar is located on the first floor of the building, overlooking the beautiful waters edge of Darling Harbour & Cockle Bay. It offers a large open space that is versatile in its setup to suit many styles of use such as cocktail-style functions & events & sit-down lunch & dinner receptions.

All packages include security, menus on the table, wrist bands, signage, water views & onsite event manager.

Pros: Lovely Darling Harbour location with skyline views, weatherproof space with a vergola roof that opens & closes.

Cons: parking is offsite and a bit of a hike away.

Address: Aquarium Wharf, 7 Wheat Rd, Sydney

Website: Helm Bar & Bistro

Best places to have a Christmas party in Sydney

So we have done all of the hard work on the research side.  You just have to grab your Christmas nibbles and get planning. All the best on finding the best Christmas party venues in Sydney. 

Wondering what to wear to your Christmas party? Check out our suggestions for Christmas dressesChristmas earrings and Christmas clothes. Need Christmas party games ideas? And if you need to go out to do some Christmas shopping in Sydney, we know that too! Merry Christmas!

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Janine Mergler

Janine has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the Queensland University of Technology and works as an editor of the popular Families Magazine. Janine owns the Christmas in Australia website because she is a huge fan of Christmas and everything about the festive season and she wants to share it all with you! Travelling the country to find all the best Christmas experiences in Australia, she can be found celebrating Christmas in July and getting more and more excited as 25th December approaches! Join my Christmas in Australia Facebook group too!

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