How to Plan the Ultimate Christmas Party on Sydney Harbour

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Christmas parties are great excuse to get everyone together, have a fantastic evening and celebrate the year… or wave it goodbye. Christmas 2020 will be no different – in fact, it will be bigger and better!

Here at Karisma Cruises we are party throwing connoisseurs; from corporate celebrations to festive family gatherings, we know how to create unforgettable events with the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Our flagship Karisma I is perfect for all festive occasions, with multiple entertaining spaces, a heated spa, space for up to 48 guests and much more.

Throwing the party of the year is no mean feat, so we’ve put together this guide to planning the ultimate Christmas party on Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour Christmas Party Ideas

With so many iconic locations in and around Sydney Harbour, there are endless festive party options. If you need a bit of inspiration, here are some exciting Christmas party ideas!

Themed nights

Avoid the ordinary and have a bit of fun with your Christmas party – from roaring 20s to murder mysteries, there are plenty of exciting themes to explore. Look out for establishments hosting their own themed nights or book out a unique venue and host your own.

Between getting dressed up and hanging the décor you and your guests are sure to get into the party spirit.

Indulgent dinner

For a more lowkey or professional Christmas celebration, why not have a fancy dinner in one of the many luxury restaurants on Sydney Harbour?! Sit back, relax, and let everyone else do the hard work for you.

Even better – have a formal dinner on board your own private charter. With a selection of stunning dishes cooked by catering professionals, Karisma are proud to offer the most exclusive waterfront views in all of Sydney. Check out our formal dining menu to get inspired.

Family disco

Get the whole family involved and host a disco! Adults and children alike love having a dance. All you need is a large space, a DJ, and plenty of UV lights to get started! Add in Santa hats and Christmas chart toppers for that festive touch.

Charter a boat

Celebrate Christmas in style on board your own private charter, equipped with a fully stocked bar, staff on hand to help, and even exclusive party packages! Whether you want an exciting family-friendly day in the sun, complete with AQUA pack inflatables, or a refined evening soiree filled with champagne and canapes, Karisma Cruises can provide.

Check out our exclusive Christmas party packages!

Get unbeatable views of the most famous harbour in the world, paired with a tailored party experience brimming with luxurious additions. From a relaxing day on the sun-soaked deck to an evening party including a DJ and tasteful decorations, we create your dream Christmas party just as you like.

Tips for Christmas Party Planning

Planning the ultimate Christmas party isn’t easy, so here are some top tips.

See more: 5 Step Guide to Planning Your Christmas Party on Sydney Harbour


Establish how much you are willing to spend early on, so you don’t accidentally rack up a huge bill. Your budget can help you make a variety of decisions, from location to number of guests. It may be that guests are willing to contribute if it means having an unforgettable party.

If you are looking for that perfect mix of luxury and affordable, check out BYO options. This way you get to indulge in the perfect day out while ensuring everybody is content.

Book early

Once you know where you want to have your party, book it! Despite the 2020 global pandemic, everyone else will be looking to throw a party and finally have some fun in December. In the party planning world, it is never too early to secure a venue. You want your dream party to go ahead without a hitch, so don’t miss out on your ideal location.

Also, if you book early enough, you ensure your party is firmly in everyone’s diary, leaving no room for excuses when the time comes.


The guestlist may influence your Christmas party a lot; from party type to timings. Will your guests want a family orientated day, or would they prefer an adults-only party with drinks flowing? It may be your party, but you want to ensure your guests have a good time too!

Bonus treats

Throwing a party is the perfect time to go all out and treat yourself. Just because you can cut a corner or do it yourself, doesn’t mean you should. Let your hair down for the day or night and let everybody else handle the stress.

Our experienced staff know how to throw a seamless party with all the bells and whistles. From delicious catering packages to a six-person heated spa, we work with you to find all the essentials you need for an unforgettable party. To truly keep the memories forever, get a photo booth and capture all your nearest and dearest with the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Get Started with Karisma Cruises

If you want to throw the ultimate Christmas party on Sydney Harbour, get in contact with Karisma Cruises. Our stunning Karisma I, alongside our experienced team and many exclusive party packages make for an unforgettable occasion. Whether you want a relaxed day floating in the water or a dance-packed evening do, we can tailor the perfect experience around you.

What are you waiting for? Book your 2020 Christmas party now!

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