Celebrate Christmas in style at The Athenaeum

Join us this year to celebrate the festive season with The Athenaeum's own take on 'A Christmas Carol' enjoying a modern twist with the beauty of Victorian elegance. 

Charles Dickens, the author of this much-loved novel, gave readings at our stunning, grade I listed venue in 1859 and again in 1861.

Historically, The Athenaeum has always been popular for social events and party gatherings – from Victorian times to the present day – thus providing the perfect visual backdrop to complement The Christmas Carol theme.

If you wish to find out more details, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team on 01284 758380 or email enquiries.athenaeum.uk@sodexo.com

"This is our second Christmas Party at The Athenaeum and it just gets better and better each year! Staff are amazing, working hard throughout the evening to ensure everything runs smoothly and the food is delicious too. Highly recommended!"

A Christmas Carol Theme

This Christmas we will take you on a wonderful journey back to mid-Victorian times to experience festive customs and traditions. These will include family and friends gathering, carols, seasonal food and plenty to drink! Not to mention creating a present-day party atmosphere for you and your guests to celebrate the wonderful occasion in style.

Our spectacular Christmas tree will be traditionally decorated with an amazing display of dried fruit from oranges, holly berries, strings of dried cranberries as well as cinnamon sticks and candies wrapped in beautiful colours.

Upon arrival, you and your guests will be warmly welcomed and invited to start your evening with a chilled glass of sparkling fizz. Following your festive drinks, you will be led into the stunningly decorated Georgian Ballroom… step back in time and let the festive scents of cinnamon, berries and oranges engulf you.

Our outstanding team of chefs have created a sumptuous three course festive dinner using the finest seasonal ingredients to provide you with a true taste sensation.

After your Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, our resident DJ will have you on the dance floor for the rest of the night, enjoying an array of tunes, requests and festive favourites.

Bookings are required for multiples of 8 guests per table. Please note that we can hire larger tables for 10 guests, at an additional charge.

Package Information, Dates, Timings and Prices

Package Includes 

  • Event manager
  • Glass of fizz on arrival
  • Three course Christmas dinner
  • Tea/coffee
  • Party DJ
  • Christmas decorations
  • Venue security

Agenda

  • 19:00 Arrival
  • 19:30 Dinner served
  • 21:45 DJ to start
  • 00:00 Bar to close
  • 00:15 DJ finishes
  • 00:30 Event to close

Dates and Prices

  • £44.50 per person - Thursday 2nd, Thursday 9th, Thursday 16th December 2021
  • £48.50 per person - Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th December 2021

Private Party Hire

You can exclusively hire our beautiful, Georgian Ballroom and enjoy your own take on 'A Christmas Carol' at The Athenaeum. At the moment, we have dates available throughout December 2021, therefore please get in touch if you are planning to host a private celebration. 

Package Includes 

  • Event manager
  • Glass of fizz on arrival
  • Three course Christmas dinner
  • Tea/coffee
  • Party DJ
  • Christmas decorations
  • Venue security

Dates and Prices

  • £46.50 per person - dates available throughout December 2021
  • Minimum number of 150 guests required

Christmas Sunday Lunch 2021

This year you can also enjoy a delictious Christmas Sunday Lunch at our venue. 

Package Includes 

  • Event manager
  • Three course Christmas lunch served at 1:00pm
  • Tea/coffee
  • Christmas decorations
  • Small present for the little ones that choose from the children's menu

Prices

  • £30.00 per adult
  • £20.00 per child (3-12 years old)
  • Minimum number of 4 guests required 

Dates

  • Sunday 5th December 2021
  • Sunday 12th December 2021
  • Sunday 19th December 2021

Leaflet with full details can be found below.