Celebrate Christmas in style

It's only August but businesses are already planning Christmas celebrations. A perfect venue in the centre of Takapuna is the Spencer on Byron Hotel, which is geared up to host small and large groups for Christmas functions.

For groups of 50 up to 400 guests, the Spencer offers two options, its Deluxe or Premium Christmas Packages, both of which include decorations: festive table centrepieces, red table runners, chair covers (in black and/or white), Christmas crackers, a decorated Christmas tree, uplights and either a stage or dance floor.

The Deluxe Christmas Package is $58 per person plus room hire and includes a buffet menu with starter, entrees, carvery (choice of ham or turkey), mains and desserts. Plus you can add bubbles, canapes, seafood bar, antipasto station, or cheese for an additional per head charge.

The Premium Christmas Package is $85 per person. It includes room hire and decorations and a more extensive buffet menu including starter, entrees, carvery, mains and desserts.  You can add bubbles and/or canapes on arrival for an additional charge.

The Spencer on Byron Hotel has also developed beverage packages that cover two, three or four hours, or you can choose a beverage on consumption option or a cash bar.

Regardless of the size or scale of your event, the Spencer on Byron Hotel’s two event managers, Varun Ragtah and Rae Hall will assist with booking your event and making sure all your requirements are met and communicated to the operations team. All the Spencer’s event spaces allow for easy party theming. While decorations, as noted above, are included, if you’d like to add additional theming, Varun and Rae have a list of local suppliers who can assist with this.

No party is complete without music and entertainment. You can book and bring your own DJ or band, or you can bring the music device of your choice with you and connect into the Spencer’s sound system.

In the hotel's Thyme Restaurant, smaller groups (from couples up to 50 people) can enjoy pre-Christmas celebrations with a Festive Season Set Menu (three-courses with three options per course, at $65 per person) and live music. Decorations include a Christmas tree, gingerbread house and Christmas crackers. You can also add bubbles on arrival for $5 per person and/or canapes on arrival for $7.50 per person

The Spencer on Byron Hotel has already started taking Christmas bookings, and director of sales and marketing Walid Bayouk recommends the sooner you make your booking the better, so you can get your preferred dates. Fridays and Saturdays are popular, he says, and fill up very quickly.

If it’s not a pre-Christmas party you’re after, but somewhere nice to eat with friends or family on Christmas Day and relieve the home chef(s) of cooking duties, the Spencer on Byron Hotel offers  buffet lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Bookings can be made online at The Spencer is also open for breakfast on Christmas Day but for hotel guests only.

After your Christmas party or dinner, what better option than to stay right in the hotel. If your Christmas party guests want to stay at the hotel on the night of the party, the Spencer on Byron Hotel offers a special rate for the night of your event.  Failing that, there are plenty of transport options. Parking is available in front of the hotel for buses if you’ve chosen to bus your guests to and from the venue, hotel staff can book taxis for your guests, or the hotel is only a five minute walk from the main Takapuna bus station. There’s also a bus stop at the end of Byron Ave with buses to and from the CBD.

It's clearly time to start planning, The Spencer on Byron has options available to suit just about anyone’s needs, and the resources and facilities to make your dream Christmas function a reality.

By Christine Young

Channel Magazine: Issue 79 August 2017

Features articles by Christine Young