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Ideas for breaking out of the conference room holiday party rut!

on November 14, 2017

‘Tis the season for the holiday office party. Instead of potlucks in the conference room, hit the streets of Roanoke for some real teambuilding memory-making fun. Here are the top five:

Urban Scavenger Hunt

Nothing chases the Grinch away like a fun, challenging and laughter-filled Urban Scavenger Hunt through downtown Roanoke.

Armed with smartphones, clues, trivia, maps and a hilarious Instagram-worthy list of photo challenges, your team will be set loose on the (safe) streets of downtown Roanoke. You’ll explore Roanoke’s landmarks and businesses, learn some history (Look! A train!), think out-of-the-box, and put those creative problem-solving skills to work.

End the day at a local restaurant, taproom, or brewery and you’ll have a holiday celebration that will be talked about throughout the new year.

Catch a performance!

Roanoke has a thriving theatre and cultural scene. From Mill Mountain Theatre (A Christmas Story!) to the RoanokeBallet Theatre (The Nutcracker!) to the Jefferson Center, The Spot on Kirk, 5 Points Music Foundation and the Harvester Performance Center (Music!), to Big Lick Conspiracy (improve! comedy!), there’s something that will make your team members happy – even the office Scrooge.

 Food!

The holidays aren’t the holidays without food. Lots and lots of food. Roanoke is becoming known as a foodie-town, with celebrated chefs creating masterpieces right alongside the hidden gems that locals have known about for years. A Downtown Roanoke Food and Cultural Tour takes your team from stately dining rooms at the Hotel Roanoke to the unexpected flavors of the hole-in-the-wall establishment you never knew existed. In between, you’ll learn about Roanoke’s history, architecture, and how we became the Star City of the South.

 

River Rock Climbing Gym. Courtesy of River Rock Climbing Gym.

Compete!

It’s like the Game of Thrones, but way less deadly and a lot more fun.

Who can climb the highest? Who is the office pinball hero? Who can escape the fastest? Why not have your team members enjoy a friendly competition? River Rock Climbing is in an indoor climbing gym in Roanoke that caters to everyone – from the experienced to the can’t-climb-the-stairs. The Roanoke Pinball Museum is bounce-off-the-sides fun. Leave your quarters at home. All the games are included in the price of admission. Deciphered Roanoke and Riddle Me Roanoke challenge you to use your thinking skills to escape from a room. Add a Craft Beer Tour or a Downtown Roanoke Food and Cultural Tour to the mix and you have a perfectly safe and fun holiday outing.

Beer!

The craft beer scene in Roanoke is hopping! Discover the flavors, aromas, and character of Virginia’s Blue Ridge at the breweries dotting our mountain town. On a Craft Beer Tour, your team will visit three breweries where you’ll learn the trade and what goes into making a craft brew. End the tour at a restaurant in downtown Roanoke and you’ll have planned an office holiday celebration that doesn’t bore.

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