Who celebrates Christmas in July?

Me that’s who! The last couple of years, one of the highlights in my social calendar has been attending a Christmas in July event. I love celebrating the festive season, in my summer clothes, while digging into a Christmas in July menu, with festive drinks and entertainment. This year the venue was at Steinbeck and Shaw and PRYZM Cardiff, who got to showcase that they are more than just a nightclub.

Christams in July Pryzm Cardiff 2019
Christmas in July – tables set up in the main room in PRYZM Cardiff

Steinbeck and Shaw Cardiff

When I first started ‘going out’ to town, our Monday night haunt was Brannigan’s before it changed names to Dylan’s, which is now Steinbeck and Shaw. It was one of the legendary Cardiff nightclubs of the 1990’s, and the final stone of the building was laid by Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies OBE. This brick is still on display today. Dylan’s would be packed full of students, dancing the night away with a £1 pint (we used to have Strongbow and black with ice and a straw – classy!). The bottle offers were also excellent, with two VK’s for £1.50. The last time I visited here, was for my first Bloggers Meet Brands Event.


Christmas in July Drinks

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019, I showed up for some festive food, fizz and fun. On arrival, myself, friends and colleagues enjoyed a celebratory glass of prosecco in the Conservatory before moving on for a Christmas cocktail in the private bar at the back of the building called Curve. While tucking into some canapés, of roast veg or lemon chicken on a stick and cream cheese and salmon blinis, we were serenaded by a live singer singing Christmas hits.

Christmas in July Curve Bar 2019
Christmas in July – Curve Bar at Steinbeck and Shaw Cardiff

Christmas in July Menu

We then moved onto PRYZM nightclub (which will always be Zeus to me!), which a separate venue next door.  We did not have to walk around, we got to through using a doorway in Steinbeck and Shaw. Passing the Tiki Room, Disco Room, VIP Bar, we were sat in the main room for a hot Christmas buffet. If you book your Christmas 2019 party here, you can expect turkey with all the trimmings, the roast parsnips were a big hit with me. Other options included chilli and rice and a fresh tomato salad. There was even dessert, a warm Christmas pudding and fresh cream.

Christmas in July canape 2019
Christmas in July – roast vegetables on a stick from the canape selection

Christmas in July Entertainment

The evening finished with a DJ-ing Santa, playing dancefloor fillers as well as Christmas classics. Santa even got the crowd playing games and an old school dance-off, Run DMC style.

All of the rooms in both venues can be used for more than just a few drinks with your friends or a Christmas party venue. They are booked for conferences, awards dinners, charity events, quiz nights, and so much more.

Christmas in July Santa 2019
Christmas in July – Santa, I know him!!

Reasons to visit Steinbeck and Shaw

  • Happy hour everyday between 5pm-10pm
  • Plus 2-4-1 on cocktails
  • Sharing platters, loaded fries, burgers and pizza
  • Outdoor seating
  • Booth seating indoors
  • Regular events, including business networking
  • Available for private parties
  • Ideal for corporate bookings

If you would like any further information on the venue, hosting an event or even to book your Christmas party you can contact Zoe Field the Corporate Events Manager on zoe.field@delticgroup.co.uk.

Christmas in July DJing Santa 2019
Christmas in July – Santa warming up for his DJ set in PRYZM Cardiff

Where did Christmas in July come from?

Whereas our colder months tend to be December-February, winter in the Southern Hemisphere countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. have their colder months between June-August. Christmas in July or Yulefest as it is known in Australia host events in July when it ‘feels more like winter’. This tends to be more informal with the fun element rather than everything that comes with the main event in December.

When we host Christmas in July here, it tends to be more ironic. With the July climate typically hot or sunny, opposed to the cold of December. Parties tend to mimic the Christmas celebrations and are usually hosted to encourage companies to start planning their annual staff party. It is getting more popular every year, and this year there is even a Christmas in July movie channel on Sky! The home shopping channel QVC, famously host Christmas in July sales with early gift ideas for children.


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