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Google's €300,000 office Christmas party had an ice rink, a Ferris wheel... and a whole room dedicated to balloons

By Sarah McCabe

A few cocktail sausages and lukewarm white wine? That might be the height of most of our Christmas party expectations - but not for Googlers.

The search engine's Irish office took over the entirety of Dublin 4's RDS last Friday for a no-expense spared New York-themed bash to celebrate Christmas.

Employees enjoyed their own ice-skating rink, a Ferris wheel, amusements, performers and a whole room dedicated to balloons.

To illustrate the New York theme there were men and women on horseback dressed as members of the New York Police Department, as well as vehicles decorated as NYPD squad cars.

The rumoured budget for the event was €300,000.

Googlers around the world have enjoyed extravagant Christmas parties this year.

Its San Francisco staff took over the city's historically significant City Hall and enjoyed a spectacular light show. In New York, the company threw a Great Gatsby-style black tie do in Wall Street's famed Cipriani restaurant. Parties in other cities featured everything from caricature artists to human gyroscopes.

The celebrations were referred to by the company as "holiday parties", rather than Christmas parties, perhaps in recognition of the diverse religious backgrounds of its multicultural staff.

But Google was not the only technology giant to spend big on celebrating the festive period.

Facebook had its Dublin Christmas party on Thursday. It took over the CHQ building, the grade-1 listed retail centre in the heart of the IFSC, and fitted it out with a stage and Electric Picnic-style tents.

Source: Sunday Indo Business

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