Every year, the Apex and Athenaeum, at Bury St Edmunds, throw a series of parties in the run up to Christmas – and 2018’s look set to be the most elegant and dramatic yet.
Each venue has picked a different theme and this year the Apex is taking its inspiration from the famous masked balls of Renaissance Italy.
Its Auditorium will be transformed into a richly decorated backdrop where guests in black tie and ballgowns will dance the night away to a live band, their identities concealed behind their masks.
Meanwhile, in contrast to the mystery and old-world glamour at the Apex, the nearby Grade I listed Athenaeum is creating a traditional white Christmas.
Its spectacular chandeliered Ballroom will become a winter wonderland of snowflakes and sparkle for anyone who wants to celebrate the season with family, friends or colleagues.
Along with welcome drinks and dancing, guests at each venue will be served a festive meal, created by chefs from Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, starting with ham hock and pea terrine or quinoa and grilled vegetable salad.
This will be followed by either stuffed roulade of Norfolk turkey or vegetable and lentil Christmas loaf and a trio of desserts; Christmas pudding ice cream, dark chocolate mousse and mulled wine poached pear.
“The Christmas parties at the Apex and Athenaeum have become firm fixtures on the social calendar,” said Klaudyna Grela, sales manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at both venues.
“And every year there is great excitement about what themes have been chosen. We have really gone overboard this year to create two very different and equally magical events but tickets always sell very quickly so I would urge people not to leave it until the last minute.”
The Apex Masquerade Balls will be held on 7, 8, 14 and 15 December with tickets priced at £49.94 and the White Christmas parties at The Athenaeum will be held on selected dates in December with tickets costing from £39.95.