No holiday party can be complete without festive entertainment that celebrates the season! For holiday gatherings where there will be no dancing, enjoyable seasonal background music is a "must!" Light jazz or light classical holiday music--played by a jazz combo, a classical group or a soloist--will create a merry atmosphere and encourage guests to relax and "mingle."

Novelty entertainers play an important party at holiday events--interacting with guests, and bringing holiday cheer up close and personal. The appearance of "celebrities" such as Santa, his elves, characters from "The Nutcracker" and other holiday personages, or the music of novelty entertainers such as carolers or strolling musicians, guarantee mirth and joviality at any holiday event. And how about a Christmas carol sing-along?

For holiday parties and New Year's Eve parties where guests will be encouraged to dance, choose a live band or a disc jockey. Rule of thumb: a live band generates the most excitement and drama, and creates a more extraordinary experience for guests. On the other hand, a disc jockey can play a wider variety of music, and costs less.

For the most sensational results at your holiday party, consider a celebrity entertainer. A nationally-known act is an great way to really get people's attention, and create a memorable year-end event in one bold stroke. Hint: If you have the help of a professional entertainment company such as Paragon, you don't have to be an expert to successfully book celebrity entertainment. (But you can take the credit!)

Whatever your holiday celebration plans, be sure to arrange for your entertainment early! Smart party planners reserve their holiday entertainment in late summer or early fall, before entertainers' holiday schedules fill up.