Fortnum & Mason Charity Christmas Party

About the 2012 party:

The 2012 Christmas Challenge was, for the third year running, launched at the Fortnum & Mason Charity Christmas Party on Tuesday 4th December.

1,000 guests filled the store and enjoyed a ‘Dick-Whittington’ themed night complete with festive food, champagne and entertainment from top arts charities. For the first time ever, we introduced African Dancers from ACDarts to the store, alongside regular favourites including street dancers from Ignite Trust, a Peter Pan extract from RADA and music from the National Children’s Orchestra.

Guests paid £60 for a ticket and each could then donate this to the charity of their choice on the Big Give, raising thousands of pounds for an incredible range of charities. Tickets sold out online in record time again this year – this time in just 13 minutes!

A massive thank-you must go to Fortnum & Mason for their support and generosity – we hope all our guests had a fantastic time!

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About the 2011 party:

The 2011 Fortnum & Mason Charity Christmas Party saw 1,000 guests fill the world famous Piccadilly department store. Guests enjoyed four floors of incredible food and drink, including carved smoked salmon and champagne cocktails.

As well as the delicious food, guests were treated to a host of fabulous performances by some of the country’s leading performing arts charities including the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Circus Space, Little Angel Puppet Theatre and Voces 8.

Stephen Fry added his own unique touch by compering the evening and encouraging some wonderful festive cheer.

The evening was a fantastic success and raised an incredible £130,000, with each guest able to select which charity on benefited from their ticket.

A big thank you to everyone who attended, to the wonderful performers and the extremely friendly and helpful staff of Fortnum & Mason without whom the night would not have been possible.

About the 2010 party:

On 2nd December, 1,000 guests and celebrities filled the store and enjoyed a magical night of champagne and canapés across all five floors.

The night’s festive entertainment was provided by top arts organisations, including the National Children’s Orchestra, Classical Opera Company and Deafinitely Theatre.

The party raised a total of £60,000, with each guest deciding which charity benefited from their ticket. Ruby Wax, who helped out at the party, said “it’s fantastic that you can decide which charity to give to, and can follow your heart.”


The Big Give Christmas Auction

In 2010, the Big Give also ran a Charity Christmas Auction which raised £13,000 for six charities.

The auction featured a number of once-in-a-lifetime prizes and experiences.

These included an original illustration by Quentin Blake, tickets to see We Will Rock You and meet Brian May, a VIP weekend in Monaco and a spectacular dinner at Fortnum & Mason.

Many thanks to all bidders, and we hope the lucky winners enjoy their prizes!


Just first rate! Thank you for a lovely evening and well done to all those who made it such a big success.

Party Guest, 2012

There were so many favourite parts - music on every floor, champagne flowing and wonderful 'stalls' of food. This is a party to remember. Every year it just gets better.

Party Guest, 2012

Hugely enjoyable, great concept and so well executed.

Party Guest, 2012

The food was fantastic, the champagne flowed and the entertainers were great fun.

Party Guest, 2012

The whole evening was utterly fantastic

Party Guest, 2011

Everything was so lovely it was worth the flight down from Scotland just to be there!

Party Guest, 2011

Everyone who comes immediately becomes an ambassador for both the BigGive and for Fortnum & Mason!

Party Guest, 2011

It’s fantastic that you can decide which charity to give to, and can follow your heart.

Ruby Wax, 2010 Party Guest

Brilliantly organised and the perfect Christmas Party - thank you!

Party Guest, 2010

Everything was wonderful -food and drink displays and smiling, welcoming staff - fantastic evening.

Party Guest, 2010

Thank you so much for such a memorable and fabulous evening. We cannot fault it!

Party Guest, 2010