Santa party drinking holiday boozeHave fun, but don’t get too wild.Stephanie Keith / Stringer / Getty Images

  • If you plan to attend an office holiday party this year, keep in mind that it’s still a work event.
  • One of the biggest mistakes you can make is drinking too much.
  • You should also avoid too much business talk. 

‘Tis the season — for your office’s annual holiday party.

Here’s hoping your bash is merry and bright. But, before you put on your Santa hat and go to town, just remember these kinds of wintery events are inherently risky. Mixing booze, coworkers, and the stress of the holiday season can be truly volatile.

So, take steps to avoid humiliating yourself at this year’s festivities. The night could be fun … or it could mutate into an evening of drunken disaster.

It all depends on your attitude.

Here are 17 tips to make sure your office holiday party is a definitive success.