2020 may have put a dampener on in-person events, but there are still some great virtual holiday party ideas to get inspiration from!
With the holiday season just around the corner, there are many ways to keep the traditions of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and other special holidays alive, and spread a little bit of cheer!
Here are some of our favorites…
If you’ve got a large team (50-250+ people), don’t try to find a single virtual activity that can cater to everyone in your office. We’ve created the Party In A Box, an online party for remote companies, with various virtual activities running simultaneously!
With a menu of fun, hosted Zoom activities, you can ensure there’s something for everyone, and let your distributed coworkers choose their own adventure!
Some of our favorite online activities for team parties:
Sample itinerary for a 1½ hour remote office party:
At Wild SF, we are experts at setting up customized online events for remote teams.
We cover everything from organizing invites to coordinating experienced, high-energy online activity leaders, and taking care of the logistics of online facilitation.
Brush off winter blues during quarantine by traveling to warmer climes.
On the Virtual Vacation remote team builder by Kabloom, your team gets transported to a tropical vacation (Hawaiian shirts are encouraged). But there’s a catch: your team must work together (escape-room style) to navigate across waters to your destination.
Our energetic, quirky guides will get everyone laughing and connecting, and working together through fun challenges.
Bingo is a familiar and fun game, and can easily be adapted to a holiday theme and played online during a virtual holiday party.
If you mail out a gift box, include bingo cards, and let people play along at home while the virtual party happens.
Our favorite tool to create a free and customized bingo game is Bingo Baker. It offers thousands of ready-made bingo cards, or you can generate your own.
This Merry Christmas bingo game has 300 words and phrases, including All I Want For Christmas, Jingle Bells and Jack Frost.
During COVID, we’ve all felt isolated from our family, friends and remote coworkers. What better way to cap off a difficult year by sending them a box of holiday treats?
Holiday gift boxes could include:
If you wanted to add a personal touch, pop a handwritten note in there to show your appreciation for their work during this challenging year.
A big part of the traditions of the holiday season is getting dressed up in festive gear. Given that we’ve been stuck in our homes for a large part of this year, people are excited to have an opportunity to get dressed up! And why not include dressing up your beloved pet while you’re at it?
You can spice this up by organizing an online voting system for the best-dressed and/or offering prizes. You could also do this for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
Since COVID, many companies have turned into remote teams looking for fun virtual holiday parties. Good news: a virtual karaoke party is an awesome (and easy) virtual team building idea to get your team connecting!
This dedicated guide explains everything you need to know to organize a virtual karaoke party on Zoom, including how to host a great event for your team working from home, and how to choose a great karaoke song.
An online trivia night is a fun and interactive way to get your team working together and letting a little loose. It does require a bit of planning, so you can save time by searching for holiday trivia questions.
You could also include categories like:
For a little more fun, encourage each team to incorporate a holiday theme into their team name, like ‘The Rudolphs’ or ‘Eggnoggens.’
(Yes, we can organize this for you!)
Who doesn’t love an excuse to wind down and enjoy a drink to cap off the year and get in the festive mood? You could encourage the participants to wear holiday-themed clothing and accessories, like an ugly sweater, Santa hat or reindeer ears.
To replicate the atmosphere of a festive office or bar, you can play music in the background. (More on that below.)
Festive-themed music like All I Want For Christmas Is You gets people in the mood for the holidays. So why not create a collaborative playlist on Spotify and allow everyone to choose a song or two?
If you want to play it background music at a virtual holiday party, here’s how to do that on Zoom:
Set your Zoom background to one of the following themes:
If you wanted to do a trip-around-the-world party, you could follow the globe as it strikes midnight from east to west!
Virtual holiday parties are online gatherings of family, friends and/or coworkers. The aim is to provide opportunities for people to connect and have fun during the festive season. An example might be a festive-themed trivia night, or a holiday happy hour.
The best virtual holiday parties are those that are engaging and easy to organize. They include festive-themed online bingo, karaoke and trivia nights. There is a full list of virtual holiday party ideas in this guide.
Celebrating important holidays in an online manner does not have to require a lot of preparation. Easy ideas include a holiday happy hour, festive-themed bingo (with pre-made card templates), and a Christmas dress-up competition.
First, make your guest list. Next, decide on the theme and games, e.g. happy hour, trivia or bingo. Then choose a video conference application and send invitations. Finally, test out the games and software, and send a reminder to your guests.
Virtual holiday games are activities like festive bingo, holiday trivia and a dress-up competition. They are played during online gatherings of family, friends and/or coworkers. The aim is to provide opportunities for people to connect and have fun during the holiday season.
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