The ho-ho-holidays are just around the corner, and after another hectic year, you and your colleagues are looking forward to some festive fun. However, with Covid-19 in the background, having a physical gathering in the office lounge is impossible, and you’re scratching your head for ideas on how to set up a virtual one.
Well, a virtual Christmas party can be fun too! Yes, we know nothing beats the physical celebrations but hey, since you’re already well-accustomed to using online platforms, let’s get virtually creative!
6 cool virtual Christmas party ideas
All of these ideas are virtual and remote-friendly so you can pull them off using any standard video conferencing platforms that you’re already much acquainted with like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. But they still require a fair bit of planning, so don’t do it at the last minute!
1. Online party, but real food, please
No festive celebration is complete without food and drinks, even if it’s virtually conducted. If your department has some budget for team-bonding activities, you can purchase food e-vouchers from any popular food delivery such as Grabfood, FoodPanda and Deliveroo. Email them to your attendees a few days before the virtual event, and let your guests purchase their own food and drinks to eat, drink and be merry on the event day.
2. Not only secret but socially-distanced Santa
Santas can skip the chimneys this time. Use a platform like Draw Names to take the tradition online. The platform will automatically pair a gift-giver with a recipient, supplying the recipient’s name and address so givers can send their gifts ahead of time. Your team members can even make wish lists so their secret Santa knows exactly what they want. On the day of your event, get attendees to show off their secret Santa gifts and guess who they came from.
3. A good trivia showdown is no trivial matter
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that people can’t turn on their competitive nature! Host a holiday trivia challenge with Kahoot, a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes. Simply assign your remote colleagues into small teams and let them fight it out in a battle of wits about Christmas.
4. Excuse me, what’s the title of this song?
One of the easiest activities to execute online. Just open up a Spotify Christmas playlist, and play 10 to 20 seconds of each song and watch your team members sweat trying to guess the more obscure song titles. In the spirit of giving, make sure you have prizes ready for the winners too!
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5. Watch a classic Christmas movie during work hours
How often do you catch a movie with colleagues? Probably never. So here’s a chance to get your whole team down to watch a Christmas classic like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” or “Home Alone.” Apps like Teleparty and Kast, allows you to sync your screens and send messages through the live chatbox.
As this activity provides a nice balance between social time and downtime, where possible, host it in the middle of the workday so everyone can take a mental break before the holidays.
6. Digitalise the tradition
The festive spirit is not complete without Christmas cards, and since we’re going digital, it will be e-Christmas cards! Simply split your attendees into small groups and have each team create their own Christmas card using Canva templates. To up the interactive level, at the end of the design challenge, ask each group to show off their e-Christmas cards, and have everyone vote on the best one.
Ready for your virtual Christmas party now?
Like any other festive party, the main objective of a virtual Christmas celebration is to have fun and relax. Don’t force anything and be prepared to encounter some technical hiccups. However, take it all in with good humour and goodwill, and try to recapture the festive spirit in a remote environment!
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