written by
Faisal Khan

How to Host a Virtual Christmas Party (+ 8 ideas)

Meeting Planning 7 min read

When face to face meetings are not possible during this year’s festive season, a virtual Christmas party may be the only alternative.

But going from meeting in real life to virtual doesn’t mean boring. If you’re looking for engaging virtual Christmas party ideas to help you motivate, encourage, and bring together your remote team members this article is for you.

Enjoy 😍

Ideas When Organising A Virtual Christmas Party

1. Let’s Start With Ice Breakers

Virtual Christmas Part Ice Breakers

The last thing you want at your Virtual Christmas Party is awkward silence. In order to replicate the flow of conversations that would happen at a physical location, it might be a good ideas to come prepared with some ice breakers.

Here are some ice breaker ideas for your virtual Christmas party:

  • Share a hilarious Christmas memory
  • Sing a Christmas carol together
  • Share the best & worst Christmas present you’ve ever received

Or use questions like:

  • What one question would you ask Santa?
  • What is your favorite holiday food and why?
  • Does your family practice any interesting Christmas traditions?
  • What act might land you on the naughty list?
  • What act might land you on the nice list?

Here are some tips:

  • Don’t make it too long
  • Embrace technology - You can break out into smaller rooms to have some intimate one-one-one conversations. Use features like digital white board and screen sharing for better collaboration
  • Use other options - For example a Social Media Challenge or a game in chat or Slack
  • Be flexible with ice breakers and improvise when necessary

Want more? Here are additional ice breaker questions.

Ice breakers are a great way to get people to socialise in this new way and therefore boost engagement & team bonding.

What’s next...

2. Christmas Karaoke, anyone?

Virtual Christmas Karaoke

From the evergreen tune “Last Christmas” to “Jingle Bells”, there are loads of easy to sing carols and songs that everyone loves.

A Christmas Karaoke will make your party a big hit and you could also have a small award for some friendly competition. Sync Video is a great tool to use for a Karaoke, it lets you enjoy content from YouTube and sync audio and video so everyone can listen, hear and sing along. Or, you can simply use Zoom for Karaoke (here’s an awesome Zoom Karaoke guide we found).

Here are some all time classics:

  • All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey
  • Last Christmas - Wham!
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

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3. Secret Santa

Virtual Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a Christmas tradition for many people, so it would be a good idea to include this in your virtual Christmas party. Secret Santa ensures a memorable night filled with lots of fun, surprises and best of all more presents!

Not sure what Secret Santa is? It’s basically an arrangement by which a group of friends or colleagues exchange Christmas presents anonymously, each member of the group being assigned another member for whom to provide a small gift, typically costing no more than a set amount.

If this is something you have never organised virtually before then there are online tools such as secretsantaorganiser and drawnames to help you out.

Talking about drawing names.

4. Use Your Christmas Party to Recognise Great Work

Awards for a Virtual Christmas Party

Christmas is a time of celebration, but for your team it can also be a time of recognition for their hard work. Having some awards at your virtual Christmas party that recognises the effort they have put in throughout the year will go a long way. Awards will make them feel valued and motivated for the year ahead.

Want something a little quirky?

You can also include fun awards for the best dressed elf amongst your team member or the funkiest Santa hat. This bring some jokes and laughs to your event, making the experience unforgettable.

Whatever you do, make sure you give your team some form of recognition, it could go a long way.

5. Host a Virtual Christmas Dinner Party

Virtual Christmas Party Dinner and Cooking

Genison, goose, hare, or turkey, nothing feels more Christmas-sy than a table full of delicious food. Sadly, having an in-person dinner with your team is most likely not an option. Instead, why not hosting it virtually

To make things even more festive the entire team can cook together. Services like City Pantry deliver packages or DIY kits straight to everyone’s home. Enjoy. This will not only be unique, it also beats sitting on a chair and having the party in that manner.

6. Play Christmas Charades

Virtual Charades

Charades is great game to get everyone involved and have a laugh, and best of all there is very little planning to do for this game. You can easily do this on Zoom.

Here’s how it works:

Split your group into teams and use a charades idea generator to choose your words and phrases. The person who's acting out the charade uses the Zoom "spotlight" feature, and their team has one minute to figure out the phrase. Don’t forget to keep time.

Charades can be a great team bonding game and if there’s movies and songs involved you might see some moves that you probably wouldn’t get to see on a dance floor!

Here are some Christmas themed movies you can include in your game:

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • The Grinch
  • Last Christmas

7. Virtual Escape Rooms

Virtual Christmas Party Escape Rooms

An Escape Room will definitely be surprise at your virtual Christmas party and everyone will be talking about it for a long time. Escape Rooms are a great team building exercise that also combines creative and logical thinking. Like everything else Escape Rooms have gone virtual.

Click Here to see a list of different virtual Escape Room

Though, keep in mind that you don’t want it to be too hard, the last thing your team wants is to solve another complex problem.

Up Events also has some great online team building activities and gotoevents can create a virtual Christmas escape room

8. Holiday Recipe Guide

Be warned, this one involves a lot of cooking. You can edit together a holiday recipe guide for your entire team by collecting the most delicious recipes.

1. Ask for a minimum of one recipe from each team mate
2. Organise the instructions based on the category, e.g starter, main, desserts.
3. Layout and design a visually appealing guide
4. Send the complete recipe collection to the whole team.

Then, you can use Zoom to have someone cook the dish live.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a virtual Christmas party?
A virtual Christmas party is a get together of team members via video conferencing tools instead of face to face meetings. It allows teams to come together virtually without having to leave the comfort of their own house. Video conferencing tools that enable virtual Christmas parties are Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts & Skype.

Why are virtual Christmas parties important in 2020?
Meeting planners may not be able to host in-person events due to the current global pandemic. Instead of exposing team members to the risk of getting infected, the team can join from the comfort of their own house.

Are virtual Christmas parties engaging?
Yes. Especially for team members who don’t often see each other, virtual Christmas parties can be a great way to bond and create connections.

What are the benefits for virtual Christmas parties?
Virtual Christmas parties can be a lot of fun. It even has some advantages. First, it can help keep in touch with loved one’s or with team members across the globe, and create some great memories. Moreover, if working from home is here to stay then this could be a good option for the long-run.

Conclusion

A virtual Christmas party can be just as fun if not more than one in a physical location.

Hopefully these ideas spark some creativity and gives some guidance to hosting your upcoming virtual Christmas Party. One final piece of advice you be to explore the features of the video conferencing tools you plan to use.

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