The annual holiday office party is a time-honoured tradition of celebrating the season and honouring end-of-year accomplishments while giving employees an opportunity to cut loose with their colleagues after so much hard work. If you are planning a virtual celebration for employees, these ideas might help make this the best holiday event your team has ever had:
Fun event ideas
Team competitions can turn up the fun at your party and can work beautifully over Zoom:
Holiday song pictionary
Send out names of holiday songs to participants beforehand and divide into teams once you’re gathered. Zoom’s whiteboard is the perfect tool for this game. To use it, simply click the “share screen” button located in the toolbar, select the whiteboard and click share. Use the annotation tools and use your mouse to draw as you would for Pictionary.
Create a list of holiday trivia questions using Google as your guide. Ideas for different rounds include traditions around the world, reindeer or 12 days of Christmas naming, and holiday movie characters. Use your virtual meeting platform’s tool for separating into breakout rooms and agree on an honour policy of no googling. Have each team record their answers over a set time period and join back together after each round to take score.
Virtual holiday movie charades
Distribute names or scenes of holiday-themed movies and gather together in teams to try to guess what they are. Team members can take turns acting them out. Ideas include any of the antics of Kevin McAllister, the infamous tongue-stuck-to-the-pole scene from A Christmas Story or a favourite Clark Griswold moment.
Holiday entertainment to enjoy together
Hunker down with some themed entertainment by creating your own, or enjoy a classic favourite.
A couple of weeks before your event, ask your team to submit photos of themselves enjoying holidays from childhood or their younger years. Create a slideshow with the submissions and set the show to some merry holiday tunes. After you've enjoyed the show, take turns guessing who the youngsters in the photos are.
Holiday movie viewing
Host a watch party as your virtual holiday celebration using a video chat platform that allows everyone to view the movie at the same time. For added fun, you can open up the chat to side conversations and jokes. Some platforms even offer the chance to play games within the chat while you're watching. Don't forget the popcorn and snacks.
YouTube is an endless source of videos with lyrical captions of all your December favourites that you can share over video conference platforms. Start with a communal sing-along to loosen your group up and tee up a brave volunteer beforehand to go first. Encourage folks to bring their own song and set one responsible individual to keep the event moving. Many will need some liquid courage before belting out that Mariah Carey favourite.
Host a virtual lunch or dinner
Refreshments are essential to every great holiday party, and this year should be no exception:
With DoorDash for Work’s Expensed Meals program, you’re able to set budgets that allow employees to order food right to their homes, all within the same time window. Enjoying food together as a team is difficult for remote employees, but giving your team a chance to enjoy a meal over Zoom can offer the same satisfaction.
Secret Santa lunch
Provide DoorDash gift cards to your team with the instructions to send someone else on the team a specially chosen lunch. Draw names and send each party-goer the name and street address of one of their team members, and instruct them to send a lunch for delivery at a specified time. Throw a celebratory lunch to share what meal was gifted and enjoy together.
The holidays are a time for connection and cheer, and hosting a remote team celebration is the perfect opportunity for creating a company culture that employees love and enjoy.