Whether it’s a big night on the town, a fancy meal or having a few drinks in the office, the office Christmas party is an event that many people spend all year looking forward to. And for good reason. It’s a chance to let your hair down, put your glad rags on and celebrate all the hard work you and your colleagues have put in over the past twelve months.
While we’d all love to meet up with our team for a festive knees up and for it to be business as usual, Christmas parties are set to be very different this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures. But just because you might not be able to be together in person, doesn’t mean you can’t have a ball at your annual Christmas party. You just need to think outside the box.
Here are some amazing socially distanced party activities and ideas which are bound to get your entire team into the Christmas spirit in no time.
Great news! You can still organise a secret Santa gift exchange for your team, even though you might not all be back to working in the office just yet. There are some fantastic free online generators that will enable you to send emails to your team, telling them who they need to buy for and where to send it. To avoid any confusion, agree on a set amount that everyone is happy with beforehand and decide whether you want to set a theme or not.
To add to the fun, arrange a video call on a set date where all of your team can open their gifts together and then try to guess who bought it for them. This activity is a Christmas staple for many businesses, so it’s great that it can be adapted to ensure everyone still gets a gift even when you aren’t all together.
Virtual Christmas Dinner
If you and your team usually go out for a top-notch meal to celebrate the holiday season, why not host a virtual version instead this year? You can order festive mini hampers to be delivered to your team’s homes that are filled with tasty festive treats. You can then all eat, drink and chat together, just like you would if you went out to a restaurant, but over a group video call instead.
There are loads of brilliant festive hamper options out there at the moment, but there’s also afternoon tea, beery and curry and cheese and wine hampers available too from retailers such as Hay Hampers. Alternatively, you can build your own hampers filled with your team’s favourite food and drink for a more personal touch.
While hosting virtual drinks over Zoom is perfectly acceptable this year, why not take it one step further by organising a wine tasting workshop. You can have a variety of wines sent out to your team and enlist the help of a local bar or workshop provider to talk through the wines and to teach correct wine tasting etiquette.
Don’t worry if your team aren’t really into wines, you could also run a gin, rum or whiskey workshop instead. Another option is to do a cocktail making workshop with a provider such as Mixology Events where everyone is sent all of the tools and ingredients they need to make a medley of drinks. That way there will be at least one drink that everyone will enjoy.
Online Escape Rooms
For teams who love to take part in fun activities together, why not try out an online escape room for your Christmas party this year. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, many virtual escape rooms have been made available online such as Trapped in the Web and Escape Live as a means socially distanced group entertainment.
Alternatively, you can create your own escape room using Zoom and real physical locations that your team know well, such as the office. If they haven’t spent much time together this year, this can be a fantastic team building activity where everyone can come together to solve a series of puzzles.
Hosting a virtual karaoke night is another light-hearted activity that can also be enjoyed from a social distance this Christmas, thanks to Zoom and online karaoke providers such as Lucky Voice Karaoke. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea to begin with, but we can guarantee there will be plenty of laughs and probably a few karaoke converts by the end of the night.
Whether you go for Christmas songs, Eurovision classics or purely 90’s, you can each take it in turns to sing your heart out or pair up for a duet. You can even ramp up the fun even more by asking everyone to dress up in their Christmas jumpers or as their favourite artist.
Virtual party games
Who doesn’t love a game of bingo? Or maybe a quiz is more your style? With the help of companies such as Social Isolation, you can organise a variety of virtual party games and activities for your whole team to play together from the comfort of their own homes. From bingo to dance-offs to themed quizzes, we doubt you’ll have trouble finding something for everyone to enjoy.
For something more personal to your business, why not create your own quiz or games, using your team as inspiration for questions and prizes. Whichever you decide to go, we guarantee some party games will go down a storm.
Now that you’re armed with some exciting ideas for how to throw a socially distanced Christmas party, you can start planning a festive treat for your whole team to enjoy. This year might be different but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday season in style.