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9 Festive Ideas to Plan a Virtual Christmas Party For Your Remote Team

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“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” – Nora Roberts

We have to agree it’s been a frenzied year and we can all use a break, especially at work. Lucky for us it’s the festive season and what better way to celebrate with your colleagues than Christmas?

Christmas is around the corner and the festivities are already in full swing. That’s a cue for you to plan a splendid virtual Christmas party for your teammates even if you’ve been working remotely.

Although organizing a virtual event poses its own challenges, there are numerous ways to organize a fun and successful virtual event, and when it’s a Christmas party, the ideas are unlimited. 

We’ve sat through ample Zoom meetings over the past two years to know that this time Christmas calls for something different and exciting. 

So this year, I’ve come to your rescue with some killer ideas for a virtual Christmas party, one that your team will always remember.

1. Organize a secret Santa

Virtual Secret Santa is a Christmas-themed online gift exchange. Each participant is given a present-recipient and is then given the task of purchasing and mailing a gift to that person. You may, for example, send a cool gadget or a book, and then gather for the present openings online via Zoom or another digital way. 

Organize a secret Santa

Tangible goods give a more personal and intimate touch to presents, but teams can also send virtual gifts like online gift cards or internet subscriptions to each other.The goal of this virtual Christmas party is to foster relationships while celebrating the holidays from afar irrespective of geographic boundaries. 

2. Virtual Christmas tree decoration

The most prevalent Christmas tradition is to decorate a Christmas tree. Most office workers looked forward to this ritual. While it may not be the same as in-office decorations, you can give the holiday gathering a unique twist. Decorating a Christmas tree can be a fun way to spruce up your virtual Christmas party with your remote employees. 

Getting a dynamic host to coordinate Christmas decorations for all participants from the comfort of their own homes is a terrific way to get started. All staff can be given beautiful ornament kits, and the creative host will show them how to style the tree or use the decorations.

3. Watch a Christmas classic with your team

Over the years, Christmas has evolved to mean different things to different people, and the films featured reflect that. Watching a timeless Christmas classic with your virtual teammates is always a good idea.  

If you’re nostalgic for the holidays,  It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Inn are few of the best holiday movies.  The Santa Claus and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are also great options to keep your team entertained. You can venture into various genres when planning a virtual Christmas party such as horror – Better watch out, comedy – The Christmas Chronicles, horror and comedy – Gremlins, and many more.

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4. Christmas workstation decor

Working from home has its advantages, but you miss working from workstations filled with mementos you’ve amassed over time. 

workplace decoration

Christmas workstation style is a fun pastime in which team members decorate their desks at home or in the surrounding neighbourhood with bright Christmas decor items such as cardboard cutouts, lights and streamers, sharpie drawings, wreaths and mistletoe, or anything festive that makes your desk stand out. The team decides on a prize for the person with the most creative decorations.

5. Christmas carol karaoke

Christmas and carol singing are inextricably linked. Obviously, not everyone is born a brilliant singer; many of us are, at best, bathroom singers. However, in the spirit of the season, you can have everyone sing or play their favourite songs on any instrument. 

You can even assign each person a song and have them perform it during the virtual Christmas party. Singing Silent Night and In the Bleak Midwinter with your colleagues might be fun, who knows?

6. Christmas themed costumes

Costume contests allow people to mix up their lives and break up the monotony of working from home. Virtual video meetings have become simple thanks to technology, and teams can participate freely.

Setting up a virtual costume contest to engage remote workers is a terrific idea; you can create a theme and invite employees to submit photos. You can virtually announce the winners afterwards. Even better, you can host a virtual Christmas party through video conference where everyone can show off their modelling skills while costumed as their favourite Halloween character.

You can vote winners for multiple classes such as Best Dressed, Funniest Outfit, Scariest Look, and so on to make it more exciting and participatory. The weirder the costumes, from Grinch to scary Santa , clowns to ghosts, the more fun the competition.

7. Virtual team dinner

One of the most essential Christmas traditions is eating with friends and bonding over food. You can arrange a dinner party where the menu can be chosen from a variety of meals and beverages associated with the holiday season, such as cookies and cake. The goal of team outings is to strengthen employee bonds, and what better way to do that than over food? Since meeting physically is not feasible in today’s day and age, having dinner online is a great way to interact during your virtual Christmas party.

Christmas themed costumes

8. Promoting a charitable cause

Christmas is about generosity and joy, as well as enjoying life and celebrating. Nothing compares to the thrill of giving someone else a reason to rejoice, and you can do so by organising a charity drive or promoting a worthwhile cause. Each team member can choose a way to give back to society and explain why they support it to the rest of the group. Christmas may also be about giving, whether it’s donating to a charity, volunteering, or simply assisting someone in need. Giving back to the society is a wonderful way to turn the very objective of your virtual Christmas party and make it about others rather than yourself. 

There should be no motive to do something good, but if you have one this holiday season, take advantage of it. Explain your cause, why it needs attention, and what you can do to improve it. You can all work together on something and help those who are in need.

9. Christmas Bingo

An online bingo session is one of the coolest and easiest games for a virtual Christmas party. This game only requires digitally produced squares with a variety of Christmas-themed questions. Team members can divide into groups and ask the questions in order to determine who has done what and who has not. This is a means for them to share their amusing secrets and give their coworkers a glimpse into their lives.

This bingo game has a wide range of options and adds a lot of fun to a virtual Christmas party. This bingo game can also include a few fun but achievable dares to make it more personalised and engaging. Send in your best questions, dares, or actions to be featured in the bingo. This is a great team activity where everyone has a role to play.

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Conclusion 

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to give. These virtual Christmas party ideas will help you give back to your virtual team or clients by creating an online party experience they will enjoy.

Here’s hoping you have a fun-filled Christmas and a spectacular holiday!

Happy Reading!

 Vartika Kashyap
Vartika Kashyap

Vartika Kashyap is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.


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