Date:  06/10/2021

12 Virtual Christmas Office Party Ideas

With the holiday season fast approaching, it is prime time to start thinking about your Christmas party solutions for this year! Whilst face-to-face events are back, it is important to consider that many employees may still feel more comfortable socialising from the comfort of their own home. We at Pure Communications firmly believe there’s no reason why an online party can’t be as fun and entertaining as an in-person celebration, which why we have curated our top ideas for turning your virtual Christmas party into a stand-out event.

organize a festive cocktail workshop

A spiced gingerbread cocktail with herbs and ice

Shake up your Christmas party with a festive themed cocktail making masterclass. If a ‘spiced gingerbread’ or a ‘merry fizzmas’ cocktail doesn’t get your employees in the festive spirit then we don’t know what will! Send your employees an ingredients pack along with the equipment they need to whizz up these festive fancies, and have a mixologist take them through a cocktail making workshop from their homes. Why not finish off with a virtual DJ spinning some Christmas classics. 

Get competitive with a virtual Musical Bingo

Musical bingo ladies dancing
Image via Indeedy Musical Bingo

If you are looking to crank up your Christmas party, this musical bingo experience will be right up your alley! Pioneers of virtual bingo from Indeedy Musical Bingo are guaranteed to bring sequins, sparkles and all the holiday cheer to your Christmas party. For a more specific style of virtual entertainment, including 80s anthems and prizes, why not try out the Aussie themed Bogan Bingo.

Curate an immersive Christmas dining experience

Christmas plate and napkin

Is your office Christmas lunch normally the highlight of the year? Are you racking your brain for Christmas dining alternatives that can be delivered as a virtual event? Creating an at-home immersive dining experience for your employees is an excellent alternative to an in-person meal. Instead of simply sending a bottle of Chablis and some snacks, reward your colleagues with a unique restaurant experience and curated entertainment. Deliver gift boxes with Christmas table decorations, personalised embroidered napkins, cutlery and restaurant style menus so that each employee can create their own restaurant experience at home. For a fine-dining virtual Christmas party choose canapés and matching wines, followed by a ‘finish off at home’ menu, or, for a more casual set-up, treat your employees to a gift box of English wine, local cheeses, sourdough breads and a charcuterie board. You can also broadcast live or pre-recorded bands while your employees enjoy their meal to bring an atmosphere to your virtual Christmas party.  

Bring in a virtual comedian

Neon text saying laugh

Transport your employees down to their favourite local comedy club with a hilarious virtual gig to celebrate Christmas. With many well-known comedians having changed their sketches to work on Zoom, it’s now easy to find a great comedian who will have your office virtual party in stitches. To create an all-round Comedy Club experience, send a ‘pub hamper’ to your employee’s homes the day before the virtual event with local craft beers, pork scratchings and pub nuts which they can enjoy alongside the Christmas comedy event.  

Get crafty with a Christmas wreath making workshop 

Eucalyptus Christmas wreath making

Having a virtual craft activity as part of your office Christmas party is a great way to include employees’ families in the project and to gift them with a festive item to enjoy at home over Christmas. Send a letterbox gift with foliage, natural decorations and mulled wine spices, whilst hiring a florist to guide the team through the step-by-step process of wreath making.  Encourage your employees to don their favourite Christmas jumper and enjoy some mulled wine whilst they craft. Make sure to also accompany the virtual event with a Christmas Spotify playlist compiled of the team’s favourite tracks. 

Hold a virtual CHRISTMAS origami session

Santa origami figures
Image via The Spruce Crafts

Festive origami – mindfulness and Christmas all rolled into one! This is an excellent virtual activity that will still have a life after your office party. Send your team unique patterned or branded paper ahead of time and have them follow along in a short online workshop to create holiday staples such as a Christmas tree or Christmas stocking. A simple activity that their whole family can take part in. 

For more Christmas party virtual activity ideas drop us an email. 

Attend an interactive online magic show with a top magician

People on Zoom watching magic show
Image via Pete Heat

Treat employees to 30 minutes of incredible visual magic and interactive mind-reading during your corporate Christmas party. Customised to your celebration or company, the magician can perform for small audiences all the way up to a virtual Christmas party of over 500! A brilliant way to captivate and engage your employees with 100% audience participation. Top magicians that are performing currently for corporate virtual events are Kalyan, Parker Magic, Pete Heat and Fergus Flanagan

Motivate employees with a virtual advent calendar challenge

A hanging advent calendar

What better way to engage, reward and motivate your employees on the lead up to their online Christmas party than a virtual advent calendar challenge. Create a Christmas party countdown full of quizzes, prizes and festive challenges with the ultimate team winner announced at your Christmas celebration. Accompany the virtual advent calendar challenge with a creative comms campaign, highlighting challenge winners and teasing prizes to be won!

Turn your Colleagues into Rockstars

A drum kit

Energise your team before the Christmas season with a rock music session with Tom Morley, the Rockstar Activator! Your employees will learn to create basic beats and play along with their favorite bops. The song selection is up to you. How about choosing a Christmas favourite? As a cherry on top, your employees will even come away from the event with a three-minute music video! 

Get into the festive spirit with a Christmas carol virtual sing-a-long

Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Whilst you may not be able to all gather together in-person to sing your hearts out in the name of Christmas, you can still sing your favourite carols online. Why not hire a professional singer to guide your attendees through the songs. To add an extra element, send giftboxes to employees homes containing festive headwear, and spices for mulled wine and spiced apple cider.

Bring the party with a virtual DJ or live band

Saxophone player with beaded festival hat

Whether you’d like to bring the sounds of Ibiza to your Christmas party or you’re looking for a band who can handle Mariah Carey and The Pogues, many bands and DJs have turned their hands to delivering their music to a virtual events audience.  Saxophonist Ellie Sax can customise her set to your favourite tracks or include your corporate branding in her stage set, whilst HD Events will bring your virtual Christmas party bespoke entertainment, whether you’re looking for soul and funk band or a party band. 

Create a teaser campaign to build excitement

Neon Merry Christmas sign

Finally, make sure to build a creative communications campaign around your Christmas party to drive digital engagement. Create a registration site themed to your virtual event, build an email campaign to deliver teasers and make sure your staff feels involved by including their content submissions. For ideas on creative communications, you can contact our award-winning integrated comms team!

If you’re looking for an online Christmas party organiser, then we’d love to help. Our corporate events teams are experts in delivering creative virtual events that engage audiences and create lasting memories.  To discuss your requirements and to let us give you our creative thoughts drop us an email as we would love to help you make your Christmas celebration something special.   

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