Date:  09/11/2020

12 ideas to turn your office Christmas party into a fun and immersive virtual event

As Christmas fast approaches it’s time to turn your thoughts to the office party. Whilst face-to-face Christmas parties might be off the list this year, there’s no reason why an online version of the event can’t be a fun and entertaining celebration. So how do you host a virtual office party that still rewards your employees? We’ve curated our top ideas for turning your Christmas party into a stand-out virtual event.

Recreate a Comedy Club with a virtual comedian and a pub treats gift box

Neon text saying laugh

Transport your employees down to their favourite local with a hilarious virtual comedy 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 competitive with a virtual Musical Bingo office party

Musical bingo ladies dancing

If you want to crank up your Christmas party, then this musical version of traditional bingo might be right up your street. Pioneers of musical bingo, Indeedy Musical Bingo will bring sequins and sparkles to your Christmas party, having hosted multiple corporate virtual events since the pandemic started. For a more unique style of virtual entertainment for your Christmas party, then the Aussie themed Bogan Bingo brings a riotous experience of virtual bingo, 80s anthems and prizes. 

Image via Indeedy Musical Bingo

Curate an immersive ‘dining at home’ Christmas party 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?   If you want to ensure that this Christmas you’re still rewarding your employees, then creating them an at-home dining experience is an excellent alternative.  This doesn’t have to mean just a bottle of Chablis and some snacks delivered to their homes – instead reward them with a unique restaurant experience and curated entertainment for a festive celebration.  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 the more casual, treat your employees to a gift box of English wine, local cheeses, sourdough breads and a charcuterie board. Broadcast live or pre-recorded bands, magicians or performers as a way to bring an atmosphere to your virtual Christmas party.  

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 and hire a florist to guide the team through the step-by-step process of wreath making.  Encourage teams to don their favourite Christmas jumper, enjoy some mulled wine whilst they craft, and accompany the virtual event with a Christmas Spotify playlist compiled of the teams favourite tracks. 

Conduct a Christmas virtual origami session

Santa origami figures

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 items 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 then do drop us an email. 

Image via The Spruce Crafts

Attend an interactive online magic show with a top magician

People on Zoom watching magic show

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

Image via Pete Heat

Motivate and reward 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, prizes to be won and teaser content.  

Turn your teams into Rockstars

A drum kit

Energise your team this Christmas with a session with the Rockstar Activator, Tom Morley who found fame with 80s band Scritti Politti. Teaching basic beats to everyone, Tom will then broadcast a well-known song into their homes for the team to play along to. How about choosing a Christmas favourite? You’ll then come away with a three-minute pop video ensuring you have a positive experience to take away. 

Create a teaser campaign to build excitement

Neon Merry Christmas sign

With 2020 throwing all sorts of curveballs, it’s never been more important to reward staff who have been so committed during such a difficult time. Build a creative comms 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 involve staff with content submissions.  
Contact our award-winning integrated comms team for further ideas on driving digital engagement

Create a festive spiced gingerbread 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. 

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 are turning 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 Sega and the Boombox will bring your virtual Christmas party your favourite retro 90s tunes. 

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

Who doesn’t love a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Whilst we can’t all gather together in person to sing our hearts out in the name of Christmas, we can still sing our 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 juice.

If you’re looking for an online Christmas party organiser, then we’d love to help. Our award-winning 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.