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15 Office Christmas Party Ideas For A Memorable Experience

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Looking to make this year's office Christmas one for the books? We have compiled 15 festive ideas to inspire holiday magic without the headache. You'll find something for every workplace, from quick decore transformation to gift exchanges and cookie galore.

Spread cheer through easy activities like caroling karaoke, ugly sweater contests, and old-fashioned ornament making. Boost morale without breaking a sweat! Let's brainstorm office Christmas party ideas. This season, come together while having a blast.

The Basics

Before you throw your office Christmas party, you must take care of a few things first -

  • Choose the date and the time of day when you want the party to happen.
  • Choose the venue of the party and make bookings beforehand.
  • Send invites to all your employees promoting your event.
  • Choose the magnitude of the party and set your budget accordingly.
  • Buy and pack the presents you will gift your employees with.

Christmas Games Ideas for Office Christmas Party

Christmas Charades

Charades is a very popular party game that works well as a party game. So why not adopt it to your next office holiday party?

Divide your teams into groups, and let the acts begin!

You can give some Christmas-specific categories like:

  • Christmas Movies
  • Carols
  • Traditions
  • Characters
  • Legends
    Each team should have a time limit and points to bring the competitive spirit.

Gift Wrapping Contest

Christmas is a day of gift-giving. Let's make it more exciting by organizing a gift-wrapping contest. After all, receiving a well-wrapped present makes it extra special.

You can set up a gift wrapping station, providing your employees with the required adornments for their gifts and giving them time to select the fastest, most creative, and neatest wrappers.

Sweet treats are a Christmas staple. And what can be better than cookies to enjoy with your hot chocolate?

You can set up a cookie decorating competition to let your employees' creative juices flow. Please provide them with different cookie shapes and see what they come up with.

Secret Hall Deckers

This is a cross between Secret Santa and a desk decorating contest. Instead of secret gift exchanges, have your employees anonymously decorate a colleague's desk.

To ensure that it is truly anonymous, you can have allocated time slots for each employee to stay away from their desks and swear surrounding coworkers to secrecy. Also, allot a specific budget to each employee to ensure fairness.

Christmas Trivia

This is one of the easiest games for any work party. Divide your employees into teams and challenge them with some holiday-based trivia.

You can include the following categories to keep with the theme:

  • Music
  • Movies
  • Traditions
  • Food
  • Mythology
  • Winter Weather
  • Pop Culture Holidays

Funny and entertaining Office Christmas Party Ideas

White Elephant Exchange

White elephant exchange is a fun twist to the traditional Secret Santa. Participants exchange funny or gag gifs instead of regular gifts at the white elephant exchange.

The basic rules involve players picking an order to exchange presents in. Participants either receive a present from an assigned partner or pick a random present from the pile. The next player in line can either pick a new present or steal the present from the previous player. The last participant to unwrap a gift can steal an object from any player.

Ugly Sweater Station

Prepare for a festive twist at the office Christmas party with the Ugly Sweater Station! Invite everyone to show up in plain sweaters or T-shirts and let the creativity flow. Provide decorations like felt shapes, bows, and ornaments, and for the adventurous, throw in fabric or paint markers.

Make it a competition – the most creative sweater wins a prize! Use stickers for voting, or keep it classic with paper ballots. Toss in some wildcard items like stuffed squirrels or stick-on mustaches for added hilarity. It's a surefire way to bring fun and laughter to your holiday celebration!

Holiday Photo Booth

Add a touch of fun to your holiday party with a DIY photo booth! Think Santa hats, elf ears, and reindeer antlers – all budget-friendly items you can grab from the dollar store. Create a festive backdrop with lights, garlands, or snowflakes.

Setting up is a breeze – use a camera with a timer or get creative with apps for frames and effects. Want instant prints? Keep a mini photo printer handy. If DIY isn't your style, consider hiring a pro photo booth vendor with holiday props. Capture the moments and give your employees lasting memories of the event!

Silent (Night) Disco

A unique twist to your office Christmas party can be organizing a Silent (Night) Disco! Hand out headphones for a fun and unexpected activity. While traditional silent discos use wireless headphones, you can also have attendees use their smartphones or iPods.

Participants put on their headphones and dance to different tunes and onlookers; the room is silent! No more enduring songs you've heard too much. It's a stress-relieving midday dance party. Turn the headphones into earmuffs with some fake fur to up the festivity. Get ready to groove in silence!

A Jolly Pyjama Party!

Break away from the usual cocktail attire and black-tie events for your Christmas party! Why not host a cozy pajama party if your company leans more toward comfort than class? Encourage everyone to sport their festive PJs or the comfiest set they own. Award a prize for the best-dressed sleeper!

Pair the laid-back vibes with a spread of Christmas breakfast delights like gingerbread French Toast and omelets with red and green peppers. Don't forget the seasonally-flavored coffee and hot cocoa to complete the comfy, festive feel!

Dinner Theme Office Christmas Party Ideas

Appetizer Making Lessons

Spice up your holiday party with a twist on entertainment—entertaining lessons! Amidst the holiday chaos, cooking lessons and appetizer demos can be both enjoyable and useful. They teach attendees how to swiftly prepare Hors d'oeuvres and provide a stress-relieving activity during the festive season.

Bring a chef for a quick, hands-on demonstration with delicious tastings to make this happen. Alternatively, turn it into a collaborative effort—have employees share their favorite recipes. Compile these into a holiday cookbook, making it a thoughtful party favor. It's a delightful blend of entertainment and practical skills for the festive celebration!

Gourmet Hot Cocoa Bar

A delightful addition to your holiday work party is a Gourmet Hot Cocoa Bar that offers a delicious twist. This setup requires minimal equipment—just a hot water kettle or warm milk canteen. To cater to various preferences, consider including non-dairy milk alternatives.

Arrange jars of cocoa powder or chocolate syrup alongside various mix-ins like flavor shots, crushed candy canes, gourmet marshmallows, and whipped cream. Elevate the experience with unexpected toppings such as chili powder, peanut butter powder, rainbow marshmallows, and cereal. It's a festive and customizable treat that adds a touch of indulgence to your celebration!

Christmas Potluck

Transform your office party into a feast without breaking the bank with a potluck! Have everyone sign up for dishes—appetizers, sides, mains, desserts, and drinks. Ensure a seamless setup by categorizing essentials like cups and plates. For a festive touch, give the meal a loose holiday theme. It's a budget-friendly way to share diverse food traditions and create a memorable celebration!

Virtual Work Christmas Party Ideas

Fully Hosted Virtual Holiday Party

Spice up your Christmas celebration with our fully hosted virtual party for remote or hybrid offices! Our expert hosts will lead you and your colleagues through various festive games and activities on Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet platforms.

Having organized numerous office Christmas parties, including for big names like Apple, Amazon, and Google, we've garnered tens of thousands of five-star reviews. Join in, and your team is guaranteed to have a blast!

Holiday Bingo!

Virtual Holiday Bingo is designed to spark conversation and connection among party guests. Distribute Bingo cards to each participant and encourage them to engage with others during the virtual event.
Players mark squares on their cards with the names of fellow participants who fit the descriptions. The first to complete five squares in a row and shout "Bingo" is the winner, bringing a fun and interactive element to your virtual holiday gathering.

Things to keep in mind

Suppose you've taken care of the steps mentioned above. In that case, you're almost ready to throw a successful office Christmas party. But to make sure nothing goes wrong during the party, here are some things you should keep in mind -

  • To ensure that you have enough time to prepare the party, start at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Ask your employees to decide on the date of the party. It should be one when all your employees are available so everyone is at the party.
  • Allocate your party's budget and keep some spare money for last-minute emergency supplies.
  • If you have set a theme for your party, you must decorate your venue accordingly. Also, if you have set a dress code, you must inform your employees beforehand.
  • Since the food and drinks are the main attraction of a Christmas party, make sure that you pay special attention to them. You should include a variety of foods and drinks, and there should be enough for everyone. Also, ensure options are available for people with special dietary preferences, like vegans.
  • Make necessary arrangements for music to keep your employees entertained throughout the party. For example, you can hire a DJ or a band to ensure everyone is having a great time.

Encourage your employees to interact and bond with each other at the party. Also, you can incentivize the games and activities to increase participation.

An office Christmas party for your employees can turn out to be a lot more than just a fun time together. From strengthening team dynamics to increasing performance, a successful Christmas party can benefit your entire company in ways more than one. It is also the perfect opportunity to recognize and reward employees for their contribution to the company.
So, re-energize your workforce and celebrate your company’s achievements in the past year by throwing a great office Christmas party. Just don’t forget to join in on the fun, grab your Santa hat and get into the festive spirit with your employees!

Besides working as a content marketer at Vantage Circle, Shah Alif Ahmed is also an internationally certified nutrition specialist, competitive bodybuilder and a musician. For any queries reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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