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27 Virtual Holiday Party Ideas For Spirited Festive Fun In 2021

By October 28, 2020 August 19th, 2021 One Comment

23 Spirited Virtual Holiday Party Ideas For Festive Fun In 2020

A virtual holiday party presents an opportunity to make lasting memories you can only create online.

Laughing when your friend’s Zoom screen freezes as he’s making the most awkward-possible face. Trying not to laugh when your co-worker’s costumed kid swoops in to achieve the most epic webcam “bomb” imaginable. Seeing how your parents’ attempt at putting up a background has cut off half their faces.

In short, virtual holiday get-togethers provide opportunities to make new kinds of memories in new kinds of ways.
In short, virtual holiday get-togethers provide opportunities to make new kinds of memories in new kinds of ways. Click To Tweet

These events help you maintain strong and natural connections with friends and loved ones you can’t see due to physical or social distance. Online festivities help maintain a sense of normalcy and a feeling of living full lives even when celebrations have to take place through different formats.

Browse the ideas below to be the best virtual party host ever and even create some new holiday traditions.

Any of the ideas below can be used for any holiday you feel inclined to celebrate, whether it’s one of the big traditional ones or one of the small ones you’ve never even heard of before.

Virtual Holiday Party Games

1) Virtual Holiday Hijinks

Virtual-Holiday-Hijinks

Let’s face it, a virtual holiday team building event can quickly become a boring mess with no engagement… That’s where Outback changes the game. They will work with you to set up a highly personalized and unique virtual holiday experience that everyone will be raving about for years – crowning you the (well-deserved) hero of the evening.

“Anthony, Aiden, Noel and Jason were friendly, helpful and very quick to respond. All our questions were answered in detail and we felt supported through all of the preparation of the event. Your company offered flexibility when required, which was very appreciated! The actual activity was so much fun, it was entertaining and challenging! We have already booked our next activity with Outback.” – Ray-Mont Logistics (Virtual Holiday Hijinks)

Holiday Hijinks will have your team racing against the clock to solve cerebral, physical, and skill-based challenges. Outback’s other virtual office games include murder mystery, code break, team pursuit and game show extravaganza.

Standout features:

  • Accommodates up to 1,000 remote workers per group!
  • An app to make game-play a breeze
  • Available in two formats:
    • Virtually hosted – they’ll take care of everything for you and host the event virtually
    • Self-hosted – they’ll provide you with everything you need to run the event on your own + provide support
  • Over 80 festive challenges to help your team connect & ring in the holidays

Tip: Talk to your Outback engagement consultant about catering your experience to whichever holiday you’re celebrating and pair your virtual holiday party with a curated one-of-a-kind care package through Caroo.

 

2) Cheese and Beer Pairing Experience

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Unboxed Experiences by City Brew Tours offers a virtual Holiday Party Beer & Cheese Pairing Experience that achieves just as much delicious magic as an in-person tasting. Each party guest receives a box full of perfectly paired beers, cheeses and holiday cookies along with great swag, like bottle openers and festive party crackers.

When party time arrives, everyone meets up on Zoom with an unforgettable host who will lead the tasting. Eating cheese and sipping beer together virtually is the perfect way to bring cheer to any holiday celebration!

Standout features:

  • Holiday-themed activity
  • Beer and cheese edutainment provided by unforgettable hosts
  • Get inside the head of a professional beer appraiser
  • Holiday Party boxes ship directly to guests’ doorsteps
  • Gain beer and cheese tasting skills guests can use for years to come

Tip: Ask all your guests to come prepared with their most pressing beer questions so everyone can learn as much as possible from your beer expert/host

Talk to an Unboxed Experiences expert to start planning the festive virtual holiday event of your dreams.

Center your party’s festivities around an exciting virtual class such as a virtual painting lesson, an online cooking experience, or a virtual beer making night from Unboxed Experiences by City Brew Tours.

 

3) Virtual Mixologist Through Sourced

Holiday office parties aren’t going to be the same this year. With social distancing and work from home arrangements becoming all too common, the traditional holiday office party is being shelved for something safer. Sourced Craft Cocktails has a way to take the boozy holiday office party online for a fun, safe and engaging way to connect your entire team.

Sign your organization up for a Virtual Holiday Party, and Sourced deliver custom cocktail kits to your employees’ homes to create an online event that is interactive and will make your team feel appreciated.

Standout features:

  • Pick out cocktail options to add to your event’s menu
  • Sourced will create a custom webpage for your employees to select their cocktail choice and provide their home address for delivery
  • Sourced will deliver the selected cocktail kits to your employees’ homes the day of the event
  • A Sourced bartender will host the first 15 minutes of the web conference, explaining how to mix the drinks and offering tips on the best way to make/enjoy premium cocktails
  • Sourced will turn over the remaining time to the event hosts for a holiday party for just your team

Tip: Mocktail options also available here for those wanting a non-alcoholic drink.

Enjoy serving alcohol at this year’s virtual holiday party without assuming any of the legal liabilities as all drinking should occur from the comfort of home. Sourced delivers to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Washington DC, New York City, Dallas and Austin. Talk to the team at Sourced to get started!

 

4) Werewolf

Werewolf-Game

Party attendees split into two groups—werewolves and townspeople—and face off until all the werewolves are dead or the two groups reach equal numbers.

Standout features:

Tip: Send each participant their own virtual holiday spending card a week before game day so that they can come prepared with the holiday goodies of their choice!

Get your friends together and download the Werewolf app to start playing at your next holiday party.

 

5) Virtual Game Night

The Let’s Roam Virtual Game Night includes one hour of professionally planned and expertly executed virtual games that will get employees laughing, making memories, and most importantly, bonding and boosting company culture.

Enjoy all the crowd favorites, including trivia, charades, drawing games, and more.

Standout features:

  • Custom video conferencing interface
  • Expert event planners handle all the details and logistics
  • Customize game questions with company-focused options

Tip: Take advantage of custom teammate trivia to learn as much about your co-workers as possible

Talk to the Let’s Roam team to find the right option for your team and your needs.

 

6) Go Remote Virtual Holiday Party EXPO

Go Remote’s Virtual Holiday Party EXPO is unlike any virtual experience platform out there (looking at you, awkward meeting rooms and happy hours!) The platform is serious about having fun, driving connection, and including everyone in intentional, engaging ways. The platform is also fully customizable for branded company games and experiences.

So gather 50 to 1,500 of your favorite work humans (and some you just want to beat in a game or two!) for the EXPO for your next All-Hands, Offsite, Holiday Party, or Happy Hour!

Standout Features:

  • Live Professionally trained Hosts that encourage engagement and interaction
  • A Suite of Proprietary Game Modules that includes Gif Battles, Pictionary, Fact Match, Karaoke, and more!
  • Keynote Broadcast & Reception Area
  • Live Stream & Webcast capabilities
  • Multipoint, Social, Tournament & Huddle Modes
  • No software download required

(Do this) – Check out the EXPO demo:

Learn more about Go Remote’s Virtual Holiday Party EXPO and how clients like Google, Paypal, Feeding America, Spotify and more are leveraging EXPO for their virtual holiday parties by visiting their website here.

 

7) The Escape Game Virtual Escape Room

The Escape Game Virtual Escape Room

Investigate a physical escape room through your game guide—someone rigged with a live camera feed—as your eyes and ears. Use your guide to explore the room and, with hope, make your escape.

All in all, you’ll get an authentic escape room adventure that doesn’t feel virtual at all.

Standout features:

  • An online game dashboard helps you track progress
  • Search 360° options from your virtual space to get a comprehensive, life-like view of the environment
  • Long-distance capabilities let players 1,000 miles and several time zones away from the physical escape room have as much fun as on-site players

Tip: Ask beginners to prime themselves on escape room best practices so they can have fun and not be too stressed out.

Get in touch with the Escape Game to start planning an unforgettable virtual holiday adventure today.

 

8) Holiday Wellness Party

Another year has gone by so fast, and let’s be honest, this one’s been pretty tough for a lot of teams and organizations. Luckily with the holiday season fast approaching there’s plenty of opportunities to spread a little joy! So, since your team has been through so much, why not try something completely unique, that they’ll all love and is also healthy?! How about a virtual wellness holiday party?

A recent creation of Remote Team Wellness, which is the world’s first virtual corporate wellness company, their fabulous virtual wellness holiday parties are centered around making your team feel better, but with lots of fun mixed in.

“We knew this wasn’t actually the year for a big alcohol-themed holiday party so we wanted to try something different. With Remote Team Wellness we focused on intention-setting for next year, but then we also danced for 3 hours and definitely partied. It was AWESOME” –Prakash Karamchandani, Founder of Balance Grille Restaurants

Standout features:

  • Expert-led, live curated wellness sessions
  • A professional DJ spinning your team’s favorite Christmas playlist
  • Fun team building trivia games led by a professional trivia host
  • Snack boxes can be sent to each employee with a corresponding custom nutrition guide
  • Dance it out with a professional TikTok dance specialist leading your whole team on a hilarious group dance session

Tip: They have dozens of fully customizable wellness integrated holiday party ideas so to get a quick quote and put something together in time for the holidays, click here to book a call with the Remote Team Wellness team.

 

9) Laughter On Call

Don’t be depressed during the holidays! Concerned about missing the joy of mistletoe, spiked holiday punch and dancing wildly with people you’ve only talked to by the microwave?

Laughter On Call to the rescue!

They bring professional comedians to your virtual holiday party who invite everyone to participate. Half Stand Up, half Improv, these sessions get even the most introverted in the room contributing, creating a laugh out loud experience where everyone is engaged. There’s never been a better time to celebrate the people who have kept your company thriving, and send a message that it’s okay to laugh, in fact it’s the key to resilience and innovation!

Standout features:

  • Unique prompts yielding surprising answers
  • Games where every person has their moment to shine
  • Group storytelling where everyone contributes
  • Comedians coax each person to engage and feel part of the team
  • Build connections between people for better engagement on ZOOM
  • Accommodates 5-1,000 (break out rooms are used to ensure interaction)

Founder and CEO Dani Klein Modisett started Laughter On Call after her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She saw first-hand how the power of laughter has the ability to change lives. Here’s a quick video that explains more:

Talk to the improv experts at Laughter On Call to help bring the smiles out at your next virtual holiday party!

 

10) QuizBreaker

QuizBreaker is a platform you can use to create and distribute quizzes that highlight fun facts about your virtual holiday party guests. Have everyone fill in the quizzes during your party to create a fun and enriching virtual game that helps you get to know guests better and maybe even learn a few things no simple conversation would have revealed.

Standout features:

  • Automate your quiz so you don’t have to worry about manually launching them during your party
  • Guests can earn achievement badges through the interface as they play
  • Play with virtual teams of all sizes, from 3 to 1,000+ players

Tip: Crowd source question ideas from your friends and co-workers to build a truly comprehensive quiz experience

Try QuizBreaker for free to see firsthand what it can add to your holiday event and level up your virtual holiday party with a curated one-of-a-kind employee care package through Caroo!

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11) Water Cooler Trivia

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Dazzle your work friends or remote employees with trivia that entertains and also makes the bonds between you stronger. Simply use Water Cooler Trivia, an online trivia interface, to create and distribute quizzes and then peruse the results to learn fun facts about co-workers.

This game will feel like attending a trivia night where you and your teammates are the star subjects. Who wouldn’t love that?

Standout features:

  • Shared group results spark conversations about who knows what about whom
  • Customize trivia difficulties and question quantity for a catered experience
  • A Slack integration allows guests to play using an interface they know

Tip: Send the answers to the trivia questions out after the event as a fun-facts digest.

Play Water Cooler Trivia during your next virtual holiday party to take friendships to the next level.

 

Virtual Holiday Party Ideas

12) Fuel Your Virtual Party with Delicious Food and Drinks Using Hoppier

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Go beyond virtual by empowering your employees to order food and drinks for the duration of your holiday event, wherever they are located in the world. The best part? They take all the logistics out of the picture.

Provide your team with their own virtual holiday spending cards, which they can use to order all kinds of drinks, food, and party gear from pre-approved vendors like food delivery services, local restaurants, stores, and bars. In addition to branding the spending card experience, Hoppier also provides you with the flexibility to choose your budget and create your holiday party experience in minutes.

To experience the platform, simply book a call with their team and get creative ideas on how to throw a memorable virtual party!

Why we love it: Creates excitement by customizing your holiday event messaging with branded virtual spending cards using your logo or design.

Which holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

13) Send A Gift Box

Give your virtual office party some in-person flair by sending a gift box full of edible, tangible, delightful themed treats, perks, and goodies.

For example, you could send sunglasses and sunscreen for Independence Day, a custom beanie and camper mug for the winter holiday season, or a box of wholesome snacks for Thanksgiving.

Find even more gift box ideas in this post, or dream up your own perfect holiday party themed box by heading to these sites:

Why we love it: Virtual events + tangible treats create a well rounded-experience

Which holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

14) Host A Virtual White Elephant Gift Exchange

For this virtual party idea, each guest has to bring a random, ridiculous, weird, hilarious or otherwise traditionally “unwanted” gift (maybe a vintage chia pet). All you have to do is have guests open the gifts, and voila — you’ve got instant hilarity with minimal planning and fanfare.

You can also host a virtual white elephant through Go Remote:

 

Why we love it: It’s great fun to see what everyone brings and also how everyone reacts to what everyone brings.

What holidays does it work for? Christmas, Hanukkah, and other traditional gift-giving holidays

 

15) Bond During A Virtual Adventure

Work with the scavenger hunt experts at Let’s Roam to host a themed scavenger hunt that turns a virtual party into an epic adventure everyone can play right in their own home. Let’s Roam can also customize your game so that it aligns with your company culture and design challenges that would be completely unique to your company.

Why we love it: It’s exciting and adventurous – talk to Let’s Roam to get started!

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

16) Send An E-Gift

Send an e-giftNot sure where to send your gift? Try sending an E-Gift instead through CorporateGift.com. They make the virtual holiday gifting process easy and headache free. Just submit a list of emails in their dashboard and let them take care of the rest.

Why we love it: Letting your virtual holiday party attendees choose their gift of choice is a stress-free way to deliver the right present — no elves required!

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

Some of our favorite examples to check out:

Virtual Happy Hour Cocktail Kit

The party favor with flavor — choose from Margarita, Champagne, Hot Toddy, or Italian Spritz. Comes with mixing spoon and coaster, and makes 2 drinks! See all cocktail kit options.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut 750ml Champagne Gift Tray

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut 750ml Champagne Gift TrayStep up the fancy with this Moet champagne and flute gift set — complete with cookies.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut 375ml

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut 375mlSkip the drink tickets and send an excellent bottle of champagne to celebrants. Even better, pair with boozy popcorn or any snack as a bundle!

Martinelli Sparkling Cider

Have an inclusive celebration with a non-alcoholic option. Martinelli’s sparkling champagne cider delivers bubbly without the tipsy.

Gourmet Boozy Popcorn Tube

Your choice of champagne, bourbon or amaretto popcorn flavor, this customizable popcorn tube comes in a classy glass to raise together.

 

17) Send Decorations or Props

Send decorations or props

Send decorations, photo-booth props, or party favors centered around the theme of your virtual party.

Why we love it: It helps solidify feelings of togetherness when friends and family can’t literally gather in the same room.

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

18) Virtual Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Virtual secret Santa gift exchange

Each guest brings a gift for another. The gift-giver’s identity remains a secret until after all the presents are open and each person tries to guess the identity of their secret Santa. Make sure everyone wears their Santa hat.

Why we love it: It gives all your guests a chance to give creative gifts without feeling pressured to get a gift for every single person.

What holidays does it work for? A secret santa gift exchange works for Christmas, Hanukkah, and other traditional gift-giving holidays

 

19) Enjoy A Class or Lesson Together

 

Center your party’s festivities around an exciting virtual class such as a virtual painting lesson, an online cooking experience, or a virtual beer-making class from City Brew Tours.

Why we love it: It gives guests a chance to pick up new skills while also enjoying each other’s company

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

20) A Custom Themed Remote Event For Any Holiday

Goosechase

Let Goosechase use their years of event expertise to help you design a virtual extravaganza appropriate for any holiday and/or remote occasion. Their memorable adventures send you on a wild chase to solve puzzles, check into locations, and more (all can be highly customized based on your team and their interests).

Why we love it: The Goosechase team will make sure that your virtual holiday event is an awesome location-independent experience that will have employees raving for years to come, and it takes under 10 minutes to build your first game!

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

Bonus: Send, Snacks, Beverages, or Recipes

Send a box of snacks, a happy hour box, a gift card to a local delivery service, or even just a recipe that everyone can make.

Why we love it: Even people who aren’t in the same room will feel closer together when they’re consuming the same treats and goodies.

What holidays does it work for? Appropriate for any holiday

 

Virtual Holiday Party Themes

21) Virtual Christmas Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: Any of these easy themes will make absolutely any games or activities you choose to play just a little bit more Christmasy and festive.

  • Reindeer Games. Have guests don their best reindeer antlers, reindeer hats, reindeer sweaters, and any other wearable reindeer themed apparel, makeup and accessories they can find.
  • Christmas Cookie Show and Tell. Everyone makes and decorates their best Christmas cookies to show off in the video feed.
  • Christmas Tree. Costumes, sweaters, sweatshirts, pajamas — guests can wear anything they want to your Christmas party as long as it’s covered in Christmas trees.

 

22) Festivus Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: Any simple round of virtual trivia or remote game can be turned into a Festivus extravaganza with some easy themes.

  • Airing of grievances. Start your event with some good-natured airing of grievances. (Consider a different kind of icebreaker.)
  • Seinfeld dress up. Pretend to be characters from the episode of Seinfeld that introduced Festivus to the world.
  • Festivus pole show and tell. Have all guests come prepared to show off their best DIY festivus pole.

 

23) Hanukkah Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: These themes make any average virtual game night feel like a true holiday celebration and get everyone in the holiday spirit

  • Hanukkah sweater party. Have guests come in their favorite sweaters, outfits, or jammies in shades of blue, silver, and white.
  • Festival of lights. Decorate your video chat space with a collection of the shiniest lights you can find. Ask guests to do the same.
  • Donut decorating. Decorate and show off any kind of donut you want.

 

24) New Year’s Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: Celebrating New Year’s virtually will feel as warm and toast-worthy as any in-person celebration if you incorporate these themes.

  • Parisian New Year. Get your best Paris backdrop, find some authentic French champagne, and put together a French classic playlist you can listen to as you toast in a New Year.
  • Big Apple Classic. Find a classic New York city backdrop and watch the ball drop together.

 

25) Independence Day Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: When you have these themes, you don’t need in-person fireworks and campfires to feel like you’re getting all the fun that Independence Day has to offer.

  • Cookout. Have everyone plan to join the party on their mobile devices so they can participate from their yard, patio, or a local park.
  • Virtual Beach Party. Ask everyone to put up a beachy backdrop (Zoom backdrop or paper lanterns work great) and wear their cheesiest beachwear, including Hawaiian shirts and flower necklaces.

 

26) Thanksgiving Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: These themes make it possible to play any game and activity you want and still cultivate those turkey-day vibes.

  • Virtual Recipe Swap. Have everyone come prepared to swap and talk about a favorite family Thanksgiving recipe.
  • Gratitude. A classic Thanksgiving activity, sharing gratitudes great and small will fill a room with warmth — no decorations required.

 

27) Halloween Virtual Holiday Party Themes

Festive factor: Take advantage of these themes to cultivate spooky or kid-friendly Halloween vibes.

  • Murder Mystery Party. Celebrate Halloween by donning your detective hat and immersing yourself in mystery and intrigue.
  • Pumpkin Party. Guests can bring pumpkins to carve, decorate with pumpkins, wear pumpkin colors and prints — and otherwise do anything they want to pay homage to the noble pumpkin.

We recommend checking out Virtual Clue Murder Mystery if you are a crime junkie at heart!

 

How To Host A Virtual Holiday Party

1) Make your guest list. This is especially important for your video or conference call technology decision. Head counts matter as much for virtual events as they do for in-person events. Your guest count determines what kinds of games you can play.

2) Select your games and your themes.

3) Choose your video chat/conference call service. (Even if your party activities don’t require face-to-face interaction, it’s good to see everyone’s face.) Some popular options are:

4) Test your video chat/conference call service.

5) Send virtual invitations (via email or social media) and collect rsvps. Include the event length and a brief outline and description of your activities and themes. When filling out these holiday invitations remember to include the event length, the link to your video chat, and a brief outline and description of your activities and themes.

6) Get your costume/outfit ready and encourage everyone to do the same.

7) If you’re running your own games, test them all to make sure you know how to play.

8) Send reminders on the day of the event. Virtual events can be easy to forget about since they don’t involve travel time. Make your guests’ lives easier by sending event reminders several hours before your holiday party.

 

People Also Ask These Questions About Virtual Holiday Parties

Q: What are virtual holiday parties?

  • A: Virtual holiday parties are festive online gatherings that often involve unifying themes and exciting games and always lead to memories and shared laughter with friends and loved ones.

Q: Why are virtual holiday parties important in 2021?

  • A: Virtual holiday parties are important in 2021 because they help maintain strong and natural connections with friends and loved ones you can’t see in person due to physical distance or social distance necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual parties maintain a sense of normalcy and feeling of living full lives even when celebrations have to take place through different formats.

Q: How do you host a virtual holiday party?

  • A: Host a virtual holiday party primarily by selecting video or conferencing technology, exciting games and activities, and a festive theme to tie it all together. Find a complete list of steps, plus lots of themes and ideas in this post.

Q: What makes a virtual holiday party unique?

  • A: Creative themes, one-of-a-kind ideas, and lots of personal touches will make a virtual holiday party unique.

Q: How many people can attend a virtual holiday party?

  • A: Around 300 people can attend a virtual holiday party if you work with a premium vendor, such as Outback Team Building. If you host your own holiday party, then you can invite as many guests as your video conferencing platform allows.

Q: How much does a virtual holiday party cost?

  • A: If you work with a premium virtual event vendor, such as the Go Game, a holiday party might cost around $299. You can also host your own virtual holiday party by using a video conferencing software and focusing your event around a cool theme and playing some easy DIY games.

Q: What are some virtual holiday party ideas for small companies?

  • A: Some virtual holiday party ideas for small companies include having an online beer and cheese tasting or playing trivia. You can find a full list of party ideas in this post.

Q: What are some virtual holiday party ideas for large companies?

  • A: Large companies should take advantage of virtual holiday party ideas that rely on premium vendors, such as the Escape Game and the Go Game. Find a full list of party ideas in this post.

Q: What are some virtual holiday party ideas for enterprise companies?

  • A: Virtual holiday party ideas for enterprise companies include those that take advantage of premium event vendors who can accommodate up to 300 guests, such as Outback Team Building. Find a full list of virtual holiday party ideas here.

Q: Are there good virtual holiday party games to play?

  • A: Some good virtual holiday party games to play include a virtual escape game, virtual scavenger hunt, and specially themed trivia. Find other games and ideas in this post.

One Comment

  • Ashley, you wrote an excellent post! Holiday parties are all about having fun and celebrating togetherness. Your ideas, especially for theme parties, are fantastic and easily replicable. Employee swag bags, in my opinion, make the event more exciting and memorable. A lovely way to thank them for their efforts.

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