Forget about celebrating awkward parties in front of the screen. Now is the time for something really enjoyable for you and for your teammates. On this Christmas Eve, Pandos put together a list of activities that you can use for your virtual party on Christmas Eve. Let’s take a look at the steps below!

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY - MENU

Step 1: Invite your colleagues to the party!

Don’t miss this important step! Who likes to go to parties without invitations?! Let’s make the party more interesting with remote co-workers by creating online invitations via design tools like Canva, Paperless Post, or Evite, etc. With just a few clicks, you’ll have your own impressive online cards to send to everyone. Now, here are some awesome examples of Pandos preferred invitations :

 

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 6 ONLINE INVITATION CARD

Samples of Christmas invitation – Source: Canva.com

Note:
You can include information in your online invitation paper such as what kind of activities will be held and for how long. This way also helps in piquing your teammates’ interest in the party, too!

Step 2: Say goodbye to sketchy online parties

Most people see virtual parties as a less engaging activity, and it actually has a reason for this. This is because many people tend to prepare more when going out, and more preparation means more excitement. That being said, the tips here are to help make virtual partying more exciting. Now, here are things you should ask them to prepare:

2.1 A Christmas playlist

What’s Christmas without Christmas music?. Holiday music burrows into a sweet spot in our brains’ wiring, said Brian Rabinovitz. That’s why creating a Christmas playlist and playing it during the meeting would be the essential thing that you must consider to warm up the meeting atmosphere. Before the meeting, ask each member to add their favorite songs to the list before the meeting. For example, each person can share 1 to 3 of their favorite songs. Music brings people together!

Here are some examples of famous Christmas songs that you can ask your friends to choose:

2.2 A holiday costume

Costume parties are fun any time of year, so why not dress up for a virtual Christmas party? join the team and show off your Christmas outfits and get into the holiday spirit! Unlike Halloween parties where people compete with each other on whose costume is the most incredible or scariest, Christmas costumes are intended to be a fun way for family and friends to connect!
Here are the suggestions for your Christmas costumes:

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 2 WHAT TO WEAR

Christmas costumes – Source: amazon.com

2.3 Food time

With drinks and snacks on hand, your guests will have a better time. You can send virtual credit cards directly to the inboxes of your guests. You’ll set the budget for each card and decide where guests can spend their money — you can also share recipes so that everyone can eat the same meal and get them to share their thoughts on the food. You can also tell them to eat their favorite meals and talk about what they cooked or where they bought the food while they eat.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 3 WHAT TO EAT

What to eat at your Christmas party? – Source: tasteofhome.com

Step 3: Break the ice!

Christmas icebreakers are short and simple prompts and activities that get people chatting and interacting during holiday parties. There are many interesting ways to get people’s attention, but Pandos will suggest some of the best virtual Christmas icebreakers.

3.1 Share beautiful memories

People are at their finest during the holiday season! We all have the opportunity to focus on giving to others, decorating our homes, listening to wonderful music, remembering good or bad Christmas memories, and appreciating the things that have come into our lives! We’re keeping warm by spending time with our loved ones! Another perk of the holiday season is the fact that we are sometimes able to take time off of work and school. Regardless of whether your Christmas memories are good or bad, let us cherish the positive things that have come into our lives! While sharing memories can brighten the mood no matter what you’re telling, try to make this a period of reflection and not to lose sight of the present.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 5 STORIES TO TELL

Things you can share with your colleagues at a Christmas party.
Source: christmas.lovetoknow.com

3.2 Play small games

There is no denying that playing games together can increase team-building points. Virtual Christmas games are enjoyable holiday challenges that teams can participate in via video calls. If you want to boost the atmosphere in the fastest way, let’s have game time!

Here are games to play at your virtual Christmas party:

Never Have I Ever: Christmas Edition

Never Have I Ever: Christmas Edition is an icebreaker game, and one of the most popular virtual happy hour holiday games.At the start of the game, each player holds up ten fingers, or “reindeer antlers.” Players take turns making statements that start with “Never Have I Ever.” Participants must lower a finger every time they hear something they have done.

Here are a few starters prompts:

-Never Have I Ever re-gifted a present.
-Never Have I Ever eaten a whole bowl of cookie dough.
-Never Have I Ever snuck one of Santa’s cookies.
-Never Have I Ever given a petty present.

The game ends when only one player remains, or after a set number of rounds.

More questions for Never have I ever game – Source: teambuilding.com

Play Holiday This or That

Holiday This or That is one of the easiest virtual holiday games for large groups. To play, the leader reads out a series of prompts, and players must respond with their preference. Participants can answer using the reactions feature on Zoom, write and hold up the answer on a piece of paper, or type the answer in the chat.

The game helps groups find common ground, yet may also spark lively debate. This or That can also help create a sense of solidarity among members of the group.

Here is a few starter Christmas This or That prompts:

-Trees or wreaths?
-Snowflakes or icicles?
-Xmas Eve or Xmas morning?
-Gingerbread or sugar cookies?
-Elves or reindeer?
-Snowmen or snow angels?
-Caroling or looking at lights?
-Angel tree topper or star tree topper?
-Real tree or a fake tree?

Source: teambuilding.com

Play Who Am I?

Who Am I? Is a guessing game with a holiday twist. Before the meeting, send out a survey to attendees. The easiest way to collect answers is with a fillable digital form, such as a Google Form.

Here are some sample questions to include:

-What is the most embarrassing or outrageous thing that ever happened to you around the holidays?
-What is the best gift you ever received?
-What is the worst gift you ever received?
-What is a special holiday tradition that your family follows?
-What do you want most for Christmas this year?

Once the meeting begins and the game starts, the host randomly selects an answer from each respondent and reads it aloud. The other players must guess who the answer belongs to. The first person to guess correctly wins one point.

Source: teambuilding.com

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 7 WHAT TO PLAY

Small games to play at Christmas parties – Source: teambuilding.com

Step 4: Exchange gifts time!

Alright, don’t deny this, my friends. Basically, we always want to receive gifts on Christmas days whether they are gifts of spiritual value or material value. In fact, there are many interesting ways to send gifts to your colleagues, and here are the examples:

White Elephant Exchange

White Elephant Exchanges are gift swaps where participants give each other gag gifts and steal each other’s presents. While it may seem hard to pull off the stealing aspect of the exchange online, you can facilitate the good-natured-gift thieving by using this slideshow template we made. Simply ask participants to send pictures of their gifts to the host, assign each gift a number, and have players click the picture of the numbered boxes to reveal the contents. Keep track of which guest claims ownership of which present throughout the game, and at the end of the activity have the gift holder mail the gifts to the right recipients.

If the stealing aspect seems too complicated, then you can also simply have team members give each other wacky gifts and follow virtual Secret Santa protocols.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 4 WHITE ELEPHANT SEND GIFTS
Play Elephant Exchange online
Source: teambuilding.com

Virtual Secret Santa Parties

Secret Santa parties are a little different than your standard gift exchange as the recipient generally has no idea who is giving them a gift until the very end. These are usually a lot of fun simply because of the extra secrecy involved. They are also great for coworkers as it is an interesting way to find out more about what someone likes or dislikes. If you want to make this a little easier for the gift giver, you can always ask the recipients to fill out a wish list but this may take away a bit of the fun and intrigue.

For an online Secret Santa gift exchange, you would have the gift-givers send recipients items directly to their homes where they will have a big unwrapping during the event. You can either do this one person at a time or if it is a big group, you could have everyone open their gifts at the same time.

Source: letsroam.com

Wait! We are not done yet.

Are you afraid of favoritism when exchanging gifts or do you simply want something more surprising for your teammates? Pandos is here to solve your question! By using Pandos’s team generator, you can match with a random member instantly and share your gift with them.

How to use Pandos team generator.

GENERATE YOUR TEAM INSTANTLY!

Explore more about Pandos app’s team generator here.

 

AND REMEMBER TO NOT PREPARE A CHRISTMAS PARTY ALONE!

Alright, now we officially have full materials for your virtual Christmas party, let’s share the preparation with the team! Joining the party is fun, but preparing things for the Christmas party with your colleagues makes the holiday of the team more meaningful. On the whole, Christmas is a busy time, and yet, it is a precious time for people to gather around. Talk now more! Have a wonderful virtual Christmas party with your colleagues, ho ho ho!

Forget about celebrating awkward parties in front of the screen. Now is the time for something really enjoyable for you and for your teammates. On this Christmas Eve, Pandos put together a list of activities that you can use for your virtual party on Christmas Eve. Let’s take a look at the steps below!

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY MENU

Step 1: Invite your colleagues to the party!

Don’t miss this important step! Who likes to go to parties without invitations?! Let’s make the party more interesting with remote co-workers by creating online invitations via design tools like Canva, Paperless Post, or Evite, etc. With just a few clicks, you’ll have your own impressive online cards to send to everyone. Now, here are some awesome examples of Pandos preferred invitations :

 

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 6 ONLINE INVITATION CARD

Samples of Christmas invitation – Source: Canva.com

Note:
You can include information in your online invitation paper such as what kind of activities will be held and for how long. This way also helps in piquing your teammates’ interest in the party, too!

Step 2: Say goodbye to sketchy online parties

Most people see virtual parties as a less engaging activity, and it actually has a reason for this. This is because many people tend to prepare more when going out, and more preparation means more excitement. That being said, the tips here are to help make virtual partying more exciting. Now, here are things you should ask them to prepare:

2.1 A Christmas playlist

What’s Christmas without Christmas music?. Holiday music burrows into a sweet spot in our brains’ wiring, said Brian Rabinovitz. That’s why creating a Christmas playlist and playing it during the meeting would be the essential thing that you must consider to warm up the meeting atmosphere. Before the meeting, ask each member to add their favorite songs to the list before the meeting. For example, each person can share 1 to 3 of their favorite songs. Music brings people together!

Here are some examples of famous Christmas songs that you can ask your friends to choose:

2.2 A holiday costume

Costume parties are fun any time of year, so why not dress up for a virtual Christmas party? join the team and show off your Christmas outfits and get into the holiday spirit! Unlike Halloween parties where people compete with each other on whose costume is the most incredible or scariest, Christmas costumes are intended to be a fun way for family and friends to connect!
Here are the suggestions for your Christmas costumes:

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 2 WHAT TO WEAR

Christmas costumes – Source: amazon.com

2.3 Food time

With drinks and snacks on hand, your guests will have a better time. You can send virtual credit cards directly to the inboxes of your guests. You’ll set the budget for each card and decide where guests can spend their money — you can also share recipes so that everyone can eat the same meal and get them to share their thoughts on the food. You can also tell them to eat their favorite meals and talk about what they cooked or where they bought the food while they eat.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 3 WHAT TO EAT

What to eat at your Christmas party? – Source: tasteofhome.com

Step 3: Break the ice!

Christmas icebreakers are short and simple prompts and activities that get people chatting and interacting during holiday parties. There are many interesting ways to get people’s attention, but Pandos will suggest some of the best virtual Christmas icebreakers.

3.1 Share beautiful memories

People are at their finest during the holiday season! We all have the opportunity to focus on giving to others, decorating our homes, listening to wonderful music, remembering good or bad Christmas memories, and appreciating the things that have come into our lives! We’re keeping warm by spending time with our loved ones! Another perk of the holiday season is the fact that we are sometimes able to take time off of work and school. Regardless of whether your Christmas memories are good or bad, let us cherish the positive things that have come into our lives! While sharing memories can brighten the mood no matter what you’re telling, try to make this a period of reflection and not to lose sight of the present.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 5 STORIES TO TELL

Things you can share with your colleagues at a Christmas party.
Source: christmas.lovetoknow.com

3.2 Play small games

There is no denying that playing games together can increase team-building points. Virtual Christmas games are enjoyable holiday challenges that teams can participate in via video calls. If you want to boost the atmosphere in the fastest way, let’s have game time!

Here are games to play at your virtual Christmas party:

Never Have I Ever: Christmas Edition

Never Have I Ever: Christmas Edition is an icebreaker game, and one of the most popular virtual happy hour holiday games.At the start of the game, each player holds up ten fingers, or “reindeer antlers.” Players take turns making statements that start with “Never Have I Ever.” Participants must lower a finger every time they hear something they have done.

Here are a few starters prompts:

-Never Have I Ever re-gifted a present.
-Never Have I Ever eaten a whole bowl of cookie dough.
-Never Have I Ever snuck one of Santa’s cookies.
-Never Have I Ever given a petty present.

The game ends when only one player remains, or after a set number of rounds.

More questions for Never have I ever game – Source: teambuilding.com

Play Holiday This or That

Holiday This or That is one of the easiest virtual holiday games for large groups. To play, the leader reads out a series of prompts, and players must respond with their preference. Participants can answer using the reactions feature on Zoom, write and hold up the answer on a piece of paper, or type the answer in the chat.

The game helps groups find common ground, yet may also spark lively debate. This or That can also help create a sense of solidarity among members of the group.

Here is a few starter Christmas This or That prompts:

-Trees or wreaths?
-Snowflakes or icicles?
-Xmas Eve or Xmas morning?
-Gingerbread or sugar cookies?
-Elves or reindeer?
-Snowmen or snow angels?
-Caroling or looking at lights?
-Angel tree topper or star tree topper?
-Real tree or a fake tree?

Source: teambuilding.com

Play Who Am I?

Who Am I? Is a guessing game with a holiday twist. Before the meeting, send out a survey to attendees. The easiest way to collect answers is with a fillable digital form, such as a Google Form.

Here are some sample questions to include:

-What is the most embarrassing or outrageous thing that ever happened to you around the holidays?
-What is the best gift you ever received?
-What is the worst gift you ever received?
-What is a special holiday tradition that your family follows?
-What do you want most for Christmas this year?

Once the meeting begins and the game starts, the host randomly selects an answer from each respondent and reads it aloud. The other players must guess who the answer belongs to. The first person to guess correctly wins one point.

Source: teambuilding.com

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 7 WHAT TO PLAY

Small games to play at Christmas parties – Source: teambuilding.com

Step 4: Exchange gifts time!

Alright, don’t deny this, my friends. Basically, we always want to receive gifts on Christmas days whether they are gifts of spiritual value or material value. In fact, there are many interesting ways to send gifts to your colleagues, and here are the examples:

White Elephant Exchange

White Elephant Exchanges are gift swaps where participants give each other gag gifts and steal each other’s presents. While it may seem hard to pull off the stealing aspect of the exchange online, you can facilitate the good-natured-gift thieving by using this slideshow template we made. Simply ask participants to send pictures of their gifts to the host, assign each gift a number, and have players click the picture of the numbered boxes to reveal the contents. Keep track of which guest claims ownership of which present throughout the game, and at the end of the activity have the gift holder mail the gifts to the right recipients.

If the stealing aspect seems too complicated, then you can also simply have team members give each other wacky gifts and follow virtual Secret Santa protocols.

STEPS TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 4 WHITE ELEPHANT SEND GIFTS
Play Elephant Exchange online
Source: teambuilding.com

Virtual Secret Santa Parties

Secret Santa parties are a little different than your standard gift exchange as the recipient generally has no idea who is giving them a gift until the very end. These are usually a lot of fun simply because of the extra secrecy involved. They are also great for coworkers as it is an interesting way to find out more about what someone likes or dislikes. If you want to make this a little easier for the gift giver, you can always ask the recipients to fill out a wish list but this may take away a bit of the fun and intrigue.

For an online Secret Santa gift exchange, you would have the gift-givers send recipients items directly to their homes where they will have a big unwrapping during the event. You can either do this one person at a time or if it is a big group, you could have everyone open their gifts at the same time.

Source: letsroam.com

Wait! We are not done yet.

Are you afraid of favoritism when exchanging gifts or do you simply want something more surprising for your teammates? Pandos is here to solve your question! By using Pandos’s team generator, you can match with a random member instantly and share your gift with them.

How to use Pandos team generator.

GENERATE YOUR TEAM INSTANTLY!

 

Explore more about Pandos app’s team generator here.

 

 

AND REMEMBER TO NOT PREPARE A CHRISTMAS PARTY ALONE!

Alright, now we officially have full materials for your virtual Christmas party, let’s share the preparation with the team! Joining the party is fun, but preparing things for the Christmas party with your colleagues makes the holiday of the team more meaningful. On the whole, Christmas is a busy time, and yet, it is a precious time for people to gather around. So let’s enjoy your Christmas Eve, ho ho ho!