How to Host a Virtual Holiday Party

With the holiday season coming up, and most of us heading back indoors for another round of shutdowns, it is important to make sure your team knows that they are valued and appreciated during these times. This year our celebrations may be looking a little different than the rest, with many of us  celebrating the holidays away from family and friends.  At VForce, we emphasize mental health, team building, and rest when needed. We are here to help your company do the same with a Virtual Holiday Party! Show your remote team that you are here to support them through the holiday season and that they are a valued part of your organization.

As with all virtual team events, the first choice you have to make is whether to use an established platform that will host the event for you, or if you will utilize the DIY approach and host your own event. Both are great options, and your choice will primarily rely on budget and the size of your team. VForce is here to help guide you through the process and make the right decision for your team and your wallet.

Virtual Holiday Party For Larger Teams

For companies with larger teams and budgets, consider utilizing turn-key solutions such as teambonding.com and teambuilding.com for their virtual holiday party packages.

At teambonding.com, you can choose a variety of options including ‘Ultimate Virtual Holiday Party’, Holiday Happy Hour and Mixology, Virtual Gingerbread House Hunters, and much more! Teambonding.com provides events ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the size of your party and the event you choose. Certain events can accommodate between 4 and 500 members making it the perfect choice for teams and departments of any size!

Teambuilding.com offers a similar platform with a liaison to guide your team through events like Virtual Holiday Party, Virtual Gingerbread Wars, and Ski Chalet. Most of teambuilding.com’s events are about 90 minutes and can accommodate 2-300+ team members. There are dozens of virtual event planners for corporate events that make the holiday season simple and exciting for executives and employees alike. Contact VForce for more information on the best ways to engage your remote team!

Virtual Holiday Party For Smaller Teams

For businesses with smaller teams and smaller budgets, a DIY approach could be the best method for you! While DIY events involve some additional work and creativity, they can give your virtual holiday parties a personal touch and leave your employees feeling appreciated and connected with your remote team. There is no better way to create a great remote work culture than to listen to your employees and show them that they are valued.

Chisel Away With Your Team!

A great way to start your virtual holiday party is with some holiday icebreakers! As with any meeting, it is always difficult to jump right into information or activities. Get your thinking caps on and your employees involved with some questions like these to get the party started!
  • What is your favorite holiday movie?
  • What is your favorite holiday food?
  • Any interesting holiday traditions? How did they begin?
  • Giving gifts or receiving gifts?
  • What is your favorite holiday memory?
Get creative and let your employees guide the conversation! Holiday icebreakers are a great way to get everyone involved and into the holiday spirit.

Ho-Ho-Ho!

Our favorite virtual holiday party idea here at VForce is Secret Santa! The steps to hosting a great secret Santa with your remote team are simple:
  • Choose a date that fits your team’s schedule to exchange gifts
  • Decide on a budget for gifts
  • Use drawnames.com to determine the pairs
  • Mail your gift to your partner
  • Meet via Zoom to open gifts!

Secret Santa is a low budget solution to a holiday party tradition. Helpful tip: to reduce the stress of coming up with gift ideas, have participants create a wishlist within the allotted budget. This way there is one less thing for your employees to think about.

No matter the size of your team or the size of your budget, a virtual holiday party can make your team feel appreciated and it can get them into the holiday spirit. As we make our way into the winter months, check in on your employees, make sure they are getting the support and environment they need. For more information on how to host a virtual holiday party, and more on remote work culture, visit us at VForce.