5 Virtual Christmas Party Game Ideas for Work

November 03, 2022

5-min read

Anneka Nicholls

Festive video call via laptop on sofa. Black gift box on keyboard.

"Even if your team works remotely all year, a virtual Christmas party is not to be missed. It’s a key celebration in the staff calendar, an opportunity to mark the end of the year together. No matter your budget, your colleagues will appreciate the chance to embrace the festivities and have some fun."

Virtual Christmas parties have changed the landscape for festive team celebrations all over the world. They offer remote teams a ‘sleigh-load’ of opportunities to connect at the most wonderful (and sometimes lonely) time of the year. So dust off your festive jumper and get planning this year’s virtual Christmas party - it would be rude-olph not to!

Popular with remote and hybrid teams, these festive events are often categorised as virtual team building activities or hybrid team games. They can also fall under winter team building activities.

Below is our list of fun virtual Christmas party ideas (check it twice!) This blog includes:

Best Virtual Christmas Party Game Ideas and Activities

1. Virtual Christmas Social

We think every virtual Christmas party should include festive trivia - there’s nothing quite like it to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Our Virtual Christmas Social is packed with 5 rounds of festive-themed trivia, photo and video challenges, and audio tasks. Compete together in small groups (using breakout rooms) and test your general knowledge on festive music, films, food, and more!

Take a look at our Virtual Team Quizzes for more trivia inspiration.

2. Virtual Christmas Party Icebreaker Games

The festive season wouldn’t be complete without some great conversations, and that’s where Icebreaker Games come in! Before the holidays, it’s important for remote teams to establish bonds and finish the year on a high. Just 15-45 minutes long, these snappy activities will encourage engagement and connection between colleagues. Here’s our icebreaker suggestions to add to your list of virtual Christmas party ideas:

Looking for icebreaker question inspiration? Check out our fun icebreaker questions for work.

3. Virtual Christmas Party Bingo

Online bingo is a classic (and much-loved) virtual Christmas party game. It’s easy to set up and play too! Grab a festive drink and play as one large team, or split up into smaller teams via breakout rooms. Create your own virtual bingo cards and customise them to fit your Christmas party theme!

4. Virtual Festive Escape Room

What’s better than a virtual escape room? A Christmas-themed virtual escape room! Our Escape: Festive Edition activity is made up of 5 virtual rooms, each filled with festive puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers. Your team’s goal is to escape each room and return Santa’s list to him before the time runs out and he leaves the North Pole! This fun, fast-paced game is played via the Mobile Adventures app and your chosen video conferencing platform.

Virtual escape rooms are one of our most popular virtual office Christmas party ideas. We also run Outdoor Escape Rooms.

5. Around The World: Festive Edition

Around The World: Festive Edition is a 90-minute virtual event designed for remote and hybrid teams. The great thing about this travel-inspired game is that it focuses on year-round festivities from countries across the world. Here’s what else we love about this unique activity:

  • It’s the perfect virtual holiday party for global teams who want to learn about different cultural traditions
  • Virtually explore countries like South Africa, Thailand, Spain, and more via an interactive map screen
  • Allows remote teams to have fun and engage with one another through creative trivia tasks and festive challenges.

Final thoughts

Whatever your budget or team size, hosting a virtual Christmas party is important for employee morale and culture. Show your remote or hybrid team how much you appreciate them and their hard work throughout the year. No matter which virtual Christmas party option you choose, your team is bound to end the year happier and more engaged.

For more Christmas team building ideas, take a look at holiday team building activities.

In the USA for the festive season? Check out our list of Virtual Holiday Party Ideas.

Virtual Christmas Party FAQs

What are virtual Christmas parties?

Virtual Christmas parties are team building events (often hosted over Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc) to celebrate the festive season. They are usually played by remote or hybrid teams, and include Christmas-themed questions and challenges. Virtual Christmas parties are often associated with virtual team building quizzes or winter team building activities. They are also known as ‘Holiday team building activities’, ‘virtual Christmas games’, or ‘Zoom Christmas parties.’

How long does a virtual Christmas party last?

Our virtual Christmas parties can last between 45-90 minutes, depending on which activity you choose. Each Christmas team building activity includes a live video briefing, 30-60 minutes of gameplay, and an entertaining wrap-up. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to connect and celebrate for the holidays!

How do I host a virtual Christmas party?

We take the hassle out of hosting a virtual Christmas party with our fully-managed festive team activities. All you need to do is book your chosen Christmas activity online and we’ll do the rest. We provide you with step-by-step instructions ahead of your experience. One of our Remote Hosts will also guide participants through your activity on the day. Here’s some our favourite fully-managed virtual Christmas activities:

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