Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to infuse your workplace with holiday cheer than by hosting a spectacular office Christmas party? To help you plan an event that will leave a lasting impression, we've curated a list of 17 entertaining and festive ideas that will surely bring joy to you and your colleagues. From classic traditions to modern twists, these activities are designed to foster camaraderie and create cherished memories for your team.
Holiday Desk Decorating Contest
A desk decorating contest adds a festive touch to the office environment. At the beginning of December, encourage team members to unleash their creativity by adorning their workspaces with Christmas decorations. To make it more engaging, consider allowing everyone to cast votes for their favourite decorations. The winner will walk away with a big gift!
Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Have team members draw names from a hat to determine the person they will be buying a gift for. Set a budget to ensure that gifts are reasonable and encourage creativity. The big reveal can take place at the end of the party.
It’s time to defrost Mariah Carey, everyone! Organize a karaoke session where you can hear the team serenading to popular Christmas songs like “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas”, “Last Christmas”, “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” and many more. This activity brings fun and laughter to the workplace, allowing team members to showcase their musical talents in a relaxed setting.
Holiday Potluck Lunch
A holiday potluck lunch is a festive way to bring team members together over food. Encourage everyone to bring a dish that holds personal significance during the holiday season. It could be Christmas dishes with a Malaysian twist. It’s all up to the planner’s creativity to come out with a theme. This not only celebrates the diverse culinary scene of Malaysia but also fosters a sense of community and sharing within the team in conjunction with the holiday spirit.
Christmas Ad Libs
This engaging and light-hearted game involves participants continuing the story after their colleagues to form a completely impromptu holiday-themed story with whimsical and sometimes unexpected sentences. It not only unleashes creativity but also adds a playful and interactive element to the celebration, making it a memorable and laughter-filled part of the festive office party experience.
DIY Christmas Tree Building
Challenge teams to build the most creative Christmas tree using recycled materials. Teams can use a variety of materials to construct the tree and for decoration, from newspaper and used plastic bottles to small ornaments using sweet wrappers or bottle caps. This activity not only promotes teamwork but also allows team members to showcase their artistic flair while celebrating the holiday spirit. Plus, you can save money on Christmas decorations for the office!
White Elephant Gift Exchange
White Elephant gift exchanges involve participants bringing wrapped, often humourous, and sometimes quirky gifts. Decide on a theme for the gifts, like ugly phone cases, hideous hats or ugly mugs that everyone will have to use for the rest of the day. During the exchange, participants can choose a wrapped gift or "steal" a gift from someone else. The unpredictable and amusing nature of this activity adds a sense of excitement and laughter to the holiday festivities.
Stocking Stuffer Scavenger Hunt
Organize a festive scavenger hunt around the office with holiday-themed clues leading to small stocking stuffers hidden in various locations. This activity encourages problem-solving, collaboration, and a bit of friendly competition as teams work together to complete the hunt.
Incorporate holiday-themed words and phrases into a game of charades. Teams will have to take turns acting out these words without speaking, while others try to guess. This classic game adds a fun and interactive element to holiday celebrations, promoting communication and teamwork.
Christmas Emoji Charades
Christmas Emoji Charades is a modern and visually engaging take on the traditional charades game. Participants use a set of Christmas-themed emojis to act out holiday phrases or songs without speaking, challenging others to guess the correct answer. This game combines the excitement of charades with the fun and familiarity of festive emojis, making it a lighthearted and inclusive activity suitable for all ages.
Use a whiteboard or flipchart to play Pictionary with Christmas-related words and phrases. This lively and entertaining game encourages creativity, communication, and teamwork as team members race against the clock to convey Christmas-themed concepts through drawings. The other guessing team will have to decipher the drawing drawn by the drawing team.
Team Christmas Card Creation
Divide the team into groups and challenge them to create a unique and funny Christmas card that represents the company culture. This collaborative and artistic exercise encourages team members to work together, showcasing their creativity and humour in crafting a memorable holiday card for the organization.
Winter Wonderland Photo Booth
Set up a designated area with Christmas-themed props for team members to take fun and festive photos. This activity provides a memorable experience. It creates opportunities for team members to bond over shared moments captured in holiday-themed pictures.
Create bingo cards with Christmas-related experiences, traditions, or activities. When the host calls out the word or sentence, players have to circle it if it’s on their bingo table. The one to strike a row first will be the winner. This relaxed and enjoyable game encourages interaction, laughter, and a sense of shared celebration.
New Year's Resolutions Sharing
As the year comes to a close, it is the perfect time for team members to share their professional or personal goals for the upcoming year. Have them write down their goals on a piece of paper, fold and put them in a jar. Review the goals for the next Christmas to see if they are achieved. Alternatively, the goals can be read out on the spot so that colleagues can help and provide support to each other to achieve the goals.
Festive Fashion Show
The Festive Fashion Show is a lively and creative holiday activity that encourages participants to showcase their holiday spirit through unique and festive outfits. Whether it's ugly Christmas sweaters, DIY elf costumes, or holiday-themed accessories, participants get to strut their stuff on a makeshift runway. This fashion show not only adds a touch of glamour to holiday gatherings but also provides an opportunity for self-expression and a healthy dose of friendly competition, as participants vie for the title of "Most Festive" or "Best Dressed."
DIY Snowman Piñata
The DIY Snowman Piñata is a hands-on and crafty holiday project that combines the joy of making with the excitement of breaking open a piñata. Participants can gather to create their snowman-shaped piñatas using materials like paper mache, glue, and colourful tissue paper. Once the piñatas are crafted and filled with holiday treats, the real fun begins as participants take turns trying to break them open. This activity not only serves as a festive decoration but also provides a delightful and interactive element to holiday celebrations.
With these 17 office Christmas party ideas, you have a treasure trove of options to make this holiday season unforgettable for your team. Whether you opt for traditional festivities or modern twists, the key is to foster a sense of togetherness and spread the joy of the season. Here's to a festive celebration that brings warmth, laughter, and lasting memories to your workplace! Merry Christmas in advance!
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