Christmas party & Corona: ideas for your company party in 2021

11.09.21  •  #Christmas #Tips

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The Christmas party is one of the most important corporate events of the year and an excellent way to show employees appreciation and gratitude. An entertaining Christmas party increases motivation and recharges employees' batteries for the next year. Especially in this extraordinary pandemic year the company party has a particularly high priority. Last year, unfortunately, many Christmas parties had to be canceled at short notice due to Corona regulations or had to be changed into a virtual event. Due to the current increase in infections, the situation is also uncertain for Christmas 2021. To find out how to be prepared for all unpredictable cases this year and how your Christmas party can take place with certainty, read this article. We've got a solution for every case - whether remote, hybrid or completely normal in person. This way, your Christmas party can also be held in a Corona-compliant manner.

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1. Games

A Christmas party should be fun and promote team spirit - in times of home offices this is more important than ever. ever. To lighten the mood, games are suitable for both large and small groups. A popular classic at Christmas is Secret Santa. Each employee buys a small gift for another employee he or she has drawn in a raffle. This way, no one goes home without a gift. By the way: Secret Santa can can also be easily organized as a Online Christmas party, in which everyone sends their gift. Another game that guarantees a funny Christmas party is "Who am I?". Each employee thinks up a personality for a teammate and writes it down on a piece of paper. Now they have to guess the name as quickly as possible using only yes-no questions.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • Team building games take place in person as usual
  • Maintain a safe distance
  • Secret Santa with gift handover in person
  • Online games via communication tool like MS Teams, Skype or Zoom
  • Online Games in browser like for example Online Monopoly
  • Virtual Secret Santa with package shipping
  • Teammates are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can be connected via a communication tool and play along

Teambuilding Game

2. Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Your employees love quiz shows and like to guess? Why don't you try a Who Wants to be a Millionaire show at the Christmas party. Even if the employees can't really win a million euros, the quiz is fun and makes every Christmas party a special event. All they need is a PowerPoint presentation with the quiz questions. Who Wants to be a Millionaire is also an ideal way to ask your employees questions about your company and test their knowledge about company history. But also tricky questions, for example in which month the most employees have their birthday, are fun and a little thrill. With SlideLizard all your employees can easily vote and quiz along with their cell phones. SlideLizard is directly integrated into PowerPoint and works with a free Who Wants to be a Millionaire template including sound effects. Learn more about Who Wants to be a Millionaire with SlideLizard here.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • Play million dollar show with moderator in person
  • Maintain a safe distance
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire via MS Teams with SlideLizard Integration
    Learn more about the MS Team integration on this site.
  • Participants are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can be connected via a communication tool and play along

3. PowerPoint Karaoke

If you are looking for a fun game where your employees will practice their presentation skills at the same time, PowerPoint Karaoke is for you. PowerPoint Karaoke is a game with very simple rules: The presenter gets on stage and has to convincingly present a set of PowerPoint slides that he has never seen before. The goal is to have as much fun as possible. You can download the exact PP Karaoke rules and finished presentationsfor free in this article. To create even more Christmas spirit, topics around Christmas, for example, would be suitable for your company party.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • Play PowerPoint Karaoke with moderator in person in a presentation room
  • Maintain a safe distance
  • PowerPoint Karaoke via MS Teams with SlideLizard Integration
    Learn more about the MS Team integration on this site.
  • Participants are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can be connected via a communication tool and play along

4. Christmas quiz

To bring a bit of excitement and puzzle fun into a company Christmas party, a Christmas quiz is a good idea. When different teams or departments compete against each other, team spirit is awakened and a successful end to the business year is guaranteed. It gets even better when the questions revolve around Christmas. You are welcome to use the questions we have prepared for you here:


Questions for a Christmas Quiz

What is the Christmas tree's origin country?

Which one of the following is NOT one of Santa's reindeers?

What is often used to decorate Christmas trees in Poland?

Which one of these is the best-selling Christmas song of all time?

A Japanese tradition is to spend Christmas eve...

If you need even more questions and don't want to come up with your own, that's no problem at all. In our blog post 50 ideas for quiz questions we have listed ideas that you can easily use.


Quiz with SlideLizard

Running quizzes without participants randomly shouting out answers can be difficult, especially online. We recommend using a tool like SlideLizard: Quiz participants can log in with a QR code or a short URL in the browser on their cell phone or laptop, and vote directly from their smartphone. Your participants can collect points and the winner could get a small prize.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • Play Christmas Quiz with moderator in person in a presentation room
  • Maintain a safe distance
  • Christmas Quiz via MS Teams with SlideLizard Integration
    Learn more about the MS Team integration on this site.
  • Participants are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can be connected via a communication tool and play along

5. Escape Game

If you want to offer your employees an extraordinary Christmas party that strengthens the cohesion in the company, then an Escape Game is just the right thing for you. Here you have to solve puzzles as a team to escape from a room. Only by working together the way out can be discovered. There are also online Escape Rooms where employees from a wide variety of locations can participate. So you can easily hold your Christmas party online without missing out on the fun factor. We have made an overview with different Escape Game providers and their offers:


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • Play Escape Game on-site
  • There are both Outdoor Escaoe Games and Indoor Escape the Room
  • Outdoor Escape Game allows more safety distance
  • Online Escape Room as a digital company party
  • Each participant plays in front of the computer screen from home
  • Can take place guaranteed under stricter Corona rules
  • Participants are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can be connected with their smartphones and help their on-site colleagues with the escape challenges.


Company Offer Location
Virtual Reality Escape Room Escape Game on-site with virtual reality glasses Salzburg, Innsbruck, Traunkirchen, Wien, Graz
Exit the Room Live Escape Room on-site and also Online Escape Game Linz, Klagenfurt, Graz, Salzburg, Wien, Bürs, Hohenems
Crime Runners Live Escape Room on-site and also Online Escape Game Wien
Exit sign

6. Company Speech followed by dinner

Use your Christmas party to say thank you and show your appreciation to your employees for the work they have done. A dinner together is a perfect way to give a motivational speech and strengthen the team spirit. At the end of your speech, for example, you could open the buffet and toast to a Merry Christmas. If you want to support your speech with PowerPoint slides Questions and ask questions to your employees, we recommend SlideLizard. With SlideLizard, your audience can use their own smartphone to answer questions and provide anonymous feedback. Learn more about interactive speeches with SlideLizard here.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • The speech is held in a relaxed atmosphere and the employees are present on-site
  • The meal with the following speech takes place as a digital company celebration
  • Each employee is at home in front of the screen
  • So that each employee does not have to cook or order food themselves, you can hand out or send a box of Christmas cookies and small treats to your employees in advance
  • Participants are partly online and in person to avoid larger groups
  • Online participants can order their food home and the speech is streamed live via a communication tool to be accessible to all employees

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7. Cooking together

A small company with its own kitchen and not too many employees can turn the Christmas party into a fun cooking evening. Instead of having to choose from a predefined menu, the wishes or allergies of individual employees can be considered. If the cooking enthusiasm in the company is not particularly high, a raclette or fondue evening provides a certain coziness.

Christmas Dinner

Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • You are cooking a delicious Christmas menu on-site in the company kitchen with your employees
  • There are already numerous variations of online team cooking, where all participants receive a virtual cooking class
  • Everyone cooks from home with the guidance of a cooking instructor
  • Participants receive shopping lists in advance and learn all cooking steps online
  • Your employees are partly online and partly in person
  • Online participants can cook from home and be connected to the others via a communication tool

8. Do Winter Sports together

Enjoying sports together unites employees and is good for their health at the same time. One sport that makes a great outdoor activity is curling. But also an ice hockey match at a frozen lake is also fun and brings the team together. In order to get to know each other, it is a good idea to divide the colleagues into teams that do not work together otherwise. For large companies, a whole ice hockey tournament can be organized.


Implementation

In person Remote Hybrid
  • The ice hockey or curling tournament takes place outside in person
  • Playing ice hockey online is admittedly difficult, but there are virtual alternatives for sports as well
  • For example, there are sports coaches who guide their employees through an online workout
  • All you need is a towel and a sports mat and you're ready to go
  • To avoid large groups, you could make the workout hybrid
  • Employees can form smaller groups and perform the exercises together watching the online sports coach.

Ice Hockey Tournament

Summary

With these ideas and Corona-compliant variations, you are prepared for all uncertainties and your Christmas party 2021 can be held successfully. For even more virtual Christmas party ideas check out this article.


About the author

Johanna Gumpelmeyer

Johanna is a passionate graphic designer and supports the SlideLizard team in the area of marketing and UX design. There she combines her creative streak with technical know-how.



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