‘Tis the season for holiday parties with friends, families, and co-workers! And just because all your guests can’t attend in person doesn’t mean you can’t have an absolutely fantastic holiday party. Check out these 13 festive virtual holiday party ideas that all your guests will surely love!
1. Book a Peerspace
Even if your guests can’t attend in person, you don’t have to stay home for your holiday party! Book a venue on Peerspace for your small “bubble” of family and friends, or just book a space for your immediate household. On Peerspace, you can book anything from a quaint coffee shop to celebrate the holiday season to a rustic ranch house with acres of land to build snowmen, sled, and enjoy the fresh air! Venues offer great amenities like A/V equipment to Zoom with your virtual guests and extra COVID cleaning protocols. You can enjoy your party instead of worrying about getting your house spotless before any in-person guests arrive.
2. Create gift boxes for the party
Before you get the party started, help your guests get into the holiday spirit with a gift box delivery! Send each guest a little goodie bag with fun, themed gifts. For example, if you are going for a virtual spa or movie night vibe, pack in face masks, slippers, hot cocoa … maybe even a set of PJs!
3. Hire a virtual party planner
Been tasked with planning the company holiday party? Why plan out virtual holiday party ideas on your own when you can get someone else to do it for you? TeamBuilding provides virtual event services like this fun winter ski chalet event. Virtually check in to the ski lodge and play games with your co-workers while you sip on coffee or hot cocoa!
4. Tour of lights
Organize a time for all your guests to go on a tour of holiday lights. For those who live in your town, set up a car train to check out the lights together from the safety of your vehicles. Zoom or Skype with your virtual family and friends from the car so you can share all the beautiful lights in your town —- and see what their hometown decorations look like too!
5. Cookie decorating contest
Enjoy a tasty treat while you chat with your friends and family on Zoom. Cookie decorating is an activity everyone should get behind whether they are joining the party virtual or in-person. So go ahead — show off your art skills while decorating cookies and reward yourself by eating the end product!
6. Marzipan creations
Toss out the cookie dough and opt for marzipan instead for a creative alternative to the classic cookie! Marzipan is naturally gluten-free and a traditional holiday treat in Europe, where they shape the dough into small figures of animals — like adorable piglets! In Norway, marzipan pigs are given to friends and family to wish them good luck in the New Year. What fun and creative sculptures can you make out of marzipan?
7. Scavenger hunt
Consider a scavenger hunt if you are looking for virtual holiday party ideas that get people up and moving. Have guests find holiday-themed items around their homes (like putting together a Santa outfit from things in their closet) or holiday-themed activities (give everyone 20 minutes to come up with a Thanksgiving turkey dance and post it to their Tik Tok!).
8. Holiday charades
Act out your favorite holiday foods, items, movies, and activities in a game of charades. Charades is easy to play whether your guests are in-person, virtual, or a little bit of both. You can also switch it up and allow guests to draw or describe their clue instead of just acting it out too!
9. Play online games together
Love video games or board games? Then incorporate a game or two with your virtual holiday party ideas. Spaceteam is a fun option for up to eight players that you can all play on your phones. Or how about combining two classics: murder mysteries and trivia! Trivia murder party is a quiz game where you match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer.
10. Go on a virtual vacation
Make the most of it if you are stuck at home this holiday season and go on a virtual vacation! Change your Zoom background to a place you’ve always wanted to visit, dress for the occasion, and munch on your favorite holiday foods during the call! Wish you were in Hawaii? Change your Zoom background to a palm tree on the beach, make yourself a Margarita, and wear your bikini during your virtual holiday party!
11. Hear better holiday stories
Holiday parties can involve a lot of catching up with family members, so why not make storytime a bit more fun for everyone? Simply ask family members to turn their yearly highlights into a comedy routine! After everyone has virtually performed, then settle in for a night of watching your favorite stand-up comics share their family holiday stories too.
12. Family photo from afar
You may not have the whole family together this holiday season — but you don’t need everyone to know that! Have your family members near and far take pictures of their household members and then send all the pics to the photoshop guru in the family. Ask the photoshop wiz family member to stitch all the photos together, and then, tada! Surprise the family over Skype during the party with the photo that looks like you are all celebrating together.
13. Work off holiday pounds
A lot of virtual holiday party ideas revolve around cooking and eating… so why not add a fun workout class to your party? It can help motivate your guests to keep moving this holiday season. For instance, obé fitness offers tons of fun virtual classes that you can participate in with family members during your virtual get-together!
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