7 Ideas for your Christmas Virtual Event
So as we roll gratefully towards the end of the year, we can all agree that, as a planet, we have been thrown a number of curveballs throughout 2020. On top of all this, we can also all agree that the festive Christmas season feels like it is going to be even more important than ever; a mending balm to soothe our weary souls.
So, while previously the festive Christmas break would signal the time to sign off from our devices and take a well-earned break from all that blue light, this year things are going to have to be a little different.
It strikes us as no surprise, given the continuing circumstances of many organizations, that many more of the festivities are migrating to a virtual platform.
If you’ve been paying attention at all this year, however, you will know that at least your platter of virtual platform choice is well varied.
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What platforms can I host a festive virtual gathering from?
Well, where to begin? There’s a few:
...and many more.
If you’d like to know more about each of these platforms, plus a few others, check out our blog The Best 14 Virtual Meeting Platforms for Modern Businesses.
What Virtual Activities Can We Do?
Rather than fixate on the things that we have lost out on this year, it is a much better mindset to look at the positive things we have achieved and gained during this wild ride of 2020.
The Christmas period is another chance to do this, by simply changing the way we think about our festive activities. Don’t think of it as the automatically inferior virtual alternative to a “real, proper” festive celebration. Think of all the possibilities!
So you don’t have to think too hard (it is the end of the year after all and we are all tired) we have done some of the thinking for you.
Here are 7 fun things you can do on your chosen virtual platform to mark your festive occasion.
1. Festive Quiz
This activity will come as no surprise, we’re sure, as festive themed quizzes are a staple at this time of year.
There are a number of different ways to host a virtual quiz; from creating a powerpoint and sending it out to your participants, to exploring platforms like Kahoot or Mentimeter to ramp up the interactivity.
Having a theme can bring a different dose of fun into the question, and make it feel appropriate for the time of year. Not to mention, it gets everyone’s competitive spirit fired up throughout your virtual office.
2. Awards Nominations/Year-end awards
This year at the Virtual Training Team, we have decided to have a Year End Awards virtual event.
A colleague created a form for submissions and we have all voted on our picks for various categories.
The categories range from ‘Best Idea of the Year’ to our ‘Best Video’ and we are having a virtual event awards ceremony next week.
Why not see what fun categories for your team you can come up with?
Alright, this one might depend on your team and their willingness to make fools of themselves, but a virtual karaoke sing-off is always a good bet for a laugh. Admittedly sometimes at other colleagues’ expense, but ‘tis the season, right?
Choose some festive tunes and try to be pitch perfect. Or not, as the case may be. You could even vote on who is the best crooner out of your department.
Let’s be honest, was there ever a festive party game more suited to a virtual gathering than charades?
It would be easy to turn this common classic game into a virtual version of itself. By nominating a taskmaster to hand out the prompt and supervise the guessing, you can ensure that everyone gets a turn.
Make the prompt festive themed too and you’re onto a winner.
Similar to charades, pictionary is another easy game to convert to the virtual space. With our above suggested meeting platforms, the majority of them offer a whiteboard tool or similar, which could work very well as the pictionary canvas.
Divide your participants into teams (even making use of the breakout function, depending on how many players you have), hand out the prompts and let the drawing fun begin.
We assume with the handicap of drawing with a mouse or laptop pad, the result might be to an even more humorous standard than usual.
6. Best festive outfit
Another staple in the office around this time of year is best festive outfit, so why not make it a virtual occasion?
Getting everyone on camera used to be tricky, but admittedly over the last year, we have all gotten much better at it. So, why not use the extra incentive of showing off their Christmas/festive outfit to coax your camera shy colleagues in front of the lens?
7. Best house decorations competition
All the ideas we had above are virtual versions of standard office festivities, but why not go one step further?
Showing off your home decorations was something that could never happen in the office-setting, unless of course you were waving around a photo of your hard work like you would that of a newborn child.
Having a meeting with everyone on camera could offer up a rare opportunity to share your festive decorations live with colleagues.
If you were so inclined, you could always turn it into a competition and vote for your favourites. Create categories and use the meeting platform’s polling function to vote.
So there you have it. 7 ideas for how to have a great Christmas/festive virtual event in your office. We at VTT hope you have a wonderful festive season and happy New Year.