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Creative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

Although we might not get to see our extended families in person this year,  togetherness has never been more important. We encourage you to get creative this holiday season and celebrate with others virtually! It’s easier than it sounds to pull off a successful virtual celebration with family and friends, so hopefully this helps you make it happen.  

What are virtual parties?

Virtual parties are events over Zoom* and other web conferencing platforms designed to celebrate the upcoming holiday with employees, coworkers, family members, and friends.

*Alternatives to Zoom:

  • Cisco Webex Meetings.
  • GoToMeeting.
  • Google Meet.
  • join.me.
  • BlueJeans Meetings.
  • Cisco Jabber.
  • TeamViewer.
  • Adobe Connect.

5 Virtual Holiday Party Ideas & Games

Tradition or not?

Experience the uniqueness of holiday traditions together with this fun game. We all practice our own holiday customs. This game reveals our most endearing and interesting holiday traditions. A unique festive twist on Two Truths and a Lie, this variant challenges participants to guess whether or not another’stradition is real or not. 

Virtual White Elephant 

After you create an account with the White Elephant Online system you simply:

  1. Create an exchange and invite your participants.
  2. Have all participants submit their gift before the exchange starts; simply link to a product online and add a photo.
  3. On the day of the exchange, start a video chat using your favorite platform and let the party begin!

Play Virtual Holiday Bingo

Have your party goers prepare Bingo cards in advance (or have them emailed and printed) to play this fun variant on the traditional game! Bingo is a great holiday game that encourages interaction and cheer. Plan ahead and have others agree to chip in for the prize. This could be an e-gift card or first choice during a gift exchange. 

Focus on wellness

Skip the drinks and focus on wellness and self-care instead. Do a group mediation or a yoga or Pilates class. Gift a membership to a streaming service or wellness app to help keep it going into the new year.

Organize a recipe exchange 

With people cooking at home more than ever, our go-to dishes might be getting a bit boring. Mix it up by trading recipes with your coworkers or friends as a fun way to share cultural holiday cuisine.