The holiday season is finally here, and if you haven’t started planning your office Christmas party yet, it’s time to start now. Your staff works hard all year round, and a fun holiday party is the perfect way to show them how much you appreciate them. There are plenty of creative holiday party ideas that your office is sure to love. Take a look at 12 office Christmas parties that don’t suck.
12 Office Christmas Party Ideas That Don’t Suck
1. Murder Mystery Holiday Edition
Murder mystery parties are always so much fun, and they’re also a great team building activity. With these games, there’s a holiday-themed scenario in which an imaginary murder occurs, and players investigate the subjects to find the killer. There are lots of murder mystery games you can find online, or you can hire a murder mystery event planner to come in and host the party. With a murder mystery, your office party is sure to be a hit!
2. Holiday Office Brunch
Throw a fun office brunch with favourites like pancakes, quiche, bagels and lox, cinnamon rolls, and shakshuka. And of course some boozy options like mimosas and spiked hot cocoa. This is a great idea if you have a half-day Friday planned near Christmas. Let everyone finish a bit early so they can enjoy brunch, mingle, and then head on home!
3. Mixology Party
Hire a few professional mixologists to come in to teach your office how to make popular holiday cocktails. Think: spiked eggnog, gingerbread martinis, and peppermint white Russians. And of course offer the option to make a mocktail for whoever prefers. Everyone will learn how to concoct the cocktails, and will also learn lessons such as how to balance flavours and infuse simple syrups for the perfect cocktail every time.
4. Escape Room
Similar to a murder mystery party, escape rooms are another great team building activity and they’re super fun! They offer creative collaboration, trust building, and problem solving all mixed in for a challenging and entertaining group activity. It’s a great way to escape the office and get social with your co-workers this holiday season.
5. Winter Wonderland Party
Whether you have a spacious office to decorate, or rent out a space, deck out your party in all things winter wonderland. Decorate with fake snow, fairy lights, artificial Christmas trees, and glittering snowflakes. For drinks, served warm mulled wine, prosecco, and an icy cocktail. And for food, offer a gorgeous charcuterie spread, along with savoury appetizers, coconut balls, and white chocolate covered pretzels.
6. Office Charity Event
It feels good to give back, especially around the holidays. Set up a special charity event for your team. There are plenty of amazing charities to work with, so do some research, and perhaps poll your team to find the right one for your group. Consider volunteering at a shelter or food bank, plan a food drive, or help out at a soup kitchen making and/or serving the food. This can be a really meaningful team bonding experience.
7. Holiday Trivia
Trivia is an amazing addition to a holiday party, as it encourages team work and gets people in a fun, competitive mood. It’s a great way to get people talking and test everyone’s knowledge. The whole trivia game doesn’t have to be holiday themed, but maybe consider having different topics throughout the night and one of them can be ‘holiday’. Other topics you may consider? ‘Pop culture’, ‘sports’, ‘celebrities’, and ‘movies’.
8. A Fun Activity
Sick of being stuck in the office? Plan a fun activity or experience, such as ping pong, mini putt, axe throwing, or bocce golf. These are fun games everyone can play and there’s a fun, social aspect to them. There are spaces that specialize in one activity, or there are spots that offer a mix of games in one place. These spots often also have food and drink, so everything is covered.
9. Holiday Potluck
This idea is great for small to medium sized offices so there’s lots of food to try but it’s not too overwhelming! Assign each person the type of meal to bring (appetizer, main, dessert) and they can either make or buy something to share with the group. The idea is to bring a dish you eat with your family during the holidays, so this is especially wonderful if you have staff from different cultures. Everyone can get to know more about each other and the food they brought.
10. Karaoke Party
Round up the troops and head to a karaoke bar for a night of singing, beer, and cocktails. Everyone can sing their favourite tunes, from K pop to 90s bops to Christmas classics. Consider going out for a group dinner beforehand, and end the night off at your local karaoke bar. Everyone will be laughing the night away at what is sure to be a memorable holiday bash.
11. A Fancy Dinner
If you have a smaller group and really want to show them how much you appreciate their work, throw an intimate dinner party at a trendy nearby restaurant. Everyone can dress to the nines for a fun dinner out with amazing food, great conversation, and yummy wine and cocktails. They’re sure to feel super grateful to work for your company with a holiday party like this!
12. 1920s Speakeasy
Going to a 1920s speakeasy is such a fun vibe and offers the opportunity to get dressed up in your best roaring twenties outfits! Check out your local speakeasies to find out which ones host larger groups and book your party. Order a variety of hors d’oeuvres and have fun cocktails and mocktails available. It’s sure to be a memorable night!
If you’re tired of the same old office holiday parties, we hope this post gave you some great ideas and inspiration!
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