Hosting a Christmas party for your small business can be a great way to celebrate the festive season. Having some type of celebration can also help to boost team morale and create a sense of camaraderie among your employees.
It can be difficult to know just how to celebrate though. Here are some Christmas party ideas for small businesses:
1) Christmas Jump Day (With A Buffet)
Encourage employees to wear their ugliest Christmas jumpers and contribute dishes to a potluck-style feast. Or, if you want to treat them, you could order food in!
You can have a contest with prizes for the ugliest jumper, the best-dressed team, or the most creative dish.
2) Create A Winter Wonderland
Transform your office space into a cozy winter wonderland with decorations like fake snow, twinkling lights and themed centerpieces. Consider putting on hot chocolate, cookies and other winter treats.
3) Organise A Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Hosting a Secret Santa gift exchange where employees draw names and anonymously give each other small presents can be a great team bonding experience. Set a budget to ensure everyone can participate comfortably.
4) A Christmas Movie Marathon
Set up a space with comfy seating and screen classic holiday movies. Provide popcorn, sweets and festive drinks for everyone to enjoy while watching their favourite films. You could even get your employees to pick the film – or do a vote – the most popular choice wins!
5) Volunteer And Give Back
Plan a day of volunteering as a team. You could visit a local charity, shelter, or community centre to spread festive cheer and make a positive impact.
6) Take Them Out For A Special Treat
You could always take your employees out for dinner and drinks at a special venue. If you decide to do this, make sure you book in advance, as the best places tend to fill up quickly! Square Meal is a great place to look if you’re searching for an extra-special venue.
7) Do An Escape Room Challenge
Treat your team to an escape room experience with a Christmas twist. Collaborating to solve puzzles can be a fun way to foster teamwork and problem-solving skills.
8) DIY Ornament Decorating
Set up a crafting station where employees can decorate their own ornaments. Provide a variety of materials like paints, markers, glitter and ribbons.
9) Biscuit Decorating Contest
Provide plain sugar cookies and an assortment of frosting, sprinkles and decorations. Have a friendly competition to see who can create the most festive and creative cookies.
10) A Themed Costume Party
Choose a specific theme for your Christmas party, such as a classic holiday movie, winter wonderland, or even a specific colour scheme. You can encourage you employees to dress up accordingly. But remember, this will only work if the majority participates!
11) Hold A Trivia Night
Host a Christmas-themed trivia night with questions about holiday traditions, movies and music. You can organise teams and offer small prizes for the winners.
12) Christmas Karaoke
Set up a karaoke machine and let employees showcase their singing talents. They can then sing their favourite Christmas songs.
13) Arrange A Outdoor Adventure
If your location allows, consider organising an outdoor activity like ice skating, sledding, or a winter hike. You could follow this up with a cosy bonfire and hot drinks.
14) Launch A Cooking Or Baking Challenge
Have a cooking or baking competition where teams work together to create the best Christmas-themed dishes. A panel of judges can determine the winners,
15) Host A Virtual Party
If your team is working remotely or if in-person gatherings are challenging, you could organise a virtual Christmas party with online games, virtual Secret Santa and video call celebrations.
When planning a festive celebration, it is important to consider employee wellbeing and the preferences and interests of your team. The goal is to create a festive and enjoyable atmosphere where everyone can relax, have fun, and celebrate together.
Note: this is a collaborative post.