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10 Festive Holiday Team Building Activities

Discover the best holiday activities for work, like a wintery happy hour or an ugly sweater making party! Read to learn more.

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Well, a happy ho-ho-holidays to you! Welcome to our list of holiday team building activities, where you'll find the best ideas for your remote teams' holiday parties. From a virtual holiday happy hour to holiday theme game ideas โ€” we have it all. โ˜ƒ๏ธ

The winter holidays are the perfect excuse to come together, have tons of fun, and reflect on the past year with your co workers. To throw the best holiday party for your virtual team, keep reading!

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The top 10 holiday themed team building activities โ„๏ธ

1. Holiday happy hours ๐Ÿป

A holiday happy hour is a surefire way to raise holiday spirits. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These little gatherings are a loose, informal way for your teammates to sip and mingle. To really bring on the holiday cheer, make a list of themed cocktails for the occasion.

If you're looking for extra structure and interaction, consider enlisting the help of a professional mixologist. Or, better yet, have your team learn the tastiest holiday drink recipes from a professional mixologist. ๐Ÿพ Not only will it add an extra level of engagement to your virtual holiday party, but you'll also gift your team with the best drink recipes for winters to come!

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Mix your office holiday party up with our Winter Mixology Class!

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2. Make a holiday recipe book ๐Ÿณ

The winter holidays span many different cultures, with different folks celebrating different days! And all those unique celebrations offer their own special holiday traditions - especially in the form of food. ๐Ÿ˜‹

To get a taste of your team's holiday cheer, build a recipe book together! You'll expose people to unique Christmas food, fabulous Hanukkah dishes, or even killed Kwanza delights.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Start by asking your team to contribute at least one recipe, then organize them in your design tool of choice, like Canva!

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3. Card crafting ๐Ÿ’Œ

'Tis the season of spreading love and cheer - and what better way than a little holiday card crafting?

Get the group together for a creative, hands-on day of holiday card crafting. Plus, arts and crafts are a great way to relax and unwind during the Q4 holiday rush! ๐ŸŽจ Your team will bond as they talk through their holiday plans and get ahead on gifting.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Decorate a gorgeous card in our Holiday Hand Lettering experience!

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4. Holiday trivia ๐Ÿค“

Trivia is a classic team building event; you can get seasonal with it in a festive holiday trivia game! Break players up into different groups and have them use their wintery knowledge to try and best the other team. If you create your own virtual trivia game, you'll need to compile a list of festive trivia questions for your team.

But you can also turn to Confetti for a super engaging, fully hosted holiday trivia game! This way, you can enjoy your virtual holiday party just as much as your team.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Plan your Holiday Trivia in just a few clicks!

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5. Ugly sweater making party ๐Ÿงถ

You can never go wrong with an ugly sweater party. During these events, participants wear purposefully hideous holiday sweaters and can even compete in sweater contests. The funniest part is that the uglier the sweater, the more likely that team member will be named 'best dressed'! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Design your ugly sweaters together if youโ€™re looking for a more interactive way to celebrate! Chat, create, get into the holiday spirit, and then strut your abominable (snowman, that is) creation for the entire holiday season.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Find the best Ugly Sweater Making Party here!

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6. Secret Santa ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ„

Secret Santa is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with your coworkers.

Use Secret Santa to get the entire office involved in the festivities and create a sense of community among your coworkers. It's also a great way to get to know people better and understand what kinds of gifts they might like, or even give them an opportunity to ask for something specific that they want! (Psstโ€ฆwe have a handy gift giving guide to help, too!)

The best part? Secret Santa means you don't have to spend a ton of money on gifts for everyone (which can be hard at this time of year), but it still gets everyone involved in the spirit of giving.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Use an online generator to assign your team their Secret Santa!

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7. Holiday cookie decorating ๐Ÿช

Holiday cookie decorating is a great team building activity for your office.

It's a fun way to celebrate the holiday season with your coworkers, but it also makes for a great bonding experience. You'll be able to spend time with your coworkers in a less formal setting and get to know them better. You can even make it into a competition by having everyone show off their confectionary creations!

And, at the end of the day, you'll have some delicious snacks! No better holiday gift than that.

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Taste the holiday spirit with some Holiday Cookie Decorating!

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8. Ornament wood burning ๐ŸŽ„

When you're with your coworkers, you want to celebrate the holiday season in a fun, lighthearted way filled with joy.

That's why we think ornament making is the perfect activity for your next team building event! It's a great bonding activity: everyone can work together on one project, but each person will have their own unique piece of art at the end of the night thatโ€™ll help them remember it forever.

Plus, it's just plain fun!

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Make ornaments together in our Wood Burning Class!

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9. Hot cocoa time ๐Ÿซ

When the holidays roll around, you want to feel cozy and warm. And what better way to do that than with a hot cup of cocoa? It's a classic way to get into the holiday spirit.

Just sipping on hot cocoa together isn't exactly enough to call it a team building activity, though. Instead, add a little holiday twist and make hot chocolate together! In our Hot Chocolate Bomb Making Class, you'll learn how to make a delicious hot cocoa bomb from a chocolate professional.

Plus, the hot chocolate kit is shipped straight to your team's doorstep. How's that for a delicious holiday gift?

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Choose between regular cocoa or pumpkin spice in our Hot Chocolate Bomb Making Class!

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10. Holiday cheer playlist ๐ŸŽถ

Making a holiday music playlist is a great way to share your love of the holidays with your coworkers!

You can create a playlist curated just for your office so everyone gets pumped up for the holidays and has something to look forward to every morning. You can also make it extra fun by playing music from different genres and using it as an opportunity to learn about each other's musical tastes.

If you're feeling especially bold, turn it into a dance party!

Where to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Curate the holiday party vibes on your favorite music platform, like Spotify!

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Plan your virtual holiday parties with Confetti ๐Ÿฅณ

Confetti knows team bonding better than the rest. We'll help you plan an extra fun virtual holiday party that'll put you straight to the top of the nice list!

Book directly from our Holiday Party collection or send an e-mail to plan@withconfetti.com. We'll chat about your holiday team building activities and help create the perfect itinerary for the winter season.

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Frequently Asked Questions โ“

What are the best holiday team building activities? ๐Ÿคจ

The best team building activities for your holiday party will, of course, have a holiday theme! Here are our top three recommendations:

  • A virtual holiday happy hour
  • An engaging holiday trivia game
  • A friendly competition, like an ugly sweater making contest

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Why should I throw a virtual holiday party for my team? ๐Ÿง

It's important to throw a virtual holiday party for your coworkers because it's the perfect opportunity to show them how much you appreciate them.

The holiday season is when everyone is getting together and celebrating, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to get your coworkers together? It doesn't have to be expensive or elaborateโ€”just a few minutes spent thanking them for their hard work and letting them know how valuable they are will go a long way.

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How long does it take to plan virtual holiday parties for the office? ๐Ÿค”

For your next event โ€” whether it's a big event or small โ€” Confetti can help you plan in no time! Seriously, all it takes is just a few clicks. And yes, that includes any of your end-of-year holiday team building activities!

Don't just take our word for it: read our case study with FormAssembly to learn how much time you can save.

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