We Offer Virtual Christmas Parties for Teams and Companies across the UK, Europe and Beyond.
Book a highly interactive virtual Christmas party. There is zero risk of the event getting cancelled; choose from professionally organised activities. Using any video conferencing software, we'll deliver a Xmas party that your remote employees deserve. An online Christmas party may seem a little stressful to organise, but with the help of Funktion Events, you can create memories for your remote staff.
A company's employees will have the Christmas party over video conferencing software instead of face-to-face. Online event staff will run the event over platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meets, playing fun party games.
A growing number of companies are choosing to celebrate the festive season with a virtual Christmas party, given its numerous advantages. The rise in remote working over recent years means many businesses have team members scattered worldwide, making traditional in-person Christmas gatherings challenging. However, you don't have to be a global team to enjoy a virtual Christmas party. This innovative and engaging format is perfect for groups of all sizes, including those that work in a hybrid model.
So, if you're stuck for ideas for your virtual Christmas party, you've come to the right place!
What Are the Benefits of Having an Online Christmas Party in 2023?
If you’re unsure whether to keep your Xmas festivities online this year, see our list of a few main reasons why an online Christmas party will benefit your entire workforce this holiday season!
It’s a given that hosting a Virtual Christmas Party won’t damage your end-of-year budget as much as an extravagant office event. On top of that, we have plenty of excellent, cost-effective packages to save you money as well. You don’t need to hire a venue, food or drink... and of course, we'll provide fun and enthusiastic hosts who will do everything for you!
2. Interactive and Engaging
Virtual Xmas parties can often get a bad reputation for being boring and disengaging. Still, the numerous UK lockdowns have taught us new ways to make online events fun and fully interactive, especially when trying to encourage a little holiday spirit! We offer many ideas that cement different ways to get your colleagues involved, including points-based quizzes, tangible kits and events that get you up from your screen-facing seat.
Our clients love that they can book anytime, anywhere and for any group size. The festive fun doesn't have to occur on a Friday or Saturday evening; it can take place anytime to suit your business and employees.
4. Safety First
Health concerns, including mental health and Covid vulnerabilities, can often mean that significant social events can be inviting and intimidating for some employees. An online Christmas party means everyone can feel safe while getting stuck into some end-of-year shenanigans.
5. Inclusive for All
Not only are virtual Christmas parties often safer, but they can also include many remote workers and overseas employees. If you have offices worldwide, bringing everyone together at the end of the year is a fantastic way to celebrate the end of the year.
6. Boost Morale
Of course, Christmas is a time to reflect on the year passed and reward your workforce for all their hard work throughout. Organising an online Christmas party is a sure way to boost morale and prepare for what the next year will bring.
7. Better for the Environment
With less travelling for event staff and employees, a business can dramatically cut its carbon impact by having a Christmas party over Zoom instead of hiring a venue for an in-person event.
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How Do Virtual Christmas Parties Run?
Virtual Christmas parties, hosted on video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams, offer a unique way for people to come together and celebrate the holiday season, no matter where they are in the world.
The party usually begins with an invitation sent out to all participants with the date, time, and link to join the virtual gathering. These invitations often include details about any theme or activities planned for the event.
Once everyone logs in at the scheduled time, the host or organiser can kick off the festivities. This could start with a welcome speech or toast, followed by introductions if necessary.
Activities are crucial to any party, and virtual Christmas parties are no exception. These can range from holiday-themed games and quizzes to online gift exchanges or virtual carol singing. Some companies bring experts to lead wine tastings, chocolate making classes, or wreath workshops. Interactive activities like these keep everyone entertained and encourage team bonding.
Throughout the event, keeping the atmosphere light and festive is essential. Background Christmas music, virtual backgrounds, and holiday-themed video filters can all add to the fun.
Remember, the goal of a virtual Christmas party is to celebrate together, spread holiday cheer, and strengthen bonds among team members, all from the comfort of each participant's own home. With careful planning and creativity, a virtual Christmas party can be as fun and memorable as an in-person event.
What Virtual Office Christmas Party Ideas Are There?
You will be surprised by the number of virtual office Christmas party ideas available to you; Whether it's taking part in an excellent scavenger hunt, playing Secret Santa or playing along with your favourite game shows, there's an almost endless amount of ideas to explore.
The industry has also expanded over the last year to include events perfect for both big and small groups, allowing everyone taking part to feel welcomed and engaged.
If you get creative and put your thinking hats on, we’re sure you can create some tremendous virtual work Christmas party ideas yourselves too!
But with that being said, we've done the bulk of the research for you and have compiled a great selection of Virtual Christmas games that would suit any workforce and any online Christmas party.
If you're still struggling with ideas when deciding what virtual Christmas party games to play, it would be worth taking a look at these Virtual End of Year Party Ideas »
How to Plan the Virtual Christmas Party Entertainment
Tis' the season to plan a virtual work Christmas party, and we're here to help you spread the holiday spirit! Don't let it be just another bland Teams meeting; with our fantastic planning tips and a touch of preparation, your online celebration will be unforgettable, brightening everyone's working day!
1. Choose the Date and Time
Planning a virtual Christmas party doesn't mean you have to miss out on your festive cheer! First, lock in the date and time for your virtual gathering. Make sure it's convenient for all your team members attending and those who cannot join due to work commitments or other reasons.
2. Choose the Platform
Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype - the options are endless! Choose a platform that works best for your team and allows everyone to join. Remember features like breakout rooms, screen-sharing capabilities, and audio-visual quality.
First, you should prioritise platforms with a user-friendly interface that allows easy navigation for all participants, regardless of their technical expertise. Consider well-established platforms like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom, as they have user-friendly interfaces and offer a variety of features suitable for virtual gatherings.
Next, ensure the platform provides high-quality video and audio capabilities to create a more engaging and immersive experience for everyone. Since virtual Christmas parties often involve multiple participants, platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams can handle various video streams effectively, minimising lags and interruptions.
Furthermore, consider the participant limit of the chosen platform, as some may restrict the number of attendees. Microsoft Teams and Zoom, for instance, offer plans that accommodate larger groups, making them suitable for larger organisations or parties.
3. Choose the Entertainment
You can start by thinking about your budget. If you are after something fun but the budget is tight, opting for some personal touch DIY activities is the way forward. Homemade quizzes and singalongs are a fantastic choice. Designing fun quizzes with Christmas movie trivia, amusing anecdotes, or guessing carol games adds a unique touch of joy and competition to the gathering.
However, if you're eager to elevate your virtual party to an extraordinary level, consider enlisting the expertise of event companies like us. We organise and run over 5500 events annually and have designed some brilliant virtual Christmas party entertainment for remoter workers. We’ll discuss what you want to achieve, advise and then plan the perfect party.
4. Create a Christmas Song Playlist
Experience the magic of togetherness this holiday season with a unique shared playlist feature. By collaborating on a playlist, you and your remote worker colleagues can enjoy your favourite Christmas songs and carols in perfect harmony, no matter the physical distance that separates you.
Here's how it works: each team member can contribute their beloved Christmas tunes to the playlist. Once the playlist is set, all team members can tune in simultaneously, listening to the same heartwarming content. The music creates a festive atmosphere, bringing everyone together and genuinely getting everyone into the holiday spirit. So, join hands (virtually!) and let the joyous sounds of Christmas music unite us all.
5. Incorporate Secret Santa
Incorporating Secret Santa into your virtual Christmas party is a delightful way to exchange gifts and spread holiday cheer among your remote group. Start by announcing the activity early and secretly using an online generator to draw names. Set a gift budget to ensure fairness and encourage participants to share wish lists or preferences.
Plan a specific time during the virtual party for the gift exchange, where everyone can unwrap their presents together. Afterwards, have fun guessing who their Secret Santa was and share heartwarming stories or thank-you messages virtually. Consider adding a twist by voting on the "Best Gift" and rewarding the winner with a small prize.
6. Play Games
Playing games at a virtual Christmas party is a fantastic business idea, bringing many benefits. First and foremost, it fosters a sense of camaraderie and team spirit among remote employees. These games act as icebreakers, encouraging interaction and bonding among team members who may miss the chance to connect regularly.
The fun and light-hearted atmosphere of games boost morale and employee engagement, making the virtual xmas party a memorable and enjoyable experience. Moreover, Christmas party games break the monotony of work routines and provide a much-needed break during the holiday season.
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