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7 Team Building Ideas for Holiday Parties

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‘Tis the season to start brainstorming some creative ideas for holiday parties and with these team building activities, you can make your party as productive as it is fun. 

With the most wonderful time of year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of some awesome ideas for holiday parties. 

And after a challenging year, this is a great opportunity to get your workgroup together – whether in-person or virtually – for some holiday-themed team building activities to share some laughs, build bonds, and have fun together. 

Not sure where to start? No worries. We’ve compiled the top seven team building ideas for holiday parties. 

  1. Holiday Hijinks  
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If you and your team love a high-energy group activity, then Holiday Hijinks is perfect for you. 

Whether you’re in the office together or working remotely, you can celebrate the holidays with this festive holiday-themed team building activity that’s all about working collaboratively to tackle a variety of holiday-themed physical, cerebral, and skills-based challenges. 

In this activity, your group will split into teams. Each team will race against the clock and try to outpace the competition as they earn points for completing challenges, such as:  

  • Cookie Conundrum – Luke made 42 holiday cookies. He brought half of them to his office. He ate one third of the cookies that were left. Then he gave 8 cookies to his neighbor. He left the rest of the cookies out for Santa. How many cookies did Santa get?  
  • Elf Yourself – Each team member needs to create the most unique gift you can using only the items available to you. Snap a photo of everyone showcasing their gifts.  
  • Junk Yard Jingle – Record a 5-second video of a teammate creating the beat to a holiday song using objects found around your house or office. Be sure to practice getting your notes right as the instrumental version has to be in tune!  

You’ll need to be mindful, though. Each challenge is worth a different number of points based on its level of difficulty, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on the leaderboard and tackle challenges strategically if your team wants to be crowned Holiday Hijinks Champions! 

  1. Have an Ugly Sweater Party  
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There aren’t many holiday traditions more hilarious than the classic Ugly Sweater Party.  

Whether you’re hosting a virtual holiday happy hour or having an in-person holiday party, task your team with finding the tackiest, cheesiest, funniest holiday-themed sweater they can find. 

If you want to make things extra interesting, you can turn it into a competition and have your team vote on who’s got the best – or worst – sweater.  

  1. Host a Holiday Trivia Game 

Another great way to level up your holiday party is with some holiday trivia.  

The key here is to make sure you cover off questions from a wide range of holiday traditions, and don’t be afraid to throw in some pop culture references and historical facts. 

Feeling stumped on holiday trivia questions? Don’t worry. This list from UsefulTrivia.com has a ton, including: 

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was creation as a promotion for what department store? 
  • Eggnog was first consumed in which U.S. city?  
  • What opera debuted in Cairo, Egypt, on Christmas Eve 1871? 

You can do holiday trivia in-person or using a video conferencing platform like Zoom.  

  1. Decorate Your Office  
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Get your office holiday-ready by decorating with your team. 

We’d recommend allocating a small budget for your team to go out and gather decorations and supplies. But you might also want to consider asking your team to bring in something that reminds them of the holidays. 

That way, your staff can celebrate all of their different traditions together and your office can truly embody the holiday spirit for everyone on your team. 

For an added interesting element, you can each talk about the items you brought it and why they’re meaningful for you. 

  1. End-Hunger Games 
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For the 42 million people in the U.S. who face hunger, the holidays are more stressful than they are enjoyable. 

But with a team building activity like End-Hunger Games, you and your colleagues can help make the holiday season a little bit brighter for those in need.  

With this philanthropic competition activity, your group will collect and donate non-perishable food items to a local food bank of your choice. 

Together, you can make a real impact. To see it in action, check out our Case Study: How Team Building Helped Microsoft Employees Donate a Truckload of Food.  

  1. Two Truths and a Lie: Holiday Gift Edition 

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the game Two Truths and a Lie.  

But if not, the premise is pretty simple: each person on your team will be tasked with coming up with three facts. Two of them will be true, and one will be a lie. 

Then, the rest of your group will need to decide which ones are which – and you might be surprised by the answers! 

A surefire recipe for hilarity, you can put a holiday twist on the traditional Two Truths and a Lie game by making it focused on the weirdest, wackiest, funniest, and most outside-the-box holiday gifts you colleagues have ever received. 

  1. Yuletide Showdown 
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Looking for a way to ring in the holiday season with your team while exercising communication and collaboration skills, having a lot of laughs, and creating bonds with your colleagues? 

Then Yuletide Showdown is the perfect activity for you.  

In this fast-faced and high-energy team building activity, you and your colleagues will race the clock, competing to unlock six different challenge categories: Sounds of Christmas, Holiday Trivia, Holiday Characters, Holiday Pictionary, Festive Scavenger Hunt, and Holiday-Style Who-Dun-It.  

Then, you’ll need to strategically complete challenges, keeping a close eye on the real-time leaderboard and staying one step ahead of the competition.  

Do you have any other holiday team building ideas that we might’ve missed? If so, let us know what they are in the comments section below! 


Learn More About Virtual and In-Person Holiday Team Building Activities for the Workplace  

For more information about how your team can celebrate the holidays with a fun team building activity, reach out to our Employee Engagement Consultants.   


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