Your team got a lot accomplished this year, and Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate and strengthen your relationships so you can accomplish even more together next year. Organizing Christmas office games or other office Christmas activities gives everyone a chance to take a break from the normal grind to relax and have fun together. Just be mindful of religious differences when planning any office Christmas activities. Unless you're certain that everyone in the office celebrates the holiday, organizing Christmas-specific games may make some people feel excluded.
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Charitable Christmas Team-Building Activities
The holiday season is a natural time for your team to come together and give back. Local charities are often in need of extra help around Christmas, so find opportunities that allow your team to volunteer as a group. Maybe you can pack boxes together at a food pantry, serve meals at a soup kitchen, sign up as bell ringers for the Salvation Army or spend an afternoon creating handwritten notes and care packages for residents of a local nursing home. Your team might even organize its own food drive or toy drive in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Organize a hot chocolate party or group dinner for after the volunteer work is finished so you can celebrate your good work together.
Creative Holiday Team-Building Activities
Centering your team-building activities around creative or artistic projects lets co-workers show off different sides of themselves and maybe enjoy some healthy competition as they work side by side. Divide people into pairs or small groups to create gingerbread houses or decorate office doors with a holiday theme. Award prizes for the best entries. You can also buy dozens of plain sugar cookies and tons of decorating supplies and have everyone sit around a table together to decorate their own cookies.
If you have snowy weather and a physically active team, you might even head outdoors and challenge pairs to build and accessorize creative snowmen. Anyone who doesn't want to participate can be on the judging committee.
Virtual Holiday Team-Building Activities
Christmas office games don't have to happen in the office in order to bring your team together, and they don't necessarily need to have a Christmas theme. Poll the group for suggestions of virtual group games that they've played and enjoyed in the past. Book a virtual escape room or mystery game that requires players to talk and work together to solve clues. There are even companies you can hire to organize and host a virtual holiday game night for your team, meaning you can fully participate instead of having to try to lead the event.
More Holiday Team-Building Activities
As you think about Christmas office games, think about things that don't require a ton of explanation or setup. Playing holiday games should allow everyone to unwind and have fun, not make them stress about learning the complicated rules to some new game. It's also a good idea to organize at least some office Christmas activities that aren't physically demanding. You don't want anyone to be left out because of physical limitations, so a game of Twister is probably not a great choice for the company holiday party.
Holiday-themed bingo is a safe choice as a fun group game. Instead of playing with numbers, print out bingo boards that have holiday images, like snowflakes and Christmas trees. Use chocolates or other candies as markers and offer prizes to get everyone engaged in the game. Trivia games are also a popular choice. Write your own trivia game about company history or things that happened to your team over the past year or find a holiday-themed trivia game online. Depending on the size of your team, have people play in pairs or small groups.