The end of the year is coming, which means the annual Christmas party is coming soon! You might have a special party plan in place or your traditional workplace party.
You might be looking for a way to make your Christmas party unique, or take a pre-existing plan and take it a step further.
Throwing a great Christmas party doesn’t require a large budget or a rewrite of company tradition. Let’s look at a few ways to bring a Christmas party from good to great.
#1. Do A New Gift Exchange
Kris Kringle or Secret Santa games are a common way to get gifts for the workplace, but it’s not the only way to exchange gifts. A white elephant game (where one person opens a present or steals presents from someone else) is a fun alternative.
You can write a story to distribute the gifts or get people to compete over gifts in contests like trivia. Expanding upon a gift exchange only needs a bit of research and planning, but can get everyone excited and involved.
#2. Try A New Team Bonding Exercise
Gathering everyone for food is a good way to build camaraderie and friendships, but it’s not the only way to bring people together.
Contests that put people in teams are fantastic team bonding exercises. Escape rooms, scavenger hunts and company sports are great at bringing people together and developing relationships with colleagues you might not have seen before.
#3. Give Employees Something Special
Gift exchanges are nice, but you might want to give your employees something they can all enjoy.
Events are a great way to deliver an experience. Boat rides, ice skating trips and comedy shows are just a few activities that can be memorable and a fun way to celebrate Christmas.
If events aren’t in your budget or it’s too hard to bring the entire team together, you can give your own present to employees. These can be restaurant gift cards for remote employees or a unique memento for everyone.
#4. Throw A Christmas Party With A Theme
We all know Christmas colours and Santa make an appearance at Christmas parties, but you might want to have a party with a different take on Christmas.
A TV-themed party where everyone dresses as TV characters, a pet-themed party or a horror movie party are just a few directions the party can take. People can get adventurous with their costumes and the theme provides a unique atmosphere that is not quickly forgotten. Try and set up a photo booth or have a fun background where employees can take photos to remember the great night.
#5. Change The Food Plan
It’s nice to take the organisation out to a restaurant to eat, but it’s not the only way to enjoy a Christmas meal.
If you want a dining experience outside of a restaurant, an outdoor barbeque or a picnic are other ways to enjoy the food. You can also hold a potluck event which works indoors or outdoors.
While it can be nice to bring everyone out for an expensive meal to celebrate the end of the year, sometimes a get-together with food from everyone can be just as festive.
#6. Involve The Family
Christmas is a great time for families to get together, and incorporating entertainment for the whole family helps show employees that you recognise the importance of family.
Planning activities like lawn bowling or Santa delivering presents to children help to get the family involved and provide entertainment for everyone.
#7. Host The Party In The Office
Sometimes you must hold a workplace Christmas party at the office, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be exciting.
Canceling work and planning an activity like DIY Christmas cards can be special if many people participate. It’s also a nice time to bring people out of meetings and get them talking with one another.
Try Something New This Year
It can be boring to hold the same Christmas party year after year. By trying out some of the ideas here, you can spice up your traditional Christmas party or host a new party that hasn’t been done before.
You don’t need to spend a lot and you don’t have to have the most extravagant party. If you’re involving everyone in something new and special, you will throw a great Christmas party.
It is great if you can make your workplace Christmas party a great time, and it’s even better if you know how to make your party safe with appropriate workplace behaviour. If you or your team needs a refresher on behaviour at work parties, take a look at our course How To Behave At Work Parties.