The holiday season is typically accompanied by a ton of bustle and buzz. Families and friends are gathering to celebrate a whole year well spent. Offices planning for unique and new ways to make company holiday parties more festive and fun. For those looking for creative ideas to make holiday celebrations more enjoyable for everyone, you’ve come to the right place for tips.
Below are 5 unique holiday party activities to try out this festive season:
Have a Movie Marathon
While movie marathons are nothing new, it’s one of the most popular winter activities for the entire family. Anyone of any age can enjoy a movie marathon — even the little ones! Movie marathons are simple to put together. Build up a fire, bring the most comfortable blankets out from storage, and serve delicious holiday treats such as hot cocoa and popcorn for the whole family!
Not sure what movie to put on during the party? Here are a couple of our classic winter favorites:
Miracle on 34th Street
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
The Polar Express
If you plan on doing this remotely, that’s also completely fine. There are plenty of watch party applications and software (e.g., Hulu Watch Party, Scener, and Teleparty) that let you stream movies together with friends and family.
Go On a Holiday Adventure
Whether it’s taking a trip to a different country/city or simply taking a meditation class together as a group is a great way to foster closer relationships with loved ones. Going on adventures together is a great way to explore curiosities and expand comfort zones, as you’re surrounded by safe and accepting people: Your family and friends. Ask your family to pitch in ideas for where your group should go or what activities you all should try out.
For family members who are wary of traveling with a pandemic, there are ways you can do this activity remotely, too! Take your loved ones on a virtual scavenger hunt. Or perhaps you can take them on a virtual tour of museums in different parts of the world. There’s even a program that allows you to enjoy virtual bike rids through the streets of Paris.
Do a Virtual Secret Santa
While it’s still not safe to have so many people gathered in one place for long periods, it’s no reason you can’t enjoy the traditional gift exchange or Secret Santa. That’s right, you can always do these things online, through a video conferencing app!
Here’s how you can get started:
Get everyone on a call and — using a secret Santa name picker (like Elfster or Drawnames) — generate pairs for your gift exchanging activity
Set a budget and gather participants’ wishlists
Once the budget is set and the wishlists collected, pick a date for your Secret Santa activity
Mail your gifts to the right recipient before the activity date
When the Secret Santa date comes around, get everyone on a video call once again and open your gifts together
Self-care gifts are popular for Secret Santa nowadays. However, if you’re looking for other ideas, here are a couple that we recommend:
Wine subscription box
A tabletop game
Adult coloring books
Home humidifier (or dehumidifier)
Have a Bake-Off or Cook-Off
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned bake-off to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas! For this type of activity, you’ll need the participation of everyone in your family or party. So order up via your favorite online grocery delivery app for the ingredients and get started with this bake-off or cook-off.
Group everyone into even or balanced teams. Each team will receive a recipe from the moderator or judge. This recipe is what they’ll have to cook and prepare during the cook-off or bake-off. Assign someone to be the judge; this should be someone who won’t be biased towards any group. Ask a family friend or grandparent to play the part. There should be an allotted time limit for everyone to complete their dish. It’ll be like your family’s own little Master Chef.
Tip: To take things up a notch, have a third-party participant select the recipes that your family will be cooking earlier in the year. This way, everyone will start on even ground during the cook-off.
Take a Holiday Stress Reduction Class
If there’s one thing for sure about the holiday season, it’s that it’s no walk in the park. All the planning and scheduling — it’s bound to take a toll on someone who’s working while at the same time balancing family responsibilities and expectations.
The holiday season is a special time of year — it only makes sense that you’d want to make it as memorable and exciting as possible. With the ideas we’ve mentioned above, you’re sure to wow your family and give them an experience worth remembering for decades to come. Have a great holiday season!