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5 Festive Games to Play at Your Company Holiday Party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 10, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Your company holiday party is a chance to celebrate, reflect, and enjoy camaraderie with your coworkers. But in its simplest terms, the goal is to have fun, right? At the end of the day, we all just want to have a good time. That's why, no matter whether you have your company holiday party in-person, virtually, or some mix of both this year, we think games are the perfect way to party! 

Looking for fun team-building games that will add energy and keep everyone in high spirits during your holiday party? Here are some of our favorites!

Virtual Games

1. Who Stole the Presents?

Uh-oh, somebody stole all the presents and just might ruin the holidays. In this amazing ZogCulture game, teams work together to solve clues and identify who stole the presents. With this fun holiday game, you can either use standard holiday villains like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, OR you can fully customize it with names of people at your company! Super fun, fast-paced, and exciting... the perfect way to bring the team together virtually!

2. Merry Mingling

Looking for a way to get your team to feel more connected? You'll love Merry Mingling, the holiday version of our popular speed networking connection game, 52 Connections (see video). In Merry Mingling, we break your team into small groups to answer some fun, festive prompt questions about themselves. After a few minutes, we'll reassemble as a large group before sending them to another breakout room with new people, new questions, and new connections! It's light, fun, and a heartwarming way to celebrate the holiday season.

In-Person Games 

3. Holiday Trivia

Trivia is an amazing way to add a spark of fun to your company's in-person holiday party. Your team will put their heads together to answer questions pertaining to the holidays — not just winter holidays, either! With trivia, you can add a little healthy, fun competition and make your event more festive at the same time. Bonus if you raise the stakes by giving prizes away to the winning teams. We love a good hot cocoa basket!

4. White Elephant Gift Exchange

For a small team, there's nothing quite like the energy of a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Set a price limit ($10-15) and ask everyone on your team to buy and wrap a silly (but work appropriate!) gift, then bring it to the party and covertly put it in the gift pile. No one should know who brought which gift. (Good gift ideas include: loud socks, card games, joke books, wine & beer — get creative!)

Then, each person draws a number from a hat, indicating the order they will "draft" their gift. The first person will choose any gift, unwrap it, and show it to the whole crowd to ooh and ahh. Then the second person can decide to steal that gift choose an unopened one. If someone chooses to steal a gift, the person they stole it from can either steal from someone else OR can go back to the pile and take a new gift. (You can't steal back a gift that was just stolen from you; gifts can have a maximum of 3 steals before they are off the table.)

The game continues this pattern over and over, until there are no more gifts left in the pile and everyone has one. Trust us: It's a blast!

Hybrid Games

5. Holiday Scavenger Hunt

This year, lots of companies are hosting a holiday party with some part of the team in-person but wanting to include those who work remotely as well. Well, if you're hunting for a solution, you just found it! 

Our Holiday Scavenger Hunt puts coworkers into teams to complete team challenges, solve puzzles, and answer questions on their quest to get the high score. Unlike many other games or activities, this one is designed to ensure it's a blast for people in-person or at home!


Want to partner with ZogCulture and bring any of these or other amazing holiday games to your team this winter? We'd love to help!

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Topics: Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party

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