With most employees still working remotely as we near the end of 2020, we are are looking for ways to celebrate with their teams virtually this year. Thankfully, we have the technology needed to create the emotional experience of being together.

There are still plenty of ways to celebrate your employees this holiday season. Here are some of our favorite virtual holiday party ideas.

Make it Virtual: While small social gatherings are permittable, it still may be unsafe to host an event for your team, even outside. COVID-19 cases are rising in most states across the county, so a virtual gathering is the safest option this holiday season. You can still create a fun event virtually for your team. You can host the event on a platform like Zoom or Microsoft Teams and encourage everyone to turn on their cameras and upload a festive background.

Host an Online Game: To increase employee participation, you can use a third-party vendor to host some online games. There are several options for online trivia, Jeopardy, and Pictionary that can all be played virtually.

Add Cocktails: Make your event a virtual happy hour and add cocktails to the mix. Employees can enjoy a drink from the safety of their own homes with the supplies they have on hand or you can send pre-made cocktail kits to everyone’s homes. They can be their own mixologist.

Make it a Contest with Online Voting: Include a few competitions for your team during the event. Encourage employees to wear their most festive holiday sweaters, and everyone can vote on their favorite ones with categories like “Most Creative” or “Most Festive.” You can also send cookie decorating or gingerbread house kits to your teams prior to the event and host a friendly competition to see who can create the best design.

Send a Care Package: This has been a tumultuous year for everyone. Let your employees know you care and send a holiday gift to everyone. It could be a care package they open during the event, an eGift card or a Door Dash credit they can use to order food during the virtual event. Every little bit can make a difference this holiday season.