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'Tis the Season - a Guide to the Perfect Office Holiday Party

Updated: May 17

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to spread cheer and good tidings in the workplace! Planning the perfect holiday party is a wonderful way to show appreciation for your colleagues and to get everyone into a festive spirit. To help you get started, we've come up with some ideas for your office holiday party that are sure to make this year's celebration one for the books.

Deck the Halls

A group of employees enjoying an office holiday party

It’s amazing how easily decorations get people into the holiday spirit. Use this as the perfect opportunity to dust off that box of old decorations that don’t get much use at home and transform your workspace into a winter wonderland. Christmas lights, faux snow, and seasonal greenery are great ways to sprinkle some color into these dark winter days. Encourage employees to wear their coziest sweaters and scarves, serve hot cocoa, mulled wine to further create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Ugly Sweater Contest and Caring Cookies

Embrace the charm of holiday kitsch with a classic with a twist. Encourage everyone to don their most outlandishly festive knits and pair this with a cookie exchange where employees share what they’re thankful for over homemade treats.

Holiday Movie Marathon

Who doesn’t have a comfort movie they watch around the holiday season? Another easy holiday party idea is to set up a cozy corner with blankets and pillows for a movie marathon. This relaxed setting is perfect for those who enjoy a more laid-back celebration. Let your team vote on their favorite festive films, and don’t forget the popcorn, candy canes, and hot cider!

Charity Drives and Volunteering

Giving back is a great way to spread holiday cheer outside the office. Charity drives or volunteer days allow your team to share their good will with those who need it. Not only does this promote a sense of purpose, but it also embodies the true spirit of the season.

Escape Rooms

For a unique and engaging holiday party, look into booking an escape room! It's a great way to promote teamwork, problem-solving, and foster a bit of friendly competition. Don't forget to follow up with a celebratory meal or dessert after!

Virtual Holiday Mixers

Remote work has taken off in force. If your team is spread out or if in-person gatherings aren't feasible, consider hosting a virtual holiday mixer. Games like Kahoot or the Jackbox party pack are great fun that can be played remotely. Even classics like Secret Santa can be done virtually!


Food is our common ground, it’s a universal experience that is always best shared. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to encourage your team to flex their culinary talents. Collaborative feasts not only ease the burden on the host but also foster a sense of togetherness, as everyone partakes in the collective effort of creating a memorable and heartwarming holiday experience. Try assigning themes like "Comfort Food" or "International Holiday Treats".

With the right planning, your office holiday party is bound to be a cherished event for years to come. Remember, the key to a successful office holiday party is to create an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere where everyone feels appreciated and valued. Throw a party that aligns with your team's preferences and interests, and don't forget to save the memories with lots of pictures! Happy holidays from all of us at Synergy!

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