The holidays are the perfect time to recognize your office staff for a great year and a job well done. What better way to celebrate than with a party that gathers everyone together? As a small business owner, you have the opportunity to plan a personal small office Christmas party with ideas that incorporate your employee’s personalities, hobbies, and strengths. Check out this list of fun small office holiday party ideas and activities for 2023!
Christmas Movie Trivia
Have your office test their knowledge of classic Christmas movies with a trivia game! From new additions to the Christmas movie canon like The Santa Clause and ELF to oldies like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, there’s plenty of material available that spans several decades, so everyone in the office can participate. This game is great for multi-generational offices to bond over a shared love of the holidays and movies.
Plan a Fun Activity
Skip the office gift and plan an experience for this year’s Christmas party. This idea for a small office Christmas party encourages your team to get out and do something together outside the office. Some examples of activities you can plan to do together include:
- An escape room
- A nice dinner out
- A scavenger hunt through a local park
- Viewing Christmas lights and decor at a local downtown area
- Ice skating (there are several rinks in Central Florida)
- A beach day
- A one-day retreat at an Orlando retreat center
Ugly Sweater Party
Wearing ugly sweaters has been all the rage for the past few years and has become a fun holiday tradition. Even though it may be warm in Florida, guests will be happy to don festive, over-the-top sweaters to spread Christmas spirit. Set up a photo booth at the party with props so guests can take pictures all decked out in their tacky attire. You can also make it a competition where everyone votes for the best sweater. Be sure to set some parameters if going this route, like setting a budget for people to spend on purchasing an outfit or only using clothing items you already own.
Office Gift Exchange
No small office Christmas party would be complete without this idea! The possibilities for organizing your office gift exchange are endless, from White Elephant to Secret Santa. Be sure to communicate expectations ahead of time and set a budget so everyone’s on the same page.
This game is an excellent choice if you have several extroverts in the office who won’t shy away from the spotlight. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! For a simple setup, purchase a few karaoke microphones from Amazon. These microphones are Bluetooth speakers, so music can play through them. Hook them up to an iPad with internet access, search for Christmas songs on YouTube, and you’re all set!
Christmas Recipe Exchange
This small office Christmas party idea requires some pre-planning. Have everyone in the office submit a family recipe for a holiday dish. Once you’ve gathered the recipes, get them bound into small books that can be given to each employee at the party.
The crafters in your office will love this! Create a crafting station at a side table at the party so people can participate as they please. Guests can create a one-of-a-kind keepsake, and it’s easy to make this a tradition at each holiday party your business hosts.
Gingerbread House Competition
This activity works well when people sit at large tables with plenty of working space. Break everyone into groups of two to four people. Then, give each group a gingerbread house kit. Set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes and have everyone race to assemble the most creative house possible in the time frame. Crunched for supplies? Instead of complete gingerbread kits, use graham crackers, icing, and toppings. When the timer goes off, have guests walk around the room to view everyone else’s creations. Allow guests to vote on their favorite house and award a prize to the winners.
Unique Small Office Christmas Party Ideas for 2023
Christmas parties are a great way to show your employees you appreciate all they do throughout the year. If you’re a small business owner, you have the unique opportunity to plan creative small office Christmas party ideas and activities for your party.
Looking for a place to host your office’s holiday party? Look no further than the Canterbury Conference Center in Oviedo, Florida. With six meeting rooms, a dining room, and an outdoor terrace, there are plenty of places for you to host your party. Our spaces can hold anywhere from 60 to 200 guests. Call us at 407-392-9138 to learn how we can make your next event great!