What are the best office games and contests to play as Christmas approaches?

What are the best office games and contests to play as Christmas approaches?

This article looks at some really simple ways to entertain your team whilst at the office this Christmas

10 Nov 2022, 16:13:17

By Simon Nichols

1. Christmas Pong

The standard beer pong game is a drinking game where players take turns to throw a ping pong ball (or table tennis ball) across a table with the aim of landing the ball in the opposing team’s cups. If a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must remove it from the table and drink the beer in the cup. Each team takes turns shooting until one team eliminates all their opponent’s cups. You can customize the game for Christmas by replacing the liquid with some Christmas spirit!

2. The Big Christmas Unwrap

A twist on “Secret Santa” is a Christmas unwrapping where each participant brings an unwanted Christmas gift that has been completely wrapped again and placed in a big pile. At a certain point in the day, all the participants gather together, and each grab a surprise gift from the pile. What is you get something you don’t like? Simply swap the person next to you!
3. Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a classic workplace entertainment that you can get started in the weeks coming up to Christmas, and perhaps host on the day of your Christmas Party or the day after. Each person pulls a name of another employee out of a hat and that is the person they are designated to buy for. You can set a minimum and maximum budget and even theme the gifts should you desire.
4. Christmas Charades

Charades is a word guessing game where players take turns to act out a word or action without speaking and other players must guess what the answer is. A fun and easy game to play, where everyone can get involved and one of the reasons why its popular around the world for Christmas parties. You can give out bonus points for rounds based on Christmas movies, songs, or TV shows.

5. Name that tune (Christmas special)

You could host a festive version of “Name that Tune”, which is a simple and fun party game at Christmas. The concept is easy, one person plays a piece of a famous Christmas tune, and the task is to guess the correct answer. The game could be extended throughout the day with people taking it in turns over the office music system. Perhaps some “schnapps” every time someone gets it correct!
6. Festive Fancy Dress Contest

Choose a particular date in the run up to Christmas and ask everyone to come to the workplace dressed as a particular Christmas character or theme. You can turn this event into a contest with a range of prizes, and perhaps raise money for a local charity. You can even turn this day into the evening of your Christmas party and make a real day of it.
7. Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts have been transformed in recent years especially since Covid-19 lockdowns, and you can now book a Christmas themed hunt which can be held in your office, workplace, or local park. Lots of a fun and can be combined with a remote team or employees working from home.

8. Christmas Bingo

You could host a round or two of festive bingo. Perhaps replacing the standard called numbers with numbers from The Twelve Days of Christmas “Six geese a laying”, “Eight maids a milking”, and “Five gold rings” or other Christmas themes like Santa’s reindeers. Give out prizes for getting lines of numbers, and perhaps replace “house” or “bingo” with a Christmas theme.
9. Christmas Quiz

Whether you are hosting the quiz yourself or hiring a host for the evening, a Christmas themed quiz is great for team morale. You need themed questions, prizes, a sound system and perhaps a big screen for picture questions. You can have bonus points for fancy dress, and even host to work remotely for you. Great entertainment whether it’s in your workplace or at a hired venue.
10. Yule Tide Baking Contest

Home baking has become so popular in recent years with numerous TV baking shows and the increase of home baking during various lockdowns; and most companies have budding baking stars. Why have a Christmas baking contest and see who in your department doesn’t have an issue with soggy bottoms! Create an area in the workplace where everyone can display their creations before the judging and the most importantly the eating!

Simon Nichols

Head of Partnerships at Evendo

About Simon, he has a background in the London events and hospitality market going back over 20 years. Simon has in an in-depth knowledge of the events market and currently heads up all supplier partnerships at Evendo.

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