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Plan the Ultimate Corporate Holiday Party

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Fall is in full swing, and the holiday season is just a hop, skip and a jump away. With the year’s most highly anticipated event quickly approaching, it’s time to finally begin planning your company's ultimate holiday bash. For many, this year will be the first work event since 2019, making it more crucial than ever to provide your team with some holiday cheer.

But your holiday party is about so much more than just a night of fun. In fact, a well-planned event could provide your team with a plethora of long-term benefits. From reviving company culture to increasing employee morale, this December could be pivotal in allowing your company to thrive in 2022 and beyond. Keep scrolling for a variety of ways to make this year’s company event the best one yet. 

1. Encourage Team Building 

First and foremost, look at your office party as an opportunity for your team to get to know one another on a personal level. With many companies still on remote or hybrid schedules, this could very likely be the first time the full team gets together in person. By incorporating gaming and other interactive elements into your event, you will make it much easier for employees to break the ice. Even for teams who work in-person five days a week, team building could have a larger impact than you think. Specifically, it encourages team members to interact across all levels and departments, breaking down boundaries in a typical office setting. Check out a few of our top holiday-themed team building options below: 

Roll-a-Ball Reindeer Racing 

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 Lead your reindeer to victory with a festive twist on a classic carnival game. Team members will cheer each other on as reindeer markers trot toward the finish line. Encourage unlikely alliances by generating teams at random, rather than by department or job level. May the most festive team win! 

Santa's Workshop Escape Room 

Img 8658Featuring a North Pole facade and interior, this mobile escape room is the ultimate holiday team building activity. To play, group members must put their Santa hats together in order to complete a variety of winter-themed challenges. While it may feel like fun and games in the moment, this escape room is designed specifically with your long-term goals in mind. Not only does this activity allow your team to connect in a new environment, but it also builds trust and strengthens communication among team members.

2. Revive Company Culture

You could have the brightest group of employees out there, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to success. If employees aren’t satisfied with their work culture, they consequently become less motivated and less likely to reach their maximum potential. This year’s holiday party is a chance to remind team members why they chose to work for your company in the first place. While your company’s culture won’t change overnight, this event is an opportunity to project your ideal values in a way that's rewarding for all. See below for two unique ways to help promote a positive work culture:

Giant Snow Globe Deluxe

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Capture the magic of the holiday season with a giant snow globe, complete with LED lights, a spacious interior, toasty entry tunnel and built-in winter wonderland theme. This larger-than-life, interactive photo activation is ideal for injecting some much-needed silliness to your company’s culture. Enhance the moment with props like giant candy canes and synthetic snow as well as custom backdrops and messaging tailored to your organization.

Ultimate Sports Arena: Winter Edition

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Bring the fun of winter sports straight to your event with our realistic simulator, featuring hundreds of interactive challenges. From kicking soccer balls in the heart of a winter village to putting golf balls in a giant ice skating rink, immerse your team in a variety of experiences they won’t forget. Tailor software to your company culture with logos and messaging incorporated into each winter scene.

Holiday Beverages 

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Taste the true spirit of the season with holiday-inspired beverage art. From hot chocolate topped with Christmas trees to coffee topped with reindeer, choose from a variety of drink and design options for guests to bond over. 

3. Boost Morale 

Even for companies with a generally positive culture, the stress of end-of-year goals and deadlines often lead to a dip in team spirit. Rather than limiting your event to indoors, provide your team with some lighthearted outdoor experiences. By providing your team some fresh air, it prompts a much-needed reset from the traditional office setting. See below for two winter-inspired activities that can be enjoyed regardless of temperature: 

Synthetic Ice Skating Rink 

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Skate your way into the holiday season with a synthetic rink! This specialty surface works with real ice skates in any temperature, making it ideal for any location. Not only is this activity good for releasing endorphins, but it also encourages team members to be present and let go of any stressors they were holding onto. 

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Bring the thrill of tobogganing straight to your event with an inflatable Snow Tubing Slide. With no snow required, your guests can experience the fun of winter anytime and anywhere!  

Hopefully, this guide leaves you feeling confident as ever while beginning the holiday planning process. All products are courtesy of Interactive Entertainment Group, a premier source for unique entertainment. Click here for more holiday inspiration, and feel free to reach out to [email protected] for all your holiday party needs.