It's not just officially the holiday season, it's also party season. Zoom parties have been all the talk of 2020, so you’ve already gotten your feet wet and are more than familiar with how to host a virtual holiday party. Between the invitations, icebreaker conversations, and gift exchanges, you’re probably wondering what other activities you can do to keep yourself and your guests entertained. Not to worry. You’ll knock your next holiday Zoom party out of the park with classic and modern games that everyone can enjoy.
Given the strange, unpredictable year we’ve all had, there’s power in playing games at your virtual shindig. The coronavirus pandemic has left much to be desired, and naturally, we all miss human interaction. Games are a perfect way to get that feeling of camaraderie and friendship back (the holidays help, too). They serve as wonderful icebreakers that help to put everyone at ease, especially if there are new faces at your gathering. Classic games like Pictionary and Charades are good for a laugh, while more modern games like Jackbox’s Fibbage will leave your guests learning and lying.
Get your game face on. Here are 13 games that will liven up your next holiday Zoom party.
1. Name That Holiday Tune
A classic guessing game with classic festive tunes. As the host, you'll need a festive playlist to get this one going. Whoever can correctly guess the most holiday songs gets to pick the next venture. Start off with a modern classic like Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
2. Santa Hat Movie Drinking Game
Take that old magic hat (aka a Santa hat) and pop it on the corner of your TV or laptop while watching a holiday film with your guests. For every time the hat looks as if it's on a character's head, take a sip.
3. Gift Wrapping Race
For those of us with the gift of gift wrapping, this game will be fun and competitive. Have your guests all choose a gift (or a plain box) from under their trees (or anywhere!) that are about the same size and start the time to see who can wrap the fastest. Bonus points if it's neat, too.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
As Zoom allows us to have a window into the outside world, it also allows us to show off the sole reason most of us go to Christmas parties, anyway: an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
5. Guess The Candy Game
You'll need a jar, of course, and a lot of candy. Fill the jar up with a various number (that only you know) of yummy holiday candies and have your friends guess the exact amount.
6. Never Have I Ever: Holiday Edition
Taking it back to those college days, except now you won't have to worry about losing as fast. Have you ever forgotten a gift for a family member? Ever waited until Christmas Eve to get your family gifts? Or re-gifted your friend what they gave you? We've all been there.
7. Holiday Trivia
Why have normal trivia questions when you can have holiday-themed trivia questions? Put your brain to the test with this fun and educational game. You and your Zoom guests won't believe some of the things you thought you knew about the most wonderful time of the year. You may know things like how many reindeer were in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but do you know what the highest-grossing holiday film ever is? The answers will surprise you.
8. Holiday Bingo
A round or two of Bingo is a great way to pass the time when you're not sure what to play next. You can find holiday-themed bingo cards via a quick Google search.
Playing charades online with friends is one of the easier and more fun games. Split your guests into two teams and use Zoom's spotlight feature so the person making the gestures can be seen by all.
10. Scavenger Hunt
Just because parties have gone virtual doesn't mean you have to sit still. For this game, get your guests moving by sending them into the depths of their homes to find holiday-themed decorations. Spice it up by allowing each of your guests to choose an item everyone has to find. An ornament, stocking, or perhaps the star from your Christmas tree. This game will take the fun to new heights.
11. Holiday Jeopardy
Host your own game of holiday-themed Jeopardy. Split your guests into two teams and play host as your friends try to figure out which reindeer's name starts with the letter B. Not sure how to play Jeopardy on Zoom? We've got you covered here.
Much like Charades, Pictionary is one of those classic games that leads to big fun. Grab a list of holiday buzzwords and draw away.
13. Virtual Games
Jackbox, Houseparty, Bunch, and others have been the source of some of the most fun Zoom parties this year. Choose virtual game packs that include fun group games like Drawful and Fibbage and watch as your friends try their best to make sure their scribbles win the prize.