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  • Writer's pictureBradford Wynn

6 Corporate Event Ideas for the End of the Year

The end of the year is fast approaching, which means it's time to start planning your company's annual corporate event! If you're stuck on ideas, never fear - we've got you covered. From white elephant gift exchanges to ugly sweater contests, here are six festive ways to get your employees in the holiday spirit:

1. Themed Potluck Luncheon

Let your employees' individual cultures and traditions shine by hosting a themed potluck luncheon! Encourage everyone to bring their favorite dish from their homeland or family recipe book. Not only is this a great way to bond as a team, but you're sure to end up with an impressive and exotic spread of food.

2. White Elephant Gift Exchange

A classic holiday tradition with a corporate twist! Employees will take turns picking gifts from a pile, with the options to either open or steal someone else's present. Set a spending limit beforehand to ensure that everyone can participate, and watch the hilarity ensue as your colleagues try to one-up each other with outrageous gifts.

3. Holiday Photo Booth

What's more fun than dressing up in silly holiday outfits and taking goofy pictures with your friends? Encourage employees to log off for an hour and let their inner child run wild in a fully decked-out holiday photo booth! Complete with props like elf hats and reindeer antlers, this activity is guaranteed to bring some laughter and good cheer to even the grumpiest scrooges in the office.

4. Ugly Sweater Contest

An age-old tradition with a competitive edge! See who can come up with the most creative (or atrocious) holiday sweaters and have employees vote on their favorites. The winner gets bragging rights for the next year - but everyone wins when they get to take a break from business casual and show their personality through fashion.

5. Secret Santa

A great way to spread some holiday cheer without breaking the bank. Employees draw names from a hat and prepay for a small gift for their Secret Santa recipient. On the day of the event, everyone reveals their identity and gets their present! This is also a fun opportunity for people who don't know each other well to bond over shared interests.

6. Holiday Trivia

Test your team's knowledge of all things festive with a rousing game of holiday trivia! Break into teams and see who can answer the most questions correctly about Christmas songs, popular films, cultural traditions, etc. You can even offer prizes for the winning team, like extra vacation days or gift cards to local businesses.


No matter what kind of corporate event you end up planning, incorporating some festive activities is sure to put your employees in good spirits heading into the New Year! From white elephant gift exchanges to ugly sweater contests, there are plenty of ways to make your company's annual gathering feel special and unique. What matters most is that your employees have fun bonding with each other and celebrating another successful year together.

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