The holidays are a time for family, friends, and loved ones to get together. But what if you can’t be with your loved ones in person? You can still have fun and celebrate together, even if you’re apart. Here are five creative virtual get-together ideas for the holidays.

Get-Together Idea #1: Themed Potluck Dinner Party.


To host a virtual potluck dinner party, all you’ll need is a video conferencing platform like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts, and a group of friends or family members who are up for some holiday fun. Each person will be responsible for making and bringing one dish to the “party,” so decide on a theme in advance (e.g., appetizers only, comfort food, festive desserts) to make things more interesting.

Once you’ve got your platform and guest list set up, it’s time to start planning the menu. Send out an email or create a Facebook event with the date, time, and theme of the potluck dinner party, along with a sign-up sheet for dishes. Make sure to include instructions on how participants can share their dishes virtually (e.g., via webcam or screen sharing). On the day of the event, log in to your chosen video conferencing platform and enjoy!

Get-Together Idea #2: Holiday Movie Marathon.


To host a holiday movie marathon, you will need a selection of holiday movies, a comfortable place to sit, and some snacks and drinks. You can either choose to watch one movie or multiple movies, depending on how long you want the marathon to last.

To organize a holiday movie marathon, first decide on the movies you want to watch. Then, send out invitations to your friends and family members with the list of movies. Include a start time and an end time so that everyone knows how long the marathon will last. Finally, set up your viewing area with comfortable seating and plenty of snacks and drinks.

Get-Together Idea #3: Virtual Scavenger Hunt.


To organize a virtual scavenger hunt, you’ll need a list of items for participants to find, a way to divide up into teams, and a way to keep track of points. For the list of items, try to come up with a mix of easy, medium, and hard items. Easy items might be something like “Find an item that is red” or “Take a picture of something that starts with the letter ‘D’.” Medium difficulty items could be “Take a picture of yourself doing jumping jacks” or “Find an item that is both soft and loud.” Harder items might be “Take a picture of yourself in front of 5 different landmarks” or “Find an object that is triangular.”

To divide up into teams, you can have people choose their own teams or assign them randomly. If you assign teams randomly, make sure to let everyone know what team they are on so they can start working together. To keep track of points, you can create a Google Form or use a spreadsheet. Each team should have its own row and each column should correspond to an item on the list. The first team to complete the entire list wins!

To start, send out the list of items and instructions to all participants. Make sure everyone knows what time the scavenger hunt will start and how long they have to complete it (e.g., 1 hour). At the designated time, have everyone log onto the Google Form or spreadsheet so they can start tracking their progress. As people complete items on the list, they should take pictures and submit them through the form or spreadsheet. The first team to complete all of the tasks wins! Then schedule a quick Zoom or Google meets to celebrate! Here is a great resource for planning virtual scavenger hunts!

Get-Together Idea #4: Online Game Night.

An online game night is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during the holidays. All you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. There are a variety of online games that can be played for free or for a small fee. Some popular options include:

Heads up

Jackbox Games

Wheel of Fortune

Catan Universe


Virtual Murder Mystery  

To organize an online game night, start by sending out invitations to your friends and family. Then, choose a time that works for everyone and pick a few games that everyone can play. Once the game night starts, take turns playing each game and chat with each other in between rounds. Be sure to have some snacks and festive on hand to keep everyone energized!

If you’re looking for creative ways to connect with friends and family this holiday season, consider one of these virtual get-together ideas. From a themed potluck dinner party to an online game night, there’s sure to be an activity that everyone will enjoy. So get out your computer or phone and start planning your next virtual get-together today!

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