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Tips for Holiday Scavenger Hunt Virtual Ideas

Veronica Brundle - Oct 27 2022, 5:33:29 PM

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It’s the most festive time of the year, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a holiday virtual scavenger hunt. These experiences are designed to bring your team together and help them grow a stronger connection with the people they work with from 9-5. Together, they'll share their scavenger hunt findings, connect with coworkers, and get in touch with their festive side.

If you’re looking to plan an engaging experience that will get everyone in the holiday spirit: You’ve come to the right place.

We’re here to walk you through everything you need to know to plan your very own virtual holiday scavenger hunt for adults.

Let’s dive in.

What are Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunts?

A holiday scavenger hunt is just like any other scavenger hunt but with a holiday twist. They are an online experience that challenges team members to find specific items in their homes, solve puzzles, and engage with team members. These are great team-building exercises that promote collaboration and effective communication.

How it Works

Your team will meet on Zoom. The host will explain the rules, answer any questions, and get everyone excited to participate in the holiday scavenger hunt virtual experience.

You’ll break everyone into groups and send them to breakout rooms. Once participants are in their breakout rooms, you can give everyone a list of items they’ll need to find around their house or outside.

What You’ll Need

Before starting the clock and letting the fun begin, you’ll need to give everyone a list of items they’ll need to find around the house. The list can be photo-based, or you can have them bring the item to the Zoom screen.

You’ll also need a set of rules and prizes for the winner. The rules help your team strategically plan out how they want to win, and the prize will give them the motivation to do their best before the clock runs out of time.

How is it Holiday Themed?

There are several ways you can add a festive flair to your scavenger hunt. One of the best ways to do this is by making a list of Christmas items that only come out during the holiday season.

If you want to take your holiday virtual scavenger hunt to the next level, you can encourage everyone to come dressed in their best ugly Christmas sweater.

The Rules of a Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Set up a Timer

A timer is needed to find a winner of the scavenger hunt. It also adds a sense of urgency to the experience and gets everyone excited. You can choose to do speed rounds, where teams need to find the first item that fits the item on the list as quickly as they can. You can also allocate 20-30 minutes to take a picture of every item on the list and have everyone bring them to the table for the team to see.

Pick a Clear Winner

There can only be one true winner. When a prize is on the line, your team is more likely to participate and enjoy the experience. It will keep them pushing their team to find the options.

Encourage Video Cameras on

What’s the point of getting your team together for a fun experience if no one wants to show their video faces? Before the event, ensure you set the expectations that you want everyone to use their camera. This will help your team connect and build meaningful relationships with one another.

Have Fun!

Lastly, a holiday scavenger hunt virtual experience is meant to be fun! Allow your team to laugh through the clues and come to the table with hilarious ideas. Reward people for creativity, throw in a few curve balls, and let the good times begin!

Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Your Lists

One of the most challenging parts of planning your own holiday virtual scavenger hunt is brainstorming what you want to add to the list. You can choose to go full holiday mode, only adding holiday-centric items to the list, or add some regular list items to keep your team on their toes: The choice is yours.

Here are a few virtual holiday scavenger hunt ideas for your lists to help you get started:

For Adults

  • Christmas Decorations
  • Ugly Christmas Decorations
  • Favorite Seasonal Coffee Drink
  • Favorite Holiday Outfit
  • Wrapped Gift
  • Stockings

For Kids

  • Ornaments
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Holiday Card
  • Santa Hat
  • Christmas Cookies
  • The Biggest Present Under the Tree
  • Snow Globe
  • Candy Cane

For Coworkers

  • Festive Coffee Mug
  • Your Favorite House Plant
  • A Christmas Baby Photo
  • Holiday WFH Setup
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Tensile
  • Christmas Tree
  • Stuffed Santa or an Elf
  • Favorite Seasonal Food Item

For Students

  • A Christmas Drawing
  • Nutcracker
  • Homemade Ornament
  • Holiday Treats
  • Cookies
  • Wreath
  • Mittens
  • Festive Stationery Items
  • A Christmas Book

For Friends

  • Ugly Christmas Attire
  • Funny Christmas Selfie
  • Photo Wearing a Santa Hat
  • Advent Calendar
  • Funny Christmas Card

Book Your Next Holiday Virtual Scavenger Hunt With Elevent

Don’t have the time to dedicate to planning a virtual holiday scavenger hunt for adults? You’ve come to the right place. At Elevent, our virtual experiences are preplanned and ready to go. All you need to do is pick a date, invite your team, and get ready for a fun-filled experience everyone will cherish for years to come.

With our Joy Around the World Scavenger Hunt, you can fully immerse your team in the holiday season. You’ll ride on Santa's sleigh to experience the joys of the holidays from every corner of the world. The experience will open your eyes to different cultures and show you new ways to celebrate Christmas.

Contact us today to see if Joy Around the World is the right fit for you or to learn more about our other Virtual Holiday Party options.

Originally published at Oct 27 2022, 5:33:29 PM. Updated on Nov 1 2022.

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