In a usual holiday season, we’d all be in the midst of getting together with family, friends, and co-workers to celebrate. Since we need to minimize our in-person interaction this year, we’ve rounded up some alternatives to get in the holiday spirit. Whether you use Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or another videoconferencing platform, there are a lot of fun and creative options to spend time with your people virtually. Here are some great options to celebrate the holidays and the New Year.

Virtual Food & Drink:

Cheese TastingThis company offers several classes that range from pairing cheese with meats, wine, cocktails, and more!

Chocolate Tasting – Who doesn’t love chocolate? Just Google, “virtual chocolate tasting” and you’ll find there are so many chocolate tasting kits to choose from. We love this one because you can find their chocolate in several retailers.

Cocktail Happy Hour – This company has a few different options. You can join a public virtual happy hour, book a private cocktail class, or a team bonding happy hour experience.

Wine Tasting – There are countless virtual wine tasting options available. We like this one because you can filter it based on your location and budget, and they partner with several vineyards. For a more laid-back approach, check out this journalist’s biweekly wine series.

Virtual Games:

Trivia – Why not incorporate a fun game of trivia into into your virtual event? There are many online platforms that host virtual trivia. We like this one because it’s fully hosted and you can pick from different themes to best suit your group. For a fully customizable trivia experience, this company has several different pricing options and even a free version! For a completely free version, check out this random trivia generator.

Escape Room – Escape rooms have become pretty popular team building experiences over the past few years due to their inherent nature to force groups to work together and solve problems. This company brings the escape room experience to you virtually!

Bingo – For a classic and easy game to play, there’s Bingo. If you have 30 or less players, this company hosts Bingo for free and it’s only $10 per additional player.

Jackbox GamesThis company is known for fun games such as Fibbage and You Don’t Know Jack. You purchase a party pack and each pack comes with 5 games and you can play up to 8 players, but some games allow you to have audience play along if you have more than 8 people. The best part – you only need a smartphone or web-enabled device!

We know this year has been difficult and we’ve had to find creative ways to socialize. We hope you get a chance to try out some of these virtual events and spend safely distanced quality time with friends, family, and coworkers during the holiday season and New Year.