Offices are wrapping up 2016 and prepping for the 2017 season.  Everyone is also fine tuning their holiday plans and that means in the office.

Statistics are saying office holiday parties are on the decline.

  • 88% of companies will have a holiday party – 2014
  • 96% of companies will have a holiday party – 2013
  • 91% of companies will have a holiday party – 2012
*Battalia Winston survey released Dec. 1, 2014

However, 9 in 10 employers planned to throw a holiday party in 2015.  What about this year?

Employers are choosing unique holiday party experiences and toning down the holiday celebration to either simplify the event, or to cut costs.  Human Resources are a concern regarding the cheer behind the party, as well as budgetary concerns, a big reason for companies to ax the last major spending event of the year.  Instead, many are opting for alternatives such as luncheons and workday in-the-office-parties offered to employees only.

Does this mean the end days to lavish holiday parties? We like to think of it as a change in agenda.  Holiday parties are taking on a new twist, which is no surprise with the new workforce generation, and the old ways of running a company are slowing fading away.

Christmas / Holiday Scavenger Hunt


Offering a scavenger hunt as the work party.  Sure, appetizers and a few drinks maybe offered, but have the last major event of the year be a scavenger hunt adventure.

Added Activity

If you’re planning on hosting a traditional dinner party, then add a little adventure and interaction to the gala.  A scavenger hunt is the ultimate activity to get your guests moving around and interacting in a nonthreatening way.  Have them learn about each other and their guests.  Engage your guests and even add a little creative thinking or problem solving into the scavenger hunt.



Use the scavenger hunt to educate your employees and maybe their families, on company news, new products or services, a new focus of the company or even to reinforce the company culture.  Learning is no longer a bore.  Use this game to reinforce the goals and objectives for the new year and outline the final numbers.


Perhaps your company is in transition and updating its image and embracing the new direction companies are moving toward.  Let the scavenger hunt lead the way.  A scavenger hunt may be a traditional game, but Thrill of the Hunt has elevated it to another level of interaction and fun through online tools, technology and social media.

Team Building

Depending on the size of your group, you might want to offer a team building scavenger hunt to the festivities.  How can you go wrong with building team spirit and company loyalty.

Formal / Informal

If you’re offering a black tie event or something more casual, a scavenger hunt can be the perfect accessory.  The scavenger hunt can take your employees around town, in the office or among a banquet hall.  With the use of social media, technology and old-fashioned brain teasers, a scavenger hunt doesn’t mean a literal race to the end and can be finished in heels.

Review scavenger hunt ideas on this blog and check out our Gallery page, Facebook and our Pinterest page.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Did you create your very own holiday or company scavenger hunt, or did you participate in one?  Share your story with us!

If you’d like to learn more about our suggested themes and ideas, let us know.  We’d be happy to discuss and provide you with a free quote.

Thrill of the Hunt exclusively develops and administers to themed scavenger hunts for public and private events such as team building activities, company outings, fundraisers and private parties.

Remember, Everyone needs to … Experience the Game

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