How to Celebrate Holidays Virtually

The safest way to celebrate the holiday season is to stay home with the family members who live with you.

  • Find a Virtual Platform

    Find a Virtual Platform

    Check out these popular platforms for hosting virtual events: Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, Houseparty, Skype, YouTube Party, Watch Party via Netflix, Amazon or Hulu or Discord.

  • Holiday Baking

    Holiday Baking

    A virtual baking party can allow you to share traditions of baking with family and friends.

  • Watch Party

    Watch Party

    Watch a favorite holiday movie with loved ones or have a talent show. Record the party or take screenshots to preserve memories.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    Try an online game website such as Jackbox Games, Houseparty, Headsup or Psych! for a fun evening.

  • Drive by Parade

    Drive by Parade

    Spread holiday cheer to family and friends by staging a car parade complete with holiday decorations.

  • Food Delivery

    Food Delivery

    Continue the tradition of sharing holiday foods by delivering them to the front door without contact.

  • Greeting Cards

    Greeting Cards

    A holiday card with a handwritten note and a photo is a nice gift and a great way to connect with people.

  • Phone Calls

    Phone Calls

    For family and friends who don’t have internet service, call and share a favorite holiday memory, why they are important to you, or read a holiday classic.

  • Virtual Shopping

    Virtual Shopping

    Shopping online is a great way to avoid crowds and exposure to germs. Remember to support small businesses and organizations including AmazonSmile which makes a donation to your chosen charitable organization with eligible purchases.

This information reviewed by Carrie Horn, MD, and infection preventionist Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (November 2020).