St. Patrick’s Day Team Building Activities for Virtual Teams in 2024

Ben Aflalo
Ben Aflalo

Head of Product at Gloww

Few cultural holidays resonate as widely as St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to the Irish diaspora, this annual event is celebrated by millions of people across the globe. Come March 17, you’d have to be living under a rock not to notice the festivities, with pretty much everyone with a drop of Irish blood in their veins turning out to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day.

Chances are, at least a few of your employees can trace their ancestry back to the Emerald Isle. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next team event, why not join in the fun with engaging virtual celebrations? Need some suggestions on where to start? We’ve picked out some tried and tested St. Patrick’s Day team building activities for you to consider.

1. Online Office Games

Transform any virtual meeting into an action-packed competition stuffed with team building activities. From rounds of Ireland-inspired trivia to festive scavenger hunts, it’s a great way to foster teamwork and get your workforce thinking more collaboratively. 

2. Take Your St. Paddy’s Day Scavenger Hunt Online

Never hosted a virtual scavenger hunt virtually before? It’s easier than you think. Simply draw up a list of items vaguely related to St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland in general, and set participants the challenge of finding as many as they can. 

St. Patrick Day Quiz

3. Why Not Try a St. Patrick’s Day Word Search?

Word games are always a good choice when selecting team-building activities. As well as testing the gray matter, they’re easily customized. Perfect if you’re looking to infuse Irish flair into your team-building session.

4. Word Jumble 

Word scramble games provide plenty of mental stimulation. You can use our template to kickstart your own challenge, creating a scramble inspired by Ireland’s patron saint. If you want to up the ante, turn it into a first-past-the-post challenge.

5. Stage a Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Every year, major cities across the globe play host to spectacular St. Patrick’s Day parades. However, you don’t need to step outside to enjoy the thrill and festivities of a St. Paddy’s Day parade. If you can’t bring your employees to the real thing, why not host a virtual parade instead? 

6. Liven Things Up with an Irish Dance Lesson

Even if the Riverdance craze passed you by, you’ll no doubt be familiar with Irish dancing. If you’re looking for a memorable way to honor this annual holiday, why not celebrate the day with an Irish dance tutorial? You can book a virtual class with a trained instructor, or prepare a playlist of tutorial videos for reference instead. 

7. Create Traditional Irish Dishes 

Cooking classes work incredibly well virtually and make for a brilliant bonding experience. Not sure what to cook on St. Patrick’s Day? The good news is that the traditional Irish dishes enjoyed on this special day are pretty easy to recreate. Keep it simple with favorites like corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and Irish stew.

8. Irish Fables and Folklore 

Ireland has a rich tapestry of ancient folklore to draw from. For a unique take on virtual storytime, turn to these folktales for inspiration. With a few exceptions, it’s unlikely that your team would have heard them. 

9. Explore Ireland Virtually 

To really get into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit, why not explore Ireland virtually? Join a guided online tour or assign one team member to tour guide duty. They can share their screen as you discover iconic Irish monuments and enchanting natural landmarks. 

Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Icebreakers

10. Find Out Who is the Luckiest Leprechaun

Similar to Never Have I Ever, this game encourages players to reveal life experiences. If other participants have had a similar experience, they raise a finger. The first player to raise a full hand of fingers is crowned the Luckiest Leprechaun.

11. St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Games

Test your team’s knowledge with a round of St. Patrick’s Day trivia. A classic online team-building activity, simply divide your employees into teams, and then watch them work together as they answer questions and attempt to outdo the competition. 

12. Shamrock Silver Screen 

For a more relaxed celebration, host a shamrock-themed streaming party instead. Pick out a playlist of Irish movies or television shows, synchronize those videos, and then hit play. 

13. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Icebreakers

Whatever you’ve got planned, kick off your virtual meeting with themed icebreaker questions. Keep it tied to St. Paddy’s Day, or opt for looser links to Ireland instead. 

14. Discover the History of the Holiday 

Dive deeper into the significance of St. Patrick’s Day by sharing articles, videos, and images that explore its rich history. Educating your team on the origins of the holiday adds a meaningful touch to the celebration.

15. Embrace a Green Theme

Encourage team members to dress in green attire or use festive Gloww backgrounds. Consider hosting a virtual costume contest and incentivize participation by awarding prizes to the best-dressed attendees.

16. Treat Your Team to a Whiskey or Beer Tasting

Embrace the holiday’s drinking tradition with an online tasting session. Sample different beverages, share impressions, and be merry as you indulge in a spirited team activity.

17. Make the Day Special with Care Packages

Enhance the virtual experience by sending care packages to participants before the event. Include St. Paddy’s swag like sunglasses, beads, and rainbow treats to lift moods and make your team feel more connected than ever. 

18. St. Patrick’s Happy Hour Goes Online

Interactive online bonding will get a lot easier when you host a St. Paddy’s Day happy hour. Encourage participation by offering to reimburse your team for the cost of their drinks.

19. Reach Out to Irish-Owned Businesses

It’s good form to support Irish businesses during March. Think about ordering from an Irish-owned establishment when sourcing treats and party supplies.

20. Host Competitions and Award Prizes 

Bring the luck of the Irish to your event by incorporating contests and prizes. Whether it’s four-leaf clover competitions or random prize giveaways, this is a great way to infuse an element of excitement into your celebration. 

21. St. Paddy’s Day Singalong

Give your team a platform for showing off their musical talents with a virtual karaoke night. Build a playlist of Irish ballads and folk songs, alongside more contemporary hits from popular recording artists. 

22. Green Costume Competition 

Task your team with creating unique green-themed costumes. Whether it’s a simple leprechaun hat, shamrock styling, or head-to-toe green ensembles, a virtual costume contest will give your employees that final push to embrace the festive spirit. 

23. St. Paddy’s Day Charades

Bring laughter and creativity to your virtual celebration with St. Patrick’s Day-themed charades. Participants can act out Irish phrases, traditions, or even famous landmarks. 

FAQ

How can I organize a virtual St. Patrick’s Day team-building event for my remote team?

Think light-hearted banter and revelry when coming up with St. Paddy’s Day event ideas. Host rounds of trivia questions, set costume challenges, and encourage learning with guided tours and presentations.

What are some virtual St. Patrick’s Day games suitable for a diverse team?

St. Paddy’s Day trivia is a beginner-friendly option for virtual events. If you’re worried about knowledge gaps, focus more on inclusive activities that prioritize learning and collaboration instead.

How can I create a lively and festive atmosphere during a virtual St. Patrick’s Day event?

Keep spirits high by ensuring everyone’s engaged at all times. Split players into teams so nobody can sink into the background during trivia rounds or pack your schedule with high-octane activities to avoid anyone sinking under the radar. 

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day Online with Gloww

Counting down the days until March 17? It’s time to start planning your St. Paddy’s Day virtual event. With a video conferencing platform like Gloww, all the tools you need to create engaging events with plenty of interaction are on hand. 

Interested in more fun ideas? Have a look at our Valentine’s Day celebration ideas, as well as some cool team building ideas for large groups. Don’t forget to spice up your meetings with our virtual trivia games for remote teams as well.

If you’re already thinking about what to include in your St. Patrick’s Day virtual event, why not get started with Gloww today? If you’re keen to learn more about Gloww’s advanced features, be sure to take a look at what’s included with our premium pricing tiers. Need some help with something? Feel free to get in touch

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Ben Aflalo heads Gloww's product team with over two decades of leadership experience. Passionate about leveraging innovative technology, he is committed to building products for the greater good.

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