Companies were ready to celebrate in person with their teams in 2022, as pandemic concerns receded to probably their lowest point since lockdowns began in early 2020. According to new survey results from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., 56.9% of companies reported having in-person holiday parties in 2022, up from 26.6% who reported this in 2021 and just 5.3% who held in-person parties in 2020. Another nearly 2% held virtual events in 2022, down from 7% in 2021 and 17% in 2020. Nearly 6% of companies reported they held in-person gatherings outside, during warm weather last year, in lieu of holding year-end celebrations. Including these virtual and outdoor events, 64.3% of companies reported celebrating with their teams in 2022. The new findings are from a survey conducted online in October and November 2022 among 252 U.S.-based companies of various sizes and industries nationwide. Challenger has tracked employers’ holiday party plans since 2004.