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Naughty or nice, everyone loves a good party game especially at Christmas. Theyre a great way to break the ice and encourage guests to start mingling. The trick is to choose the right games based on your group dynamic andChristmas party theme.
With that in mind, we created this interactive collection of Christmas party game ideas. Use the buttons to describe your party and let the holiday magic begin. After our party planning elves have filtered a list of your perfect games, click the title for more detailed instructions. And dont forget to send outChristmas party invitationsfar before the event.
To use the Christmas Games interactive, just click the buttons below to filter the options by type of guest and gaming preference. Click the games title for more complete instructions and examples of how to play.
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A great icebreaker game (preferably played with co-workers or non-family members), youll say three of the funniest Christmas presents youve ever received, two should be true and one that you made up.
Guess the Christmas character by asking 20 yes or no questions.
If youve ever played Spoons, this is a simple variation using Candy Canes. In order to play, you need a deck of cards and 3 to 6 people (or however many you can fit around a dinner table), since everyone must be able to reach the middle of the table.
Played just like regular Pictionary, but you have to guess the name of the Christmas carol theyre trying to illustrate.
Similar to any other game of charades, but youre using Christmas characters. The team that guesses the secret word from your teammates acting wins.
Using a Mad Libs formula for The Twelve Days of Christmas, youll vote on the funniest entry.
Similar to other memory games, cards are laid out on the table and you must try to match up the identical ones in the pile.
Divide into teams and test your knowledge of Christmas movies with this trivia game.
This is the homemade, Christmas edition of the gameshow Family Fued.
Try to guess the name of the Christmas carol, given only a few lyrics from the song.
Guess how many ornaments are on the Christmas tree.
Rather than balance an egg on a spoon, like the traditional game, this Christmas-themed edition has you balance an ornament.
Step aside Santa from the North Pole, the South Pole is taking over. This is a relay race where you put balloons between your legs, waddling like a penguin, racing against another team.
Played like Pin the Tail on the Donkey; youll blindfold someone, spin them in circles, then have them Pin the Nose on Rudolph.
Have people do the limbo, but put a santa belly under their shirt using a pillow.
Put random items in a Christmas stocking, then have people guess whats inside.
Put post-it notes on peoples forehead of what Christmas character they are, then they have to guess who they are by asking other people yes or no questions.
Blindfolded players try to draw a picture without looking. The person with the best picture, wins.
Rather than handing out Christmas gifts to the kids, turn it into a scavenger hunt fit for all ages.
The traditional egg and spoon game with a Christmas spin.
See how well your guests can work together by tasking them with wrapping a gift together with only one hand each.
Find out who has the best poker face in the group by guessing which Christmas lie theyve shared with the group.
Find out which team has the best balance by having teams race across the room with a growing stack of Christmas presents.
Find out who has the most holiday spirit by having team members come up with holiday-related words for every letter of the alphabet.
Share many laughs by completing a Christmas-related sentence as a team.
Get to know your colleagues by playing a game where mingling is the only way to win.
Decorate one representative from each team as a Christmas tree in the most creative way possible. Whoever has the most holiday spirit, wins!
Test the memory of your church group by seeing which team can connect the bible verse to where it appears in the bible through a game of Jeopardy.
See which team can act out the best bible scene or verse with only 15 minutes of preparation.
First, make a list of everyones names at the party with a fill-in-the-blank line next to it. Then go around the room, having each person state their name and the funniest Christmas presents they ever received. As players announce their gifts, write down whether you believe it is true or not next to their name. The person who guesses the most correct answers is the winner.
There are eight of you at the party. You write down everyones names, then a blank line next to each name. John goes first, saying his worst presents he received are an empty box, a worn pair of shoes and tickets to the broadway show CATS. Everyone writes down what they believe is the lie. Then its Amys turn. Then Matts turn, etc. Go around the circle until you have something written down for everyone. Once your list is full, have each go around the room saying which was their lie. When you get it right, put a check mark next to it on your list. Whoever gets the most checkmarks is the winner.
One player, the answerer, picks a Christmas themed object but does not reveal this to others in the game. All other players ask the answerer questions which can be answered by a simple Yes or No. If 20 questions are asked by the players without the correct guess ever being found, the answerer has stumped the question-askers and gets another round, this time with a new object. For the answerer, stump contestants by picking a hard-to-guess Christmas object. For the questioners, ask questions that accurately narrow down the possibilities so they can guess the object.
Answerer chooses the Christmas Tree. Questioners ask Is it brown? Answerer responds No. Questioners ask Is it green? Answerer responds Yes. Questioners ask Is it a Christmas Tree? Answer responds Yes. Questioners have won the game on the third question.
The objective of the game is to be the first to get Four of a kind (ex. four Aces or four Kings.) Once you do, take a candy cane as stealthily as possible. Then as soon as the first person takes the candy cane, its a race to see who can grab the remaining candy canes the fastest. The person who doesnt get a candy cane is eliminated from the next round. Do this until one winner remains.
For an example, lets say you have six people. First, select a dealer and have him or her pass out four cards to each player. Now that you have five players (remember, someone needs to be a dealer), youll place four candy canes in the middle of the table. Have the dealer continually give out cards until one person gets four of a kind. When that happens, the person will take a candy cane. Now the remaining four people need to race to get the three remaining candy canes. One person wont get one. Now the five players will then be shortened to four. Then four players will be shortened to three; three shortened to two; two shortened to one winner.
Write downthis listof Christmas carols on separate game cards and divide players into teams. Each person on the team draws from the pile of cards, then has one minute to illustrate the Christmas carol. If the team guesses correctly, they get one point. Go until the first team reaches twenty points.
Team member draws a picture of bells with sound coming from them. The team starts singing Jingle Bells. After about five to ten seconds when everyone on the team is singing, the host gives a thumbs up and its time to move on. Another team member then starts drawing the Earth and people smiling. Someone on the team starts singing Joy to the World, until everyone else on the team catches up. The team that gets every member to draw a picture, and successfully guess the song, wins.
First, print out thislistof Christmas terms to act out. Then separate everyone into teams, getting one person from each team to do the acting. Similar to regular charades, the actors are not allowed to talk or make signals of any letters. Every time a team guesses a correct charade, they get one point. The first team to get twenty points wins the game.
Youre in a group of sixteen people. You split into four teams, with four people on each team. On your team, one person acts out the term chimney until your team guesses correctly. Once you guess correctly, your team gets one point, and the next person on your teams acts out a new Christmas term. Go until the first team reaches twenty points.
Printthis form, then hand out a copy to all your participants. Have each person fill out the form, then pass it back to the middle after completing the form. Now shuffle the forms and pass them out to random people. If the person gets their own form, its okay. Have each person now read aloud the form in their hand. Whatever form gets the most laughs is the winner.
Lets pretend you have twelve people. Each person will get a copy of that form. Theyll take a few minutes to fill it out, then pass back to the middle. Youll shuffle the forms, then everyone will grab one. Go in a circle with each person reading the form out loud. After you read all of the forms, determine which one was the funniest, as that form wins!
Draw eight Christmas images (ex. Christmas tree, Santa, snow, etc), then make duplicates of each, so youll have a total of sixteen cards. Now place cards on the table as a 4×4 layout. Each player gets a chance to pick a card, then try to find the match. When a player finds the match, they get to keep it and it counts as a point. Play until the first person gets twenty points (this will take multiple rounds). You can adjust the scoring as dependent upon the number of participants.
Lets say after turning over Santa as your first card, you turn over a card with a snowman on it. Since they dont match, turn the cards back over and its the next persons turn. Now that person turns over the same Santa card, then also finds the Santa match. They get to keep the Santa match and counts as one point. Since they found a match, they get to go again. If they dont find a match, its the next persons turn. Do this until the first person gets to twenty points.
Print outthis quiz, then divide into teams. For every question they get correct, thats one point. The team with the most number of points wins!
Lets say your team gets 17 of 30 questions correct, you get 17 points. If another team gets only 15 of 30 correct, they get 15 points. In this case, you win!
Players are broken up into teams. Each team is asked a holiday-themed question fromthis list, which includes survey responses to holiday-themed questions. Each team gets three guesses which they write on a piece of paper and hand to the judge. The judge then reveals if their guesses were on the list and the resulting points. If their answer is the number one ranked result, they get 50 points. If its number two, they get 40, and so on. Players go through the list of questions until they reach the end, where points are tallied. The winning team is the one with the most points. The goal of the game is to accumulate more points than the opposing team through superior Christmas knowledge.
Judge asks the question Name something you hang on a Christmas Tree. Team 1 answers lights, ornaments, and a star. Team 2 answers lights, ornaments and an angel. The top answers were lights, 25% of respondents, ornaments, 23% of respondents, and angel, 10% of respondents. Team 1 is awarded 90 points for getting the top top answers, but missing the third. Team 2 is awarded 120 points for getting all three answers correct.
Print outthis listof lyrics and song titles. Youll then write down the list of lyrics for each person (or you can divide into teams, which we suggest), then have each person (or team) guess the song title. Whomever guesses the most correct answers wins.
Youre divided into teams of four. The game leader says these lyrics,To go gliding in a one-horse open sleigh. Each team now has two minutes to guess the song title. After the game leader reveals this is from Jingle Bell Rock, the team(s) who guessed correctly win. Play until the first team gets to twenty points.
Have everyone (whether coworkers, family members, or friends) take guesses at how many ornaments you have hung up on your Christmas tree when they walk in the door. Give each person a piece of paper so that they may write down their guess.
Lets say you have thirty people at your party. Have each person write down their guess. If the number of ornaments on the tree is 82, the person closest to that number wins. If there is a tie, use the Stocking Guessing Game as the tiebreaker. link to Stocking Guessing Game
Split into teams, then setup a relay course (you can simply set up two cones, or be more creative and include obstacles). Youll then have the first person put an ornament on their spoon, go around the course, then come back to the next person. However, you CANNOT use your hands when passing off the ornament, as it must be passed from one spoon to the next. If you drop the ornament in the process, that person needs to go around the course again. Once the ornament is successfully passed off, its the next persons turn.
You have a total of 24 people, separated into six different teams of four people. Someone says, GO! and the race begins. You run around the obstacle course, then come back and pass the ornament to the next person. That person goes around the obstacle course, goes to pass the ornament, but drops it. That person has to go around the course again. On their second try, they successfully pass the ornament. The first team to get all four players around the course wins.
Separate your group into teams of four (you can have an unlimited amount of teams). For each team, youll then set up cones 15 to 25 feet apart. The first player starts off putting a balloon between their knees and waddling down to the cone, just like a penguin, and back. When the team member returns, the person must pass the balloon to the next team member before they can go. The first team to have all four members complete the relay wins. But if any team member drops the balloon, they have to restart back at the beginning!
You have five teams of four each, for a total of twenty people. The first member of each team gets a balloon between their legs until someone yells, GO! Youll race down to the cone, turn around and come back, then pass the balloon off to the next person. The team to have all members complete the course wins.
First, you need to draw (or print out a picture) of Rudolph, then get a piece of paper thats a red circle. Now youll blindfold the person who is pinning the nose of Rudolph, spin them in a circle, then have them try to pin the nose on Rudolph. Whoever pins the nose closest, wins.
If there are eight of you playing this game, youll each get a turn. Whoever sticks the nose closest to where it needs to go is the winner. To extend the game a longer period of time, keep track of each winner, then play multiple rounds. The first person to win three rounds is the overall winner. You can adjust the number of rounds accordingly, depending on the number of participants.
Line up everyone in a line, then place a limbo stick at a certain height. Let everyone try to limbo underneath (with their Santa belly) until every makes it through once. For the people that made it through, slightly lower the stick and have everyone go through again. Continually lower the stick until one winner remains!
You have fifteen people. Have two people hold a stick on each end at 48 off the ground, letting the remaining thirteen try to limbo underneath. Only ten people made it through that round, so now youll lower it to 45. If three people made it through that round, lower to 40. Now at this height, only one person made it through that round, so they are the winner!
First, you need a host to put random things in a stocking. Once its stuffed, tie a ribbon or string around the top of the stocking so that no one can peek. Sit in a circle and pass it around to everyone so they can feel whats inside. Give them note cards so that they can write down what their guesses are. The person who guesses the most correct answers wins.
If you have a family of five, give everyone a chance to feel the stocking and guess whats in it. Then have each family member write down their guess. Whoever has the most correct guesses is the winner and gets the contents of the stocking.
Best played in large groups, suggested 5 to 50 people, you simply need something to write with and post-it notes. Gather in a large circle, write down a famous Christmas character, then stick them on each others forehead. Everyone should have a post-it note on their forehead. Then each person needs to guess what character they are by asking other people yes or no questions. The goal is to not be the last person to correctly guess who they are.
You write down Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, then put it on Toms head. Tom now asks various people yes or no questions, trying to figure out who he is. Hell ask until he eventually figures it out. Continue to play until everyone guesses their name.
First, grab some paper plates and something for everyone to write with. Blindfold the players and have them hold the paper plate on their head. Have one person call instructions while everyone else attempts to draw a Christmas scene onto the plate:
Draw a christmas tree and add a few decorations
Add two presents below the tree with bows on top
Add a three stockings on the fireplace, then draw a face on each one
After everyone finishes drawing, have them take the plates off their head and look at their masterpiece. The point system goes:
1 point: The star is above the tree
1 point: If your fireplace doesnt touch the tree
2 points: The tree touches the floor
2 points: The stocking touches the mantel
2 points: If your present is under the tree
3 points: If the bows on your present are on top of your present
5 points: All three faces on the stockings are actually on the stocking (not hanging off the edge of the stocking)
A scavenger hunt to find Santas friends is a great way to host a friendly game in which everyone wins. After collecting a variety of plastic elves and reindeers, you can hide them throughout the house. Some of Santas friends should be easy to find, just in case younger kids choose to play, whereas other items should be harder to find for the older kids. You can also opt out of using plastic and go for stuffed Christmas symbols instead. Each kid that finds one of Santas friends will receive a Christmas gift. You can also hide an extra amount of reindeer and elves so kids dont feel left out.
You hide plastic or stuffed Christmas symbols around the house, then shout ready, set, go! to send the kids off to find the toys. Once everyone finds a hidden toy, each kid will receive a Christmas gift.
This stocking fill-up game involves a ton of candy and plays upon the traditional egg and spoon race game. You can form two teams of four kids and adjust this count based on how many kids will be attending your party. You can then place a Christmas stocking for each team on the other end of the room. The kids will then race to their respective stocking with a spoonful of candy and return to their area as the next team member carries more candy. The team that fills up their stocking first wins the entire game. In order to make this game less competitive, you can provide different prizes for all of the runner-ups and select the teams prior to the game so all ages are spread-out evenly.
The green team stands in line until the game begins. Johnny is the first in line, so he runs to the stocking, gets a spoonful of candy, then runs back and tosses it in the green teams stocking. The following team members follow Johnnys lead and are the first to fill their stocking. The green team wins the game.
If youre looking for an active game, Gift Wrap-Up is the perfect activity for your adult party. You can select the teams before the game so guests are paired with someone that they may not know. Each duo will stand together with one persons right hand tied to their teammates left hand. The team will then attempt to wrap a gift using wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. You can add a ribbon if you want to increase the difficulty of the competition and ask teams to make a bow. The team must work together to wrap the present and whichever team wraps the present first wins the game.
Sallys right hand is tied to Joes left hand leaving only one hand free for each of them. Once they decide that Sally will maneuver the scissors and tape, and Joe is in charge of the wrapping paper, the duo race the clock to wrap their present faster than their components. Although they are the second team to wrap their gift, the pair had a great time working together with the given limitations.
Two truths and a lie is a classic party game that doesnt require much work. You can transform this game into a Christmas edition and ask guests to come up with a total of three Christmas gifts. Two of the Christmas gifts must be gifts that the guest has actually received in the past whereas the third gift should be a lie. Participants will take their best try at guessing which Christmas gift is a lie.
Rebecca says that shes received a pair of skis, a goldfish and a snow globe for Christmas. Jessie guesses that Rebecca hasnt received a goldfish for Christmas, but shes wrong! Rebecca surprisingly has never been gifted a snow globe during the holidays.
A gift stacking relay is a fun way to include all of your guests. This game includes a lot of laughter and hilarious moments as guests relay back and forth across a room with increasingly stacked gifts. This game requires a minimum of two teams, each consisting of ten participants. For each team, set up two tables that are about 20 feet apart and place five gifts or empty boxes on each table. Each team should have five members at each end of the two tables. The first team member will begin with one gift and carry it across the room to the other table. The second team member will stack a second gift onto the first gift and head back across the room to hand off their stack to third team member. The game ends once the winning team has successfully stacked and carried all 10 gifts across the room, without dropping any of course. If you have 30-40 guests, you can set up more tables and create additional teams of 10 as needed.
Two tables are set up across from each other. Zoe runs to the opposite table to grab a Christmas present, then runs back to her team and passes it to Jeff. Jeff then runs to the opposite table and stacks a second gift on top of the one Zoe handed him. He then runs back to the table and his team members continue to repeat this process until the last member runs to their original table with 10 gifts stacked.
This game requires only a little bit of movement and a lot of thought. First, gather a few sheets of paper that include the entire alphabet written vertically on each paper. Teams must then compete to fill in the entire alphabet list with a holiday word for each letter. The first team to complete their list wins. You can add a twist to the game by having someone check the winning teams list and make sure the words qualify as holiday words. If their list isnt accurate, you can then check another list from the second fastest team.
Joe decides to be in charge of writing for the green team, so he writes the alphabet on a piece of paper from top to bottom. Once the clock starts, his fellow team members share Christmas-related words for him to add to the list. Once the list is completed and someone checks to make sure all of the words are related to the holidays, the green team is announced as winners.
This game is easy and creative for any small to medium sized office party. Everyone stands in a circle as one team member begins a story with one sentence. Each team member verbally adds a spontaneous sentence to the growing story as the circle makes its way around. Youll have plenty of laughter and a hilarious story by the time that the last person in the circle finishes their sentence.
Starting with Joe, each colleague adds to the Christmas-related sentence to complete the thought.
Joe: On one snowy evening, there was a knock on the door…
Ryan: …so a young girl opened the door only a crack to keep her dog in the house…
Erin: …but no one was there. The young girl only spotted a small package on the doorstep…
Haley: …but this wasnt just any package…
Annie: …it was a very mysterious, large package…
Harrison: …and before she knew it…
Fred: …an enormous and colorful…
Jan: T-rex popped out singing Jingle Bells at the top of his lungs.
People bingo is an easy, fun, and effective way to increase conversation among team members at a holiday office party. In order to carry out this game, you must create a list of 10-15 traits or activities and give every participant the same list. Participants have to walk around the room and find other members who agree with items on the list and check them off. The winner is the person who fills in their list the fastest with a different employee name for each item. You can throw in a few holiday-oriented items to match the holiday atmosphere at your office.
Jennifer refers to her given checklist and needs to find someone who has been skiing on Christmas day. After asking a few of her colleagues, she finds out that Jay from the accounting department goes skiing on Christmas day every year with his family. She checks off Skiing on Christmas Day on her list, and moves on to another one until her checklist is complete.
Any game that involves decorating a family member provides for plenty of photograph opportunities at your Christmas party. This is a hilarious and fun game that calls for at least three family representatives to serve as figurative Christmas trees. A team will gather around each family tree representative and attempt to decorate them with different Christmas decorations provided for the game. You can give the three participants oversized green fabric to wear over their clothes prior to decorating. The best Human Christmas Tree wins the game, determined by the elders at your party.
Jeff, Danielle and Matt use Kelsey as their human Christmas tree and wrap her in tinsel, lights, wrapping paper and plush ornaments.
This is the perfect game to play with your Church group and ignite the memory of your members. You can play a jeopardy game thats filled with bible verses from various parts of the bible, including any verse involved with the birth of Jesus Christ. Members can divide into two teams and do their best to name where each verse can be found in the bible.
Matthew chooses Jesus Christ bible verses for 400. The question is Where does Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel appear in the bible? Matthew says, What is Isaiah 7:14. Matthew wins 400 points for his team.
If you have outgoing members in your church group, this game is perfect for your Christmas gathering. Bible Replay involves dividing members into at least two teams and giving each group a bible scene or a verse to act out. The teams only have 15 minutes to put together a skit before acting out their scene. You can have a small panel of 3-4 judges decide who the winner is after each team performs their skit.
A team of 10 people put together the nativity scene as best they can with the given 15 minutes. After presenting to the audience, the judges reveal that they are the winners.
Kid-Friendly Christmas party games are an easy and entertaining way to create interactive fun at your Christmas party. Christmas party games for kids should be simple, appropriate, and not as competitive as adult games. When planning your party, follow these tips to keep the kids entertained:
Make sure that you plan a game that includes everyone so that no one feels left out at your party. If there is a wide age range, feel free to modify the rules to apply to the younger kids so they can engage in the game as well.
In order to refrain from anyone getting confused, make sure that you provide a simple explanation of the game to the group. Its even better if you can choose a few children to act out the first round of the game as an example. That way, the Christmas game will run smoothly from the start.
The kids will most likely arrive to your party full of energy. Its best if you can hold a few high activity games towards the beginning of the party so that they are relaxed when its time to unwind and eat.
Make sure you have cleaning supplies on standby at your kid-friendly Christmas party. No matter what plans you have for the party, you can expect that the kids will make a mess when they are together. To avoid anyone slipping or a major clean up at the end, keep a few paper towels and wipes on hand for the unexpected spillage.
Kids may become upset if they dont go home with a Christmas goodie bag like the other kids. In the spirit of the holidays, one way you can reso