Naughty or nice, everyone loves a good party game — especially at Christmas. They’re a great way to break the ice and encourage guests to start mingling. The trick is to choose the right party games based on your group dynamic and Christmas party theme. With that in mind, we’re sharing our top picks for Christmas party game ideas. After selecting the type of party that you’re planning, browse a variety of great holiday-themed party games. Under each game category, you’ll find game ideas, their instructions, and advice on choosing the right holiday game for your party.
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Family-friendly Christmas Games for Kids
One of the greatest parts about Christmas is the quality family time. Make memories and enjoy a little friendly competition with these family Christmas games that are a ton of all-inclusive fun.
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20 QUESTIONS: CHRISTMAS EDITION
One player, the answerer, picks a Christmas themed object. All other players ask the answerer "Yes" or "No" questions to guess what the object is. If no one guesses correctly after 20 questions, the answerer has won and picks a new object for the next round. If someone guesses correctly they get to pick the object for the next round.
CANDY CANES (Holiday ‘Spoons’)
You’ll need a deck of cards and 3+ people circled around a pile of candy canes, one less than the number of players. Everyone takes turns pulling cards with the goal to be the first to get four of a kind (ex. four Kings). Once you do, take a candy cane as stealthily as possible. Once that happens, everyone else races to grab on of the remaining candy canes. The person who doesn't get a candy cane is eliminated. Do this until one winner remains.
Have participants put a "santa belly" under their shirt using a pillow. Place a limbo stick at a starting height. Then line up, and one by one try to limbo underneath (with the Santa belly) until everyone has tried. Slightly lower the stick and have those who made it through go again. Continually lower the stick until one winner remains!
CHRISTMAS CAROL PICTIONARY
Write down this list of Christmas carols on separate flash cards. Divide players into teams. One person draws from the pile of cards and has one minute to illustrate the Christmas carol. If their team guesses correctly, they get one point. Make sure to alternate the team artist. Teams take turns until one reaches twenty points.
First, print out this list of Christmas terms to act out. Separate everyone into teams, the get one person from each team to do the acting. Like regular charades, the actors are not allowed to talk or make signals of any letters. Every time a team guesses correctly within the time limit, they get one point. The first team to get twenty points wins the game.
CHRISTMAS MEMORY GAME
Pick eight Christmas images (ex. gift, Santa, snow, etc), draw/print two of each, so you'll have a total of sixteen cards. Now place cards on the table in a 4x4 layout. Each player gets a chance to pick a card, then try to find the match. When a player finds the match, they keep it, get a point and get to try for another match. Play until someone reaches the predetermined amount of points to win.
FAMILY FEUD CHRISTMAS
Players are broken up into teams. They answer questions from this list of holiday-themed survey responses. Each team is given an allotted time to write their three guesses on a piece of paper. The judge then reveals if their guesses were on the list and the value of their answers. The number one ranked survey response is worth 50 points, 40 if it's number two and so on. Once all the questions have been answered, the points are tallied to determine the winner.
STOCKING GUESSING GAME
First, you need a host to put random items in a stocking. Once it's 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 let everyone feel what's inside. Give them note cards so that they can write down their guesses. The person who guesses the most correct items wins.
BLINDFOLD CHRISTMAS DRAWING
First, grab some paper plates and markers. Players are blindfolded and hold their paper plate on top of their head. One person gives drawing instructions while everyone else tries to draw the Christmas scene they describe onto the plate. The most accurate drawing wins! The game and its instructions are provided by Happy Home Fairy.
Form two teams based on how many players there are. Place a Christmas stocking for each team on the other end of the room. The players will then race to their team’s stocking with a spoonful of candy, deposit the candy and return to their team. This relay continues until one team fills up their stocking to win the game.
PIN THE NOSE ON RUDOLPH
Draw (or print out a picture) of Rudolph and place it on the wall. And get a red circular piece of paper (for his nose) with a thumbtack or piece of tape. Then blindfold the participant, spin them in a circle, then have them try to pin the nose on Rudolph. Mark their attempt with their name. Give everyone a chance to pin the nose and whoever pins it most accurately, wins.
FIND SANTA’S FRIENDS
Hide a variety of plastic or stuffed elves and reindeer throughout the house. For the younger kids, make the items easy to find and give them a head start. Hide Santa’s friends in trickier places for the older kids and let them look after the younger ones have had a chance. Consider giving prizes based on how many of Santa’s friends each participant finds.
What To Do For Kid-Friendly Christmas Party Games
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:
1. Inclusion Is Key
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.
2. Explain The Rules And Provide Examples
Avoid confusion and make sure that you provide a simple explanation of the game to the group. It’s even better if you can act out the first round of the game as an example. That way everyone is on the same page.
3. Prioritize High Activity Games
The kids will most likely arrive at your party full of energy. It’s best if you can hold a few high activity games towards the beginning of the party so that they are relaxed when it’s time to unwind and eat.
4. Be Prepared For A Mess
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 a mess when kids are together. Keep paper towels and wipes on hand to avoid injuries or an overwhelming clean up at the end.
5. Prizes And Gifts
Prizes and gifts are perfect for the giving spirit of the holidays. Provide prizes to the winners and small gifts to all who participated so that no one leaves the party disappointed.
What To Do For Family Christmas Party Games
Family Christmas parties are some of the most memorable and enjoyable parties of the year. In addition to delicious food and drinks, games can create a few more laughs for loved ones to share. Family party games for Christmas should be popular, easy to understand and inclusive. Check out some of our tips for planning your family Christmas party game:
1. Incorporate Past Family Traditions
Christmas parties are the perfect chance to pass down family Christmas traditions to future generations. Whether that’s drinking hot cocoa while playing cards or playing festive Christmas songs while doing the limbo as a family, make sure to keep the traditions going every year.
2. Take Plenty Of Pictures
Capture the moments at your family Christmas party by taking pictures during the Christmas party games. Not only will you love to see how the family has grown over the years, but you’ll enjoy reminiscing about past Christmas party game traditions and stories for years to come.
Adult Christmas Games
Sometimes more adult-friendly games will best suit your holiday party. Try out these games for a good time once the kids are tucked in!
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CHRISTMAS MAD LIBS — NAUGHTY OR NICE?
Print this form, then hand out a copy to all your participants. Have each person fill out the form, then pass it back. Now shuffle the forms and pass them out to random people. If the person gets their own form, it's okay. Have each person now read aloud the form in their hand. The winner is decided by the most laughs or a designated judge.
Everyone stands in a circle as one person begins a made up holiday story with one sentence. Each person after them must recite what the previous player(s) said and add their own sentence. If someone forgets a detail while recalling the whole story, they’re out. The story keeps building until only one person can recall all of the details and wins the game.
Have participants pair off. Tie one person’s right hand to their teammate’s left hand. The duos will then attempt to wrap a gift using their free hands. Have an example gift for everyone to attempt to duplicate — the harder it is to create, the funnier. Give a time limit of 1–3 minutes and then have a judge pick the most accurate gift.
NAME THAT CAROL
Print out this list of lyrics and song titles. Distribute a list of the lyrics to each team or individuals if there aren’t enough people for teams. Then have each team (or person) guess the song title. Whomever guesses the most correct answers wins. An alternative to printing the lyrics is playing the carol out loud to have people guess by ear.
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (CHRISTMAS EDITION)
You can transform this classic into a Christmas game by asking players to think of three Christmas gifts. Two of the Christmas gifts must be gifts that the participant has actually received and one of the gifts is a lie. One participant announces their three gifts in a random order and the other players then try to guess which Christmas gift is a lie.
What To Do For Adult Christmas Party Games
Adult Christmas parties call for a more complex game with a bit of competitive fun. Some of the guests may not know each other so your game should serve as a means for individuals to easily interact with one another. When planning your Adult Christmas party game, follow these tips to entertain your guests:
1. Timing Of Your Christmas Party Game
It can take time for your party guests to get comfortable, so it’s best if you can kick off the party with your chosen Christmas party game once everyone arrives. This will help your guests become engaged and will break the ice for those who don’t know each other.
2. Games That Will Make Your Guests Laugh
The goal of your adult Christmas party game is to make sure your guests are enjoying themselves. Make sure you choose light-hearted games that will be engaging and allow your guests to learn funny tidbits about one another.
Christmas games for large groups
These large group Christmas games are more inclusive and are great for office and church Christmas parties. Some games can support more players than others, so keep that in mind while browsing for the perfect holiday game.
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ORNAMENT ON A SPOON
Split into teams, setup a relay course with or without obstacles. With an ornament on their spoon, the first person will go through the course and return to pass it on. You can only use your spoons when passing the ornament. If someone ever drops the ornament, that person needs to do the course again. Once the ornament is successfully passed off, it's the next person's turn until everyone has completed the course.
WHO AM I?
This game works a variety of group size, 5 to 50 people. Write down a famous Christmas character on a post it note, then stick them on each other's forehead. Once everyone has a post-it note on their forehead they try 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.
HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE
This is a hilarious and fun game that calls for 2 to 3 representatives to serve as figurative Christmas trees. A team will attempt to decorate each “tree” with different Christmas decorations provided for the game. Designated judge(s) determine which team has the best “Human Christmas Tree.” A time limit is optional, but recommended.
ORNAMENT GUESSING GAME
Have everyone (whether coworkers, family members, or friends) guess how many ornaments are hung up on the Christmas tree. Give each person a piece of paper so they can write down their guess. Once everyone has submitted their guesses, the closest guess wins!
Distribute papers with the 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. Have a judge check the winning team’s list and make sure the words qualify as holiday words. If their list isn’t accurate, check the list from the second fastest team.
This game requires at least two teams with an equal number of participants. Set up two tables per team about 20 feet apart with an equal amount of players at each table. Place five gifts on each table. One team member grabs a gift and carries it across the room to the other table. The next team member will stack a second gift onto the first gift and head back across the room to hand their stack to the third team member. This continues until a team has successfully stacked and carried all 10 gifts across the room, without dropping any.
CHRISTMAS MOVIE TRIVIA
Divide into teams to conquer this quiz. Award one point for every correct answer. The team with the most number of points wins! You can break the trivia into rounds, go through it all at once or make it a race. In the race, every wrong answer results in a 10 second penalty. After grading the trivia and applying any penalties, the team with the shortest time wins.
PENGUIN WADDLE GAME
Separate into teams of three or more. Set up cones 15 to 25 feet apart for each team. The first player puts a balloon between their knees and waddles like a penguin down to the cone and back. Then they pass the balloon to the next team member so they can go. If any team member drops the balloon, they have to restart! The first team to complete the relay wins.
FUNNIEST CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: TRUE OR NOT?
This is preferably played with co-workers or non-family members. 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 their name and whether you believe it is true or not. The person who guesses the most correct answers is the winner.
You must create a list of 10-15 hobbies and interests and give every participant the list. Participants have to walk around the room and find other members who resonate 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.
What To Do For Office Holiday Party Games
If your company is having a holiday party at the office, gather everyone for a quick and fun game to liven up the office atmosphere. Holiday office party games should be appropriate and simple, as well as brief since most office parties only last a few hours. You should play a game that isn’t too competitive and doesn’t require extensive holiday party props. You should also consider the personality of your office and be mindful of different religious and cultural practices. Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind when planning an office holiday party:
1. Choosing The Perfect Office Party Game
An office holiday party is a chance for colleagues to celebrate the past year of hard work while using the time to get to know each other outside of their daily tasks. Try to choose a game that allows for the staff to learn things about their colleagues that they most likely wouldn’t learn during work hours.
2. Create Versatile Teams
Pair up different departments that don’t usually work together to encourage coworkers to get to know each other. Changing up the usual groups will bring the office together.
3. Award Company Wearables For The Winning Team
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Every winning staff member will love to win company wearables like laptop cases, T-shirts, notepads or other personalized prizes. Whatever it may be, they’ll enjoy sporting their grand prize in and outside of the office for months to come.
CHRISTMAS BIBLE VERSE JEOPARDY
Play Jeopardy with bible verses that focus on the birth of Jesus Christ. Divide into two teams and try to name where each verse can be found in the bible. For example, “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?” A player says, “What is Isaiah 7:14.” That player wins points for their team just like regular Jeopardy.
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.
What To Do For Church Group Christmas Party Games
Christmas party games for a church group should be focused on their shared faith. Christmas games for a church group can involve bible games such as guessing popular Christmas bible verses to add a fun Christmas twist. When planning your church group Christmas party games, keep these tips in mind:
1. Get Creative
Encourage members of your church group to express themselves with games that let everyone exhibit their creative ideas. Whether that’s recreating a scene from the bible or having fun with Christmas charades, your church group will love to take part in playing during the Christmas party.
2. Involve Everyone
If your church group has many younger children or new members, make sure to modify the rules to apply to them as well. If not every younger or new member has memorized most bible verses, put them in a group with more experienced members so they can have help and learn during the game.
Resources Related to Holiday Party Games
When selecting a holiday game, remember to keep your guests’ age, interests and activity level in mind as well as how many guests you are expecting at your party. To go the extra mile, consider providing personalized holiday gifts as party favors or prizes. And don’t forget to send out Christmas party invitations far before the event.
Have fun with these games — just don’t let the competitive spirit get in the way of the Christmas spirit! And if you’re looking for more inspiration, make sure to visit our resource on Christmas party activities.