25 Christmas Party Game Ideas
Make your holiday party a hit with one of these games
Whether you are having a Christmas party with family and friends or an office party with co-workers, here's a list of games that will add some fun to your celebration.
1. Fill the Christmas stocking. Divide into teams and have the participants race to fill their team's hanging stocking with a spoonful of wrapped candy.
2. Christmas gift wrap relay. Set up assembly lines of gifts, boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape for each team. Either have each player wrap one gift or make an assembly line of workers. Then race to wrap!
3. Word Find. Using Christmas words—Christmas, Poinsettia, Candy cane, etc.—have each person make as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.
4. Christmas Carol Charades. Get dramatic! You can’t beat this crowd pleaser, as it is sure to bring the laughs.
5. Photo booth. Provide silly props and backdrops for guests to use to get silly in front of a photographer (keep in mind it doesn't have to be a professional).
6. Two truths and a lie. This is a great ice breaker! Each person tells two stories about themselves, two of which are true and one that is not. A great Christmas twist is to name their three worst Christmas gifts; two would be true and one would be false.
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7. Snowman building contest. Judge on speed or originality.
8. Snowman wrapping contest. Wrap a person as a snowman in toilet paper and decorate. First or best one wins.
9. Snowball throwing contest. Make a large bulls-eye in the snow with food coloring from spray bottles. Indicate points for each circle of the target, like in darts or shuffleboard. Everyone makes the same amount of snowballs and throws for points.
10. Decorate a person as a Christmas tree. Using green crepe paper, ornaments, tinsel—whatever you can find—decorate your “tree”. First or best one wins.
11. Pin the red nose on Rudolph. The Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
12. Build an ice sculpture. Freeze colored water ahead of time in ice-cube trays, jello molds and yogurt containers. Place all materials on outdoor tables and have participants build sculptures or totem poles or whatever else you designate.
13. Ornament guess. Have guests guess the total number of ornaments on the tree as they come into the party. The closest guess wins.
14. Christmas stocking guessing game. Fill a large stocking with items around the house and let the kids guess what items are in the stocking.
15. Christmas memory game. Put Christmas items on a tray and give people one minute to memorize the items. Take the tray away and have them write as many down as they can remember in 30 seconds.
16. Holiday ABC's. Give each child or team a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z. Have them write a holiday word that starts with each letter. The first one to complete the list wins.
17. The night before Christmas. Give each person the name of some part of Santa Claus' outfit—sleigh, reindeer, belly, etc. As the host reads “The Night Before Christmas”, each participant listens for his word and when he hears it, he stands up, turns around and sits down. When the host mentions Santa Claus, everyone changes places and participants try to get a seat. The one left out continues the story until it is complete.
18. Name that carol. Make a list of lyrics from songs that only provides 3-4 words from each song (not the title). The person who names all - or the most - songs in a certain amount of time wins.
19. Christmas dice gift exchange. Have everyone sit in a circle and start with a gift. Play a Christmas carol while 1-3 dice are being passed around (space them out). Each person rolls and passes the dice. If they roll a six, they can trade packages with whomever they want. At the end of the song, everyone keeps the package in front of him or her.
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20. Christmas gift fact exchange. Number each gift as it arrives. Give the person who brought the gift a corresponding number. Have them write a little known fact about themselves and throw it into a bowl. When gift exchange starts, the host draws a fact and reads it without mentioning the package number. The person who guesses who it is first is given the package with the corresponding number. Once someone guesses correctly, they are out of the game. The game ends when there is one gift left for the host.
21. Gift hot potato. Pass around one unwrapped gift at a time. When the music stops, whoever holds it is out of the game, keeping the gift they are holding.
22. Themed gift exchange. Pick a theme for gifts to be exchanged. Everyone brings a $25 gift with that theme in mind. (example: gifts that begin with M, gifts that are red, etc). Then play the traditional take a number, steal the present game.
23. Get what you really want gift game. Have each person bring a wrapped gift for himself. Gifts are all mixed up and passed out. Everyone opens one gift, then must guess who bought it. Have a list of everyone at the party so people can write down their guesses. Whoever has the most correct guesses wins. To spice it up, have everyone donate $1 to the pot. The winner gets the pot.
24. Birth year gifts. Before drawing names, have everyone write down the year they were born. When you buy for that person you drew, buy a gift relating to the year they were born. Be creative!
25. Christmas tie game. Use those old Christmas or ugly ties to have some fun. Give each team of two a tie. Using only one hand one person must tie his partner's tie. First one done wins.
No matter what holiday games your group decides to play, remember the point is to let go and have fun. Strive for good sportsmanship and have a sense of humor! After all, embracing the holiday spirit is the true name of the game.
Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.
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Posted by Amber Frosty 5 hours ago
This list of Christmas games is Amazing! I am the organizer of my annual family Christmas party and I am only 13 years old! I can guarantee that this years party will be the best one yet!Report Abuse
Posted by Tansi Joshi on Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:27 AM EST
Great ideas. It helps me a lot.. Thank you very much.Report Abuse
Posted by Jessica Mondal Lakra on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:43 AM EST
Thanks! The ideas are simple but will be fun!Report Abuse
Posted by F McPherson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:41 PM EST
Thanks so much! I was totally stressing over my holiday party! Now I have nothing else to worry about! THUMBS UP!Report Abuse
Posted by April Judson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:42 PM EST
I am in charge of the games at my work Christmas party and for the life of me, I could not think of any. This is a great source. Thank-you very much. Now I have nine great games that will be sure to keep my coworkers entertained!Report Abuse
Posted by SYLVIA ALTAMIRANO on Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:24 PM EST
THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS ITS GREAT IDEAS FOR MY PARTY WE LL HAVE A LOT A FUN IM SO SURE THANKS AGAINReport Abuse
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Posted by Chynell Jefferson on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:23 PM EST
These suggestions are wonderful. My boss delegated me for the office games this year for our annual Christmas party and didn't have any ideas. Now will have clever ideas. ThanksReport Abuse
Posted by Gladys Baldwin on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:52 PM EST
Thanks for the games very helpful and fun games . I am helping with a Christmas Celebration at Church so these games will be great. Awesome Site.Report Abuse
Posted by Tracy M on Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:44 PM EST
Thanks for the great ideas , i'll be sure and use a couple of them at my office party.Report Abuse
Posted by Arra May on Mon Dec 9, 2013 8:40 AM EST
Amazing games :) So helpful for me to find the new games.Report Abuse
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Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on Fri Dec 6, 2013 10:21 PM EST
I was doing this for a 4-H project because I'm the rec. coordinator and the list was very helpful! Thank you so much!Report Abuse
Posted by ARNOLD OLIGO OLIGO on Thu Dec 5, 2013 2:00 AM EST
I can't wait to play this ideas on my party!.. Reading all the ideas makes me feel crazy this is wonderful...snowman wrapped with tissue paper is funny :) I will be hosting Christmas party this Dec.15,2013. Thanks for the ideas!Report Abuse
Posted by trinkey snehalatha on Wed Dec 4, 2013 7:19 AM EST
very goodReport Abuse
Posted by Raquel Gonzales on Wed Dec 4, 2013 1:55 AM EST
Nice fresh ideas along with a few classics, thank you, this really helps :)Report Abuse
Posted by Natalia Lopez on Tue Dec 3, 2013 11:57 PM EST
Wow! this is my first Christmas party, and I am 13 years old, I will definitely be using ALOT of these ideas, and because im 13 proves that these games are fu for people of all ages! thatnk you so much whoever created this website! it was very useful and im so happy and grateful that someone created it! Merry Christmas everyone!!!Report Abuse
Posted by emerald stella on Tue Dec 3, 2013 8:33 PM EST
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Posted by Rose Noftz on Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:08 PM EST
These were fantastic!! So glad I found them. :)Report Abuse
Posted by holly wood on Mon Dec 2, 2013 6:11 PM EST
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Posted by Celeste Caparco on Sun Dec 1, 2013 5:13 PM EST
WOW! Your site is great. I am the big party planner in my group of friends. Just visualizing the snowman wrapping contest has got me laughing. Cant wait to use that game and some more from your site.Report Abuse
Posted by lydia Rutkowski on Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:37 PM EST
this very help with my partys alot!!!!!!!!!Report Abuse
Posted by Mary Emfield on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:50 PM EST
These ideas are great! I will be using one or more at our family party this year! Thanks for the great tips!Report Abuse
Posted by Penny Hamilton on Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:50 PM EST
I have ben searching for quite awhile for good ideas for my Christmas party. It is our 20th annual so you can imagine we have tried many things over the years. Your site has the best fun…..ThanksReport Abuse
Posted by collins bright on Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:27 AM EST
wow...the games are fabulous. The list has made my work simpler, thank you.Report Abuse
Posted by Tiffany Leyte on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:31 AM EST
these are very cool game and activity idea...Report Abuse
Posted by Janis Meredith on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:02 PM EST
Thanks, Misty! Hope you find it useful!Report Abuse
Posted by Misty Walters on Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:19 PM EST
I host a lot of parties for all holidays and this list is fantastic! Thank you!Report Abuse
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