54 Exciting Christmas Party Games For All The Family
Being a mom during the holidays is pure magic! Nothing beats the joy of scheming up Christmas party games that light up my kids’ faces and make memories we’ll cherish forever.
Watching everyone, from the tots to the teens, dive headfirst into the holiday spirit is simply the best. Let’s dive into my exciting array of games that will bring your whole family together in laughter and merriment.
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Family Christmas Party Games
1. Christmas Charades in a Hat
Write down Christmas-related words or phrases on small pieces of paper and put them in a Santa hat. Players take turns drawing a slip, acting out the word or phrase without speaking, and others try to guess what it is.
Some examples of Christmas charades prompts that you can use are: Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Tree Decorating, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Opening Presents, Stringing Christmas Lights, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus, Building a Snowman, Sleigh Ride, Mistletoe Kiss, Nutcracker Ballet, Wrapping Presents, Eggnog Toast, Ice Skating, Santa’s Workshop, Carol Singing, Snowball Fight, Stocking Stuffer, Holiday Feast and Gingerbread House Decorating.
2. Christmas Pictionary
Similar to charades, but instead of acting, players draw the Christmas word or phrase on paper or a whiteboard.
3. Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Have everyone draw names to determine their Secret Santa recipient. Set a budget for gifts, and have a gift exchange where everyone reveals their Secret Santa and gives their gift.
Discover what you can write on Secret Santa notes in: 26 Secret Santa Notes That Ho-Ho-Hook You In!
26 Secret Santa Notes That Ho-Ho-Hook You In!
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4. Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest
Bake plain sugar cookies and provide various decorations (icing, sprinkles, etc.) or buy a cookie decorating kit like the one below. Have a decorating contest with categories like “Most Creative” or “Best Use of Color.”
5. White Elephant Gift Exchange
Each guest brings a wrapped, inexpensive gift. Players take turns choosing a gift or “stealing” a gift from someone else who has already opened his or her gift.
6. Christmas Photo Booth
Set up a festive backdrop with props like Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and holiday signs. Encourage guests to take fun and silly Christmas-themed photos.
7. Candy Cane Hunt
Hide candy canes around the party area. Participants search for the hidden candy canes, and the person who finds the most wins a prize. Check out our: Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt, and download 10 free printable hunt clues (samples below).
8. Christmas Alphabet Game
Go around in a circle with each person saying a Christmas-related word that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. For example, “Angel, Bell, Candy Cane…”
9. Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Provide pre-made gingerbread house kits or homemade gingerbread pieces. Participants can compete to decorate the most creative and original gingerbread house.
10. Jingle Bell Hot Potato
Pass around a jingle bell to Christmas music. When the music stops, the person holding the bell is out until one person remains.
11. Christmas Word Search
Get this poster-size Christmas-themed word search puzzle for guests to solve individually or in teams.
12. Christmas Riddle Hunt
Create a scavenger hunt with rhyming Christmas riddles leading participants to hidden treasures or clues. Check out our: Free Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt.
Free Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Hey Christmas party enthusiasts! Guess what? I’ve got the inside scoop on the perfect Christmas scavenger hunt, and it’s all in a free printable!
13. Christmas Movie Trivia Challenge
Test participants’ knowledge of Christmas movies with a trivia challenge. Include questions about characters, quotes, and plot details. Find movie trivia questions with multiple-choice answers: 50 Christmas Movie Trivia Questions And Answers.
50 Christmas Movie Trivia Questions And Answers
Having hosted a Christmas movie trivia game with my family a couple of times, I can’t help but share with you what I prepared. The questions come with multiple-choice answers.
14. Holiday Balloon Pop
Write different challenges or tasks on slips of paper and place them inside balloons. Participants pop the balloons and complete the tasks.
15. Christmas Themed Two Truths and a Lie
Have each participant share two true Christmas-related statements and one false statement. Others try to guess which statement is the lie.
16. Christmas Cornhole
Create or purchase a Christmas-themed cornhole set. Participants take turns tossing beanbags into the cornhole for points.
17. Jingle Bell Hunt
Hide jingle bells around the party area. Participants search for the hidden jingle bells and the one who finds the most wins.
18. Santa’s Cookie Tasting Challenge
Bake or buy a variety of Christmas cookies. Participants blindfolded, taste the cookies, and try to guess the flavors.
Christmas Games For Kids
19. Christmas Limbo
Decorate a limbo pole with tinsel and ornaments. Play Christmas music and have participants take turns seeing how low they can go.
20. Guess the Christmas Scent
Fill small containers with different Christmas scents (cinnamon, pine, gingerbread). Blindfolded participants try to guess the scents.
21. Jingle Bell Toss
Set up buckets or containers with different point values. Participants try to toss jingle bells into the containers to score points.
22. Stocking Guessing Game
Fill a stocking with various small items. Participants feel the stocking without looking and guess the contents.
23. Christmas Tree Ring Toss
Set up a Christmas tree cutout or a small artificial tree. Use inflatable rings or wreaths for participants to toss onto the tree branches.
24. Reindeer Antler Ring Toss
Get the inflatable reindeer antler ring toss game below and have participants toss rings onto the antlers.
25. Christmas Memory Card Game
Create pairs of Christmas-themed cards (Santa, snowman, tree, etc.). Participants take turns flipping over cards to find matching pairs.
26. Snowball Toss
Set up buckets or containers with different point values. Participants toss “snowballs” (soft balls or white beanbags) into the containers to score points.
27. Snowflake Scramble
Buy paper snowflakes and hide them around the party area. Participants collect as many snowflakes as they can within a time limit, and each snowflake has a point value.
28. Santa Hat Drawing Contest
Provide each participant with a Santa hat and art supplies. Have a contest to see who can decorate their Santa hat the most creatively.
29. Santa’s Sleigh Ride
Set up a small course with cones or markers. Participants ride on a scooter or pretend to be Santa’s reindeer pulling a sleigh through the course.
30. Snowman Spoon Race
Balance a plastic snowball (or cotton ball) on a spoon. Participants race to a designated spot and back without dropping the snowball.
31. Christmas Carol Telephone
Have participants sit in a circle. Whisper a Christmas carol title to the first person, and they pass it along by whispering until it reaches the last person. The last person says the carol out loud to see how close it is to the original.
Classic Party Games With A Christmas Twist
32. Christmas Bingo
Create or buy bingo cards with Christmas-related images or words. Call out items, and participants mark off the corresponding spaces on their cards.
33. Christmas Memory Game
Place Christmas-themed items on a tray. Show the tray to participants for a set amount of time, then cover it, and have them write down as many items as they can remember.
34. Frosty the Snowman Freeze Dance
Play holiday music and have participants dance, but when the music stops, they must freeze like Frosty the Snowman. The last one who freezes is out.
35. Pin the Nose on Rudolph
Create or buy a large poster of Rudolph without his red nose. Blindfold participants and have them try to pin or stick a red nose on Rudolph in the correct spot.
36. Santa Says
A Christmas twist on “Simon Says,” where participants follow commands only if the command begins with “Santa says.” Check out more “Simon Says” commands: 10 Classic Games You Need For An Awesome Kids’ Party.
10 Classic Games You Need For An Awesome Kid's Party
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37. Christmas Carol Spin the Bottle
Create a spinner with different Christmas carols. When it lands on a carol, participants sing or hum that carol together.
38. Holiday Hangman
Play a festive game of hangman with Christmas-related words or phrases.
Christmas Party Games For Teenagers
39. Christmas Movie Bingo
Create bingo cards with scenes or quotes from popular Christmas movies. As the movies play, participants mark off the corresponding spaces on their bingo cards.
40. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of Christmas-themed items or clues that participants need to find around the house or neighborhood.
We have prepared a Christmas photo scavenger hunt specifically designed for teenagers. Find it at Christmas Scavenger Hunt For Teenagers. It comes with free items list and QR code to share with your teenagers.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt For Teenagers
As a parent who has organized this Christmas scavenger hunt for my kids and their friends, I can attest to the sheer excitement and holiday cheer it brings.
41. Christmas Mad Libs
Create Christmas-themed Mad Libs for a fun and humorous word game. Have participants fill in the blanks and then read the silly stories aloud. Find some free downloadable ones here.
42. Christmas Song Emoji Pictionary
Create a list of Christmas songs using emojis to represent each song. Participants guess the song based on the emoji clues. Check out our: Christmas Song Trivia Questions (With Emojis).
Christmas Song Trivia Questions (With Emojis)
I’ll first present our original emoji Christmas song trivia, followed by trivia questions and answers designed for kids. Finally, we’ll delve into some more challenging questions, each accompanied by multiple-choice answers.
43. Christmas Karaoke Contest
Have a Christmas karaoke competition with participants singing their favorite holiday songs. Judges or the audience can vote on the best performance.
44. Christmas Song Lyric Quiz
Create a quiz with incomplete lyrics from popular Christmas songs. Participants fill in the blanks or complete the lyrics.
45. DIY Ugly Sweater
Set up a crafting space with plain sweaters, fabric paint, felt, and festive accessories. Teens can unleash their creativity, crafting unique ugly Christmas sweaters. To add to the fun, have a “fashion show” to showcase their imaginative creations.
46. Christmas Word Association
Start with a Christmas-related word and go around in a circle. Each person has to say a word related to the previous one within a time limit.
More Christmas Activities for Teenagers
Really Fun Christmas Party Games For Teens
Today I want to share not just ideas but experiences – the kind of laughter and unforgettable moments that happen when you host a Christmas party for teens.
Christmas Team Games
47. Christmas Trivia
Create a Christmas-themed trivia game with questions about holiday traditions, movies, songs, and historical events. Divide into teams and see which team can answer the most questions correctly. Check out below, our holiday-themes trivia questions with multiple-choice answers.
50 Christmas Bible Trivia Questions And Answers
As someone who loves digging into the Christmas story, I’ve put together 50 Christmas Bible trivia questions with answers. It’s a little project of mine that I hope brings some festive fun to your celebrations.
Home Alone Movie Trivia Questions And Answers
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Frosty The Snowman Trivia Quiz
Join me on a whimsical journey through these Frosty the Snowman trivia questions and answers. Each question comes with multiple-choice answers.
48. Christmas Bingo Charades
Combine charades with bingo by acting out Christmas-related words or phrases. Participants mark off the words on their bingo cards as they are acted out.
49. Christmas Themed Taboo
Create a list of Christmas words or phrases that participants need to describe without using certain “taboo” words. Others try to guess the word without hearing the taboo terms. Check this video if you’re not familiar with the classic Taboo game.
50. Santa’s Beard Relay
Divide participants into teams. Provide each team with a cotton ball and Vaseline; team members take turns applying Vaseline and sticking the cotton ball to their teammate’s face to create Santa’s beard.
51. Christmas Bingo Card Relay
Create oversized bingo cards and divide participants into teams. Teams race to complete their bingo cards by finding holiday-related items or completing challenges.
52. Christmas Trivial Pursuit
Purchase a Christmas-themed version of the classic board game “Trivial Pursuit.” Categories can include movies, music, traditions, and more.
53. Stocking Stuffer Relay
Set up a relay race where participants fill a stocking with small items at each station. The first team to fill their stocking wins.
54. Christmas Tree Relay
Divide participants into teams. Each team races to assemble and decorate a small Christmas tree using provided ornaments and decorations.
More Christmas Family Ideas
Scavenger Hunt For Christmas Presents With Clues
In our family, the joy of gift-giving has taken on an extra sprinkle of anticipation through a fun twist – a scavenger hunt for Christmas presents.
Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable List)
Last year, I decided to add a touch of adventure to our usual holiday festivities. So, I came up with a Christmas lights scavenger hunt for my family and friends.
Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt: Free Printable
One tradition that has become an absolute favorite in our household is the Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt.
Wrapping Up 54 Christmas Party Games
In wrapping up our Christmas game extravaganza, I hope these ideas infuse your celebrations with the same joy and laughter they’ve brought to my family.
As parents, let’s create lasting memories, and may your holiday season be filled with warmth, love, and the magic of shared laughter.
Here’s to a Christmas filled with delightful moments that linger in our hearts throughout the year!
Hi I'm Ann
Mom to three kids, I am the proud co-founder of Easy Kids' Parties. After a career in journalism and education, I diverted my skills to creating this website, with the aim of helping all those parents out there who wish to organize amazing and memorable parties for their kids but feel overwhelmed at the idea. Discover more...
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