19 Of The Best Christmas Party Game Ideas

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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 games for your group.

Funniest Christmas Presents: True or Not?

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Description

First, make a list of everyone’s 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.

Example

There are eight of you at the party. You write down everyone’s 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 it’s Amy’s turn. Then Matt’s 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.


20 Questions: Christmas Edition

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Description

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.

Example

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.


Saran Wrap Christmas Ball Game

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Candy Canes

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Description

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, it’s a race to see who can grab the remaining candy canes the fastest. The person who doesn’t get a candy cane is eliminated from the next round. Do this until one winner remains.

Example

For an example, let’s 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), you’ll 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 won’t 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.


Christmas Charades

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Description

First, print out this list of 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.

Example

You’re 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.


Christmas Carol Pictionary

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Description

Write down this list of 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.

Example

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 it’s 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.


Christmas Mad Libs

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Description

Print this 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 get’s their own form, it’s okay. Have each person now read aloud the form in their hand. Whatever form gets the most laughs is the winner.

Example

Let’s pretend you have twelve people. Each person will get a copy of that form. They’ll take a few minutes to fill it out, then pass back to the middle. You’ll 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!


Family Feud Christmas

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Description

Players are broken up into teams. Each team is asked a holiday-themed question from this 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 it’s 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.

Example

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.


Christmas Memory Game

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Description

Draw eight Christmas images (ex. Christmas tree, Santa, snow, etc), then make duplicates of each, so you’ll 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.

Example

Let’s say after turning over Santa as your first card, you turn over a card with a snowman on it. Since they don’t match, turn the cards back over and it’s the next person’s 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 don’t find a match, it’s the next persons turn. Do this until the first person gets to twenty points.


Christmas Movie Trivia

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Description

Print out this quiz, then divide into teams. For every question they get correct, that’s one point. The team with the most number of points wins!

Example

Let’s 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!


Ornament Guessing Game

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Description

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.

Example

Let’s 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}


Name That Carol

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Description

Print out this list of lyrics and song titles. You’ll 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.

Example

You’re 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.


Ornament on a Spoon

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Description

Split into teams, then setup a relay course (you can simply set up two cones, or be more creative and include obstacles). You’ll 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, it’s the next person’s turn.

Example

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.


Pin the Nose on Rudolph

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Description

First, you need to draw (or print out a picture) of Rudolph, then get a piece of paper that’s a red circle. Now you’ll 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.

Example

If there are eight of you playing this game, you’ll 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.


Penguin Waddle Game

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Description

Separate your group into teams of four (you can have an unlimited amount of teams). For each team, you’ll 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!

Example

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!” You’ll 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.


Santa Limbo

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Description

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!

Example

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 you’ll 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!


Who Am I?

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Description

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.

Example

You write down Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, then put it on Tom’s head. Tom now asks various people yes or no questions, trying to figure out who he is. He’ll ask until he eventually figures it out. Continue to play until everyone guesses their name.


Stocking Guessing Game

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Description

First, you need a host to put random things 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 everyone so they can feel what’s inside. Give them note cards so that they can write down what their guesses are. The person who guesses the most correct answers wins.

Example

If you have a family of five, give everyone a chance to feel the stocking and guess what’s 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.


Blindfold Christmas Drawing

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Description

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:

  1. Draw a line as the floor
  2. Draw a christmas tree and add a few decorations
  3. Draw a star on top of your tree
  4. Add two presents below the tree with bows on top
  5. Draw a fireplace next to the tree
  6. 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 touches the tree
  • 1 point: The star is above the tree
  • 1 point: If your fireplace doesn’t 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)

source: Happy Home Fairy

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