Searching for some fun Christmas party games? I'm so glad you made it here, because I have some game ideas that are perfect for any type of Christmas occasion!
Christmas is a holiday filled with family and friend parties. My tried and fun-tested list of Christmas games that appear below are perfect for family gatherings. A game didn't make it on my list if it wasn't FUN, so no worry there!
Keep some of these Christmas party games ready, even if you think you may not play them. If your gathering needs a little pick me up, or the conversation starts to die down, just break out a game! Games instantly add pep and entertainment to any party.
Many of these games are printables, and yes, they are free! You can print one out for each guest, explain the rules, say "go!", and see who gets done first. Or, you don't have to formally play them. I have found it just as fun to print off one game (for instance, the Christmas Carol Picture Game), and leave it on the bar, or other place where you know your guests will come upon it! Instant participation and conversation starter, since friends can work on the questions together while mingling!
The following Christmas party games listed below are divided into three categories. Some are just for kids, some are just appropriate for adults, and some are for all ages, meaning both kids and adults can join in on the fun.
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Date that Toy
- Free printable game! You will need to provide a pencil and
my printable game sheet for each guest. Have each person look at the
picture of the toy, and to make a guess as to the year the toy was
released. This brings back great memories of childhood
toys! The person with the closest year for each toy gets a
Note: This game is HARD! For an easier version of the game, just have your players guess the decade the toy came out. This game is more about getting your guests to remember their favorite childhood toys and envoke some happy conversations about gifts from their past.
Christmas Movie Line Game - Click the link to open my free printable game! Each guest will need a pencil and my printable movie line game sheet. This game has lines from classic Christmas movies, old and new. Each person should write down the title of the Christmas movie they believe the movie line is from.
Hint: To make the game easier, you can supply the titles of the movies in random order, and guests can try to match them up!
Pass the Snowflake
– Cut a several snowflakes out of tissue paper, and
gather a straw for each child playing. Divide the children up
into two teams, and have each team stand in a single file
line. The child at the beginning of each line should breathe
in through their straw to hold a tissue snowflake at the end of it,
while “passing” the snowflake to the next
child. The next child must breathe in their straw, while the
first child must “let go” of the snowflake for a
successful pass. The children continue passing the snowflake
and the teams compete against each other as a relay. If the
snowflake drops, it must go to the end of the line to try again.
White Elephant Gift
– Everyone brings a gift from home, which they already own,
but no longer want. This is where it can get quite
funny… you can choose to bring something pretty hideous,
useless, or unusual. You can choose whether to tell the
guests to bring the gifts wrapped or unwrapped, it is up to
you. All the gifts go in the center on the room, and one
guest is chosen to go first (you can draw numbers if you like) and that
guest chooses a gift. The second person chooses a gift, or,
“steals” the gift the first person had.
If a person’s gift is stolen, they may choose a new gift from
the pile, or steal another gift. One rule: You may not steal
back the same present immediately. You must wait one full
turn before having the opportunity to get your gift back.
Play continues until all the last guest has had a chance to choose a
new gift, or steal.
Guess the Christmas Carol – This is one of many Christmas party games that is fun, and has two variations. The first way you can play the game is to create a CD of some popular, and some rare Christmas songs. Play the first few seconds of the song and then hit pause on your CD player. Have each guest either shout out the song if they know it, or to write it down. Bonus points if they know the singer too! This gets fun because some modern artists have redone the old classics, so even if they get the song right, they may not realize it was Faith Hill singing, for example.
The other variation is the play part of the Christmas song, stop the CD, and then randomly call on a person to “recite” or “sing” the next few lines of the song. They need to get all the words right! You can start easy, by stopping the song in the middle of a chorus, and then get harder, by stopping the song during the second verse of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, for example! Super fun!
Christmas Carol Picture Game – Click the link to open my free printable Christmas Carol Picture Game which shows 24 images. The object of the game is to guess what Christmas Carol that picture represents. This is lots of fun! Even if you do not formally play the game with everyone, I have found it is fun to print one off and have it by the bar or on the table for family to see and talk about. It makes a great conversation piece and activity!