8 Festive and Fun Holiday Party Games

‘Tis the season to be jolly! If you are sending out holiday party invitations you will most certainly be looking for some great Christmas games to play during your celebration. Our party experts have put together a list of 7 super fun Christmas games that mix in classics and new ideas to keep your holiday parties full of fun.

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Wrap it up

Wrap a small trinket or piece of holiday candy up as many times as you can. Spare no tape or ribbon. The goal is for it to be difficult to open. Then get a pair of, oversized, work gloves. Each guest gets 30 seconds to try and unwrap the gift while wearing the gloves. Have a small prize for the winner.

Holiday Charades

Divide guests into two teams. Have each person write down on a slip of paper something to act out regarding the holidays. Things like: Christmas Trees, Caroling, Ebenizer Scrooge. The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Story, etc. Then, each player takes turns drawing from a hat and has 2 minutes to act out what is written for their team. Laughter is guaranteed with this game!

Two Truths and A Lie

This is a great game for a crowd who doesn’t know each other well. Each person takes turns sharing three statements about themselves; two that are true and one that’s a lie. The group then votes on which statement is the lie. It’s a great way to learn more about people!

Holiday Pictionary

Pin up some large pieces of paper (The back of wrapping paper works great) and divide the guests into teams. Create cards with holiday related people, places, objects, or actions. Each person gets a turn as the artist. The two artists from each team get the same card to draw. Set a time limit (2 min) and then which ever team guesses correctly first wins.

Telephone

Play the telephone game with adults and you will be surprised how much fun this childhood game can still be! What starts out as “It’s a Wonderful Life” could end up being “Fork, Spoon and Knife”. The beauty of this game is its simplicity. The simpler your Christmas games are, the more likely people are to get involved and join the party!

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Snowman. Photo courtesy of Jonathan McIntosh.

Word Find

Using Christmas words; like Poinsettia, snowflake, and candy cane; have each guest try to create as many smaller words as they can within a set time limit. Give the winner a small prize. A fun and simple Christmas game idea!

Snowman Building Contest

Do you live in an area with lots of snow? If your answer is yes, then try this game. Have all of your guests try their hand at snowman building. When everyone finishes building their snowman, appoint several judges to determine the winning sculpture.

Christmas Trivia

Here are some great Christmas trivia questions you can use to test your guest’s holiday knowledge. To play, divide your guests up into teams and start asking questions. The team who answers the most questions correct wins! Give a small prize to the winning team. Add questions that fit your guests interests and age group. Have fun!

Questions

  1. Who played the Grinch in the 2000 re-make of How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
  2. Who played buddy in the 2003 movie Elf?
  3. Which state was the first to recognize Christmas as an official holiday?
  4. Name all eight of Santa’s reindeer.
  5. At Christmas, it is customary to receive a kiss under a sprig of what?
  6. Which year were electric Christmas lights first used on trees?
  7. What was the name of Santa’s only female reindeer?
  8. True or false. She had antlers.
  9. Which state was the last to make Christmas an official holiday?
  10. Which star led the Magi to Jesus?

Answers

  1. Jim Carey
  2. Will Farrell
  3. Alabama in 1836
  4. Santa’s Reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen
  5. Mistletoe
  6. 1895
  7. Vixen
  8. True. Both male and female reindeer have antlers.
  9. Oklahoma
  10. The Star of Bethlehem

Enjoy Playing These Christmas Games

We know your holiday party will be a success! Enjoy some of these fun holiday party games! Remember, you can add additional rules or alter the games to fit your guests age group and interests. Have a happy holiday season.

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