These Christmas Party Games Are Sure to Make Spirits Bright This Holiday Season (2022)

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Whether your favorite part of the holiday season involves trimming your tree or shopping for thoughtful gifts, the best thing about Christmas doesn't require any time or effort, and that's spending time with loved ones. And while you can't beat a holiday get-together with family and friends, that Christmas gathering sometimes need a little structure to keep the crew engaged (and off their devices). Christmas games may be exactly what you need to keep the party going, and if you need some ideas for Christmas party games that everyone will love, then you've come to the right place.

Our list of Christmas games includes ideas for all ages, with options to buy, download for free, or DIY easily. Some of these games require zero supplies and just a touch of prep work, as they rely more on creativity and a few willing participants. Make sure you plan ahead and have some prizes on hand — or just award your winner priceless bragging rights. Whether you’re getting together a large group of friends or just a few folks for Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, or any other holiday festivity, these Christmas party games will help you make memories that you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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Two Truths and a Lie... About Christmas

Each player shares three statements recalled from Christmas memories or traditions — the more far-out the better for the purposes of this game. The object for the other players is to guess which one of them is the lie.

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Marshmallow-Stuffing Contest

Get out the camera for this one! The object for each player is to see how many marshmallows they can fit in their mouth at one time. The party guest who can handle the most marshmallows wins (and may never want to see another marshmallow again!). Just be sure to supervise children when they are doing this, or leave it to the adults.

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Holiday Bake-Off

Turn your party into a competition inspired by reality TV: Have everyone bring a homemade Christmas cookie or another holiday treat. (Add a layer of challenge by requiring all bakers to use a unique seasonal ingredient.) Designate a judging panel to determine winners.

RELATED: The 85 Best Christmas Cookies That'll Have You Baking All Season Long

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Guess How Many

Fill a larger jar or vase with Christmas candies, mini ornaments, or other small and festive items, counting them as you place them inside. The challenge is for each player to guess the number of items by sight. The closest one to the correct number wins.

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Ugly Sweater Contest

This one’s a classic that never gets old. Invite guests to come dressed in their best ugly Christmas sweaters — whether store-bought or a DIY masterpiece. The one wearing the most over-the-top tacky garment wins.

RELATED: 30 Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Need to Buy ASAP

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Snowman-Dressing Contest

You might have seen a version of this one at bridal showers, with teams tasked with using toilet paper to design wedding gowns. In this holiday version, each team gets a roll of toilet paper and a chance to dress a team member as a snowman using any available decorations on hand as accessories.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Go ahead and make this one easy on yourself: Buy prefab gingerbread house kits with all the fixings for each team. Whoever makes the most impressive house wins bragging rights…at least until next year!

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Five-Second Rule

Each player in this game gets just five seconds to respond to a holiday-theme challenge. For instance, name three Christmas songs, three Christmas movies, or three of Santa’s reindeer. (It’s harder than it sounds when you’re under time pressure!) Each player gets one point for successfully answering in the allotted time.

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Jingle Bell Toss

Think of this one as a delightful combination of beer pong and corn hole. Make your own playing field by hot glueing cups to a surface. Toss jingle bells into them to score (and make a little festive music while you’re at it).

Get the Jingle Bell Toss tutorial at Playground Parkbench.

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Christmas Saran Wrap Game

To play this clever game, wrap a bunch of prizes and gifts inside of a giant saran wrap ball and have people take turns unwrapping the ball. Just watch out for the coal cards!

Get the Christmas Saran Wrap Game tutorial at Play Party Plan.

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Christmas Taboo Game

Love the game Taboo? Then you're sure to love this Christmas version of the classic game, which includes 72 unique cards and challenges players to give creative and carefully-worded clues.

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Christmas Mad Libs Game

Get everyone giggling with this Christmas-themed version of Mad Libs, which will help you and your guests put a wacky twist on a letter to Santa.

Get the Christmas Mad Libs Game tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.

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Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman

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This Christmas version of the popular game Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza challenges players to work together to get rid of the cards, and it's sure to have everyone in stitches.

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Christmas Charades Game

In this Christmas-themed version of charades, participants write down a bunch of holiday-centric clues to be put in a Santa hat, and then everyone takes turns selecting one and acting it out.

Get the Christmas Charades Game tutorial at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

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Roll-A-Tree Game

In this fast-paced game, take turns rolling a die and placing a corresponding candy on your tree. The first to fully decorate their tree with candy is the winner.

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Guess the Christmas Song Game

Put your Christmas song knowledge to the test by challenging your guests to figure out the holiday tune being described by the "fancified" lyrics.

Get the Guess the Christmas Song Game tutorial at Landeelu.

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Pin the Nose on the Snowman Christmas Game

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Everyone will love this festive twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey, which includes two blindfolds, a poster, and several carrot noses to pin.

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Send kids scampering all over the house with this clever scavenger hunt, which includes 24 printable clues you can hide in designated places.

Get the Christmas Scavenger Hunt tutorial at Play Party Plan.

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The Ultimate Adults Only Christmas Drinking Game

Perfect for imbibing adults, this drinking game provides a series of Christmas-themed situations and challenges participants to drink for each situation that applies to them. The best part: everyone's a winner.

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Christmas Scratch Off Card Game

Instead of handing out regular scratch cards at your Christmas party, hand out these holiday-themed scratch-off cards. In the pack of 60, five of the cards are winners, and you can give out prizes to whomever's card reveals "Nice" instead of "Naughty."

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Christmas Bingo Game

Get participants of all ages riled up with a round or two of Christmas bingo, which you can print out to create as many sets as you need.

Get the Christmas Bingo Game tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.

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Christmas Don't Eat Pete Game

In each round of this yummy game, one Christmas elf is designated as Pete, and everyone knows which elf is Pete save for one participant. Cover each square with M&Ms and challenge the guesser to eat as many M&Ms as they can without choosing the one from Pete's square.

Get the Christmas Don't Eat Pete Game tutorial at Landeelu.

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Christmas Family Feud Game

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Survey says: Things are about to get really competitive in your household with this holiday-themed version of Family Feud.

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Ring the Reindeer Antlers Game

Aim is essential in this funny reindeer antlers ring toss game (and it becomes even more difficult after you've had a glass of eggnog or two).

Get the Ring the Reindeer Antlers Game tutorial at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

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Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring Toss Game

Too lazy to make your own DIY reindeer ring toss game? Then you can simply buy this inflatable version, which comes with two sets of reindeer antlers, 16 colored rings, and an air pump to inflate them all.

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Christmas Minute to Win It Game

Race against the clock (and your family members) to compete various Christmas-themed challenges in just one minute with this fast-paced game.

Get the Christmas Minute to Win It Game tutorial at Kara Creates.

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Christmas Trivia Game

How much do you actually know about Christmas? Split into teams and test your knowledge (as well as your family's) with this challenging trivia game.

Get the Christmas Trivia Game tutorial at Landeelu.

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Christmas Scattergories Game

This game challenges you to list one Christmas item for each letter of the alphabet — but the trick is to think of a different item than everyone else.

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Candy Cane Hunt Game

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Instead of an Easter egg hunt, set up a candy cane hunt. Hide wrapped candy canes throughout the house for your guests to seek out, and whoever finds the most wins a prize.

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What kind of games do you play at a Christmas party? ›

Fun Christmas Games for Kids
  • 20 QUESTIONS: CHRISTMAS EDITION. 2+ Players. ...
  • CANDY CANES (Holiday 'Spoons') 3+ Players. ...
  • SANTA LIMBO. 3+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL PICTIONARY. 4+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS CHARADES. 4+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS MEMORY GAME. 2+ Players. ...
  • FAMILY FEUD CHRISTMAS. 5+ Players. ...
  • STOCKING GUESSING GAME. 4+ Players.
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How do you play the Christmas game? ›

The Play. Each player rolls the dice and moves clockwise around the game board. If a player lands on a gift space the player can purchase it if they don't already own a gift of the same value. After paying the bank the player takes a token of the same value as the gift they purchased.

What's in the Bag Christmas game? ›

Once your child guesses the object, let him or her take off the blindfold and see what object he or she is holding. After playing a round, put the objects back in the bag so the kids can blindfold you to play again!

How do you make a Christmas party fun? ›

Icebreaker games are fun and can lighten the mood so everyone feels comfortable at the start of your party.
  1. White Elephant. ...
  2. Christmas Charades. ...
  3. Christmas Carol Pictionary Relay. ...
  4. Christmas Carol Bingo. ...
  5. Stocking Guessing Game. ...
  6. Name that Christmas Song. ...
  7. Christmas Movie Trivia. ...
  8. Christmas Mad Libs.
Dec 14, 2021

What are some fun Christmas activities? ›

Just choose your favorite from those below or use them to inspire an idea all your own.
  • Take a Holiday Card Photo.
  • Visit A Christmas Tree Farm.
  • Decorate a Gingerbread House.
  • Bake Unique Christmas Cookies.
  • Plan a Family Photoshoot.
  • Host A Holiday Game Night.
  • Host a Christmas Craft Party.
  • Write Letters to Santa.
Dec 23, 2021

How do you play Dirty Santa? ›

Whoever drew #1 selects a gift from the mysterious pile of gifts, opens it, and reveals what it is to everyone. Whoever drew #2 can either select a gift from the pile or choose to steal #1's gift (this is where the dirty in "Dirty Santa" comes in). If #1's gift is stolen, they must choose a new gift.

How do you play left and right Christmas game? ›

Everyone who has brought a gift to participate sits in a circle. You start with your gift or any random gift and listen as the story is told. Every time the word “LEFT” is read, you pass the gift to the left. Every time the word “RIGHT” is read, you pass the gift to the right.

How do u play white elephant? ›

The first person opens a wrapped gift, and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person has the choice to either unwrap a new present or to steal another's. When a person's gift is stolen, that person can either choose another wrapped gift to open or can steal from another player.

How do you play the elephant Christmas game? ›

The White Elephant Game Rules

Bring a wrapped, anonymous gift to the shindig. Draw numbers to determine who gets to unwrap a present when. Sit in a circle and place the gifts in the center, preferably under a festive tree. The person who drew #1 selects a gift from the pile, opens it, and holds it up for all to see.

How do you play rob your neighbor? ›

The player that selected the number 1 chooses a gift from the table, but does not open it. The player that selected the number 2 then chooses a gift from the table and opens it. Each succeeding player, in numerical order, selects a gift from the table and decides if they want to "rob their neighbor" of an opened gift.

What does every Christmas party need? ›

If you're prepared to decorate by yourself, here are a few things to check off of your list:
  • Door wreath.
  • Christmas lights.
  • Mistletoe.
  • Themed napkins and tablecloths.
  • Christmas tree/ornaments.
  • Garlands or hanging wreaths.
  • Fake snow if you've got it.
Nov 17, 2017

How can I make my adult children Christmas special? ›

New Gifting Traditions
  1. No More Santa Gifts. For every family the answer is different. ...
  2. Stockings. When the kids were little they would wake up at 4am on Christmas morning. ...
  3. Host for the Year. ...
  4. Gift Swap Game. ...
  5. Secret Santa. ...
  6. Christmas Eve. ...
  7. Christmas Breakfast / Brunch. ...
  8. Christmas Day Dinner.
Dec 16, 2020

How do you play the Christmas punch game? ›

Everyone gets a turn and on their turn they punch through the tissue paper on ONE cup (unless you've made enough for multiples). They pull out any prizes inside and keep them. If they don't like their prizes and want to switch with someone else who doesn't like their prizes, they can do that.

How do you play the Saran Wrap Christmas game? ›

Have all your party guests sit on the ground in a circle. One person will begin with the ball, while the person to their left has a pan with two dice in it. Once the game begins, the person with the ball puts on oven mitts and tries to unwrap as much as they can, while the person to the left tries to roll doubles.

How do you play Candy Cane spoons? ›

Spoons Game with Candy Canes - YouTube

What are some good Christmas themes? ›

40 Fun Holiday Party Themes
  • A Storybook Christmas. Invite guests to bring a children's book to donate to the local library, school or literacy center. ...
  • Fill Santa's Sleigh. Ask each guest to bring a gift to fill Santa's sleigh. ...
  • Trim My Tree. ...
  • Christmas in Vegas. ...
  • Friends of Rudolph. ...
  • Building Christmas. ...
  • A Christmas Auction.

Do You Hear What I Hear Christmas game? ›

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As with any other type of invite, a Christmas party invitation should include all the important details people need to attend the event.. Just make sure they don’t clutter up the invite and distract from the key event details.. If you’re planning special games or other activities for your party, mention them on the invite.. Here’s some wording you could use for just about any holiday party invite.. Please Join Us For A Holiday Celebration Friday, December 19 at 6:00 PM Abby and Danisha’s Home 1234 Holiday Road, Coon Rapids Bring a wrapped $20 gift to exchange (details to follow) RSVP to Danisha (123-456-7890 / [email protected] ) by Dec. 7 ‘Tis the Season For A Holly Jolly Christmas Party Friday, December 14 at 7:00 PM The Cruz Home 1234 Claus Street, Benton Dress Code: Butt Ugly Christmas Sweater RSVP to Michael (123.456.7890 / [email protected] ) by Dec. 8. Get Your Jolly On With Us As We Celebrate the Holiday Season Saturday, December 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM The Gregerson Home 1234 Mistletoe Way, Bakersfield RSVP to Ken Gregerson (123.456.7890 / [email protected] ) by Dec. 5 You’re Already on Santa’s Naughty List Might As Well Live It Up!. Here’s an example of invitation wording for a holiday cocktail party.. With that in mind, we’d like to invite you to our Annual Christmas Party & Gift Exchange .. Mingle and Jingle Jingle and Mingle Oh What Fun Let’s Get Elfed Up Join Us For a Holiday Open House Let’s Get Jolly Making Spirits Bright Join Us For Some Holiday Cheer The Weather Outside Is Frightful But Inside, It Will Be Delightful Join Us For a Joyful Celebration You’re On Our Nice List We’re Decking the Halls We’re Having a Merry Little Christmas Party Join Us For Christmas Cocktails

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