Family-Friendly Christmas Games

Shutterfly recently posted some great ideas for Christmas Party Games. From adults to kids, there are plenty of ideas for everyone.  Pick one and make a memory this Holiday Season!


    2+ Players

    One player, the answerer, picks a Christmas themed object. All other players ask the answerer “Yes” or “No” questions to guess what the object is. If no one guesses correctly after 20 questions, the answerer has won and picks a new object for the next round. If someone guesses correctly they get to pick the object for the next round.

  • CANDY CANES (Holiday ‘Spoons’)

    3+ Players

    You’ll need a deck of cards and 3+ people circled around a pile of candy canes, one less than the number of players. Everyone takes turns pulling cards with the goal to be the first to get four of a kind (ex. four Kings). Once you do, take a candy cane as stealthily as possible. Once that happens, everyone else races to grab on of the remaining candy canes. The person who doesn’t get a candy cane is eliminated. Do this until one winner remains.


    3+ Players

    Have participants put a “santa belly” under their shirt using a pillow. Place a limbo stick at a starting height. Then line up, and one by one try to limbo underneath (with the Santa belly) until everyone has tried. Slightly lower the stick and have those who made it through go again. Continually lower the stick until one winner remains!


    4+ Players

    Write down this list of Christmas carols on separate flash cards. Divide players into teams. One person draws from the pile of cards and has one minute to illustrate the Christmas carol. If their team guesses correctly, they get one point. Make sure to alternate the team artist. Teams take turns until one reaches twenty points.


    4+ Players

    First, print out this list of Christmas terms to act out. Separate everyone into teams, the get one person from each team to do the acting. Like regular charades, the actors are not allowed to talk or make signals of any letters. Every time a team guesses correctly within the time limit, they get one point. The first team to get twenty points wins the game.


    2+ Players

    Pick eight Christmas images (ex. gift, Santa, snow, etc), draw/print two of each, so you’ll have a total of sixteen cards. Now place cards on the table in 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 keep it, get a point and get to try for another match. Play until someone reaches the predetermined amount of points to win.


    5+ Players

    Players are broken up into teams. They answer questions from this list of holiday-themed survey responses. Each team is given an allotted time to write their three guesses on a piece of paper. The judge then reveals if their guesses were on the list and the value of their answers. The number one ranked survey response is worth 50 points, 40 if it’s number two and so on. Once all the questions have been answered, the points are tallied to determine the winner.


    4+ Players

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


    3+ Players

    First, grab some paper plates and markers. Players are blindfolded and hold their paper plate on top of their head. One person gives drawing instructions while everyone else tries to draw the Christmas scene they describe onto the plate. The most accurate drawing wins! The game and its instructions are provided by Happy Home Fairy.


    6+ Players

    Form two teams based on how many players there are. Place a Christmas stocking for each team on the other end of the room. The players will then race to their team’s stocking with a spoonful of candy, deposit the candy and return to their team. This relay continues until one team fills up their stocking to win the game.


    3+ Players

    Draw (or print out a picture) of Rudolph and place it on the wall. And get a red circular piece of paper (for his nose) with a thumbtack or piece of tape. Then blindfold the participant, spin them in a circle, then have them try to pin the nose on Rudolph. Mark their attempt with their name. Give everyone a chance to pin the nose and whoever pins it most accurately, wins.


    2+ Players

    Hide a variety of plastic or stuffed elves and reindeer throughout the house. For the younger kids, make the items easy to find and give them a head start. Hide Santa’s friends in trickier places for the older kids and let them look after the younger ones have had a chance. Consider giving prizes based on how many of Santa’s friends each participant finds.

What To Do For Kid-Friendly Christmas Party Games

Kid-friendly Christmas party games are an easy and entertaining way to create interactive fun at your Christmas party. Christmas party games for kids should be simple, appropriate and not as competitive as adult games. When planning your party, follow these tips to keep the kids entertained:

Inclusion Is Key

Make sure that you plan a game that includes everyone so that no one feels left out at your party. If there is a wide age range, feel free to modify the rules to apply to the younger kids so they can engage in the game as well.

Explain The Rules And Provide Examples

Avoid confusion and make sure that you provide a simple explanation of the game to the group. It’s even better if you can act out the first round of the game as an example. That way everyone is on the same page.

Prioritize High Activity Games

The kids will most likely arrive to your party full of energy. It’s best if you can hold a few high activity games towards the beginning of the party so that they are relaxed when it’s time to unwind and eat.

Be Prepared For A Mess

Make sure you have cleaning supplies on standby at your kid-friendly Christmas party. No matter what plans you have for the party, you can expect a mess when kids are together. Keep paper towels and wipes on hand to avoid injuries or an overwhelming clean up at the end.

Prizes And Gifts

Prizes and gifts are perfect for the giving spirit of the holidays. Provide prizes to the winners and small gifts to all who participated so that no one leaves the party disappointed.

What To Do For Family Christmas Party Games

Family Christmas parties are some of the most memorable and enjoyable parties of the year. In addition to delicious food and drinks, games can create a few more laughs for loved ones to share. Family party games for Christmas should be popular, easy to understand and inclusive. Check out some of our tips for planning your family Christmas party game:

Incorporate Past Family Traditions

Christmas parties are the perfect chance to pass down family Christmas traditions to future generations. Whether that’s drinking hot cocoa while playing cards or playing festive Christmas songs while doing the limbo as a family, make sure to keep the traditions going every year.

Take Plenty Of Pictures

Capture the moments at your family Christmas party by taking pictures during the Christmas party games. Not only will you love to see how the family has grown over the years, but you’ll enjoy reminiscing about past Christmas party game traditions and stories for years to come.

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