20 Fun Christmas Games to Play With the Family
A good party game at Christmas will not only keep everyone occupied but also become a family holiday tradition! These fun Christmas games are a great way to bond with your family. Family Christmas games get kids and adults involved in an activity together - so whether you’re enjoying a family gathering, hosting a kids’ holiday party or simply wanting to beat boredom this holiday season, we promise these games will bring cheer to your day!
Here are 20 fun Christmas games that you can play with your family:
1. Christmas Carol Pictionary - This version of Pictionary will turn up a few holiday-themed notches! Split your family up into teams to depict familiar Christmas carols. To take it one step further, as soon as the team figures out which carol has been drawn, they will have to sing the song to score more points.
2. Christmas Movie Trivia - Trivia is a great game for the competitive ones! Split up into teams and test your knowledge about Christmas classics like Home Alone, A Christmas Story and more.
3. “Snowball” Throw - This Christmas game doesn’t involve snowballs but some delicious marshmallows. This game requires two teams and each team has to toss marshmallow’s into a fellow team person’s mouth and the team scores a point every time a marshmallow is caught.
4. Marshmallow Stack - Inspired by Jenga, for this game, pick up a few bags of large marshmallows and place a coaster in the center of your table. Each person takes a turn placing a marshmallow on the coaster until they have to start stacking them. When the stack of marshmallows falls, that person loses.
5. Christmas Charades - A holiday twist on the favourite party game, Christmas charades requires players to physically act out Christmas-themed phrases, titles of Christmas movies or songs, and characters like Santa and Rudolph, without speaking.
6. Blind Christmas Tree Ripping - For this game, everyone in the family gets a sheet of paper. As they're holding it behind their backs, they then have to attempt to rip the paper into the shape of a Christmas tree. Now, it may look nothing like a proper tree, but in this Christmas Eve game, you can award points or presents to those who made it look the most like a classic tree or give a bonus point to those who get the most creative.
7. Paper Plate Christmas Scene - Test your artistic skills with this Christmas game by asking your family to draw something on a paper plate that represents Christmas; with the only twist that the paper plate will be on your head when you draw it! Whoever comes closest to a Christmas scene, wins.
8. Take A Bow - For this fun sneaky game, give every person in the house a handful of bows at the start of the night. Their goal is to secretly stick them on the backs of as many of the other guests as possible and at the same time, avoid getting "bow"-ed themselves. When time is called, add up every bow on your back and the one with the lowest tally wins.
9. Ornament Guess - This fun Christmas game involves getting your family to guess the number of ornaments you have on your Christmas tree. It's a pretty straightforward guessing game, but we promise it’ll keep everyone entertained for hours.
10. Holiday Scavenger Hunt - Print out a list with images of Christmas items and keep the kids occupied by challenging them to hunt the house for each and every item on this list. Since the list features an illustration of the Christmas object, even toddlers can join in on the fun.
11. Speed Wrapping - Have some unpacked gifts lying around the house? Here's a fun way to make quick work of wrapping all those presents under the tree: grab a timer and see which family member can wrap the most gifts in the shortest amount of time. Up the stakes by imposing a "one hand only" rule and have fun but also have your gifts packed and ready for Christmas!
12. Christmas Whisper - This old-fashioned game provides wholesome fun for families. Throw on your matching jammies, pour some hot chocolate, sit in a circle, and take turns coming up with Christmas phrases or movie or song titles. When it's your turn, whisper your phrase to the person next to you. Then, they whisper it to the person next to them, and so on. Once you've reached the end of the line, have the last person recite the phrase to see how close they got to the original.
13. Guess How Many - Throw in some candy canes in a big jar and make each family member guess how many Christmas candies are in the jar. The closest to the number (without going over) wins a special prize.
14. Chubby Santa - A fun Christmas version of “Chubby Bunny,” in this game, you can use all those marshmallows you bought for hot cocoa to see who can say the phrase "Chubby Santa" with the most marshmallows in their mouth.
15. Oven Mitt Unwrap - A fast-paced game that's fun for the whole family. All you need to play is a wrapped present, dice and oven mitts. Have the first player slip on the oven mitts and attempt to open the package, while the next player rolls the dice. Once the second player rolls doubles, the first player has to pass them the present. Continue this cycle until the gift is finally open. Whoever achieves opening up the wrapped present, gets to keep the gift as their prize.
16. Pin The Nose On The Reindeer - Suitable and fun for both kids and adults, blindfold each participant, spin them around a few times, then see who can stick the red button closest to Rudolph's nose.
17. Santa Limbo - Limbo - but with a Christmas twist! Each player dons a Santa hat and stuffs a pillow into their shirt to make things a bit more challenging. If you hit the bar, fall to the ground, or lose any of your Santa gear, you're out of the game.
18. Musical Gifts - This is just like musical chairs, but the stakes are much higher here - Christmas presents! Have each guest bring a small gift and put them into a bag. Have your family sit in a circle and at the start of each round, pick a gift at random. Turn on a Christmas tune and pass the present. When the music abruptly shuts off, the person with the gift in hand opens their prize and leaves the circle. Repeat until all gifts have been claimed.
19. Build A Snowman - For this crafty Christmas game, divide into teams and have each team designate one person to become the snowman. Then, set a timer and see who can use toilet paper and a few additional supplied crafting tools, like extra ornaments around the house, to turn their teammate into the most festive Snowman.
20. Sort The Ornaments Game - This sorting game will not only get your young one in the holiday spirit but also help them work on their categorization skills! Use some sturdy card stock or poster board to make a cardboard tree with circular colored cutouts, and then ask your kids to put the ornaments through the appropriate spaces.
After a fun-filled time with games, end the night on a lighter note with a Christmas dance party or a Christmas themed karaoke! These fun Christmas games will ensure everyone is having a jolly-good time.