Whether you are having a Christmas party with family and friends or an office party with co-workers, here’s a list of games that will add some fun to your celebration.
- Fill the Christmas stocking. Divide into teams and have the participants race to fill their team’s hanging stocking with a spoonful of wrapped candy.
- Christmas gift wrap relay. Set up assembly lines of gifts, boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape for each team. Either have each player wrap one gift or make an assembly line of workers. Then race to wrap.
- Word find. Using Christmas words have each person make as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.
- Christmas Carol Charades. Get dramatic. You can’t beat this crowd pleaser, as it is sure to bring the laughs.
- Photo booth. Provide silly props and backdrops for guests to use to get silly in front of a photographer, keep in mind it doesn’t have to be a professional.
- Two truths and a lie. This is a great ice-breaker. Each person tells three stories about themselves, two of which are true and one that is not.
- Snowman wrapping contest. Wrap a person as a snowman in toilet paper and decorate. First or best one wins.
- Decorate a person as a Christmas tree. Using green crepe paper, ornaments, tinsel or whatever you can find decorate your “tree”. First or best one wins.
- Pin the red nose on Rudolph. The Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
- Ornament guess. Have guests guess the total number of ornaments on the tree as they come into the party. The closest guess wins.
- Christmas stocking guessing game. Fill a large stocking with items around the house and let the kids guess what items are in the stocking.
- Christmas memory game. Put Christmas items on a tray and give people one minute to memorise the items. Take the tray away and have them write as many down as they can remember in 30 seconds.
- Holiday ABCs. Give each child or team a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z. Have them write a holiday word that starts with each letter. The first one to complete the list wins.
- Name that carol. Make a list of lyrics from songs that only provides three to four words from each song, not the title. The person who names all, or the most, songs in a certain amount of time, wins.
- Christmas gift fact exchange. Number each gift as it arrives. Give the person who brought the gift a corresponding number. Have them write a little known fact about themselves and throw it into a bowl. When gift exchange starts, the host draws a fact and reads it without mentioning the package number. The person who guesses who it is first is given the package with the corresponding number. Once someone guesses correctly, they are out of the game. The game ends when there is one gift left for the host
- Gift hot potato. Pass around one unwrapped gift at a time. When the music stops, whoever holds it is out of the game, keeping the gift they are holding.
- Get what you really want gift game. Have each person bring a wrapped gift for himself. Gifts are all mixed up and passed out. Everyone opens one gift, and then must guess who bought it. Have a list of everyone at the party so people can write down their guesses. Whoever has the most correct guesses wins. To spice it up, have everyone donate R10 to the pot. The winner gets the pot.
- Birth year gifts. Before drawing names, have everyone write down the year they were born. When you buy for that person you drew, buy a gift relating to the year they were born. Be creative.
- Christmas tie game. Use those old Christmas or ugly ties to have some fun. Give each team of two a tie. Using only one hand one person must tie his partner’s tie. First one done wins.
- No matter what holiday games your group decides to play, remember the point is to let go and have fun. Strive for good sportsmanship and have a sense of humour. After all, embracing the holiday spirit is the true name of the game.
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