30+ Family Christmas Games
The following is a compiled list of games that I have used to entertain both kids and adults. For many of these you can take off and come up with your own version, too.
I’ve included some additional sites to go to for other ideas and printables.
Hope you enjoy them at your gathering!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
1. Gift Unwrap Relay
Use mittens or socks on their hands to play this relay or simplify it by using bare hands. Play in teams. Have a gift wrapped in different boxes several times (smaller to larger) Duplicate the same gifts wrapped the same way when playing in teams. Each person unwraps the gift and passes it on for the next person until the present is found. Another variation is the first person unwraps the gift and the second wraps it, the 3rd unwraps and so on…..
2. Find the Reindeer or Find the Gifts
Tell the children that Santa has lost his reindeer or he can’t find the gifts! Buy Christmas reindeer stickers or gift stickers. Cut stickers apart and hide in different places around the house. Kids try to collect as many as they can. At the end, kids get to keep the stickers.
Variations of Pin the Tail on the Donkey (I think you know how this goes.)
If you can’t draw, enlarge a free clip art of a tree, reindeer, Santa, Snowman, Angel, Wreath, etc. Check out http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=christmas+clip+art+free&qpvt=christmas+clip+art+free&FORM=IGRE for free images and enlarge them.
4. Christmas Scattergories
This is the Christmas version based on the game of Scattergories. One person is the caller and calls out a category. Teams (or individuals) have 3 minutes to list as many things in that category as they can. Christmas category suggestions: Decorations, Christmas Carols, Christmas Cookies, signs of Christmas, North Pole, and Christmas Food ( just to name a few) . After the timer goes off, each team reads their list. If no one had that on their list, that team scores a point. Each team in turn reads their list and totals their points for that round. Play another round and keep tallying scores.
Winner is the team with the most points after several rounds.
5. Flying Reindeer or Flying Elves
This is really a hit with kids! Oriental Trading has “Stretchable Flying Reindeer” or” Flying Elves”
Item OK-4/5523 for $3.75/dozen. Go to: Oriental Trading
Make a target of different circles taped to a wall. Mark the different circles with different points. Each player gets a turn to score points by stretching the reindeer and shooting it off to hit one of the circles. Play as many rounds as you wish and total the scores at the end. The kids loved this game, but beware of breakables. Play in a safe area.
Using pom-pom shooters, shoot pom-poms to the opposite team’s side. Set the timer. When the timer goes off, count the pom-poms on each side to decide the winner. The rule is they can only shoot them; not throw them. Pom-Pom Shooter directions are here.
For the snowman, each team gets a roll of toilet paper, paper black circles for eyes, buttons and a black construction paper for the hat. Take pictures of their creative designs. Set a timer so there is a time limit to finish. (10-15 minutes?) If you make a Christmas Tree, use crepe paper, star, ornaments , tape, construction paper, etc.
8. Through the Wreath
The Dollar Tree has “Disc Shooters” that fire 6 soft foam disks. Each person gets 6 shots to see how many they can put it through the center of the wreath. You could also shoot marshmallows or pom-poms with the Pom- Pom Shooters. Nerf guns would work, too.
9. Roll the ornament
This is a Minute-to-Win-It Game. Using the top of a cardboard gift box, fan the ornament to make to roll into a designated circle or to a finish line. This works best on a hard floor using a plastic ornament!
10. Lots of Minute-To-Win-It Games found here:
and here http://youtu.be/pXgjRIhjoJ
11. Christmas Roll:
Take a swim noodle. Aim the noodle and roll a marble through the hole in the middle to knock over 5 small Christmas figures set a distance away. Find figures at the Dollar Store or toilet paper rolls work, too. Divide into teams to play this game (each person gets 10 turns) or play individually and time each person for all five knock downs. (needs a hard floor)
12. Four Corners:
This is a classroom game, but can easily be played at home with a group. Number the corner areas of a room 1-4. To match the season, give the corners a Christmas name. Example: Santa, reindeer, presents, sleigh. One person is the caller and is blindfolded (or eyes closed) so they can’t see. The group is given a time to go to any corner of their choice. The caller calls one number or one of the four Christmas names. Anyone in that corner is “out”. The group moves again and the caller calls another number or Christmas name. Play continues until there is one left. (When it is down to just 4 or less people, they need to choose different corners; not together.) Last one left is the winner!
13. Christmas Statue:
One person is “it”. The rest of the players get into a position that they can hold for a while (they are the statues). The person that is “it”, moves around looking at the Christmas statues. (you can use some fun Christmas props for this) Nobody can change positions. The “it” person leaves and the monitor asks one person to change something about their position or prop. “It” comes back in the room and tries to decide what is different. Decide the amount of guesses they get – vary with age and number of players.
14. What’s in the Stocking?
Take a Christmas stocking and put an item in it. Pass the stocking and without talking, they write the name of the object that they think is in the stocking. Continue with different items each time. For younger kids, they can tell an adult who writes it down.
15. Printable Christmas Games
Lots of printables here:
I especially like this one from http://holidays.kaboose.com/xmas-party.html They have other ideas listed, too. There are many to choose from for family Christmas fun.
Cut circles out of red construction paper
How To Play: Have child put Vaseline on their nose and then put the red circles on their nose. Relay race to the finish with each new person adding their red nose. If nose falls, go back to bowl and add more Vaseline and reapply nose.
17. Cup Stacking
Use 21 plastic 32 oz. cups and give them one minute to stack them in a pyramid shape with 6 on the base, then 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 and then take them down and place them in one stack. For younger children, just time them to see how fast they can do it and don’t limit to one minute.
18. Christmas Bounce
Place 4-6 cups with various point value on table with the highest point value the farthest away. Players need to bounce a ping pong ball once on the table from one end and then into a cup at the other end. . Keep score on predetermined number of tries.
19. Online Christmas Games
Here are computer sites for non-group Christmas games.
20. Christmas Pictionary
This is like the regular game of Pictionary, but use Christmas things to draw. Place words in a “hat” . At each team’s turn, they draw out a slip and only their team gets a chance to guess what they are drawing. If they don’t guess in allotted time, the other team can steal the point. The other team gets only one guess decided on by team members. For younger kids, use easy words, but for older kids use Christmas Carols, phrases etc. Teams score a point for a correct guess.
21. Pass the Wreath Relay
Pass a wreath from player to player without using your hands
22. Dress for Winter Relay
Have a bag of winter clothes for each team with the same items in each bag. Each team member dresses in the clothes and then takes them back off and places them in the bag. The next person then goes and does the same.
23. Pass the ornament Relay
Use an unbreakable Christmas ball and pass it down the team without using hands and passing with a straw from one to the other. Team members hold the straw in their mouth and loop the straw through the string and pass it on and then go back again to where it started.
24. Snowman Toss
Draw an outline of a snowman and hang on a wall or window. Crush newspaper or used wrapping paper into a ball and have kids toss to hit the snowman. Place different point values on each ball. Ex: head – 10 pts, middle – 5 pts, bottom – 1 pt Total the scores for a set amount “snowball” tosses.
25. Christmas Bingo
Make Bingo cards. Buy Christmas stickers making sure you have several of the same sticker. Get enough different stickers to have in the 24 squares. Cut paper squares and put one of each sticker on it for the caller’s copy. The players place stickers wherever they want so that no two boards are the same. Caller calls pictures from the master copies turned upside down.Go to www.christmasgamesAtoZ.com for a Bingo printable.
26. Christmas Memory Game
On a tray, place different Christmas ornaments, candy, ribbon, bow, figures or other Christmas items. Have each person look at the items displayed. Remove the tray of items. Individuals or teams try to list each item they saw on the tray. The team or person that remembers the most, wins! Another variation is to remove one item from the tray and see who can discover which one is missing.
27. Additional Sites for Other Games
28. Christmas Trivia
The Dollar Tree has a set of cards for $1.00 with Christmas Trivia. There is a set for children and one for adults. Divide into teams or play individually. A leader asks the trivia question. Teams/individuals write their answer down. The team/individual with the most correct answers, wins!
29 Hungry Reindeer
Place M&M’s or Skittles on a table or on a flat tray. The player puts a sport sock on one hand and tries to grab as many candies as possible and transfer them to a bowl. Time it for 30 seconds and count the number of candies in their bowl. The one with the most, wins! Use an “orphan” sock (where the other match was eaten by your dryer) and draw face of a reindeer. Use pipe cleaners to make the antlers and attach to the sock.
30. Snowball Toss
Fold over a pair of socks into a ball. Players may use their hands to place the “ball” on the top part of their foot. With only their foot, they are to fling the “snowball” into a basket or container. Give players several chances to score points or use different baskets for different value of points. Play outside and vary it by seeing who can toss it the farthest.
31. Reindeer Balloon Race
Just heard of a new one. For this one you need a pair of panty hose per team and lots of blown-up balloons. Play in teams of families or if playing with just adults, divide adults into teams of 4. With families, have a basket of blown up balloons all ready. The object is to stuff the balloons into the legs of the panty hose and when legs are all stuffed, place the panty hose on one team member’s head. (They look like a reindeer with antlers.) The winner is the team to wear the panty hose first! Another version would be to have the teams blow the balloons up as well as stuff them, too! This game is really funny and gives lots of laughs!
32. Star Nickel Toss
Draw various sizes of stars and cut out of paper or tag board.Tape stars to the floor or carpet. Give nickels to toss. Score points by nickels landing on a star. Smaller stars are worth more points. Total a team’s score or play individually.
I will keep adding to this list as I think of new things. You can keep checking back for updates.
During our celebration we always like to remember and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas by reading the story from Luke 2! I hope you do the same.
Remember, Christmas is God’s wonderful plan for our salvation revealed through Jesus Christ!
What a wonderful gift!
33. The Flour Game!
34. Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring Toss Game
This game is available here.. Item #OK-4/5245 or Candy Cane Toss OK-4/5552
It’s a fun game and one that you will use year after year! Item # OK-4/5245
They also have other inflatable and ring toss games. Check them out and order early!
35. Reindeer Tic Tac Toe
Using the same flying reindeer as in game #5, a second game with them is Reindeer Tic Tac Toe. Mark an area on a wooden floor for a large tic, tac, toe board. I like a wooden surface as it is harder to land them on the right space. A carpeted floor will do, too. They just don’t slide. Go to Western Games and see the post on Tic, Tac, Toe for pictures and complete instructions!
36. The Right, Left Game
This game can be done with a few gifts or as a gift exchange where everyone has a gift. Sitting in a circle, each person hold a gift. Someone reads a “right, left” story. Every time the word right is read, everyone passes their gift to the right. When the word left is read, the gift gets passed to the left. At the end, the gift you are holding is the one you keep!
There are a couple versions of this “Right, Left Story”.