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Christmas Party Games: Holiday Games for Kids & Your Entire Family!

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It’s Time For… Christmas Party Games!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is here and Santa Claus will be arriving VERY shortly. The decorations are hung and the gifts are wrapped, but does anyone have any ideas for activities and games that we can play at our holiday parties this year?! Luckily, I was able to whip up a grand ole’ list with some fun and exciting Christmas party games that the whole family will enjoy. Take a gander and peek… because you are all in for a treat! Merry Christmas to all.. and to all a FUN night!

Still looking for more holiday fun? Check out MamaNYC’s Christmas printablesChristmas Preparations & Countdown ChecklistChristmas SMS Text Messages, and a list of the 101 best Christmas and holiday songs, too!

Christmas Holiday Party Games Elf

Littlest Angel or Good Elf

How To Play:

  1. Challenge the children to do random acts of kindness for others for one day.

  2. Tell them that they are not to reveal that they have done these nice things and if someone should ask them, "did you make sisters bed"? they can reply, "…It must have been a good elf!".

*This game helps children realize we don’t always have to be recognized when we do something for someone else!

Three-Legged Stocking Race

Supplies: Oversized stocking that will fit two feet; tape [to mark finish line]; tie.

How To Play:

  1. Pair up all children in teams of two.

  2. Have each pair put a leg inside of an oversized stocking and tie it at top so that it won’t fall off.

  3. Make sure you have plenty of space.

  4. Put all the pairs at one end and mark a finish line at the other.

  5. On your mark, kids will race to be the first pair over the finish line. 

Christmas Games Jingle Bell Rings

Jingle Bell Rings

*Perfect for large groups!

  1. Divide the group by (immediate) family and choose one member of each group to be the "family representative".

  2. The family representative should leave the room for a few minute while the rest of the group rehearses.

  3. Each family should come up with a bell sound — think "ding, dinga, ding," or "jingle, jingle."

  4. Use the time while the family representatives are away to rehearse.

  5. When they return, the family reps must be blindfolded and stand in a line on the opposite side of the room.

  6. One by one, each family makes their group’s bell sound — you can even race around the room to mix it up.

  7. Family representative must guess which bell ringing sound belongs to their family. *Laughing encouraged!

Tongue Twisters

Supplies: Silly Christmas Phrases [list below]

How To Play: Say each phrase three times as fast as you can. Let kids practice on their own or take volunteers to come up and try their best for all to hear. A candy can prize for anyone who tries.

Christmas Games Tongue Twister

♦ Santa sings shining star songs 

♦ Sally skis super slow

♦ Big bright bells banish boredom 

♦ Chocolate cocoa cravings cure colds

♦ Cheery cute caroling Christmas critters 

♦ Candy cane cookies keep kids coming

♦ Grumpy Grinch goes grizzly gus  

♦ Santa’s super souped sleigh swiftly slides sideways 

♦ Pretty packages perfectly packed 

♦ Tip-top tiny tot toys 

♦ Sally’s striped stocking’s stuffed slightly 

Pin The Nose On Frosty or Rudolph

Supplies: Big Picture of Frosty or Rudolph; blindfold; red circle or orange carrot shape for each child with adhesive on back and their name on the front.

How To Play:

  1. Blindfold the player.

  2. Spin ’em around and let them try to stick the nose where it’s supposed to go!

  3. Give a prize for the player that gets the closest.

Blind Snowman Game

Supplies:  8.5×11 inch sheet of paper; pencil.

How To Play:

  1. Give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil.

  2. Explain to them that they will close their eyes and you will tell them what to draw. DON’T tell them they’re drawing a snowman!

  3. Draw 3 circles on top of each other. Each circle gets smaller from bottom to top.

  4. Draw three buttons in the middle circle going vertically down the center.

    Snowman Game Christmas

  5. Draw two eyes, a carrot nose, and a mouth inside the top circle.

  6. Draw a hat on top of the smallest circle.

  7. Draw stick arms on both sides of the middle circle.

  8. Draw a broom in one stick hand.

  9. Open your eyes for a BIG surprise!

*If playing with older children you might want to devise a point system, such as: 5 points for each circle that touches the other. Points for the hat touching the head, the eyes being in the top circle, etc. 

Christmas Scramble

Supplies: Index cards; paper bags.

How To Play:

  1. Choose a Christmas word such as: Christmas, Santa Claus, Reindeer, Candy Cane, etc.

  2. Write the letters of the word on individual index cards.

  3. Do this two times, making two sets.

  4. Put each set in a brown paper bag.

  5. Divide children into teams and give each team a bag.

  6. The first team to decipher what the word in the bag is wins.

  • A variation of the game would be to divide into teams with the same number of children as there are letters in the word. Each child gets a letter and they must hold onto the card and stand in the proper order to spell the word for all to see.

Christmas Party Game Candy Canes

Candy Cane Pass (relay race)

Supplies: 4 candy canes per team (make sure you have a few extras on hand though!)

How To Play: Player holds 4 candy canes between fingers and passes them down the line, teammate to teammate, without dropping.

Christmas Party Games Ornaments

Pass the Ornament

Supplies: Straw for each child; ornaments cut out of tissue paper (tree, bell, star, etc.)

How To Play: 

  • Pass the ornaments down the line, teammate to teammate, by inhaling and exhaling on the straw to hang on to or release the ornament. No hands!

Rudolph Dash

Supplies: Vaseline; circles cut out of red construction paper.

How To Play: 

  1. Have child put Vaseline on their nose and then put the red circles on their nose.

  2. Relay race to the finish with each new person adding their red nose.

  3. If nose falls, go back to bowl and add more Vaseline and reapply nose. 

Christmas Games Santa Says

Santa Says

How To Play: [Played similar to Simon Says]

  1. The player up is "Santa". Player will say "Santa says hop on one foot".

  2. Players will hop on one foot. Player will say "Stop".

  3. The children are to keep hopping on one foot until player says "Santa says stop".

  4. Repeat for additional activities such as take one baby step forward, step backwards, turn around, sit down.

  5. Sometimes Santa will say "Santa says" and sometimes he won’t!


  1. Have a leader think of person, place, or thing and gives a clue to players.

  2. Begin at one end of the room and work your way around allowing each student to take a turn guessing until one student solves the case.

  3. The player who solves the case goes next. 

Example: Frosty

Clue: I’m thinking of someone who wears a hat

Clue: He loves snow

Clue: He’ll melt if it gets too warm outside

*Clues should be age appropriate for the children playing.

Christmas Party Games Freeze 


Supplies: Christmas music and a stereo system loud enough for all to hear the holiday tunes!

How To Play:

  1. Start off by playing Christmas music!

  2. Everyone moves and dances until the music stops.

  3. Players must "freeze" in whatever position they happen to be in as soon as the music stops!

Book Exchange

Supplies: Inexpensive book gift wrapped for each child; "The Gingerbread Man" [Book]

How To Play: 

  1. Children set in a circle, each one holding a wrapped book.

  2. Have an adult read "The Gingerbread Man" story aloud.

  3. Every time the word "ran" is spoken you pass the book to the person on your right.

  4. Continue doing until the story is over. Whoever has the book on their lap at the end of the story is theirs to keep and open.

Fill the Christmas Stocking

Supplies: Stocking, spoon and bowl for each team; wrapped candy.

How To Play: 

  1. Divide players into teams.

  2. Have children line up at one end of the room.

  3. At the other end, hang a Christmas stocking for each team.

  4. Place a bowl of candy and a spoon in front of each team.

  5. Each child takes a turn taking a candy from the bowl with the spoon.

  6. Carry the candy on the spoon to the stocking and drop the candy into the stocking.

  7. Race back to the next person in line and give them the spoon.

  8. First team to fill the stocking wins!

Santa Santa

Supplies: Santa sleigh

How To Play:

1. Have children sit in a large circle and blindfold one child.

2. Another child will be given the sleigh and must say:

Santa Santa, where’­s your sleigh

Someone’­s come and taken it away

Guess who Guess who?

3. The blindfolded child gets three guesses.

4. The child who has the sleigh is next to be blindfolded.

Christmas Memory Game Holidays

Christmas Memory Game

Supplies: 18 items in box

How To Play: 

  1. Show the items in the box to the children.

  2. Remove one or more items out of the box (without children seeing you).

  3. Have the children guess what items are missing from the box. (Use a large tray or cookie sheet for older children)

  4. Cover the box.

  5. Remove cover for 20-30 seconds and then remove tray from room.

  6. On your mark, the children should write down as many items that they can remember before you yell, "STOP".

  7. Player with the most correct answers wins. 

Gift Unwrap Relay

Supplies: Empty boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper

How To Play:

  1. Divide the class into teams.

  2. Put a stack of presents at the end of each team’s course.

  3. The first child in each team runs to the presents, unwraps one, and races back to the next person in line.

  4. First team finished unwrapping wins!

*Note: To make cleaning a little easier, parents may wish to adapt this game to where the child unwraps, throws away the paper, then runs back!

Word Find

Take a Christmas related word such as: Christmas, Poinsettia, Candy cane, etc. and find as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.

Example: Christmas

Words: sit, is, his, miss, rat, tar, this, math, chair, rim…

Example: Candy cane

Christmas Games Let It Snow

Words: candy, cane, and, dance, day, nay, can, dye, an, any…

Frosty Snowball Toss

Supplies: Large cardboard with Frosty drawn on one side with a decently sized hole cut-out in belly [or a few small holes for older kids]; marshmallows wrapped in plastic wrap and tied; tape to mark distance line; bucket to hold snowballs.

How To Play:

  1. Place cardboard Frosty a short distance from a wall with a paper box lid on the floor to catch the snowballs.

  2. Mark your distance line according to age and skill of children.

  3. Line children up behind the line and place a bucket of marshmallows beside them.

  4. Give each child three tries to get their marshmallow snowball through the hole.

  5. Get all three snowballs in and earn a snowball reward.

Christmas Concentration

Supplies: Colored butcher paper; Marker; adhesive tape; Christmas trivia questions; [1] stocking

How To Play:

  1. On a large piece of colored butcher paper write out a message using words and symbols. Example: Have "ewe"rself a very "Mary" "Christ"mas ("pictures").

  2. Cut into several odd shapes and turn words face down on the chalkboard.

  3. Place Christmas trivia questions inside of stocking.

  4. Pull out a question and read it aloud to all players.

  5. Player that answers correctly may turn any piece of the puzzle over! First player or team to guess what’s written wins. Guess incorrectly, lose a turn.

Christmas Twenty Questions

  1. Have a group leader start by choosing a Christmas related person, place, or thing.

  2. Announce to the players: "I’m thinking of something…..".

  3. Have the players try to guess what it is by asking no more than twenty questions that can be answered with "YES", "NO", or I DON’T KNOW".

  4. The player who guesses correctly is next up!


Happy Holidays Christmas Games NYC


My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Party Games: Holiday Games for Kids & Your Entire Family!

  1. Wow that is a good collection of games! I think I can find a few that would work for us to play on New Years! Thank you!

  2. WOW! That was a GREAT LIST of Christmas Party Games. I had never thought to include games for the kidns to play at our Christmas parties. Including these games would certainly be so much more entertaining and fun for all. Thanks for the great post!

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