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Christmas Party Games

Christmas Party Games

Here are some great Christmas themed party games to keep the little ones entertained over the festive season. 


Santa Says

This is a twist on the classic ‘Simon Says’ but replace the phrase "Simon Says" with "Santa Says." For instance, leader elf says: 'Santa says, "Put your hands on your head."' All players should be their hands on their head. When the leader elf gives an instruction without saying "Santa Says" and the followers do the action anyway, the leader elf says "HO! HO! HO!" and the player is out. The last player left standing is the winner and can then be the leader elf or win a prize.


Pass the Christmas stocking

You will need: music; a Christmas stocking (if you don’t have a spare stocking a Christmas gift bag or santa hat will be fine); goodies to fill the stocking.


This is a Christmas twist on the traditional pass the parcel.  This game is played in the same way as pass the parcel except everyone gets a treat.  Fill the stocking with treats so that each time the music stops whoever has the stocking at that time can select a goody from inside.

 At the very end, when everyone has had a turn, a random lucky winner gets the stocking and the remaining goodies left inside or if you plan to play the game more than once you can give them a different prize.


Snowball Fight

You will need: paper (new or used), tape or string to divide the room.

This game is best played outside or in a large room but can be just as much fun in a smaller room. Prior to starting the game make up your snowballs from paper (I use old newspaper) the more you have the better.


Divide your room/garden into two equal sizes using the tape/string. Divide the group into two teams and send them to opposite side of the string (try to make the teams equal in terms of size and physical ability). Each team will begin with the same number of snowballs.  Teams play against the clock to clear their side of the court, or yard, of snowballs. It isn't as easy as it sounds. Every time they throw a snowball to the other side, one is coming right back at them.


The quickest team should win. Snow balls must be thrown individually. No picking up a huge quantities and dumping them over the line. Call time after 3 to five minutes, or less depending on the age of players. Count the snowballs on each side. The team with fewer snowballs is the winner.


Oh Christmas Tree

You will need: Christmas tree decorations (baubles, tinsell etc); camera (for memories only)


Divide the group into teams (the number in each team is up to you) and give them equal amounts of decorations.  One child from each group is ‘the Christmas tree’. The rest of the group have to create and decorate ‘the Christmas tree’ . Be sure to take pictures, this is one of the silliest Christmas game you can play.

You can complicate the game a little by requiring the "Christmas tree" to race to a specific place to stand. Require their arms to be held straight out from their body the entire time, or require more than one child be completed as a Christmas tree. Feel free to tweak the game to fit your group.


Dress the Snowman

You will need: a big supply of toilet paper and anything to complete your snowman (ie: scarf’s, hats, twigs for the arms etc)


Divide the kids into pairs, with one the Snowman and the other the Snowman. Give each wrapper a roll of toilet paper or crepe paper streamer. On the word "Go!" the wrappers race to see who can wrap up their snowman first. The game is tricky because the faster they try to wrap, the more the tissue will tear, causing them to keep restarting!


Prizes go to the quickest or the best attempt.  


Musical Snowmen

You will need: music (Christmas songs will get the children into the festive mood but any music will do).

Ask the children to stand allowing enough room to dance.  When you play the music ask the children to dance.  When the music stops they must stand like a snowman.  The last child to turn into a snowman is out.  The winner is the last child left on the floor.  

Musical Chairs

You will need: music (Christmas songs will get the children into the festive mood but any music will do).

This is a children's favourite. Set up chairs in 2 rows back to back. Put out one less chair than there are children. Start playing music, and have the children walk around the chairs (not touching the chairs though). When the music stops, the children must each sit on a chair. The child without a chair is "out". Then remove another chair and repeat. If there is ever a tie, the child with more bum on the chair wins.


Tip: If you don’t have any Christmas music you could wrap abit of tinsel around the chairs.


Christmas Alphabet

You will need: A piece of paper for each team with A-Z written on vertically


Divide the group into teams (the number in each team is up to you). Give each team a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z. They must come up with a Christmas words/phrases that relate to each letter. The first team to complete their list (or has the most related words) win a prize. Some of the words they come up with may seem like a bit of a stretch, but that just adds to the fun.


Tip: If the teams look to be struggling you may need to give them some clues (ie Reindeers names, Christmas Decorations, 12 days of Christmas song). Here are a few ideas:


A – Advent Calendar

B – Baubles/ Blitzen

C – Christmas/Candy canes/Comet/Cupid/ Carols

D – Dancer/Donner/Dasher/ Decorations

E - Elf

F – Father Christmas/Fairy

G – Gabriel/Gold rings

H – HoHoHo/Holly

I – Inn keeper/Ice

J – Jesus/Jingle Bells/ Jerusalem

K – Kings

L – Ladies dancing/ Lists

M – Mince pies/ Mistletoe/Mrs Claus

N – Nativity/North Pole

O – Opening presents/Orange

P – Presents/Prancer

Q - Quiet as a mouse

R - Rudolph 

S – Sweets/Snow/Santa/Snowman/Star/Sleigh

T – Tinsel/Tree/Toys

U - under the tree

V - Virgin Mary

W - Wise men/ Wrapping paper

X - Xmas

Y – Yule Log

Z – ZZZZ after an exciting day

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