Best Christmas Party Games: 20 Fun Holiday Games

A Christmas party is not complete without some fun Christmas party games! We have put together 20 of the best Christmas party games to make your Christmas party go with a bang. Whether it’s a family party with kids, adults party or work party, we have heaps of great Christmas party games to get your guests into the festive spirit.

Read on for our top 20 Christmas party games.


1. Pass the Stocking

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This Christmas party game is a family favorite as even small children can play. As the host, put 5-10 random items in a stocking. Once it’s full, tie a ribbon around the top of the stocking so that no one can see inside. Sit in a circle and pass the stocking around to let everyone feel what’s inside. Give everyone a note card so that they can write down their guesses. The person who guesses the most correct items wins.


2. Santa Limbo

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This Christmas party game is sure to get your guests laughing! Get guests to make a “santa belly” under their shirt using a pillow. Place a limbo stick at a starting height. Ask guest to line up, and one by one try to limbo underneath (with the Santa belly). Slightly lower the stick on the next round and have those who made it through go again. Continually lower the stick until you have a winner!

As an alternative to a pillow, check out this Santa Belly that guests can take turns to wear! Add a Santa hat and you have a great costume for this party game!


3. 20 Questions – Christmas party game version

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One player secretly selects a Christmas themed object. All other players ask “Yes” or “No” questions to guess what the object is. If no one guesses correctly after 20 questions, the player has won and picks a new object for the next round. If someone guesses correctly they get to pick the Christmas object for the next round.


4. Find the Elf

For this game, think Easter Egg Hunt but with toy elves! Hide a variety of toy elves around the house. Give prizes based on how many of Santa’s friends each guest finds. This is a great game if you have small children in the family as everyone can join in!

5. One Handed Gift Wrap

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This is hilarious and a great way to get your guests to know each other better!

Put guests into pairs. Tie one person’s right hand to their teammate’s left hand. The pairs will then try to wrap a gift using their free hands. Give a time limit of 1–3 minutes and then have a judge pick the best wrapped gift.


6. Who am I – Christmas party version

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Write down a famous Christmas character on a post it note, then stick them on each other’s forehead. Once everyone has a post-it note on their forehead they try to guess what character they are by asking other people yes or no questions. The goal is to not be the last person with the post it note still on their heads!


7. Human Christmas Tree

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This is a hilarious and fun Christmas party game that kids and adults love! Organize guests into small teams and ask each team to nominate a volunteer to be the “human Christmas tree”. Each team will first create their tree with green crepe paper, then decorate each “tree” with different Christmas decorations provided for the game. Set a time limit of 3-5 mins then judge the best dressed tree!


8. Human Snowman

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This is another funny Christmas party game that kids and adults love! Organize guests into small teams and ask each team to nominate a volunteer to be the “human snowman”. Each team will first create their snowman by wrapping toilet paper around the volunteer. Next they need to dress their snowman with a hat, gloves, scarf etc. Set a time limit of 3-5 mins then judge the best snowman!


9. Reindeer Wrap

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Another variation on the Snowman game above is Reindeer Wrap. Using brown crepe paper, wrap your volunteer from head to toe and add a reindeer headband. The first team with a completely wrapped and headbanded reindeer is the winner!

10. Holiday A-Z

Give out pieces of paper with the alphabet written vertically on each paper. Teams must then compete to fill in the entire alphabet list with a holiday word for each letter. The first team to complete their list wins.


11. Penguin Waddle

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Another funny Christmas game, organize guests into teams of three or more. Set up cones 15 to 25 feet apart for each team. The first player puts a balloon between their knees and waddles like a penguin down to the cone and back. Then they pass the balloon to the next team member so they can go. If any team member drops the balloon, they have to start over! The first team to complete the relay wins.


12. Winter Pop

Organize guests into teams of 2-3 players. Players have to pop 10 balloons using just their hands with winter gloves on before the time runs out.


12.  Name That Carol

Make a list of lyrics from Christmas carols. Read out 3-4 words from each song. As guests to write down the name of the carol (either in teams or as individuals).The person who names the most correctly, wins.


13.  True Presents and a Lie

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This Christmas game makes for a perfect ice breaker. Go around the group and have each person describe three weird presents they’ve received. Two the of presents should be true, and the last one should be a lie. Then the others guess which was a lie.


14.  Marshmallow Munch

Place a jumbo marshmallow on the end of a string and tie it high up, just to the level of a child’s face. Repeat until there’s as many hanging marshmallows as there are players. Then get the kids try to eat the marshmallows with using their hands. First to finish, wins.


15. Reindeer Antlers

Organise players into teams of 3-5. Each team is given a pair of nylon stockings, 8 balloons and a tube of red lipstick.

On ‘Go’, the teams race to inflate the balloons and then stuff them down the nylon stockings.

Once the balloons have firmly stiffened the stockings, one member puts them on their head like reindeer antlers.

Use a red lipstick to draw a shiny red nose of their face.

The first team to yell “Rudolph” and present their “reindeer” wins.

Check out this quick video to see this game in action.


16.  Holiday Pictionary

Divide into two teams. Write down Christmas themed words or phrases on papers. One player on each team must draw what is on their paper while their team attempts to guess what it is. The team with the most points wins.

Here are some ideas for what words or phrases to add to your Christmas Pictionary game:

  • White Christmas
  • reindeer
  • Santa Claus
  • nativity
  • 3 wise men
  • milk and cookies
  • Jingle Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Christmas tree
  • Ho Ho Ho
  • mistletoe
  • baby Jesus
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • gingerbread house
  • North Pole
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • ugly Christmas sweater


17.  Jingle Bells

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Jingle Bells is a fantastic game for winding down a Christmas party. It is also fun for all ages.

You will need:

A large space, a chair, a bell, blindfold

The players sit in a circle. A chair is placed in the centre of the circle and the bells put underneath. A player is chosen to be Santa and sits on the chair. Santa is then blindfolded.

A player in the circle is chosen to be the thief. The thief must try to steal the bells without being heard. When Santa hears the bells he must try to point at the thief before the thief returns to his/her place in the circle. If the thief succeeds, Santa has another turn while a new thief is chosen. If the thief is identified, they become the new Santa and the previous Santa rejoins the circle.


18. Marshmallow stack

More marshmallows! Pick up a few bags of large marshmallows and place a coaster in the center of your table. Each guest takes a turn placing a marshmallow on the coaster until they have to start stacking them. It’s like Jenga: When the stack of marshmallows falls, that person loses.


19.  Holiday Puzzles

My family love a puzzle and these 2 are both beautiful Christmas scenes that really add some festive cheer to your table.

Not strictly a party game, but a really nice activity to have set up on a table for the kids (and adults) to gravitate to if they need some quiet time during the festivities. These are 2 of my favorites.

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20. Holiday Board Games

Another game option for those long winter evening or for a small party or gathering are some classic Christmas board games.

Check out this Santa Claus game with a focus on giving as you move around the board, perfect for ages 3+. Also the Christmas version of the family classic Monopoly is always good fun.


Whichever games you decide upon to entertain your Guests, be sure to have a wonderful Christmas party!


For more party games ideas, checkout our Top 5 Icebreaker Games which are a really great way to get a party started! For more Christmas inspiration, check out our top Christmas Baby Gifts for this year.


If you are planning a Christmas party this year, checkout our Party Planning Checklist to help you plan the easy way!




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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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