New Year's Eve

40 Fun-filled New Year’s Eve Games!

Can you believe it’s almost time to bid adieu to another year and welcome fresh beginnings? New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to gather your loved ones, indulge in delicious treats, and, of course, play some unforgettable New Year’s games! Whether you’re hosting a lively adult New Year’s party or enjoying a cozy family night, I’ve got you covered with an amazing list of 40 of the best games for New Year’s Eve that will have everyone laughing, bonding, and creating treasured memories. Let’s dive right in!

20 Fun New Year’s Eve Party Games for Adults:

20 Fun New Year's Eve Party Games for Adults
  1. Resolution Guessing Game: Have everyone write down a resolution, mix it up, and take turns guessing whose resolution is whose.
  2. Celebrity Name Game: Write down famous names and stick them on each other’s foreheads. Guess your celebrity by asking yes-or-no questions.
  3. Charades: A classic game of acting out words or phrases without speaking. Spice it up with New Year’s themes!
  4. Two Truths and a Lie: Share two truths and a lie about yourself. Others guessed the lie. Get some two truths and a lie ideas here.
  5. Karaoke Competition: Belt out your favorite tunes and compete for the title of New Year’s Karaoke Champion.
  6. Trivia Night: Test your knowledge with a trivia game centered around the outgoing year’s highlights.
  7. Murder Mystery: Choose a murder mystery kit and assign roles for a night of intrigue and suspense.
  8. Pictionary: Draw and guess words or phrases in this hilarious drawing and guessing game.
  9. Dance Off: Create a dance floor and groove to your favorite tracks. Award points for creativity and moves!
  10. Guess the Year: Play snippets of popular songs and have guests guess the year they were released.

Games For New Years Eve

  1. Resolution Relay Race: Divide guests into teams. Each team must complete a relay race while holding a card with a New Year’s resolution written on it. They have to act out or describe the resolution without using any words while racing.
  2. Drunk Jenga: Transform the classic Jenga game into a tipsy challenge by writing fun and funny tasks or dares on each block. As the tower gets wobbly, the dares get wilder!
  3. Mystery Guest: Have one person secretly choose a New Year’s resolution for another guest. Throughout the evening, guests must guess their assigned resolution based on the clues dropped by the mystery guest.
  4. Countdown Charades: Create a list of New Year’s Eve-related phrases and actions. Divide the guests into teams and have them act out the phrases while others guess before the timer runs out.
  5. New Year’s Eve Mad Libs: Prepare a set of Mad Libs with a New Year’s twist. Guests fill in the blanks with nouns, verbs, and adjectives, resulting in hilarious and unpredictable stories.
  6. Guess the Champagne: Blindfolded participants take a sip of different types of champagne or sparkling cider and try to guess which one they’re tasting. Provide scorecards to see who’s the most sophisticated bubbly taster.
  7. Resolutions Pictionary: Similar to regular Pictionary, but all the words or phrases to draw are New Year’s resolutions. Can you say “eating healthier” without giving it away?
  8. Photo Booth Challenge: Set up a photo booth with props and a backdrop, and encourage guests to take fun, creative photos that capture the spirit of the evening. Award prizes for the best, funniest, and most original shots.
  9. New Year’s Eve Charades: Movie Edition: Act out iconic scenes or quotes from popular New Year’s Eve-themed movies. Get ready for a lot of “When Harry Met Sally” references!
  10. Countdown Confessions: As the clock ticks down to midnight, have guests take turns sharing their favorite memory from the past year, a goal for the upcoming year, or a funny story related to New Year’s Eve.

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20 Fun New Year’s Games for Families:

20 Fun New Year's Games for Families
  1. New Year’s Bingo: Create bingo cards with New Year’s-themed items and have a blast marking them off as they’re mentioned.
  2. Countdown Chain: Make a paper chain with hourly activities for the night, like crafting, charades, or snack time.
  3. Family Talent Show: Showcase your hidden talents, whether it’s magic tricks, singing, or funny impressions.
  4. Memory Jar: Throughout the year, jot down memories and read them aloud during your New Year’s celebration.
  5. DIY Time Capsule: Everyone contributes an item or note that reflects the past year, and then seals it to open the next year.
  6. Balloon Pop Challenge: Fill balloons with fun challenges or questions and pop them to reveal the task.
  7. New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt: Set up a scavenger hunt around the house leading to a special New Year’s treat or surprise.
  8. Resolution Charades: Act out common resolutions, and see who can guess them right!
  9. Family Trivia: Put together a trivia game with questions about each family member. Who knows each other best?
  10. Decorate Your Own Party Hats: Supply craft materials and let everyone design their own festive headgear. 

More Fun New Year Game Ideas

  1. DIY Party Poppers: Gather cardboard rolls, tissue paper, and confetti. Let each family member create their own party popper and then have a synchronized countdown to pop them at midnight.
  2. New Year’s Eve Bingo Countdown: Design a Bingo card with various New Year’s Eve-themed activities or items. Cross them off as they happen throughout the evening, and the first to get Bingo wins a special prize.
  3. Family Charades Challenge: Create a charade jar filled with family-specific prompts. Take turns acting out or miming the clues while the others guess.
  4. Minute to Win It Challenges: Set up a series of Minute to Win it challenges using household items. Who can stack the most cups, create the tallest marshmallow tower, or transfer the most cotton balls with chopsticks in a minute?
  5. Balloon Stomp: Write New Year’s resolutions or challenges on small pieces of paper, put them inside balloons, and inflate them. Tie the balloons to each participant’s ankle. The goal is to stomp on others’ balloons while protecting yours.
  6. New Year’s Eve Pictionary: Similar to the adult version, but with family-friendly phrases and themes that kids can easily draw and guess.
  7. Guess the Sound: Record various sounds associated with New Year’s Eve (fireworks, party horns, countdown chants) and play them for the family to guess what they are.
  8. Resolution Time Capsule: Have each family member write down their resolutions or goals for the upcoming year. Seal them in envelopes or jars to open and review next New Year’s Eve.
  9. New Year’s Eve Memory Game: Arrange a tray with various New Year’s Eve-themed items. Display it for the family for a minute, then cover it. See who can remember the most items.
  10. Family Countdown Craft: Gather art supplies and have each family member create a unique craft or drawing that represents their favorite memory from the past year or their hopes for the new year.

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New Year’s Eve Games: Final Note

And there you have it, lovely readers 40 fantastic and fun games to make your New Year’s Eve celebration unforgettable! Whether you’re raising a toast with your closest friends or spending quality time with your beloved family, these games are sure to bring joy, laughter, and a whole lot of fun to your festivities. Remember, it’s not just about the games; it’s about the cherished moments and connections you create as you welcome the coming year with open arms. Here’s to a sensational New Year’s Eve and a year filled with happiness, love, and endless game nights!

40 Fun-filled Games for New Year's Eve!

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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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