Setting up a few fun Christmas games during the holidays is a great way to bring the family together. Whether you play throughout the month of December or make Christmas game night an annual family tradition, just know, it’s going to be a good time filled with lots of laughs and memories. If you need some holiday game inspiration, here are 7 fun Christmas games the whole family will enjoy.
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Name That Christmas Song
Is Christmas music your “thing?” You know, you’re that person everyone stares at in traffic because you’re blasting those holiday tunes and singing your heart out? Then you’ll definitely love this game!
How to Play:
Have the family gather around together, play a short clip of a holiday song, and try to be the first person to guess the name of the song.
Decide whether you want players to be the first to yell out the answer, the first to raise their hand, or have each player write down their guess.
You could also easily create teams of 2-3 and play Family Feud style. One team has control of the game, taking the first guess. If they get it wrong, the second team can steal control of the game with the correct answer.
Whoever has the most correct answers at the end of the game, wins!
Christmas Emoji Game
Maybe holiday music isn’t quite your jam, but holiday movies are. If you’re a Christmas movie buff, you’ll definitely dominate this fun printable Christmas Movie Emoji Game!
How to Play:
Look at the emoji’s in each clue and try to figure out what Christmas movie they collectively represent.
While some clues are a bit harder than others, you can pair up the kids with an adult to make teams, or have everyone play by themselves.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
I don’t know what it is about rummaging around to find things, but kids typically enjoy scavenger hunts. Of course, unless it’s something they really need. So, why not do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt with the whole family?
How to Play:
Play individually, with a partner, or as teams. Each person or pair is dealt 10 Christmas scavenger hunt cards. If playing with teams, you might want to deal more than 10 cards to each team.
Each scavenger hunt card depicts a holiday-themed object that can easily be found around the house during Christmas time. The first person, pair, or team to find all of their objects, wins the game!
Who Am I?: Christmas Edition
“Who Am I?” is a super fun game any time of year. Put a Christmas spin on it and it’s a game the whole family can enjoy.
How to Play:
Write on a piece of paper, the name of a famous Christmas character. You’ll need to choose a different character for each player. It can be a character from a Christmas movie or an iconic figure that represents the Christmas holiday. Tape the paper with the famous Character to either the player’s forehead or back, so they can’t see what character they are. When playing with kids, it’s always nice to give them the easier or more common Christmas characters because they may not know some of the harder ones and you want them to have fun too.
Each player must then ask the other players up to 20 “yes” or “no” questions to try and figure out which famous Christmas character they are. Mingle with everyone by walking around the room and asking different players different questions. They will also ask you yes/no questions about their character.
Once a player thinks they know who they are, they will announce “I am (insert famous Christmas character)!” The first person to correctly guess their character, wins.
You can play this game over and over with the same holiday characters, or even use common Christmas-themed objects. Using characters is a little easier because you already know it’s a character or personification of the holidays, but using objects is much harder. You could be anything from a stocking, to the star on top of the Christmas tree!
Who Am I? Christmas Character Ideas
- Santa Claus
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Frosty the Snowman
- The Grinch
- Buddy the Elf
- Jack Frost
- Old Man Winter
- Mother Nature
- The 3 Wise Men
- Mrs. Claus
- The Nutcracker
- The Mouse King
- Ebenezer Scrooge or “Scrooge”
- Yukon Cornelius
- Cindy Lou Who
- Kevin McAllister
- Ralphie Parker
- John McClane (Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie!)
- Clark Griswold
- The Little Drummer Boy
Does family gaming get any more classic than playing charades? I think not! This is a family-favorite because it gets everyone laughing and can get extremely competitive. You can always expect a good time when the charades cards come out!
What You Need:
To play Christmas Charades, you’re going to need charades cards, which can be printed for free from the Making Time for Memories Library of Free Printables.* These Christmas Charades cards consist of 36 different holiday related activities, characters, places, objects, and more.
Each card depicts a phrase and a picture to go along with it, making it easier for younger family members to play. I suggest printing the cards out on cardstock and laminating them so they last for years of holiday family fun.
*Upon joining the Making Time for Memories Community, you will immediately receive a welcome email. Within that email is the link to the Library of Free Printables, where you can directly print the Christmas Charades cards. Be sure to bookmark or save this link because it’s the only way to access the Library of Free Printables, which is full of fun printables.
How to Play:
Divide the family into 2 teams. You can either place all the charades cards in a single pile and randomly choose a card as you go, or the charades cards are color coded with red and green outlines, so you could split them up. Red cards for the red team and green cards for the green team.
Each team takes a turn with one person from the team randomly choosing a charades card. That one player is the only person allowed to see what’s on the card. That same player uses body movement and hand gestures to act out what’s on the card. Meanwhile, the rest of the team tries to guess what their teammate is acting out. If the team guesses correctly, they earn a point.
Keep in mind that each turn only has a certain amount of time to guess the charade. The typical time limit is 3 minutes, but you can change it up for whatever works for your family. If the team runs out of time without guessing the correct answer, they don’t earn a point.
Once all of the charades cards have been acted out, the team with the most points, wins.
Bingo is fun no matter what age you are and makes a great party game. Everyone will love playing Christmas Bingo during the holidays. You could even go so far as giving out prizes to those who win.
Not to mention, there are a variety of different bingo themes to play with around the holidays. For instance, a few ideas include Christmas Movie Bingo, Holiday Song Bingo, and Neighborhood Holiday Décor Bingo.
Did you know you can easily create your own bingo cards? I mean, really. It has never been easier to customize the game to your family’s favorite Christmas “things.”
How to Play:
A classic take on bingo, like the Christmas Bingo game linked above, provides each player with a bingo card. One person, who is deemed the moderator, randomly picks a calling card and announces it. Any player who has a match from the calling card to their bingo card, marks that square on their bingo card. The first player to mark 5 in a row (up, down, or diagonally), wins.
Other bingo variations like mentioned above (Christmas Movie Bingo, Holiday Song Bingo, Neighborhood Holiday Decor Bingo) are played a little differently. Each player still gets a bingo card, but instead of using calling cards, players watch Christmas movies, listen to holiday songs, and walk around their neighborhood, looking and listening for the items on their bingo card. Again, the first person to mark 5 in a row, wins.
Family Holiday Olympics
If one game just isn’t enough entertainment, go all out by hosting an annual Family Holiday Olympics. My family did something similar to this over the summer with our 1st Annual Backyard Summer Games. It was a memorable day that consisted of lots of backyard fun and something that can be tailored to any time of the year.
How to Play:
Create your own fun Family Holiday Olympics by having the family compete in various activities, events, or games that you create. Set the games up inside the house or take the adventure outside. There’s really no right or wrong way to play.
When we did the Backyard Summer Games, we only used things we already had around the house. There’s no need to go out and buy supplies, unless you absolutely want to.
For example, you live in a location where it snows in the winter. There was a recent snowfall just before the day of your Family Holiday Olympics. You really need your driveway shoveled. Make shoveling one of your family’s Olympic games. Line up 4 family members, each equipped with a snow shovel, and whoever shovels their line in the driveway the fastest, wins.
The Family Holiday Olympics are all about taking simple, or not so simple tasks, and making them fun and competitive.
If holiday family game nights aren’t already a tradition for your family, they will be now! All of these games are a great way to have fun together over the Christmas holiday and create lasting memories for the whole family.
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