The best Christmas party games for Christmas and winter
Christmas Party Games
Christmas theme Icebreaker Games
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
All of these games are easy to set up and inexpensive.
Your guests will have fun with these easy and crowd pleasing party games! Especially created for Christmas and Winter themed parties and birthday celebrations.
1. North Pole Freeze Dance
Party guests play freeze dancing on a floor filled with white (you can also add red and green) balloons. Gather the party guests in the snow and tell them to dance while the music is playing, but when the music stops they must freeze in the position they were in until the music starts playing again ... then they can unfreeze and dance.
Before the party begins blow up lots and lots of white balloons so that they completely cover the dance floor. Kids really like this game and dancing around kicking through the balloons. Remove any popped balloon pieces right away.
2. Snowball Hot
This game is played just like the game Hot Potato. For a snowball use a white beanbag, ball or fill a white balloon with flour. You will need a cd player with Christmas / Holiday music. Party guests gather in a circle and a snowball is given to the birthday child.
Tell the guests to pretend that the "snowball" is hot and when it's passed to them they have to quickly pass it to the next person. (The game can be played by passing the snowball around in a circle, or let the kids toss it back and forth within the circle.) After they "snowball" has gone around a few times stop the music and whoever is holding the "snowball" is out. Continue playing until there is a winner. Guests can be given a small consolation prize when they leave the game.
3. Penguin Relay
Kids race to see who's team can complete a course while walking / running with a balloon in between their knees so they look like a penguin. Before the birthday party buy a package of white balloons and blow them up.
Teams line up at the starting point. They hand off the balloon to the next player. The players can't touch the balloon with their hands unless they are behind the start line handing the balloon to the next person. First team to have everyone across the finish line wins.
If they accidentally drop the balloon they must return start line and begin again.
4. Iceberg Scurry
Teams must move across an area using only pieces of poster board. Cut large ice burg shapes from paper about 10 x 12 inches each. Teams are given one more iceberg them the total number in their team.
Tell the teams
they can only use the
given to them to get from one end of the
room to the other. Teams use the iceberg
pieces to move by having players stand on the ice burgs all together. Then they take the back ice
burg and move it to the front of the line and so on. If a player steps
off the ice burg into the water they all go back and begin again.
Variation: Divide the guests into smaller groups of three or four and give them only 2 large icebergs.
5. Snowball Stomp
Tie balloons that have been half way blown up (white to look like snowballs) to a string and then to the guests ankles. Then all the kids try to stomp and break each others "snowball".
Snowball Chop Relay Game
Guests move cotton balls (snowballs) from one bowl to the next using chopsticks while blindfolded. For team play set out two bowls for each team. Fill teams bowls with equal number of cotton balls.
Give teams a set of chopsticks and a blindfold. One by one blindfold team members and set them in front of the bowls. This is harder then it looks! When one player has finished transferring all the balls the next player in line puts on the blindfold and continues until everyone on the team has completed the task.
7. Snowball Relay
This party game is played like the egg and spoon relay only it is played using a "snowball" (cotton ball). Set up the playing field with a start line and a point across the playing field that the guests have to run around and then go back to start. Divide party guests into two teams and give each team a wooden spoon or plastic spoon and a cotton ball.
One by one the teams must place the "snowball" on the spoon and run to the turn around point and back without dropping the "snowball". When they reach start they hand off the "snowball" to the next player and they run the course. If the "snowball" falls off the spoon the player must return to start and begin again. The players can't touch the "snowball" with their hands at any point of the game. If they do they must return to start and begin again.
8. Winter Sweep Up
Fun relay style game using foam peanuts and a broom. Mark white foam peanuts with different colors to distinguish between teams. Divide guests into teams. Each team gets the same number of foam peanuts (25 or more) and a broom.
One at a time the players from each team must sweep their peanuts around the playing area and back again. This game is more challenging and fun when played on a smooth floor ... and really funny when a ceiling or stand up fan is place at the turn around point!
9. Pin the Nose on
the Snowman ... or Rudolf
Played just like the Pin the Tail on the Donkey party game. Instead of a Donkey have the guests pin the nose on the snowman, or pin the red nose on Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.
You will need: Mugs or a Hot Drink paper cup, mini marshmallows and straws.
Players use a straw to suck up marshmallows and put them in their cup. Give each party guest a straw and a mug.
Place a small bowl of marshmallows in front of each guest. Set the timer to 2 minutes and on “go” guests use the straw to suck up marshmallows and then move them to their cup. After the time runs out count how many marshmallows are in each cup and the player with the most wins! After the game fill the mugs with hot chocolate so everyone gets a warm treat!
Snowman Roll Up
You will need: Rolls of toilet paper, scarves and hats for each team.
Divide guests into teams of 2 or 3. Each team gets two rolls of toilet paper. Decide who in the team will be the snowman and who will do the rolling. On “go” teams wrap their snowman in the toilet paper. When the rolls are all used they must put the hat and scarf on their snowman and yell “finished!”. The first team to finish wins. Have enough paper so each guest gets a chance to be the snowman.
12. Trim a Tree
You will need: Large rolls of green crepe paper, hats and plastic ornaments for each team.
Divide guests into teams of 2 or 3. Each team gets two rolls of crepe paper. Decide who in the team will be the tree and who will do the trimming. On “go” teams wrap their tree with the green crepe paper.
When the crepe paper is all around the “tree” then they have to decorate the “tree” with the hat and plastic ornaments. The first team to finish wins. Have enough crepe paper so each guest gets a chance to be the tree.
Crazy Snowball Race
You will need: A small plastic container and spoon for each player and cotton balls.
Each player places their plastic container on top of their head and balances it there through the game. The players must use the plastic spoon to get a cotton ball and then place it in their container.
The player with the most cotton balls in their container after 5 minutes wins! If they spill their cotton balls they must start over. Hint: Play a quick practice round of about 1 minute so the kids can get the hang of the game.
You will need: A stocking and spoon for each team plus small objects such as jingle bells, wrapped candy or ping pong balls.
Divide players into two teams. One at a time team members take the spoon and place a small Christmas themed object on it (jingle bells, stars, ping pong balls), run to their stocking and place the object inside and then run back to their team and hand off the spoon to the next player. The first team who fills their stocking wins!
Snowball unwrap game
You will need: 2 – 3 rolls of clear packing tape, lots of small prizes and wrapped candy. 2 dice
The object of the game is for the players to try and unwrap the snowball while it is their turn.
Before the party start to make a large round ball (snowball!) by wrapping the packing tape around and around itself. When you have a round base, about 2” diameter, start to add candy and prizes one at a time as you wrap the tape around the ball. When you are done the ball should be large and have candy and prizes inside in layers.
During the game have kids sit in a circle. Give the ball to one player and the dice to the player next to them. On “go” the player with the ball will try to unwrap the tape and get to a prize. While the 1st player is trying to unwrap the ball the player with the dice is rolling over and over trying to get doubles. When the dice land on doubles the ball goes to the player that was rolling the dice and they begin to try and unwrap a prize. The dice are passed to the next person. This is a fun and fast paced game!
Present Hot Potato
You will need: Music, a timer and several wrapped or unwrapped presents.
Players sit in a circle and a present is given to one child The music starts and the kids pass the present around the circle clockwise. When the music stops the player that is holding the present gets to keep it. Then they move out of the game circle and the game continues with another present.
17. Candy Cane Pass
You will need: Red solo plastic cups, large candy canes, marshmallows
Punch a small hole in the bottom of each plastic cup and insert a candy cane halfway through the hole where the hook of the candy cane is on the outside of the bottom of the cup. Divide players into two teams. Each team gets 10 marshmallows. The object of the game is to transfer the marshmallows from one person to the next without using their hands. The first team that moves all 10 marshmallows down the line in their team wins!
You will need: Large plastic cups, tape, ping pong balls, paper towels tubes
On the side of a table or kitchen island tape several plastic cups so that the top is level with the top of the table. Players stand on the opposite side of the table and use a paper towel tube to blow on the ping pong balls and try to make them go into the cups on the other side.
Tip: Assign each player a color and color a few ping pong balls in each color so that they don’t get mixed up. First player to land 3 balls in any cup wins! This is harder than it looks! When the balls fall off the table the players can run around and pick them up to try again.
19. Candy cane Fishing
You will need: Large candy canes, stick, 3 feet of string, container
This is how elves go fishing at the North Pole! Tie the string to one end of the stick. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of a large candy cane so when it is hanging from the string it forms a hook. Place several large candy canes in a container that will allow them to stand upright and still have the tops of the candy canes exposed. Players fish for candy canes by trying to hook one of the candy canes in the container on the floor with their candy cane “hook”.
20. Christmas Kisses Game
You will need: A pair of mittens for each team, chocolate kisses, bowls
Each team will need two bowls. One that is empty at the other end of the playing field and one that is filled with kisses.
The first person on each team will put on the mittens, take a kiss out of their bowl, run to their empty bowl and drop off the kiss, then run back to their team and give the next person in line the mittens. The first team to transfer all of their kisses wins. Tip: Place the same amount of kisses in each bowl and enough that each player gets 3 turns. This is a fun game because the mittens make it hard to pick up the kisses.
21. Human Christmas Tree
You will need: Fun Christmas decorations like tinsel, garland, funny hats, wreaths
The object of the game is to decorate a team member like a Christmas tree using all the objects given to each team. One player stands across the playing field from their team and puts their arms out.
The other team members, one at a time, race back and forth with decorations and hang them on the human tree. First team to use all their items to decorate their tree and are first back to the starting line wins! Some fun ideas for decorations – red and green play balls that the tree has to hold, hula hoops, stick on foam Christmas decorations … anything crazy and fun!
22. Freeze Out
You will need: Ice cube tray, small toys
The day before the party place small toys inside an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze.
Give each guest a frozen ice cube and on “go” they must try to be the first to get the toy completely unfrozen. They can use only their hands, breath or body to get the toy out of the ice. Fun game and kids love it!
23. Blindfold Draw
You will need: Paper, pens / pencils or crayons, blindfolds
Players are blindfolded and given a piece of paper and a pencil, pen or crayon. Give them a Christmas theme object to draw while they are blindfolded.
Then take off the blindfolds and see what crazy pictures they
come up with! Play
several times. Great for an
Icebreaker game at the beginning of the party when kids are arriving.
*If you don’t want to use blindfolds the kids can put the paper on top
of their heads and draw that way.
Ideas for pictures: Snowman, Reindeer, Santa, Star, Candy Cane, Snowflake
Have an adult dress up in a Santa suit or hire a professional party entertainer to play Santa for the party. Give each child a chance to sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas. This is also a great photo opportunity to take a picture and send it to the party guests later with a thank you card.
25. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Have the party guests
go on a Christmas scavenger hunt.
Our Christmas scavenger hunt list has lots of fun items to find and is free to print out.
26. Gingerbread House Contest
Let guests build and decorate their own gingerbread house. There are many gingerbread kits out now that contain 4 small gingerbread houses that you can buy, or simply use squares of graham crackers and frosting (2 lbs. powdered sugar, 6 egg whites, 1 tsp. cream of tartar - mix together with an electric mixer). Set out bowls of small candies like skittles, dots, gumdrops, etc. to decorate the houses. This activity is better when done at the beginning of the party so the houses will have time to dry a little before they are taken home.
27. Santa Says
Great active game for kids, tweens, teenagers and adults! Played a little like Simon Says, but the last one to do the action that Santa commands is out. Go over the motions that correspond to each command before the game starts so players will know what to do.
Choose your favorites from the list or use them all!
Get on hands and knees like a reindeer
| 2. Christmas Tree
Three people form group / Two of the three form the tree and one pretends to decorate
|3. I see You!
He sees you when you're sleeping - players drop to floor and pretend to sleep.
|4. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Players pretend to jump down chimney.
Players pretend to steal decorations from Christmas tree and put them in bag.
|6. Coal in Your Stocking
The floor is hot coals and you can't touch it - players have to climb off floor onto any nearby object.
|7. Christmas Morning
Three players - two are presents and one pretends to open them.
4 players - three form the 3 sections of a snowman and the 4th person pretends to decorate with eyes, nose, mouth, hat and scarf.
|9. Snow Angel
Players make a snow angel on the floor.
All players run to the left side of the room.
Players run to wall and stand straight with hands over their head.
|12. Elf Dance
Players dance a jig with hands on waist.
|13. Santa's Here!
All players run to the right side of the room.
|14. Reindeer Names
Players have to recite the 8 reindeer names. p;
Christmas Would You Rather
FREE questions to print out! Great for family, classroom and parties. Players have to answer what they would rather do given two very different (and funny!) Christmas themed scenarios. Fun group game! All that is required to play is the free printable list of questions and a group of kids, tweens, teenagers or adults!
Great group or party game for family, classroom, Christmas, holiday or birthday party! Fun for all ages. Easy set up with over 50 Christmas themed Charade clues to print out!
Fun large or small group game - players take turns drawing pictures of clues for their team to guess what they are drawing. Over 50 Christmas themed pictionary clues free to print out.
White Elephant Gift Exchange
Fun party game for all ages! Guests bring unwanted or funny gifts to the party and exchange them with other guests. Complete instructions and details on how to play the White Elephant party game.
NEW! Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt - 50 fun items to find in outdoor holiday displays. Free list to print out.
New Years Scavenger Hunt
Ring in the New Year with this fun scavenger hunt. Complete with set-up, rules, directions and a free item list to print out full of fun things related to New Years. New Years Scavenger Hunt List
Mall Scavenger Hunts
Fun way to have a scavenger hunt indoors! 8 different mall scavenger hunts with directions and
free item lists.
Mall Scavenger Hunts
Christmas Would You Rather
Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt
Christmas Truth or Dare