I think most of us dread having that bridal or wedding shower that the hostess would bring out the games. Well Christmas parties are a great time to bring those games out again and break up the eating and chatting. I am not saying I am not social, but you can actually learn a lot about someone by watching them play a game. Here are some great tried and true Holiday Party Games to play at any holiday party. We love to play games for our Cookie Exchange party and all these have been done there with much success. People have to get out of their safety net when you bring out the holiday party games. Have fun!
Holiday Party Games and Party Favors for Adults and Kids
Not sure the guests will be excited about playing games? One way to get people excited about doing games is having prizes no matter how expensive. Cocktail napkins, note pads or hot cocoa cones are always an easy choice for adults, find ones that are humorous. Candy works great for kids. Get all the supplies and prizes needed at Amazon with Free Amazon Prime for 30 Days
I thought I would share some tried and true holiday games.
Christmas Carol Pictionary:Break your group into teams. Provide each team with a pad of paper and a pen or pencil. Each person will take turns picking a carol from the hostess. All the teams will have the same carol and the first
to guess and shout out in song will win a point. You can play as many rounds as you wish. To make it easier, download this free party game printable for Christmas Carol Pictionary.
What is inside the box game?
One that I love and it can easily be adapted for any crowd. I wrap a jewelry size gift box filled with small items around the house. It is amazing how much you can fit inside a small box by just looking inside your junk drawer. The guests then have to guess what is in there and the one who gets the most win.
Minute to win it Gingerbread Game: Each person gets a small gingerbread cookie. Have them place it on their forehead. Without using their hands, the first one to get it in there mouth wins.
What’s on the tray?
Place several items on a small tray. Allow guests to look at the tray for about 1 minute. Cover the tray. Give each player a sheet of paper. Give them 3 minutes to write as many items they remember on the tray.
3 Armed Wrapping Game
Break into pairs. Tie one arm together as they stand side by side. Provide each team with a bag of wrapping supplies. A box, scissors, tape, wrapping paper, ribbon and a gift tag. The first to wrap wins. We also gave a prize to the best looking box.
Drawing a holiday scene on your head with a plate Game. Download the directions or make up your own and watch your guests young and old laugh. This is a great mixed ages group game as well.
ABC GAME Either do this individually are in pairs. Have the guests write the letters A-Z on a piece of paper. Give them 5 minutes to come up with holiday words that start with each letter. After the buzzer each guest would get a point for each unique word. Person with most unique word wins.
Guess what is in your purse game This is holiday game for adults is both humorous and revealing. Make a list of things people might have in their purse both common and uncommon, Kleenex, recipes, gum etc. The one with the most items you requested, wins. This could be adapted to older children with backpacks. Your guests might come back the next year with a loaded purse just to be ready!! Trust me I was told they were disappointed when we did not play the game the following year!!
Tear a tree behind your back.
New to me this year and a good one. Basically you give each party guest a piece of paper and ask them to rip a Christmas tree behind their back. Once again any age would be funny to watch. Check out these adults and what they created.
Reindeer Game Your guests will not stop laughing with this fun holiday party game idea.
Holiday Party Ice Breaker Game! If your party is a mix of people that don’t know each other very well be sure and download our Christmas people bingo game
Balloon Glove Pop Game: First give each guest a balloon and ask them to blow it up and tie it. Then pass it to the person to their left. Divide your guests into even teams. Give each team a pair of gloves. Each person on the team must pop the balloon with only the gloves. I told them it had to be above the waist. The first team to finish wins.
Also these sites I mentioned above have downloadable quizzes such as guess the Christmas carol game, holiday movie trivia games.. These holiday party games makes your brain work pretty hard!
Sad to say but we all know kids love party favors at birthday parties. I think adults love a little something as they leave the party too! Find inexpensive items in the dollar section of Michael’s or make something yourself for a fun party favor.
The fudge cookie cutters are cute, or just fill cookie cutters with m and m’s.
Inexpensive ornaments from www.orientaltrading.com that coincide with your theme. They have a ton of items to choose from.
If hosting a cookie exchange how about a recipe book with all the cookies that your guests contributed that year.
Don’t miss these Sprinkle Ornament Party Favors.
Even if the item was inexpensive it is the thought that counts. Simply add a ribbon or a cellophane bag and it spruces even the most inexpensive item up!