8 Christmas Game Ideas for the Whole Family

Looking to add a bit of fun to your Christmas party? We've compiled this list of Christmas themed games and activities to keep your guests entertained for hours! 


  1. Decorate a person as a Christmas tree. Using green streamers,ornaments, tinsel—whatever you can find—decorate your “tree”. First or best one wins.
  2. Pin the red nose on Rudolph. The Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey-you could also do Pin the Carrot on the Snowman, Pin the Star on the Tree, you are only limited by your imagination!
  3. Ornament guess. Have guests guess the total number of ornaments on a tree as they enter the party. The closest guess wins.
  4. Gift hot potato. Pass around one unwrapped gift at a time. When the music stops, whoever is holding it is out of the game, and they keep the gift they are holding. Start with smaller gifts and progress the higher value gifts for those who make it through the first few rounds.
  5. Candy Cane Grab. Using a candy cane in your mouth, pick up as many other candy canes as you can in a certain amount of time and you can't use your hands!
  6. Mystery Stocking. Fill a stocking or sock with a collection of "mystery items," then pass the stocking around the circle, letting everyone guess what is inside. They may shake the stocking, smell it, or simply feel the shape of what is inside. 
  7. Santa Belt Limbo.  Add a "Santa stomach" (could be a pillow or folded blanket held on with a belt) to everyone for a little extra challenge. Then play some Christmas music. All you'll need is a couple of large shirts, some pillows, and maybe a belt. 
  8. Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Collect items which match the items in the carol 'Twelve Days of Christmas' and hide them throughout the house and send people to hunt for as many of the gifts as possible! To make it more challenging for grown-ups, don't give them a list so they have to remember the items from the song from memory


 Do you have a favourite game you and your family play every Christmas? Tell us about it on Facebook or Instagram @christmas_elves_au!