How to Play the Party Game Christmas Carol


There are two popular versions of the "Christmas Carol Game." Both are suitable for groups of at least six. Both versions rely on the participants' willingness to sing in front of others. However, you can tailor the second version of the game to accommodate shyer party guests.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • A book of Christmas carol lyrics for reference
  • Pencils or pens
  • Small gifts for prizes

Christmas Carol Game, Version 1

  • Pass out paper and pencils to all the guests. Have everyone write down the lyrics to a favorite Christmas Carol.

  • Determine the size of the group. Ask everyone to write down five numbers within the range of the number of guests (if there are 20 guests, choose five numbers between 1 and 20.)

  • Call out a number within the range described in Step 2. Ask all guests with that number to stand up and sing the carol written on the paper. Cross off that number from the paper.

  • Announce another number and have guests with that number stand and sing. Understand that multiple carols are sung simultaneously. Make sure singers cross off the number from the bottom of their papers.

  • Continue calling out numbers until one guest has crossed off all five numbers from his paper. Serve cocktails throughout the game. Instruct the "winner" to stand and sing "Jingle Bells" in order to clench the grand prize.

Christmas Carol Game, Version 2

  • Arrange chairs in a circle. Decide who will begin the game by singing the first line of a favorite Christmas carol.

  • Ask the guest to the right of the first singer to continue by singing the next line of the carol. Proceed around the circle with each person singing a line of lyrics until a player fails to know the next line. Declare that player "out" of the competition.

  • Move to the guest to the right of the player who is "out." Begin a new round by singing the first line of a different carol.

  • Continue around the circle with each guest adding one line to the song. Eliminate guests who do not know the next line. Proceed until only one player remains. Reward that player with a small holiday-themed prize.

  • Adjust the rules for shy players. Have guests recite the lyrics rather than sing them aloud.

Tips & Warnings

  • "Jingle Bells" is not allowed as part of regulation game play in either version of the game.
  • Offer small prizes for "Worst Singing," "Best Solo," "Most Obscure Carol" and other categories.
  • Where adults are concerned, cocktails make either version of this game a lot more fun.
  • Make sure to only serve alcoholic beverages to guest age 21 and up.

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