There is nothing more festive and joyful than family gatherings at Christmas. Singing carols, opening gifts and a big family dinner get the evening underway. To add to the festivities, many families choose to play games that involve children and adults alike. Games that get all age levels participating make for a memorable Christmas gathering.
"Christmas Tree Dad"
Have Dad, or another family member, stand with arms slightly extended. Kids wrap him with green crepe paper to turn him into a Christmas tree. Add tinsel and some homemade decorations to complete the effect. Young children will especially enjoy "Christmas Tree Dad."
"Pin the Nose on Rudolph"
This game is similar to "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." Ahead of time, create a reindeer on poster board and cut it out. Cut out red noses from shiny paper--one for each participant. Blindfold kids one at a time, turn them around, and have them try to stick the nose on Rudolph. Giving prizes for the closest nose is optional in "Pin the Nose on Rudolph."
For kids who are a bit older, play a game of "Holiday Charades." Come up with a list of Christmas movie titles. Each player draws a title and acts it out for the group to guess.
Create a list of Christmas items or phrases for "Christmas Pictionary." Take turns choosing an item to draw on a large easel pad for the group to guess. The winning guesser chooses the next item or phrase to draw.
Divide the group into two teams with at least eight members on each team. Team members make a chain by joining hand to wrist. Place a bucket with 10 bows at one end of each line and empty buckets at the other end. The object of "Christmas Bows" is to transfer all the bows down the line to the other bucket while keeping hands and wrists joined. If a bow drops on the floor the team members must pick it up without dropping hands. If the hand chain is broken all bows are returned to the beginning, and the team must begin again.
Place 10 to 15 small Christmas items on a tray. Ideas for "Memory" include a Christmas ornament, a tree light, tinsel or Christmas treats. Show the tray to the group for about 30 seconds. Cover the tray. Players write down as many items as they can remember.
Use a pair of long Christmas socks to play a holiday version of "Guess What." Put various small items inside the socks. Use objects such as a Christmas ball ornament, a pine cone, a roll of tape or a jingle bell. Players take turns feeling the socks and guessing the contents. The player with the most objects correct gets the pair of socks.
"Name That Carol"
Choose several Christmas songs to play for the group. Begin playing one of the carols. Players shout out the title as soon as they recognize it, winning that round of "Name That Carol."