Christmas Game Ideas for School Parties


'Tis the season for twinkle lights, Santa Claus, family and fun. The excitement of the Christmas season is an especially fun time for children--magical and wonderful things are happening all around them. The Christmas spirit often fills the school halls as well. Children look forward to class parties and activities. Fun holiday games are one element to a successful school Christmas party.

Christmas Relay Game

  • Can children fill stockings faster than Santa Claus? In this Christmas stocking relay game, children form two lines, creating two teams, on either side of the room. The line leader scoops a spoon full of candy and races to fill his team's stocking, which hangs on the other side of the room. He returns to the line, hands the spoon to the next person and she races to fill the stocking. This pattern continues until the stocking is full. The first team to fill the stocking wins. Supplies needed for this game include two Christmas stockings, two bowls of candy, two spoons and a clear path. A candy-free version of this game is Santa's boot relay game. Replace the candy with plastic snow or shredded white paper and race to fill Santa's boot.

Melting Snowball

  • Melting snowball is played just like hot potato. Children sit in a circle and pass the snowball--a plain white or Styrofoam ball--until the caller yells stop. The child holding the snowball when the music stops is out. This continues until there is just one child left. The last child left in the game becomes the caller for the next game. If time is limited, or if there is a large group of children, more than one snowball can be in play at a time.

Toss the Cookies

  • Toss the Cookies is a simple tossing game. Cookies can be made just like bean bags, except the material should be cut into a circle instead of a square. Any Christmas-themed container can be used for children to toss the cookies into, such as a cookie tin, a wreath, a plastic holiday bowl or a wrapped box. Young children are given a small prize for getting at least one cookie into the object. For older children, assign a point value to each cookie and the child with the most points wins.

Where's Rudolph's Nose?

  • Children go in search of Rudolph's red nose in this egg-hunt-style game. Hide any variety of wrapped candy throughout the room. Hide only one piece of red-wrapped candy. Give each child a bag and a specific number of candies to find. The child that finds the one candy wrapped in red has found Rudolph's nose. A similar game for older children is Help Santa Find His Stocking Treats. Pair children in groups of two and give them a list of specific items to find.

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