'Tis the season for fun Christmas games that everyone can play. Whether you are planning an office party, family party or holiday gathering for friends, be sure to incorporate a few Christmas games that will get everyone involved and in the holiday spirit. Encourage everyone to participate by awarding small Christmas-themed prizes to the winners.
Print Bingo cards with Christmas words, such as a Christmas tree, presents, reindeer, candy cane and Santa Claus, in the squares. Write the same words on small slips of paper and place them in a bowl. The first player to get a Bingo horizontally, vertically or diagonally and yell, “Merry Christmas,” wins the game. For another paper game, write Christmas words scrambled on a sheet of paper. Give the players one minute to unscramble as many words as they can. The player who unscrambles the most words wins the game.
Christmas Bow Games
Divide the players into two teams and have each team stand in a single file line. Give the first player in each line three large Christmas bows. When you say, “Go,” the players must pass the bows down their team line using only their teeth. Once each bow makes it down the line, they can pass the next bow. The first team to get all the bows down their team line wins the game. For an easy bow game, play a game of pass the bow. All players will sit or stand in a circle. Hand one player a bow. Play Christmas music and have the players pass the bow. When the music stops, the player holding the bow is out of the game. The last player left wins the game.
Wrap 10 empty boxes of all different sizes for each team. When you say, “Build,” the teams must work together to stack all their boxes. The first team to stack all 10 boxes and keep them standing for at least 10 seconds wins the game. For another gift game, make a gift-wrapping relay. Divide the players into two teams and give each team an unwrapped box, tape, wrapping paper and scissors. Mark a starting line and another line about 15 feet apart. Each player must run to the other line and wrap a layer of paper on the gift. The first team to complete the relay race wins the game.
Record several Christmas songs on a CD or MP3 player. Give each player a sheet of paper and a pen. Play about 10 seconds of each song, and have the players write down the name of the song. The player who names the most songs correctly wins the game. For a harder version of this game, play one sentence from the Christmas song and have players write down the next sentence in each song. The player with the most correct answers wins the game.