An adult Christmas party gives everyone a chance to play a variety of party games. A couple of game styles include gift exchange games and guessing games. Gift exchange games can be played with any type of gift of a specific price range or gift type, such as Christmas tree ornaments. If you are stuck on gift ideas, Amazon has tons of suggestions. Guessing games give Christmas party guests a chance to know each other a little better, with the potential to have some good-natured fun.
Left/right Christmas game
The Left Right Game is a fun way for adults to play a Christmas gift exchange game. Instead of drawing names from a hat, each guest brings a wrapped gift that falls within a price range specified by the host. The host creates a story to read to the guests at the party. In this story, the words left or right should be used at least 40 times.
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You could go with a beloved tale like the classic Christmas poem Twas The Night Before Christmas, and put your own twist on it using the words left and right.
The guests all sit in a circle for the left/right story, starting with their own gift in their laps. Each time the word left is read, everyone passes the gift they hold to the left. If the word right is read, gifts are passed from one person to the right. This continues until the end of the story, with each guest opening the gift they're holding at the end of the story.
Two truths and a lie
During your holiday gathering, give each guest three sheets of paper upon entering the party. Instruct the guests to write their name on two of the sheets of paper along with one of the worst holiday gifts they have ever received. On the third sheet, they write their name as well, but make up a gift that they think would be a horrible gift to receive. These should not be too unbelievable, as the object of the game is to guess which gifts were actually received and which weren't.
On the back of each paper, have the guest write whether the gift was real or made up. As the guests finish their pieces of paper, paste the papers along a wall and number them.
During the party, have each guest number a piece of paper. Beside each number, each guest notes whether they feel the gift is real or made up. At the end of the night, reveal which were really received and which were made up. The player with the most correct guesses wins a prize.
Childhood Christmas photo game
Ask each of your guests to bring a photograph of themselves either opening gifts on Christmas day or sitting with Santa Claus from when they were a child. Each guest should write their name on the back of the photograph.
The photos should be displayed and numbered on a bulletin board at the party. Instruct each of the guests to guess which of the other guests is in each photograph.
After everyone fills out a sheet with guesses, have guests stand up when their photo number is announced. The winner is the player with the most correct guesses.
Why these games are great
Any of these games would be right at home during your holiday party or even a Christmas office party or a baby shower. A white elephant game can also be played if you wish, or trivia with a Christmas twist can be enjoyable. The internet is full of fun games, too, so if you're looking for something unique, there is always a printable game that can be fun.
If you have a large group at your party, any of these would be a blast to play and help create lasting memories for years to come.