Christmas party games anyone? Santa is on his way and you're searching for fun Christmas games that teens won't Grinch-out about. From Christmas bingo to holiday party carol games, we've got you covered with all the DIY awesomeness you need. Bonus: it's all for free!
Seriously, who doesn't like something for free? Forget about the pricey board games that make your wallet cry "Bah humbug." Our holiday season games are everything you need.
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So go ahead and get your Christmas carol on, break the ice with a listicle-like game and amp up your holidays with these Christmas-themed activities. Your teen might even stop Snapchatting and join in on the holiday cheer. And that's priceless.
Christmas bingo game
Combine a Christmas trivia game with a time-tested holiday game (we're talking about bingo here) for a whole family teen-centric good time. Christmas bingo doesn't have to involve a ready-made, store-bought board game. Nope. You can make your own Christmas tree shaped boards from scrap cardboard. And yes, we know that Amazon has visited your home more times than Santa will. So, use up all of those empty cardboard boxes for this holiday party activity.
Draw a Christmas tree or mega-sized snowman onto each piece of scrap board, cut it out and draw a bingo setup with red and green markers. Add words, an emoji or pictures to each square that match the answers to Christmas trivia questions. Choose a Christmas movie, holiday candy (think candy canes) or other "Merry Christmas" themed trivia to use. Call out the questions and have the teens mark their Christmas bingo cards with leftover hot chocolate mini marshmallows.
Ask your teen to brainstorm the trivia questions. This will help you to find age-appropriate options.
Don't worry if you're not totally crafty. Pinterest can wait for your office party. Glue free printable game cards to the cardboard to create easy-to-read family game night bingo boards.
Musical scavenger hunt
This is a fun way to celebrate a family Christmas party with both friends and family. It's Christmas Eve and your fam is looking for something to do with your party guests. That is, something other than eating all the Christmas candy before Santa arrives or they "accidentally" unwrap half of the presents.
Once your party goers arrive, divide them into two or three teams. Give each team a list of familiar Christmas carols. You might consider using songs like, "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells," "Away in a Manger" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Explain that the teams must walk to houses in the neighborhood (with an adult chaperone for each team), knock on the door and ask if they can perform a charade for the occupants of the home. Someone from the team must act out the name of one of the Christmas songs.
Speak to your neighbors beforehand to make sure they're open to receiving visitors from your party.
Christmas activities for teens may need a hint (or more) of competition. If the people from the neighbor's home correctly guess the song, the team earns a point. Have someone from the home sign their initials next to the song title saying that they guessed the song. Then, whether the person guessed correctly or not, the team must sing at least one verse of the song, thank the people for their time and wish them a merry Christmas before moving on to the next home. The team that collects the most points wins.
Drawing Christmas carols
Get artsy using familiar Christmas songs. Divide your group into two teams, family feud style, and place a large easel or dry erase board at the front of the room. Write the names of well known Christmas carols on index cards and turn the cards face down in a stack. You can also use printable cards for this family-gathering teen game.
Choose a team to go first and have that team elect someone to draw for them. The "artist" must take a card from the top of the stack and attempt to draw the song without using any letters or numbers. If a teammate guesses the song within one minute, they gain a point. If they can't guess the song, the other team can take a guess. Let the two teams take turns until everyone has had a chance to draw during this Christmas carol game.
Christmas list game
Do you need an icebreaker for your next extended family gathering? This pick is perfect for teens! Design and print a list of experiences relating to Christmas. Entitle it, "Find Someone Who...." You might use items in the list such as, "thinks A Christmas Story is the best of the best when it comes to popular Christmas movies," "has ever received a live animal as a Christmas present," or "has donated items to charity during the holidays."
Give each teenager a copy of the list and a pen or pencil. Explain that they will have five minutes to circulate through the room, finding people who have had the experiences on the list. If they find someone who has had a certain experience, they must ask that person to sign their name next to that number on the sheet of paper.
Instead of using a timer, play a holiday-themed Christmas song. When the tune ends, so does the game.
Set a rule that the same person can sign someone's list no more than twice, which helps to ensure that each person will talk to as many people as possible. Allow a certain time limit (such as 15 minutes) for everyone to collect signatures. Whoever collects the most signatures wins.
Would you rather spend Christmas Eve in front of a smartphone or making your holiday party an IRL scene for teens! Forget about spending hours watching Tik Tok videos in large groups. Your kiddos and their guests can sing, draw and old-school talk to each other while playing these games. And maybe we should mention again that these Christmas party ideas are free! Yes, free.