Some churches host Christmas parties for their teens as a way of remembering the birth of Christ. Other people host teen Christmas parties as merely a way of celebrating the holiday season. Regardless of whether your Christmas party has a sacred or secular emphasis, you'll want to entertain your teenage guests with party games. There are lots of free party games available to keep your guests entertained.
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Musical Scavenger Hunt
This game is a Scavenger hunt. Speak to your neighbors beforehand to make sure they're open to receiving visitors from your party. Once your partygoers 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.
If the people from the 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
This game also uses familiar Christmas songs. Divide your group into two teams 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. 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 the team 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 until everyone has had a chance to draw.
Christmas List Game
This game is an ice-breaker activity that help kids to get to know each other better. Design and print a list of experiences relating to Christmas. Entitle it, "Find Someone Who...." You might use items in the list such as, "has celebrated Christmas in another country," "has ever received a live animal as a Christmas present," and "has donated items to charity during the holidays." You probably will want to have at least 10 items in your list.
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. 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.