The holiday season is all about having fun with loved ones. And what’s more fun than playing games? We’ve selected 5 fun Christmas games which are guaranteed to make even the lamest Christmas party entertaining.And get this: you don’t even need to buy boards or cards; some every day stuff and a cheerful mood do the job. Have fun!
Fun Christmas game 1: Jingle in the trunk
Ever wondered how difficult it would be to shake a bunch of balls out of a tissue box attached to your hips? This fun Christmas game is based on the ever-popular game Junk in the Trunk.
2 Empty tissue boxes, 24 plastic baubles, 2 belts, a stopwatch (or smartphone with stopwatch)
Take two empty tissue boxes and wrap them in Christmas paper. Fill them with 12 baubles. Strap the box to the player’s lower back with an old belt. The two players have to shake that bootie, twerk, jump or move around for one minute, in order to get as many jingle bells as possible out of the box. After the minute, count how many are left in the box. The family member who got the most out of it, wins.
Fun Christmas game 2: Fictionairy
Also known as the dictionary game. This Christmas game is fun for both young and old family members and therefore ideal for the holiday season.
A large dictionary (ideally more dictionaries), a pen and pieces of paper for each player
One player, called the picker, chooses an obscure word from the dictionary and announces and spells it to the other players. The word should be one that no other player knows. (If a player is familiar with the chosen word, they should say so and another word should be chosen). Each player writes a crafty and credible definition of the word, initials it, and submits it to the word picker. The Picker collects and shuffles the definitions, including their own, which is the correct one. The picker reads the list of definitions aloud once. On the second reading, each player (except for the picker) votes for the definition they believe is the correct one. Players earn one point for voting for the correct definition, and one point for each vote cast for the definition they wrote. The Picker earns three points if no one selects the correct definition. Go on until every player has been the picker once and count the points. The one who has earned the most points, wins.
Fun Christmas game 3: Broom Game
Can you imagine what it would like if your uncle is struggling to do something so tricky? This is an absolute ‘try at home’ Christmas game.
Clear a circle in the room. Family members play in order of age: the youngest member of the family starts, the oldest one is the last. Then start: hold a broom in front of you, palms up. You may slide your hands up and down the handle, but you must not let go of it. Step over the broom and bring it over your head however you can. Now, step over the broom again, but in a NEW way. With one foot, go around the outside of your arm and step inside the broom and your arm. From this position, straighten out your legs and arms and maneuver the broom. You are now back where you started. Well done! Pass the broom to the next player. Anyone who completes the steps is a winner of course, but the champion of the family is the oldest person who can complete all steps in this fun family Christmas game.
Tip: you’ll look less awkward doing this when wearing a Christmas suit. ‘Cause when you’re wearing a Christmas suit, you’re a winner anyway. 😉
Fun Christmas game 4: Forehead Detective
There are many variants of this fun Christmas game and everyone knows and loves this classic one. Ideal to play with the entire family during Christmas.
Post-it papers and a pen (one for each player)
The person on your left writes the name of a famous person (fictional or real) on a post-it and sticks it on your forehead in a way that everyone can read the name except you. By asking questions with yes/no answers, everyone has to work out who they are. You can ask questions to the entire group until you get a ‘no’. In that case the next person can ask until he/she gets a no again. The one who first guesses who’s on his forehead, wins.
Of course, you could make this game a real themed Christmas game, by adding a rule: the famous person has to be related to Christmas in a way (from The Grinch to Kevin from Home Alone, the options are unlimited).
Fun Christmas game 5: Face the gingerbread man
Face the Gingerbread Man is played exactly like the famous game Face the Cookie, but it’s an ultimate family Christmas game when replacing the cookie with a gingerbread man. Nom nom nom!
Gingerbread cookies for every family member
Sit down and lean your head back. Place the cookie on your forehead and move it to your mouth using only the muscles in your face. Don’t touch the cookie with your hands! If you win this fun Christmas game, the prize is already in your mouth: you can eat the gingerbread cookie. Yassss. You can also make it ‘a minute to win it’ game, by adding a rule: you have to finish in 60 seconds. Good luck.
Can’t decide which fun Christmas game to play with your family? You could even make picking one of the above ones a game itself (we obviously can’t get enough of games). Write the names of the Christmas games on a paper, put it in a pan and let the youngest member of the family draw lots. The game that’s on the paper will be played. If you’re done with the game, you could do it again to decide the next game you’re going to play.
Well, have fun and a merry Christmas!