Christmas Party Games
THE COMMUNICATION CRAZE GAME - You will need 3 or 4 pairs of contestants to play this game. One pair of contestants will compete at a time. The pair sits with their backs to each other, each person holding a Christmas tray on his lap. One person's tray contains 15 or 20 object that have been arranged in a certain way. The other person's tray contains the same objects just piled in a heap in the middle of the tray. You can use any small Christmas related objects for this game, just as long as you have 2 of everything. Examples included ornaments, napkins, nativity characters, gift tags, and a string of lights. Once you have 2 of everything, arrange the items in a complicated way - circle the string of lights under one item and over the other. Of course, if you plan to have 4 pairs playing this game you will need to make up different trays for each group! The person with the prearranged objects has to describe the arrangement in such a way that his partner can duplicate it exactly on his own tray. When they feel they are done, they can face the guests! Nobody ever cares who wins, the fun is in watching them try!
EYE WITNESS YOU - Divide into two teams. The first team members leave the room and must switch various items of clothing or accessories with one another, then return to the game room. The object is for the other team's members to try to guess all of the switches that have been made. Add up how many items they guessed correctly. Then let the other team have a turn to switch and let the first team eye-witness what's different. The team with the most correct answers in 5 minutes wins!
BLOWING OUT THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE is a good old Christmas game that is amusing. One of our lighted Taper Candles is placed upon a table or chair and each player is, in turn, blindfolded and stood with his back to the candle, about two feet away. He is then told to take three steps forward, turn round three times, take four steps towards the candle and then blow it out. In the majority of cases, the blindfolded player will lose all idea of distance and position, and when he blows will be in quite another part of the room from that in which the candle stands. Of course, it is wise to have a player or two standing by the side of the candle to prevent any blindfolded person from getting too near.
GIFT-GIVING GAME - Great for Christmas Parties and Exchanges! Everyone brings a gift to the party, this is fun for gift exchanges during the holidays. TO BEGIN: Everyone stands in a circle holding the gift he/she brought to the party. Someone reads the story, every time the word RIGHT is read, everybody passes his gift to the right. Every time the word LEFT is read, gifts are passed to the left. The gift that each person is holding at the end of the story is the gift he keeps.
FIND YOUR PARTNER GAME - Before the party, take our Candy Cane Wire Garland and cut them into two pieces of various lengths. Be sure that you have two of every length! When the guests arrive, their objective is to find the other person at the party that has the same length piece of garland. When it comes time for a gift exchange, the pairs give their gifts to each other!
HO, HO, HOLD YOUR TONGUE! – Give each player a bag or stocking with 10 small treasures in it (candy, chocolates, little favors). Have bags labeled with players' names, so they don't get mixed up. Let players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending—this game can be played throughout an entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is to catch fellow players saying one of the following words or phrases:
SANTA, REINDEER, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, ORNAMENT, PRESENTS
To help players, post the words prominently on a board where they can be seen often. If someone is caught saying one of the words on the list, that person has to give up a treasure from their stash. The player with the biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game is the winner! This game is always a big hit.
CHARADES – Using the same categories as the trivia games, play charades in a specified category, using people, places and things from the entire century. As an alternative, make a list of historically significant events, and play charades to try to recreate images of the grand, silly, and world shaping events of history. For a more lighthearted game, use a Holiday related theme. Use titles of Christmas songs, Christmas movies (cartoon or real!), or Christmas traditions that everyone would be familiar with. A few ideas to get you started…"Chestnuts roasting on a open fire", "The Grinch who stole Christmas", "Miracle on 34th Street", "Jack Frost nipping at your nose", "Frosty the Snowman", "Turkey with all the trimmings", etc. A winner every time!
NAME GAME – Provide each guest with 5 small pieces of paper, and a pencil. Ask them to write down the names of 5 famous people from history…leaders, movie stars, authors, sports figures, politicians, artists, inventors, scientists, etc. Fold the papers, and put them into a hat. Seat guests in a large circle. Each round is limited to 30 seconds, so have a watch with a second hand available. The first player pulls out a name, and tries to get the person beside them to guess the name. After the name is guessed, the clue giver can continue pulling names out of the hat for the full 30 seconds. Here are the rules: They can talk, but can't point to items. They can't spell out the name, but can say the letter the name starts with. They can reference just about anything, but the person's name. As an example, if the name is "Sammy Sosa", the clue giver might say…"The guy who had almost as many homeruns as Mark McGuire in the 1998 baseball season." "He plays for the Chicago Cubs", etc. Both the clue "giver" and the clue "guesser" get points for as many names as they guess in the 30-second time frame. Have each participant track his/her own points. The turn then passes to the guesser, who now becomes the clue giver, and his/her neighbor becomes the new guesser. This game is a blast to play, and really is not as difficult as these instructions would make it seem! Give it a try!
JINGLE BELL RELAY Before the party you will need to purchase at least 40-1" Jingle Bells (available at craft and discount stores). Divide your group into two teams. Players race around a specific course with a heaping pile of jingling bells (at least 15), before handing them off to a teammate. Dropped bells must be retrieved before the handoff. The first team to complete the course wins. Your guests will feel like kids again!
LIMBO – The young and the young at heart always enjoy the classic beach game of "limbo". Try using a string of twinkle lights, or a strand of sparkly garland for your limbo stick. For a fun variation on the game, make it a little more challenging by adding a Santa Stomach to guests as they take their turn. Have a couple of oversized shirts, and some fluffy pillows on hand. Get ready for some howling laughter!
BALLOON POPPING CONTEST – Divide guests into two equal groups. About 25 yards away place two bags of inflated red and green balloons. These balloons should be overinflated to make popping easier. At the sound of a ringing bell, the first two relay contestants, one from each team, run to the bag, and remove one balloon. Each must sit on it until it pops. Once the balloon pops, the players run back to the starting line, and tag the next player in line. The first team to complete the course wins. Not a quiet game…but a guaranteed favorite!
"HULA" HOOPLA – Purchase or borrow a couple of hula-hoops. Let guests know that at a specified time there will be a "hula" contest, and encourage them to practice if the mood strikes.
NAME THAT TUNE – You'll need a CD player and some compact discs with compilations of Christmas songs. Play the first few bars, and see which guest can name that tune the fastest. Keep track of points and award the winner a Christmas music CD. If your group is large, play a variation on this game. Using famous Christmas and holiday songs, list song titles on one side of a page, and the original Artists or songwriters on the other side. Make enough copies for all guests. Challenge guests to match as many as possible. A challenging but fun adventure!
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