Games are an important part of any party or celebration. During the holidays, especially, they can really get party guests into the spirit of the season. Here are some ideas for activities for the entire family:
- Christmas Trivia Game This can be adapted for adults or children. Ask a series of Christmas-related trivia questions and have the guests write down their answers. Whoever has the most correct answers at the end of the game wins. You can create questions based on the birth of Christ, or Christmas folklore, traditions, television shows, songs and carols, etc. There are many ways to set up Christmas trivia games.
- "Grinch" Christmas Gift Swap Have each guest bring a wrapped gift to exchange. Players will then each draw a number out of a hat. Whoever goes first gets to choose and open one of the gifts. Player 2 will then have the option of "stealing" that gift or selecting and opening another gift. As the play goes on, players who have the higher numbers will be able to select from any of the opened gifts or a new gift.
- Pin the Nose on Rudolph (or a snowman, Santa, elf, etc.) Although this may not be one of the most popular games for adults, it's wonderful for young children. Get a piece of cardboard and draw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's face on it. Don't draw Rudolph's red nose, however. Instead, cut out several red circles and put a piece of tape on the back of each one. Give each player a red circle "nose" and then blindfold players as they try to paste the nose on Rudolph's face. Whoever gets his nose closest to the correct spot wins. If Rudolph isn't your favorite character (or you think he is too hard to draw), you can create a snowman, Santa or any other holiday character.
- Christmas Character Game This is a fun game for party guests of all ages. Write down the names of all of the Christmas "characters" you can think of, from stories, songs, TV shows, etc. Some examples might include Santa Claus, Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch. You may even want to include characters from holiday-themed movies, like George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life. Players each draw a character's name out of a hat and then portray their character by answering yes and no questions that are asked of them by the other guests. The last person to stump the other players wins. A variation of this game can be played by drawing the character names but not allowing the players to see who their character is. The name of their character is then pinned or taped to their back. The players must then try to figure out who they are by asking questions of the other guests.
- Christmas Scavenger Hunt This is another good party game for young children - and adults will enjoy this, too. Create a list of objects that guests must hunt for, either indoors or outdoors. Some items could include a specific color ornament, a candy cane, a story book, a piece of mistletoe, etc. The first person or team to find all of the items on the list wins.
- Christmas Carol Game Sit the players in a circle and begin by having the first person sing the first line of a popular Christmas song or carol. The next player must sing the second line of the song. Play continues until a player doesn't know the next line. That person is then "out" and players can start over with a new song. Have song lyric sheets available for players to refer to if there is a question over the correct words. And remember--it's all in good fun!
Don't let your Christmas parties be boring. Include some of these family games for everyone can enjoy.