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Christmas games for all the family

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Family at Christmas
Christmas games are a fab way of avoiding the after-dinner lull by getting the family up on their feet! There are also plenty of Christmas party games for kids too!

When it comes to Christmas and you have the whole family over there's no better time to get stuck into some of the best Christmas games - and these are perfect for all ages.

There are Christmas games for everyone including Christmas party games for kids, from traditional family party games you'll all know how to play like charades, to really festive games like the Human Christmas Tree, where you can throw as much tinsel as you like over Dad - guaranteed to have the whole family in stitches!

So if you've got the family coming over and you want to keep the buzz of Christmas alive for the whole day, why not try one of our family Christmas games and have the best Christmas yet.

 

Christmas games to play with the whole family 

The Christmas game: Memory test


How many players?
As many as you like!

The objective
To remember as many items removed from a tray as you can

How to play:
Get 10 to 15 small Christmas items and place on a tray.

Try things like a Christmas stocking, maybe one or more ornaments, Christmas cookies, cookie cutters, wrapping paper, Christmas candle, bow, Christmas movie, mince pies, nutcracker, etc…

Set the tray down or walk around with the tray and allow people to study it for 1 or 2 minutes. Then take the tray out of the room.

Now give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil and have them write down as many of the items as they can remember. The one with the most correct items written down wins.

The Christmas game: Cluedo


How many players?
4 or more

The objective
Everyone is trying to 'kill' another person, simply by handing them a Christmas object without them realising. If that person takes it then they die! The last one standing - empty handed - is the winner.

How to play:
Each person writes their own name on a piece of paper, plus one Christmas object in the house that could be easily passed to someone (no Christmas trees!).

Next, each person then takes a name out of a bag, and an object. You need to pass the person you draw the Christmas item you draw and if they take it without realising, then they die.

If a person dies, they have to give the person and object to their killer.

The last one standing wins!

The Christmas game: Pin the nose on the Rudolph


How many players?
4 or more

The objective
To place the red nose on the right spot on Rudolph's body.

How to play
One person is blindfolded and spun round to disorientate them. Once released, point them in the right direction and place the red nose in their hand, with something sticky on the back.

Let them guess where Rudolph's face is and attempt to stick the red nose where it should go. The whole group each take turns in doing this and whoever got closest wins a prize!

The Christmas game: Ho ho ho blindman's bluff


How many players?
4 or more

The objective
The 'blind' person wins by identifying the people in the room by touch and then hearing them say 'ho ho ho'. The other people have to avoid being caught and identified but they can't hide or run away but they can move about to make it harder.

How to play
One person is blindfolded and spun round.

The person with the blindfold has to move around the room and identify each person by touch alone.

The other people in the room need to move around a bit so it's hard for the person wearing the blindfold to find people.

If the blind person finds you, they can ask you to say 'ho ho ho' in whatever voice you choose! Whoever the 'blind' person correctly identifies, they swap places and wear the blindfold.

The Christmas game: Mystery stocking


How many players?
2 or more

The objective
To guess what the mystery item hidden in the sock is correctly.

How to play
Take a Christmas stocking and fill it with random, small prizes. Let each child hold the stocking and without putting their hands inside, feel the shape of the prize and guess what it is.

If they guess a prize they get to keep it!

The Christmas game: Festive charades


How many players?
4 or more

The objective
The rest of the group have to watch your mime and guess what the title is that you're acting out. The person that guesses correctly then takes their turn to act out a charade. The only catch is - the subject you choose has to be Christmas-themed!

How to play
One person stands in front of the rest of the family/friends and mimes the title of a Christmas song, play, film, book or TV programme.

The person doing the miming uses hand signals to show whether it's a film,
book, pop song, etc, and then they either act out each individual word,
one at a time, or mime the full title in one go.

The people watching have to guess the name of whatever the person is miming.

Whoever gets it right swaps places and do their own mime to the group.

The Christmas game: Festive alphabet


How many players?
2 or more

The objective
To pick a Christmas related word for every letter of the alphabet

How to play
Take some paper and write down every letter of the alphabet vertically down the length of the page.

Put the players into small teams and let them think of a Christmas related word for each letter. The first team to finish all the letters wins.

The Christmas game: Human Christmas tree


How many players?
6 or more

The objective
The team that finish first and have the best 'decorated' tree are the winners and win a prize.

How to play
Separate into teams with one person in each team playing the Christmas tree.

The team then have to turn their chosen person into a Christmas tree, using wrapping paper, tape and decorations - but they have under a minute to do it!

When the minute is up the winner is the team that have the best decorated tree.

The Christmas game: Santa style


How many players:
6 or more

The objective
To create a Santa outfit first.

How to play
Separate into teams of three or four and give each team a bag filled with materials to make a Santa outfit from. The best materials to use are red, white and black streamers and tissue paper, cotton wool balls and any fun extras like fur or glitter.

Give the teams 5 minutes to create a Santa outfit, making it as good as they possibly can. When the time runs out, both teams take it in turns to do a catwalk of their creation and the parents can judge which one is best.

The Christmas game: The 'gimme' game


How many players:
More than 5 is best.

The objective
To get as many gifts as you can.

How to play Depending on how many people are playing, you have two less presents than there are people. Keep them jokey, cheap gifts.

It's a good idea to wrap the presents really well and try to disguise the contents and shapes.

The presents are then put together in the middle of the room.

Everyone takes it in turn to throw two dice.

Whoever gets a double six is allowed to take a present - but not open it.

Everyone gets a go and if you get a double six, you can 'steal' a gift that your friend has chosen for themselves - shouting GIMME! as you do, although they may take it back if
they get a double six!

Often people take a gift that they think is going to be a really good present - this is where wrapping well can outwit other players.

When everyone's had a couple of turns and everyone has a few presents each, you're allowed to open the presents and keep them if you wish.

The Christmas game: Mr & Mrs



How many players?
6 or more.

This game works best with at least three couples, but doesn't necessarily have to be couples, this also works for friends, brothers and sisters and colleagues.

The objective
To correctly answer questions about your partner. The winners kiss under the mistletoe!

How to play
Get into pairs and send one half of the couple out of the room while you ask their partner questions about them.

Make the questions as interesting as you can, from 'what's her favourite perfume?' to 'how old was he when he had his first kiss?'.

Bring the partner back into the room to answer the questions, giving one point for every correct answer.

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The couple with the most points wins and have to kiss under the mistletoe.

What do you think? Will you be playing Christmas games thie year? Let us know in the comments box below.

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jason

@ Mari. Lighten up pleeease! You must be a real barrel of laughs.

Nadia

I love Wink Murder I had forgotten about it we used to play it in Drama at school all the time who cares what it is called it's a fab game to play! If the name offends anyone just rename it something else

carole hudson

I completely agree with Jan. There are far too many stupid rules and regulations now. The innocence and fun are slowly being sucked out of everything. Yes we do have a small amount of people who are racist,bias,ignorant etc but the more we make out of these issues the bigger they become.

Jan

... and no doubt you agree with the term "blackboard" being banned. How ridiculous this country has become....

Mari

I really think this is an unsuitable family game for a number of reasons. I am a teacher and also deliver training on equalities. Why has 'murder' become a game? Why would you use the term 'blind' for someone who is able to see but for the purposes of the game is not looking. No wonder we have children, teenagers and even adults using the term, "I am going to kill her" or "My mum will murder me" when they really mean that someone is going to be cross with them.

nicola harrison

would love to win x

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