The countdown has begun: it is almost time for Christmas! By now you’ve probably finished and wrapped your gifts, planned your get-togethers, and maybe even shopped for dinner ingredients. If you are really ahead of the game, you’ve started preparing your holiday meals. But speaking of games, have you wondered how you will keep your kids and family entertained this holiday break? Many parents and grown-ups remember to plan ahead when it comes to presents and meal prepping, but don’t have a plan to keep kids from watching screens all week.
Bimi Boo is here to help! If you want to engage in quality family time this holiday season, and bring everyone together for some friendly competition, read on for some new Christmas games to thrill and excite everyone! Make memories with these wonderful Christmas party games that kids of all ages will enjoy. Get ready to have the best Christmas ever with these games for families!
Christmas Punch Game
Punch Games are versatile and fun, because they can be customized to your family’s preferences, and you can include as many players as you want. The ‘punch’ part of the game requires you to tape tissue paper over the tops of plastic cups–for the December holidays, stick with red and green. 10-15 cups is a good number for each game. Tape the bottom of the cups to a piece of cardboard or poster board. Each player will pick the cup they want to ‘punch’ through.
The versatility comes when you decide what goes into the cups! Does your family like charades? Put a charade clue into each cup. When someone ‘punches’ through the tissue paper to find the clue, that player has to act out the clue until someone guesses it correctly.
Are your kids artistic? The cups can contain the names of other family members, and then each player goes off to create a holiday card or homemade craft for that person.
Want to get right to the fun and excitement? Fill each plastic cup with a small toy or candy like a Hershey’s kiss. Played this way, there is an instant reward in every cup!
Christmas Trivia Game
Everyone loves to show off their smarts. And the Christmas season is rich in history and stories. Put those two together and you have a great game for you and your family to play on Christmas.
One player starts by asking a simple question about the holiday season, and another attempts to answer. If correct, that person asks the next question. Correct answers can win items like a candy cane or a small toy.
Many people know the name of the plant people smooch under during the Christmas season (mistletoe!), but can you quickly name the gift ‘my true love gave to me’ on the seventh day of Christmas?
Christmas Carol Game
Here is a ‘Name That Tune’ inspired Christmas game for a family. Split your group into two teams. Make a list of Christmas carols that you can hum, play on an instrument, or play from a device like a cell phone, tablet, or laptop. The team who guesses the Christmas song the fastest gets the point. The first group to ten points wins the game! Want to challenge your groups? Increase the points needed to win.
Christmas Themed BINGO
Create Christmas BINGO cards by writing 25 Christmas words randomly in boxes on pieces of paper. Make sure the words are in different places on each piece of paper. Write each of the words chosen on a small piece of paper, fold it, and put it into a bowl. The game ‘caller’ then pulls out words randomly and calls them out loud. Each player then covers the word on their card with something small and festive, like a peppermint or an M&M. Whoever gets five in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally is the winner! Variations on BINGO include getting five corners, covering the whole card, and making an X through the board with your mints/M&Ms.
The Tumbling Tower
If your family wants to engage in a balance challenge, check out the Bimi Boo Tumbling Tower Game for Kids. This Wooden Stacking Board is both educational and engaging, with vibrant colors and sturdy design. The wooden blocks feature six adorable animal faces. The game is perfect for any number of players, at all skill levels. Play individually or as teams. Increase the challenge by alternating colors, keeping animal faces together, or implementing a timer.
Christmas Emoji Game
Here is a great way to engage those little minds while using text communications–also known as emojis! Using your laptop, tablet, or cell phones, create a Christmas phrase using only emojis. Challenge one player, individual, or team to guess the phrase. Here are some examples:
🎄🔔🎁 = Christmas Carol
🧦🎅🥛🍪 = Stocking Stuffer
🦌🛷🎅 = Reindeer Sleigh Santa
🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️ = Advent Candles
⛄❄️🥕 = Frosty the Snowman
🍬🍭🍫🎄 = Candy Cane Lane
🎁📜🖋️ = Wish List
🎅🏼🍪☕ = Santa’s Snack
🎁🛍️🎀 = Gift Wrapping
🕯️🍊🍎 = Christmas Potpourri
🦌🎄🌟 = Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
🎶🔔🎵 = Jingle Bells
🥂🎉🎆 = New Year’s Eve
🧑🎄🏠🎅 = Home Alone
🎥🍿🧑🎄 = Christmas Movie Night
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are great family Christmas activities because they can be customized based on your family’s likes and location. For example, if you want to complete an outdoor scavenger hunt, you can put local wildlife and indigenous trees on your list. An indoor scavenger hunt list can contain the names of Christmas decorations in your home, special snacks and books, or even greeting cards on your bookshelves. The main theme is to enjoy time together and work towards a common goal–and score more points than the other team, of course!
Here is a list of items for a great Christmas scavenger hunt list:
- Christmas Card
- Picture of Santa
- Snow Globe
- Book About Christmas
- Santa Hat
- Candy Cane (or other Christmas themed candy)
- Christmas sock
- Hot Cocoa Mix
- Ugly Christmas Sweater
Christmas Matching Game
This is a wonderful and creative game for even the littlest members of your family at Christmas time.
Creating a Christmas matching game is simple. You will need index cards or small pieces of paper. Draw, stamp, or use stickers to make pairs of cards that are identical. Make twenty pairs to start. Some ideas for pictures include:
- Santa Claus
- Christmas Tree
- Gift Wrapped Present
- Gingerbread Man
- Candy Cane
- Red Santa Hat
- Red Bow
- Sheet Music
- Gingerbread House
Place all 40 cards face down on a flat surface. Take turns trying to remember where matching pictures are. Each player tries to find a match; if s/he finds one, s/he goes again. If not, the next player takes a turn. Once all pairs have been found, the player who identified the most pairs is declared the winner. Awards could be a Christmas cookie, a candy, or to be the person to open the very first Christmas present on Christmas morning!
Cookie Decorating Contest
This family fun activity has the added benefit of becoming a dessert when it is over! Bake or purchase a batch of plain sugar or vanilla cookies, and give every member of the family a single cookie. Then, spread out all the fixings on the table: frosting, sprinkles, gumdrops, chocolate chips–anything goes! Create a theme for everyone to follow, like ‘Christmas Characters’ or ‘Winter Scenes,’ or allow everyone to create their own masterpiece. Award winners in categories like “Most Colorful,” “Most Original,” and “Most Ingredients Used” so every player is a winner!
Storytime by the Fire
Do you have a fireplace or another cozy spot in your home, perfect for sharing a Christmas story? Classics like “The Night Before Christmas” and “The 12 Days of Christmas” are read by parents to children all over the world on December 24th. Starting and continuing a storytime tradition at Christmas creates cherished family memories. Add some hot cocoa, fuzzy slippers, and a warm blanket to put the finishing touches on a wonderful evening.
Gift Wrap Relay
If you have gift wrap, a group of family and friends, unwrapped gifts, and a timer, you have all you need for a fun Christmas game! Simply hand out unwrapped gifts to each player. Every player then chooses a style of gift wrap and has a minute to wrap the gift as well and as quickly as possible. Want to add another challenge? Blindfold every player! The results are hilarious!
Stocking Memory Game
Here is a game every member of the family can enjoy. Place 5-8 small toys and candies into a stocking. Allow each player to look into the stocking for 10 seconds. Here is the difficult part: each player then has to wait thirty seconds and then try to recite–aloud!–all items they remember seeing in the stocking! You can make this game more exciting by breaking your family into teams and awarding prizes from the stocking to the winning team.
Playing these Christmas themed games increases holiday spirit, closeness, and a break in the normal routine. All of these contribute to the warm, cozy feeling in your home. Games bring all members of the family together; they foster bonding and closeness. Gameplay creates memories. Families who play games inject novelty and excitement into their holiday routines. And most of all, games increase the festive mood of the holiday season.