December 10, 2014
Fantastic Games for Holiday Parties
Happy Holidays! I just LOVE December because of the holidays. It’s a great time to get together as a family and celebrate! I think one of the best things about the holidays are the holiday parties! Wahoo! For those of you who are planning a holiday party this year, we wanted to help out as best we could.
We put together a list of 50 AH-MA-ZING and FANTASTIC parties that will be PERFECT for any holiday party!
Below you will find awesome party ideas for any party type!
- 19 Minute to Win it Styled Games
- 15 Fun Holiday Games for Kids
- 7 Wonderful Holiday Games for Adults
- 9 Holiday Games for All Ages
19 Minute to Win It Styled Games
Everyone knows how much minute to win it games can make you laugh. Our wonderful Michelle did a whole post on Minute to Win It Christmas games last year. Check out her awesome post for some even more ideas!! She has adorable game cards in her post to really ‘spice’ up your party. Then, come here and try out a combination of these games AND Michelle’s to really get your party hopping!
1- Marshmallow and Wreath Game by Mason Family Blog: This game is simple, attach a wreath to a bucket, get marshmallows and of course your 1 minute timer, and see how many marshmallows you can get into your bucket in the allotted time! Fun!
2- Stack the Cups by Mason Family Blog: Take 36 cups and stack them in a pyramid using only 1 hand in a minute. Great challenge!
3- Ornament on a Yardstick by Mason Family Blog: Get a paper towel tube, yardstick, and ornaments and see how many ornaments you can put on the yardstick without it tipping over.
4- Rudolph Game by Mason Family Blog: Attach a red pom-pom to a 12 inch string, put Vaseline on the end of your nose, put the end of the string in your mouth and try to flip the pom-pom so it sticks to the Vaseline on your nose. Of course, this is all in a minute!
5- Nut Stacker Game by Mason Family Blog: Get a candy cane and 8 metal nuts and try to stack them on top of each other within a minute.
6- Ornaments on a String by Mason Family Blog: Hang a string between 2 objects so it is taut (probably about 4 feet in length), get lots of ornaments, find a partner, and see how many ornaments you can hang on the string in a minute – but WITHOUT using your hands!
7- Face the Cookie by Mason Family Blog: Put a cookie on your forehead (with your head leaning back) and try to wiggle it down to your mouth within a minute.
8- Do you Hear What I hear? by A Beautiful Vibrant Life: Get 7 present boxes, fill them with different quantities of jingle bells (ranging from 5-35), and have the participants lift, rattle and listen to the boxes to help them arrange the boxes in order from least to greatest number of bells – all in a minute’s time.
9- Christmas Ball by A Beautiful Vibrant Life: For this game you will need a wrapped present box, an ornament, and a 18 inch by 18 inch square of wrapping paper taped down to use as a target. In a minute you would take the the box and fan the ornament until it stays within the targeted square. It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds.
10- Wreath Relay by The Dating Divas: Here you need a partner and a wreath. With your partner you must transfer the wreath to a designated area, without using your hands. Do your guests have the skills? Lol.
11- Snowball Fight via Christian Camp Pro: For this game you will need styrofoam balls, ping pong balls, buckets (to hold the balls), and a partner. In 1 minute the duo needs to knock off the balls (balls) from their pedestals using ping pong balls.
12- Lollipop via Christian Camp Pro: Get 9 metal nuts, 3 straws, and 3 ping pong balls. Create 3 lollipops by balancing the straw, lowering the 3 nuts over the straw and balancing the ping pong ball on top. Do that 3 times in a minute and you win!
13- Hung with Care by The Dating Divas: This game requires a 3 foot string and 3 candy canes. Take the string and make it taut between 2 objects. The game requires the player to hang 3 candy canes on the string on the edge of the small hooked part of the candy cane.
14- Cliffhanger by The Dating Divas: Use 10 holiday cards and a flat table. The object of the game is to blow the cards to the edge of the table without them falling off. See how many you can get hung within a minute.
15- Deck the Balls via Christian Camp Pro: Get a bowl full of ornaments, a 3 foot string (hung taut between 2 objects) and a cardboard tube. The player must suck an ornament to the end of the tube and hang it on the string. If the player can get 5 balls hung within a minute, he/she wins!
16- Christmas Ball Conveyor via Christian Camp Pro: This is another game that requires a partner. Tie 30 feet of ribbon into a loop, get some ornaments, and a small Christmas tree. Place each player inside the loop, pulling up the ribbon to their waist to form a conveyor belt. One player will take one ornament at a time and convey it to their partner by them twisting at the same time. The partner will then take the ornament and hang it on the tree. If the partnership can do this 3 times within a minute, they win!
17- Christmas Jingle via Christian Camp Pro: Fill 13 glasses of water at different heights so when you tap them with a spoon, they play Jingle Bells. Mix up the glasses and have a player try to arrange the glasses in the right order so when tapped they play Jingle Bells.
18- Merry Fishmas by Your Homebased Mom: For this game you will need 2 chopsticks, 2 large candy canes, and 6 smaller candy canes. At the end of the chopstick attach the large candy cane with a string. Have 2 players play against each other by holding the chopstick in their mouth and try to pick up 3 candy canes, using the large candy cane as a fish hook. The first player to accomplish that task, wins!
19- Jingle in the Trunk by Your Homebased Mom: This game requires 2 empty kleenex boxes, 2 belts or strapping to attach the boxes to and 16 jingle bells. Attach the boxes to the belt or strapping then fill each box with 8 bells. Have 2 players play against each other by shaking their hips to get the bells out of the box. The first players to remove all their bells wins.
15 Fun Holiday Games for Kids
Every awesome holiday party needs amazing holiday part games geared toward kids! Let’s be honest, if you can keep your kids entertained, the party is a HUGE success. Choose from this list of 15 fun holiday games for kids to make your party extra-special for the children.
20- Candy Cane Relay by Egg 2 Cake: For this holiday game split the kids into 2 teams. Hand each player a candy cane that they will hold in their mouth like a hook. Each team must pass another candy cane from person to person without using their hands, and only their ‘hooks’. The first team to pass the candy cane through every player wins.
21- Rudolph Race by Egg 2 Cake: This holiday game is just perfect for the kids. Hang a red pom-pom at the end of a string. Hand one out to each child participating to hang from their mouths. When you say ‘go’ each player then tries to pull up the string to until they get to the red pom-pom. The player who does that the fastest wins.
22- Snowflake Race by Thinking IQ: Hand a snowflake to each player to place on top of their heads. When you say ‘go’ the players have to walk from one end of the room to the next without their snowflake falling off their heads and without using their hands. This holiday game is a for sure hit but also a real challenge for the participants! Awesome.
23- Penguin Walk by Thinking IQ: This game requires you to have a balloon for each players They then have to walk from one end of the room to the next holding the balloon in between their legs. If the balloon falls out of their legs, the player has to start over. The player who gets to the finish first wins this fun holiday game!
24- North Mountain Snowball Toss by Not Consumed: A holiday party that includes kids would not be complete without some games geared toward the movie Frozen! These next 5 games will give you all the Frozen references you would need! Stack up 10 plastic cups in a pyramid, crumple up some scrap paper into balls. Have each participant throw the snowballs at the ‘North Mountain’ to knock it to the ground!
25- Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? by Not Consumed: Cut out 2 eyes and a nose for your snowman. Then using a roll of toilet paper, wrap one child in the toilet paper until it is gone. Then affix the eyes and nose to your ‘snowman’. This will be a for sure hit!
26- Hot Chocolate for Anna by Not Consumed: This holiday game will test the kid’s endurance! Use chopsticks or your can choose to use your mouth, and transfer as many as possible from your pile and into a mug within a minute!
27- Kristoff’s Ice Stack by Not Consumed: This game is a must for your holiday party. Get lots of ice, set a timer for a minute, and then have the kids stack the ice on top of each other. Whoever stacks the most, wins!
28- Christmas Memory Game by Crazy Little Projects: I love the game of memory – it really is good for your brain’s development. Print off these holiday game cards and have the kids play over and over to their heart’s desire.
29- Christmas Bingo by Crazy Little Projects: Bingo is another must-have for a holiday party game! Have each player use Christmas colored candies to fill their board.
30- Scrambled Reindeer by Life Design Craft: Have your children put their thinking caps on with this fun holiday game. Print off the free printable sheet of scrambled reindeer names and see who can fill their sheet in the fastest.
31- Reindeer Poop by Life Design Craft: This is just a plain old silly holiday games (what holiday party would be complete without a silly game or two?) . Get Cocoa Pebbles and sprinkle them all over the lawn (if you are somewhere there is snow, do this indoor in a designated room). Give the kids a plastic spoon and a designated container. Whoever gets the most poop in their container in the allotted time (1-3 min) wins this fun holiday game.
32- Draw a Snowman by HubPages: Use a die to ‘roll’, and each number has an assigned part of the snowman to draw (the key is provided).
33- Christmas Word Search by Moms and Munchkins: What kid doesn’t love word searches? Use this holiday word search in your party for loads of fun.
34- Christmas Word Scamble by Moms and Munchkins: Have the children at your holiday party unscramble the holiday words to have lots of fun.
7 Wonderful Holiday Games for Adults
You can’t exclude adults when planning your holiday party fun. Pick from these fantastic games to really liven up your holiday party.
36- Deer in the Headlights – Couple’s Questionaire by Life Design Craft: How well do you love your significant other? This holiday game is sure to find out. Pass out a questionaire to each player and see if their answers match their partner’s.
37- Paper Plate Game by Happy Home Fairy: This holiday game is sure to bring on laughs. Have your guests place a paper plate on their heads, give them a writing utensil, then draw a specific holiday scene as you tell about it.
38- Name That Holiday Tune by Celebration Ideas Online: How well do you know holiday tunes? Use the FREE clue cards to test your guests knowledge. Whoever knows the most songs wins the game.
39- Christmas Trivia by Moms and Munchkins: Trivia games are always a hit. Get your thinking caps on to see how much holiday trivia you really know.
40- Christmas Relay by Moms and Munchkins: Come on…relay races are ALWAYS a blast! Include one of these fun relay races to really help your holiday party shine!
41- Guess the Christmas Songs by Tip Junkie: I know…another game with songs in it. This is different though…this time you are given a sheet with drawings on it and you have to figure out what song the drawing represents.
9 Holiday Games For All Ages
If you would like to combine some holiday fun between the young and ‘older’ at your holiday party, these are the games for you!
43- Unwrap Gift Relay by Egg 2 Cake: For this holiday game you need a pair of mittens or snow gloves and a wrapped present for each player. Split the kids into 2 groups. Hand the first player a wrapped present, which they must unwrap before the next player can unwrap their’s. This repeats until the last player unwraps their present. The first team who can unwrap their presents the fastest wins.
44- Christmas Rollick by Upside Down Homeschooling: This holiday game is like Charades, but backwards. Instead of having 1 player act something out and have the whole team guess, it’s the opposite. In this holiday game, the whole team minus 1 player acts their item out and 1 player has to watch everyone and guess what it is. For SURE this one is guaranteed to bring on lots of laughs.
45- Oh Deer! Reindeer Scavenger Hunt by Life Design Craft: Scavenger hunts always make things a bit more interesting at any party. This holiday hunt is no different…use the clues provided to send your guests on a fun hunt around your house.
46- ReignDeer Bubble Blowing Contest by Life Design Craft: Come on…who doesn’t LOVE pretending to a kid again and blowing huge bubbles. Give each player a piece of bubble gum, get your cameras ready, and have them blow for their lives – lol! Whoever blows the best bubble wins.
47- Reindeer Home by Life Design Craft: Get a teammate for this holiday game…time your guests for 5 minutes to use toothpicks and marshmallows and build a home for Santa’s reindeer. You can be the judge or assign one before the game begins and decide who built the best home for your reindeer.
48- Christmas Charades by Moms and Munchkins: Charades is always fun to play. Use this charade list for your holiday game.
49- Shoveling Snow by Kids Creative Chaos: Get Vaseline, a bowl full of cotton balls, and an empty bowl for each player. Have each player put Vaseline on the end of their nose, set a 1 minute timer, then have each player transfer the cotton balls from one bowl to the next without using their hands and instead using your nose. Whoever has the most cotton balls transferred over wins.
50- Right Left Gift Exchange Game by Diva Girl Parties and Stuff: This holiday party game list would not be complete without having a game for a fun gift exchange. Instead of just exchanging presents, use this fun Right Left story to help you sort out who gets what gift! Fun!
Don’t you just LOVE all these ideas? What I love about these holiday games is you can use any combination from any list to really make your holiday party perfect!
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