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Written by (Author):  Chanel Hoole
Last updated:  November 13, 2023

It’s that time of the year again! With all the Christmas cheer, love, and joy in the air, there is no better way to celebrate than with some fun, exciting, and memorable Christmas games! Whether you are hosting your Christmas party at home, school, or church, here is a merry list of 15 fun Christmas party games for kids that will provide hours of laughter and joy for all.

Easy / DIY Christmas Party Games for Kids at Home

Minute to Win It Cup Stacking

It’s a minute to win it but with a Christmas twist!

Supplies needed:

  • Flat surface 
  • 10 Rudolph-red plastic cups per player (Your party guests can customize the cups by painting a unique Christmas character on them).

How to play:

Each player has a minute to stack 10 cups, but the challenge and giggles arrive when the kiddies must take the cups down. They must slide the cups down as gently as Santa does when going down the chimney – diagonally without the tower falling. Remember, failure to complete this task in 60 seconds may result in elimination.

Tips / Safety reminders:

  • Use plastic cups to avoid any little injured elves on the scene.

Christmas Character Guess Who

Get in the festive spirit with Guess Who with Christmas characters. With a DIY board, it’s easy to make, the fun will never end, with memories to take (there’s a Dr. Seuss rhyme for you)! This game is easy to play, and it’s perfect for kids and adults of all ages.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard or poster board
  • Markers or paint
  • Scissors
  • Pictures of Christmas characters (e.g., Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, etc.)
  • Tape or glue

How to Play/Make It:

  • Cut the cardboard or poster board into small squares (roughly 4×4 inches).
  • Draw a grid of 4×4 squares on cardboard or poster board.
  • Decorate each square with a picture of a Christmas character using markers or paint.
  • Cut out small squares of paper or cardboard to make the “guessing cards”.
  • Write the names of the Christmas characters on the guessing cards.
  • To start the game, each player chooses a guessing card without looking at it.
  • The players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions to guess the identity of their opponent’s Christmas character.
  • The first player to correctly guess their opponent’s Christmas character wins!

Tip / Safety Reminder for Parents / Guardians:

  • As with any game, it’s important to supervise young children to ensure their safety.
  • The safety of any of the art supplies used, especially the scissors, needs to be guarded to ensure that the little ones are handling them with care.

Reindeer Antler Ring Toss

Ring in the festive cheer, with reindeer antlers far and near. Toss the rings with glee, and watch the excitement grow with every victory!

Supplies needed:

  • A set of reindeer antlers (can be purchased or made from cardboard and painted)
  • A set of rings (can be purchased or made from rope or paper)
  • A flat surface to play on (can be a table or the ground)

How to play:

  • Place the reindeer antlers on a flat surface.
  • Have players stand a few feet away from the antlers.
  • The goal is to toss the rings and land them on the antlers.
  • Players take turns tossing the rings until all rings have been used.
  • The player with the most rings successfully landed on the antlers wins!

Tip / Safety reminder:

  • Ensure that the playing area is clear of any obstacles or tripping hazards.
  • Make sure the antlers and rings are not too heavy or sharp to prevent injuries.
  • Adult supervision is recommended for younger children to prevent accidents.
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Christmas Tree Bowling Game

Get ready to bowl your guests with this festive DIY Christmas Tree Bowling Game that’s sure to be the highlight of any kids’ Christmas party! With this game, your little ones can decorate their way to victory, making it the perfect addition to any holly jolly holiday gathering.

Supplies needed:

  • Empty plastic bottles (7-10 depending on how many players you have)
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Marker or pen
  • Small jingle bells (optional)
  • Ping-pong balls (1 for each player)

How to play:

  • Cut the construction paper into strips and then fringe the strips to make them look like Christmas tree branches.
  • Next, wrap the fringed paper around each bottle and glue or tape it in place.
  • Using the marker or pen, draw on ornaments, lights, and other decorations to make each tree unique.
  • Optional: Glue small jingle bells onto the trees for a fun jingling sound when they get knocked over.
  • Set up the bottles in a triangle shape, just like traditional bowling pins.
  • Each player takes turns rolling a ping pong ball towards the trees, trying to knock down as many “pins” as possible.
  • Keep score and play as many rounds as you’d like!

Tip/Safety reminder:

As always, adult supervision is recommended. Make sure the bottles are sturdy and won’t tip over too easily. Additionally, keep an eye on younger children to make sure they don’t accidentally swallow any of the small jingle bells.

DIY Christmas Board Game

With every roll of the dice, players will be transported to a winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights, candy canes, and holiday cheer. This game is the perfect way to make lasting memories with friends and family, and create a festive atmosphere that will have everyone feeling merry and bright.

Supplies needed:

  • A large piece of cardboard or poster board
  • Christmas wrapping paper or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or pens
  • Dice
  • Game pieces (could be small toys or figurines)

How to play:

  • First, cover the cardboard or poster board with Christmas wrapping paper or construction paper to create the game board.
  • Using markers or pens, create a path on the board with different spaces that players will move along.
  • Add holiday-themed images, such as Santa Claus, snowmen, Christmas trees, and presents, to decorate the game board.
  • Decide on the rules of the game and write them down, including how players will move along the board, how points will be scored, and what actions players can take on certain spaces.
  • Roll the dice and start playing!

Tip / Safety reminder:

Use child-friendly materials and supervise younger children while using scissors or other sharp objects. Also, make sure to keep game pieces and dice away from younger children who may accidentally swallow them.

Christmas Games for Kids at School

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

Get ready to jingle all the way with the classic game of Pin the Nose on Rudolph! This game is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer at your school’s winter party, while also encouraging teamwork, creativity, and laughter. Whether you’re playing with classmates or friends, you’ll have a blast trying to pin Rudolph’s nose in the right spot and win the prize!

Supplies needed:

  • Poster board or paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Construction paper (brown, red, and white)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or thumbtacks
  • Blindfold
  • Prize (optional)

How to play:

  • Draw a big picture of Rudolph on the poster board or paper.
  • Cut out a red nose from construction paper and attach it to the poster board.
  • Cut out white circles for Rudolph’s eyes and brown antlers and attach them to the poster board.
  • Hang the poster board on a wall or bulletin board.
  • Blindfold the player, spin them around and hand them the nose.
  • Watch as they try to pin Rudolph’s nose on the right spot.
  • The player who gets the closest wins the prize!

Tip / Safety reminder:

Make sure the blindfold fits snugly and move carefully to avoid bumping into others or objects. And don’t forget to use tape or tacks that won’t damage the wall or poster board.

Santa Says

Santa Says is a great way to bring some festive fun to school during the holidays. It’s easy to play, inclusive for all ages, and will get everyone laughing and spreading some Christmas cheer. Ho ho ho!

Supplies needed:

  • A Santa hat or other festive accessory
  • Optional: small prizes for winners

How to play:

Tip/Safety reminder: Ensure that the commands are appropriate and safe for all players to follow. Let’s keep the holiday cheer flowing while also being mindful of everyone’s safety.

  • Choose one player to be Santa.
  • Santa will give commands starting with “Santa says,” such as “Santa says touch your nose” or “Santa says spin around.”
  • The other players must follow the commands, but only if Santa says “Santa says” first.
  • If Santa doesn’t say “Santa says” before giving a command, any player who follows the command is out.
  • The last player standing wins!

Find Someone Who

What you will need:

  • A printed list of Christmas-themed statements with blank spaces that need to be filled with the name of a classmate who matches the description. For example, “Find someone who has a red Santa hat,” or “Find someone who has eaten a candy cane today.”

How to play:

  • Give each child a copy of the list.
  • Instruct each child to roam around the classroom and find classmates who match the description.
  • Once a child finds a match, they write down their name in the blank space on the list.
  • The first child to complete the list wins a small prize or gets to lead the next game round.

Tips / Safety reminders:

Remind the kids not to rush and push each other around to get their answers quickly. Now, get ready to jingle with Christmas Find Someone Who!

Christmas Charades

This classic game is the perfect way to get kids into the festive spirit and keep them engaged in a fun activity.

Supplies needed:

  • A list of Christmas-related words or phrases
  • A timer
  • A hat or container to hold the words or phrases

How to play:

  • Divide kids into teams.
  • One player from each team takes turns drawing a word or phrase from the hat or container and SILENTLY acts it out.
  • The rest of the players on the team have a limited time to guess what the word or phrase is before the timer runs out.
  • If the team correctly guesses the word or phrase, they earn a point. If not, the other team has a chance to steal the point.
  • Play continues until all the words or phrases have been used or until a designated time limit is reached.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Tip / Safety reminder:

Ensure that all words or phrases are age-appropriate and that the game is played safely. Consider setting rules to prevent rough play or injury.

Secret Santa

By playing Classroom Secret Santa, kids will learn the value of giving and receiving gifts, at this time of year. This fun and festive game is a great way to bring kids together during the holiday season and promote kindness and generosity.

Supplies needed:

  • A sign-up sheet for kids
  • A budget for gifts (optional)
  • A designated time for the gift exchange

How to play:

  • Have each child sign up to participate in the Classroom Secret Santa.
  • Assign each child a classmate to be their Secret Santa.
  • Set a budget for gifts – if desired or you can even encourage homemade/DIY gifts with materials they obtain at home that don’t require a budget at all.
  • On the designated day for the gift exchange, each child gives their Secret Santa gift to their assigned classmate.
  • Encourage kids to write thoughtful notes or cards to accompany their gifts.

Tips / Safety reminder:

Ensure that all gifts are age-appropriate and that the game is played safely. Consider setting rules to prevent inappropriate or unsafe gifts.

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Kids Church Christmas Games

Bethlehem or Bust

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus at your church? Look no further than Bethlehem or Bust! This exciting game is the perfect way to engage children in the story of Jesus’ birth.

Supplies needed:

  • A list of Bible verses that tell the story of Jesus’ birth
  • A nativity scene with figurines of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus
  • A timer
  • A small bell or chime

How to play:

  • Divide children into teams
  • Each team takes turns drawing a Bible verse from a hat or container and reading it aloud.
  • After reading the verse, the team must race to set up the corresponding scene from the nativity using the figurines.
  • Once the scene is set up correctly, the team rings the bell or chime to signal that they have completed the challenge
  • The team with the fastest time wins.

Tip / Safety reminder:

  • Choose Bible verses that are age-appropriate and easy for children to understand.
  • Ensure that the children are in a safe place that is not slippery as they will be doing lots and lots of running!

Snowball Wreath Toss

Bring some winter wonderland magic to your church event with Snowball Wreath Toss. This easy and inexpensive DIY game is perfect for entertaining guests and spreading holiday cheer. Let’s toss some snowballs and celebrate the reason for the season together!

Supplies needed:

  • Small Styrofoam balls (to make “snowballs”)
  • A large wreath with an opening in the center
  • A hula hoop or other target to toss the snowballs through

How to play:

  • Divide participants into teams or play individually.
  • Set the wreath on the ground and place the hula hoop a few feet away.
  • Each player takes turns trying to toss the snowballs through the wreath and into the hula hoop.
  • The team or player with the most successful tosses wins!

Tip / Safety reminder:

  • Make sure to supervise the game to prevent “rough play”.
  • Consider using soft, lightweight snowballs to prevent injury.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and have fun!

Single-Handed Gift-Wrapping Challenge

Single-handed gift wrap is the perfect game for children at church during the holidays. Not only will they have a blast trying to wrap gifts with one hand, but they’ll also be helping those in need by wrapping gifts donated to the church for underprivileged individuals.

Supplies needed:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Boxes or even items donated to the church (to encourage thoughtfulness during the festive season).
  • Timers

How to play:

  • Divide children into 2 separate teams and have them each select a representative to play the game.
  • Each representative will have one hand tied behind their back and will need to use only their other hand to wrap as many gifts as they can within a specified time limit.
  • The team with the most wrapped gifts at the end of the time limit wins.

Tip / Safety reminder:

  • Ensure that you supervise the children throughout the game as they will be using sharp scissors.
  • You may also want to provide some assistance to children who may need help with wrapping.
  • Encourage children to have fun, but also to be careful and mindful of their surroundings.

Christmas Hear it, Sing It, Name It

By playing Christmas Hear It, Sing It, Name It, your children will have a blast, while also learning about the Christian roots of the holiday season. You can also use this game as an opportunity to teach the children more about the stories and traditions behind each carol, helping to deepen their understanding and appreciation for Christmas.

Supplies Needed:

  • A list of Christian Christmas carols
  • A sound system to play the carols
  • Paper and pencils for each player

How to Play:

  • Divide the children into teams.
  • Play a snippet of a Christmas carol.
  • The first team to correctly name the song gets a point.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
  • To add an extra challenge, you can also ask questions about the meaning behind the carols to help the children learn more about the Christian origins of the holiday.

Tip / Safety Reminder:

It might be fun to have everyone sing some carols at the end!

Shepherd Game

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and what better way to do so than through a fun and interactive game that teaches children about the shepherds who witnessed the miracle of Jesus’ birth?

Supplies Needed:

  • Blindfolds
  • Shepherd costumes (optional)
  • Large cotton puffs (to represent sheep)

How to Play:

  • Divide children into two teams – shepherds and sheep.
  • Blindfold the shepherds and have them try to “herd” the sheep (large cotton puffs) into their respective pens without seeing.
  • The team that successfully herds the most sheep wins.
  • Christian Knowledge: After the game, discuss with the children the importance of the shepherds in the Nativity story and their role in spreading the news of Jesus’ birth. You can also incorporate a reading of Luke 2:8-20, which tells the story of the shepherds witnessing the angel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth.

Tip / Safety Reminder:

  •  Pick a game area that is free from any obstacles or tripping hazards.

Christmas Fun with Yombu

These 15 Christmas party games for kids are sure to bring joy and laughter to any gathering. Whether you’re planning a DIY game night, a church event, or a classroom party, there’s something for everyone on this list. So, gather your little ones and get ready to have some festive fun!

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