31 Christmas Games You Can Play With the Whole Family
Perfect for Christmas Day or the family parties you have to attend, games are a great way of keeping people amused while other things are going on. Bringing an element of fun to a day which is already filled with magic, this list contains a wide selection so you can choose which ones to play this year.
We’re so used to receiving presents from the Big Man himself but have you ever wondered what it’s like to be Santa? Well with this board game, you’ll be able to find out! Experience the magic of Christmas through his eyes as your deliver presents and take part in different Christmas activities.
These trivia cards are the perfect game to take along to your Christmas parties or annual family get togethers. With over 1800 trivia questions for the whole family to answer, you’ll soon find out who knows the most about the holidays as you answer questions about some of the best festive films.
Elf on the Shelf is a phenomenon which has become popular all around the world. Based on a book written in 2004, the idea is that Santa sends an elf to your house throughout the month of December to see if your kids are behaving…but they might get up to some antics while they’re there!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on a lot of people’s favorite Christmas films list. After watching it with your family, why not play this game and feel as though you’re in the movie yourself? Officially licensed and with Santa’s approval, it’ll become a firm favorite in your home.
This would be a great game for your kids to play in the car while you make your annual trips to see friends and family over the festive period. Shake it up and see if you can find the hidden holiday items in amongst the multi colored beads.
Perfect for the whole family, Letters to Santa is a great way to inject some Christmas spirit into your home. You have to get your letter to Santa so he knows what you want for Christmas, but be careful…Krampus is lurking, ready to destroy those magical festive dreams.
Adults need a fun game to play once the children have gone to bed, and this one is ideal. Santa vs Jesus is slightly controversial (hence the no kids rule!) so play it with people you know won’t get offended. Split up into two teams and battle through festive riddles and puzzles to gain believers.
There is nothing which will get you into the Christmas spirit more than Christmas carols. To play this fun board game, all you need is your knowledge of the best festive songs and tunes. Answer over 300 questions to show off how much you know about the music we play over the holidays.
This cute game would be perfect for you to set up at a Christmas party; it’s a great activity which will keep the kids amused while the adults catch up. Throw the beanbags through the holes, all of which have a different score attached, and see who has the best aim.
The last thing we want to find in our Christmas stockings is coal, but with this board game, you’ll actually enjoy it. Roll the black dice and sharpen your math skills as you try and get the highest score, and the best part is that this game is portable so you can play it everywhere.
A great game for the whole family to play, this BeanBoozled game from JellyBelly will have some delicious tasting jelly beans for you try…and some not so nice ones! It’s up to you to take the chance and see whether you get tasty beans or disgusting ones.
Memory games are so simple, and we’ve all played them at one time or another, but with this board game, you’ll be able to improve your memory using cute festive images. Match over 100 festive pictures and add a fun twist with the Naughty or Nice cards, giving you more incentive to win.
If you’re hosting Christmas dinner at your house this year, you’ll want something to keep your guests amused between each course. This trivia game will be perfect to play between the starter and the main. Get everyone involved, young and old, and see who knows the most about this awesome holiday.
We’re always told that Rudolph is the one who leads Santa’s sleigh around the world because of his shining red nose, but what if he gets knocked off the top spot? Play this board game and see which of the other reindeer get to take his place…or whether he manages to get first place again.
The best Christmas carols are the classics and the ones we know inside out, but there is one way to make them better; Mad Libbing. Parody some of the best holiday songs and see which hilarious twists you can make. Who knows, you might even prefer them to the originals!
Everyone has played charades at a party or two but this board game has given the classic game a festive twist. Make sure your knowledge of all things Christmas is sharp to ensure you win – maybe even provide a prize to make people try a bit harder!
Elf on the Shelf is adorable, and it’ll make the countdown to Christmas go much faster when you see what mischief your house guest has gotten up to. But this game goes a step further. The elf will also provide your child with a “secret mission” to complete every day, putting them in Santa’s good book.
We all like a cute Christmas sweater but more recently, it’s become more desirable to see who can find the ugliest sweater they can. Throw an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party and play this game to add some excitement. Traditional Bingo is fun, but there’s nothing like Ugly Sweater Bingo to get people in the festive spirit.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a movie which comes out once a year, once you’ve seen it you know that the holidays are right around the corner. Add some festive magic to your card games with these Christmas Vacation themed playing cards, perfect for those long car journeys.
Add this to someone’s stocking this year and they’ll have a new favorite game. Easy to play, all you have to do is collect as many awesome items without getting the ugly sweater. It’s perfect for all members of the family, young or old.
If you’re bored of the same old traditional board games which get brought out every year, you need to switch things up this Christmas. Test your festive knowledge with this trivia game – it features 1200 questions which will truly test everything you know about the holiday season.
Everyone can play Christmas Bingo, it’ll become a game you pull out every year. It’s just like traditional bingo, but instead of trying to get a row of numbers, you have to match the Christmas symbols which will make you feel all fuzzy and festive.
The whole idea behind Elf on the Shelf is that the elf who stays with you reports back to Santa on your child’s behavior. But this reindeer is different. Children are encouraged to bring him everywhere, take him on adventures, and celebrate that being different is a good thing.
Imagine your children playing this on Christmas Eve, in their new pajamas, before going to bed and waiting for Santa to arrive. The idea is that you’re Santa and you have to deliver your presents to different cities around the world before the other Santas…and be the first to make it back to the North Pole.
The Christmas Game is one which can only be played in the holidays. The layout and special music means that every member of the family can get involved, and because it’s interactive, it makes it a lot more interesting than traditional board games…meaning Granny won’t fall asleep halfway through!
Presented in a compact box, 12 Days is the perfect stocking filler, and will also come in handy on those car journeys you have to do to visit family. It’s a simple card game but based around the classic song “12 Days of Christmas” – just make sure you accumulate the most amount of points to win.
Whether you use these to keep your children amused while you cook the Christmas dinner, or when they’re at a holiday party, they’re sure to love it. It’ll help their brain stay active while they’re off school as they try to spot the differences between the two pictures.
Children sometimes need a bit of help to get their imagination flowing, which is where these two plush reindeer come in handy. With this gift, you’ll find a cute story book as well as the plush toys which can be used to bring the story to life for your children.
If you’re a fan of the board game Monopoly, you’ll love this Christmas version. All of the board pieces have been replaced with festive themed ones such as a lump of coal and a candy cane. Earn the most money as you make your way around the board to win.
This game would be perfect for kids and adults alike (especially if the grown-ups are feeling a bit merry!) Simply blow up the inflatable reindeer antlers and stick them on your head as the other person tries to hook rings over them. Make sure someone keeps score though, as you’ll be too busy laughing to count.
Perfectly simple, this game would be ideal for the younger members of the family. There is only one matching symbol between any two cards in the pack, and it’s up to you to spot them. It’ll help strengthen their perception and focus as they play, as well as keeping them amused.
3 Diy Christmas Games That Will Make Great Traditions
If you’re throwing a holiday party this year, you’ll want a fun game to keep the children amused, and this one is perfect. Check out this tutorial to make a DIY Poke-A-Tree game where every child can win a prize, and because you’re making it yourself, you can fill it with any prizes you like.
Everyone loves a carnival game, so why not adapt one to make it perfect for the holiday season? We all want to know whether we’re on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list, and this “coal toss” game will determine what kind of present the children will be getting this year.
Super easy to make and even easier to play is this Snowman Slam game. Simply made from some white cups which have been decorated to look like snowmen and some tightly balled white socks, children will go nuts for it. It’ll be a huge hit at your annual Christmas party.