As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start planning your holiday party. And what’s a holiday party without some fun and festive games? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 8 of the best holiday party games that will have your guests laughing and enjoying themselves all night long.
1. “The White Elephant Gift Exchange”
This classic holiday party game is sure to be a hit with any group. The premise is simple: everyone brings a wrapped gift and places it in a central location. Participants then take turns choosing a gift or “stealing” a gift from someone else. The catch is, once a gift has been stolen twice, it can no longer be taken. This leads to some hilarious gift swaps and unexpected surprises. Make sure to set a price limit on the gifts to keep things fair and budget-friendly.
2. “The 12 Days of Christmas Carol-Off”
Get into the holiday spirit with this musical game. Divide your group into teams and assign each team a verse from “The 12 Days of Christmas” carol. On the count of three, each team must sing their assigned verse in the most creative and entertaining way possible. The team with the best performance, as determined by a panel of judges or a group vote, wins. This game is guaranteed to bring some cheer and laughter to your holiday party.
3. “Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt”
This twist on the traditional Secret Santa gift exchange adds an element of excitement and mystery. Before the party, assign each participant a specific gift or set of items to purchase for their assigned Secret Santa recipient. Then, at the party, give each person a list of clues that will lead them to their gift. The first person to correctly follow the clues and find their gift wins a prize. This game is perfect for those who love a good scavenger hunt and adds a fun twist to the usual Secret Santa exchange.
4. “The Grinch Game”
Get into the holiday spirit with this playful game inspired by the beloved character, The Grinch. Divide your group into teams and give each team a set of Grinch-themed items, such as a red and white striped shirt or a pair of green gloves. The goal is for each team to be the first to dress up one of their members as the Grinch using all the provided items. The team with the best Grinch costume, as determined by a panel of judges or a group vote, wins. This game is sure to bring some laughter and holiday cheer to your party.
5. “The Holiday Movie Quiz Show”
Test your holiday movie knowledge with this fun quiz game. Divide your group into teams and create a list of holiday movie trivia questions. Each team gets a point for every correct answer. The team with the most points at the end wins. To make the game even more challenging, consider adding a time limit or allowing teams to earn extra points by acting out a scene from a holiday movie. This game is perfect for those who love a good trivia challenge and holiday films.
6. “The Wrapping Paper Tear”
Put your wrapping skills to the test with this fast-paced game. Divide your group into teams and give each team a pile of wrapping paper and a present. The goal is to be the first team to completely wrap the present using only one hand. The catch is, each team member must take turns wrapping one section of the present before passing it on to the next team member. The team with the best-wrapped present, as determined by a panel of judges or a group vote, wins. This game is sure to bring some laughter and holiday cheer to your party.
7. “Jingle Bell Toss”
For this game, you’ll need a small bucket or basket and a bunch of jingle bells. Have players stand a few feet away from the bucket and take turns trying to toss the bells into it. The player with the most successful tosses wins! This game can also be played in teams, with the team with the most bells in the bucket at the end declared the winner.
8. “Santa’s Hat”
This game is great for larger groups and is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Divide the group into teams and give each team a Santa hat. On the count of three, have the teams race to see who can put the hat on the most team members the fastest. The team with the most Santa hat-wearing members at the end wins!
So there you have it, folks! A list of some seriously fun and silly holiday party games to keep your guests entertained and laughing all night long. Whether you’re a fan of physical challenges or prefer a more cerebral approach, there’s something on this list for everyone. Just make sure to have plenty of eggnog and mistletoe on hand, and you’re sure to have a holly jolly good time. Happy holidays!