Christmas Games the Whole Family Can Play | For Kids & Groups

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Christmas is known as the time of year that one spends with family and loved ones. From the Christmas food, Christmas dressing up to the homemade gift exchange, it’s hard to top this holiday. One thing that can make this day even better is Christmas party games.

Games and other Christmas activities are a great way to bond with your family and have fun collectively. Some games need preparation, which can then be kept to use at a different time again. 

Make some memories with these family Christmas games the whole family can play. Mums, dads, grandparents and kids all love family time.

Christmas games – ideas

Playing Christmas Day games bring families together and makes the day even more fun. Some Christmas game ideas can be adjusted to any holiday, which can be very handy. However, as long as you are together, that is all that really matters. 

If you are wondering What games can we play on Christmas Day? We have your answers below!

Christmas Bingo

It’s simple – it’s bingo, but with a Christmas theme! Create or print out a grid with different Christmas symbols, each arranged differently. You can make this grid on your computer, print it out and possibly laminate it.

Next, have the same symbols on separate cards (these will be used to call out). Each player should also get something to put on their symbol when it is called out. Stick with the Christmas theme by using small peppermints or red and green smarties. 

Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt

What is Christmas without a tree? Turn decorating the tree into a game by hiding the ornaments all around the house/garden. Once the ornament has been found, the finder can place it on the tree wherever they want. This is a fun way to bond and decorate the tree as a family. 

We love these ornaments, that kids can decorate before hanging!

Christmas games for kids

Sometimes, the adults would like to take some time for themselves to enjoy their break from work. At this time, you can keep your kids busy with Christmas movies or some cool Christmas games that they will love. 

Santa’s Sleigh Ride – an Educational Christmas Board Game

Santa’s Sleigh Ride is a family board game for the Christmas season. This Christmas game is a 15-30 minute Christmas board game for 2-6 players, ages 5+. The object of the game is to race other “Santas” throughout the world, stopping at highly populated cities along the way to deliver gifts. The first player to arrive back at the North Pole wins the game. But, watch out! Your journey along the Candy Cane Path will be filled with a few twists and turns.

You can find Santa’s Sleigh Ride for sale here.

Snowman Slam

This game can be compared to the popular sport, bowling. Snowman Slam uses stacked ‘snowmen’ that get knocked down by a ball after rolling it. The fun part comes from making the snowmen and then playing the game right after. 

What you need:

  • Styrofoam cups
  • Construction paper
  • Balled up white socks
  • Glue 
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out face shapes from construction paper
  2. Decorate six styrofoam cups with face shapes
  3. Balled up socks are ‘snowballs’ (for rolling)

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

You’ve heard of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”. Well, here is a Christmas version, using Rudolph as the donkey and his red nose as the tail. All you need is an A3-sized printed out Rudolph (without a nose) along with a printed out red oval.

Next, get a piece of cloth or ablindfold spin the person around and let them try to… well, pin the nose on Rudolph. For safety, switch the pin for blu-tack.

Shop the range of Pin the Nose on Rudolph here

Christmas games for adults

If the kids are all grown up, that doesn’t mean game time should stop. There are many Xmas games that adults can play to keep the festivities going. 

Ornament Guess

This one is interesting as it has to be orchestrated by one person. The person decorating the tree must count all the ornaments they put on the tree and write down the number. 

After seeing the tree, hand a piece of paper to everyone to write down the number of ornaments they guess are on the tree. It is crucial that nobody counts the ornaments as that is cheating and can lead to disqualification. 

Once everybody has guessed, reveal everyone’s pieces of paper and finally the actual number of ornaments. The person who guesses the amount closest to the correct amount is the winner and gets a Christmas-themed prize.

The Santa Hat game

Once everybody has arrived, hand a Santa hat to each person. One person receives a token to show that they are ‘it’ (this could be anything, but keep it festive – so maybe a candy cane). 

This person can take their hat off whenever they want, once they do, everybody must follow. The last person to take off their hat loses and gets a fine. It is up to you to decide what the fine is. 

The loser of that round then receives the token to show that they are ‘it’ and the game continues. 

There are Santa hats to suit everyone here.

Christmas party games for large groups

If you have a large family, it might be difficult keeping track of everybody. Luckily, you can easily bring everybody together with fun Christmas games for groups. 

Christmas trivia

Divide your family members into separate teams of four and decide on who will be the host.

Each section of the game is broken into Christmas related categories. The host will read the questions and the team members will write down their answers of the Christmas-themed trivia.

The aim of the game is to get as many answers correct as possible. Once all the questions have been asked and answered, a winner is determined. 

Christmas Charades

Who doesn’t enjoy a game of charades? Give each family member 5 cut out pieces of paper and a pen/pencil. Everybody writes down a Christmas song, movie, story or anything else Xmas-related on each piece of paper. After that, all the pieces go in a hat or a bowl. 

One-by-one, each player goes up, draws a piece of paper and tries to explain what it says without speaking. Make it interesting by forming groups and turning the game into a competition by earning points

Christmas party games for families

Christmas day is often spent with family and loved ones. How you spend that day is up to you, but why not add a little bit of whimsy by playing Christmas games? This not only makes great memories, but it also brings everyone together. 

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Janine Mergler

Janine has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the Queensland University of Technology and works as an editor of the popular Families Magazine. Janine owns the Christmas in Australia website because she is a huge fan of Christmas and everything about the festive season and she wants to share it all with you! Travelling the country to find all the best Christmas experiences in Australia, she can be found celebrating Christmas in July and getting more and more excited as 25th December approaches! Join my Christmas in Australia Facebook group too!

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