13 Fun Christmas Games to Play with the Whole Family
Here are the best Christmas games to play this year with your family and friends—every single one has a Christmas theme!
Elf on the Shelf Hide and Seek Game
Christmas games plus Elf on the Shelf equals tons of fun! With more than 6.5 million elves sold, the Elf on the Shelf is one of the nation’s favorite Christmas traditions. This game picks up where the beloved book set leaves off, offering the same delightful play pattern as kids try to find the elf that Santa sent to visit. The game includes a large elf—but where is it? And where’s that music coming from? When they put the two together, kids have found the Elf! And why is that Elf—and everything else surrounding Christmas—green and red? Here’s the answer.
Age: 3 years+
YAHTZEE Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition Jack Skellington
Christmas games brought to an entirely new level with the Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee game! The Nightmare Before Christmas movie is a must watch for many around Christmas so why not continue the fun with this collector’s edition of Yahtzee featuring images and themes from the movie?
Ages: 8 years+
1 or more players
OPERATION®: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® Collector’s Edition
Why can’t Christmas games involve operating? Put on your scrubs and help Santa, Rudolph, and Hermey operate on BUMBLE THE ABOMINABLE SNOW MONSTER in this classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Operation game. It will take a steady hand to get rid of his “sweet tooth,” “Charlie Horse,” “cold shoulder” and more. Rudolph’s nose glows and Bumble roars every time the surgery backfires, so operate with care! Check out these Christmas traditions from around the world!
1 or more players
‘Tis the Season’ Christmas Trivia Game
Hard up for Christmas games to play? Check out the original ‘Tis the Season’ Christmas Trivia Game. This best-selling game is a smash at Christmas parties as players or teams answer questions in six categories including movies, songs, history, and more. Perfect entertainment for family gatherings!
Ages: 8 years+
2 or more players
While cookies are being baked and Christmas cards addressed, the kids can play. Featuring beloved symbols of the season, they are the perfect way to gather all the generations together at holiday parties. And they make great stocking stuffers, too! These large dominoes are extra thick, durable, and can be used for years to come.
Age range: All ages
Complete your holiday shopping list and put a new twist on your ordinary bingo game with this Christmas-inspired bingo game set! Complete with 10 bingo cards, bingo chips, and bingo spinner! This colorful game adds lots of fun to Christmas parties and will have your guests shouting “Christmas Bingo!” in no time! And if you’re looking for other themed Bingo ideas, check out Royal Bingo.
Age range: 3 years+
Santa Claus Go Fish, a 3-in-1 Christmas Game
Ho ho ho! An adorable Christmas version of these popular classic kids games Go Fish, Old Maid, and Find Christmas Matches all in one convenient deck. Santa Claus Go Fish is a perfect Christmas game for kids and families.
Age range: 4 years+
Christmas Carols & Songs Board Game
This simple, fun, and exciting game features the best Christmas songs and Christmas carols that will surely provide hours of entertainment with your family and friends! Over 300 questions that include Christmas songs for kids, Christmas carol figures, and Christmas carol movies! Fill in the missing words, and belt out those Christmas songs as you progress through the board game. The gameplay is designed to be progressive and quick so there is never a dull moment! Think you know the oldest Christmas carol? Check to see if you’re right.
Age range: perfect for all ages
Christmas Trivia Game
Five categories with a total of 1200 trivia questions test your knowledge of carols, movies, the North Pole, traditions and stocking stuffers. Small enough take on the road, there are no complex rules or pieces. Here’s even more Christmas trivia that may surprise you!
Age range: 12 years+
Christmas Charades Game
With cards including “Gingerbread Man” and “Star of Bethlehem” you and your family will be laughing in no time trying to act out every aspect of Christmas! Hours of fun. Want some ideas for a Christmas party theme? Here are 12 you’ll love.
Age range: 8 years+
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Pondering some Christmas games ideas and coming up short? Then the Christmas Scavenger Hunt game is just what you need! Comes with a set of 200 cards along with rules. There’s an indoor deck of cards and an outdoor deck so you can choose if you want to run around the neighborhood or stay warm inside the house! Be the first to find a Santa, a glitter-covered object or touch an angel! Lots of action and fun for the whole family!
Age range: 6 years+
The Santa Claus Board Game
The game where everyone gets to be Santa! The goal of this game is giving gifts, not getting them. Each player chooses a sleigh filled with presents, teddy bears, dolls, and treats. They roll the die to land on spaces and give the presents to others. Along the way, they participate in various activities such as singing a favorite holiday song, twirling like a snowflake and belting out their best “Ho Ho Ho!” Or maybe you want to start a new Christmas tradition—choose from these 15 fascinating ones from around the world.
Age range: 3 years+
Christmas Paper Plate Game
courtesy Happy Home Fairy
From Happy Home Fairy, all you need are sturdy paper plates and pens. The person running the game asks everyone to put the paper plate on the top of their heads and draw the following with the plate on your head:
1. Draw a line for a floor.
2. Draw a Christmas Tree. Add decorations if you feel so inclined.
3. Draw a star on top of your tree.
4. Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
5. Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel of your fireplace.
6. Draw a present below the tree.
Then have players count how many points they received by following this rubric:
1. 2 points if the tree touches the floor.
2. 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel.
3. 1 point if your star touches your tree.
4. 1 point if your star is above your tree.
5. 1 point for every Christmas ornament ball that is ON your tree, etc.
6. 1 point if your fireplace doesn’t touch the tree (it’s a fire hazard!).
7. 1 point if you actually drew something decorative on your stocking (or something cute, like a tiny kitten peeking out).
8. 2 points if your present is under your tree.
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