Christmas or all Occasion Party Games for Families


When the family gets together at Christmas, anything is bound to happen. All in attendance get a healthy dose of food, fellowship, and fun. If your house is the site for this year’s family party, don’t forget the games.


Games are great for challenging the mind and getting a little friendly competition going between family members. Choose games that will work for kids and some for the adults. Some games will work for both. Here is a list of potential games that could liven up your family celebration this year and use your creativity to alter any of these games for other family and or friend party gatherings.


  1. Dirty Santa – This game is full of fun. The object is for everyone to bring a wrapped gift and put it in a designated area like under the tree or on a table. Then each person draws a number from a hat. In turn, each person gets to pick a gift from under the tree. When it is their turn, each participant has the option to pick a gift from under the tree or take a gift from someone who has already chosen. The catch is that once a gift is chosen, the person has to unwrap it and show the group. All gifts should be in the same price range but some will be nicer than others. Also, the first person to go is the last person to get a chance to exchange their gift. They get to choose from all the gifts in the group. This game is for the adults.


  1. Timed Guessing Games – This includes naming the gifts on each of the 12 days of Christmas, naming as many Christmas carols as you can, taking a word and making as many words as you can from it, and a Christmas word scramble. You can have little stocking stuffers for the winners. Kids and adults are good for this one.


  1. Family Trivia – Who knows the most about their relatives? Let each relative write down something that happened to them and give them to the person in charge of the game. Everyone else gets a piece of paper. After each question is read, all players write down whom in the room each is referring to. The one with the most correct answers at the end of the list wins.


  1. Charades – This is a tried and true party game. All of the puzzles have to relate to Christmas. Some examples include a cartoon, movie, book, song, or event. The team with the most correct answers wins.


  1. Name that Christmas Carol – This is just like “Name that Tune.” Sing or play a CD with the first line or two of a Christmas carol. The family contestant has to come up with the next line correctly. Start off with easy carols and progress to harder ones as you go up the ladder.


These are but a few of the great games you can come up with to keep the family in stitches this holiday season. Enjoy the fun, laughter and memories that will be made!