xmas celebration ideas
Fill the Christmas stocking
. Divide into teams and have the participants race to fill their teams hanging stocking with a spoonful of wrapped candy.
Christmas gift wrap relay
. Set up assembly lines of gifts, boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape for each team. Either have each player wrap one gift or make an assembly line of workers. Then race to wrap.
. Using Christmas words Christmas, Poinsettia, Candy cane, etc. have each person make as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.
Christmas Carol Charades
. Get dramatic You cant beat this crowd pleaser, as it is sure to bring the laughs.
. Provide silly props and backdrops for guests to use to get silly in front of a photographer (keep in mind it doesnt have to be a professional).
Two truths and a lie
. This is a great ice breaker! Each person tells two stories about themselves, two of which are true and one that is not. A great Christmas twist is to name their three worst Christmas gifts; two would be true and one would be false.
Snowball throwing contest
. Make a large bulls eye in the snow with food coloring from spray bottles. Indicate points for each circle of the target, like in darts or shuffleboard. Everyone makes the same amount of snowballs and throws for points.
Decorate a person as a Christmas tree
. Using green crepe paper, ornaments, tinsel whatever you can find decorate your tree. First or best one wins.
Pin the red nose on Rudolph
. The Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
Build an ice sculpture
. Freeze colored water ahead of time in ice cube trays, jello molds and yogurt containers. Place all materials on outdoor tables and have participants build sculptures or totem poles or whatever else you designate.
. Have guests guess the total number of ornaments on the tree as they come into the party. The closest guess wins.
Christmas stocking guessing game
. Fill a large stocking with items around the house and let the kids guess what items are in the stocking.
Christmas memory game
. Put Christmas items on a tray and give people one minute to memorize the items. Take the tray away and have them write as many down as they can remember in 30 seconds.
. Give each child or team a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z. Have them write a holiday word that starts with each letter. The first one to complete the list wins.
The night before Christmas
. Give each person the name of some part of Santa Claus outfit sleigh, reindeer, belly, etc. As the host reads The Night Before Christmas, each participant listens for his word and when he hears it, he stands up, turns around and sits down. When the host mentions Santa Claus, everyone changes places and participants try to get a seat. The one left out continues the story until it is complete.
Name that carol
. Make a list of lyrics from songs that only provides 3 4 words from each song (not the title). The person who names all or the most songs in a certain amount of time wins.
Christmas dice gift exchange
. Have everyone sit in a circle and start with a gift. Play a Christmas carol while 1 3 dice are being passed around (space them out). Each person rolls and passes the dice. If they roll a six, they can trade packages with whomever they want. At the end of the song, everyone keeps the package in front of him or her.
Christmas gift fact exchange
. Number each gift as it arrives. Give the person who brought the gift a corresponding number. Have them write a little known fact about themselves and throw it into a bowl. When gift exchange starts, the host draws a fact and reads it without mentioning the package number. The person who guesses who it is first is given the package with the corresponding number. Once someone guesses correctly, they are out of the game. The game ends when there is
Gift hot potato
. Pass around one unwrapped gift at a time. When the music stops, whoever holds it is out of the game, keeping the gift they are holding.
Themed gift exchange
. Pick a theme for gifts to be exchanged. Everyone brings a $25 gift with that theme in mind. (example: gifts that begin with M, gifts that are red, etc). Then play the traditional take a number, steal the present game.
Get what you really want gift game
. Have each person bring a wrapped gift for himself. Gifts are all mixed up and passed out. Everyone opens one gift, then must guess who bought it. Have a list of everyone at the party so people can write down their guesses. Whoever has the most correct guesses wins. To spice it up, have everyone donate $1 to the pot. The winner gets the pot.
Birth year gifts
. Before drawing names, have everyone write down the year they were born. When you buy for that person you drew, buy a gift relating to the year they were born. Be creative.
Christmas tie game
. Use those old Christmas or ugly ties to have some fun. Give each team of two a tie. Using only one hand one person must tie his partners tie. First one done wins.No matter what holiday games your group decides to play, remember the point is to let go and have fun. Strive for good sportsmanship and have a sense of humor! After all, embracing the holiday spirit is the true name of the game.
Trim My Tree Gathering
. Putting up your first Christmas tree as a bona fide grown up (helping Mom and Dad put the family tree of your kindergarten crafted thing a ma bobs hanging from it doesnt count) is a momentous occasion. Why not have a tree trimming ribbon cutting, of sorts? Just set up your mini evergreen (real or fake!) with lights and garland, and have your guests each bring an ornament to hang on your tree. To get extra hokey, put everyone on the spot and make
The Christmas Cookie Swap
. Nothing says the holidays like binge eating homemade cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees and gingerbread men. To make sure you get a variety of sugary goodness this year, host a cookie swap where everyone brings a batch of their homemade specialty, from fudge brownies to cinnamon snickerdoodles, to share. For a fun twist, allow those friends who are baking beginners to bring store bought cookies and have guests try to guess which ones are le
The Wrap Party
. Wrapping gifts may be the single most frustrating activity of the season. Not only do you inflict paper cuts and nervous breakdowns (from inaccurately cutting the paper too small), but you inevitably watch the recipient of your wrapped masterpiece brutally tear it to shreds without a second thought. Throw a support group style gathering for friends where everyone brings some basic supplies and their bundle of gifts to wrap together. Youll be
. The world is one big melting pot, and thats never made more clear than during the holidays. If you find yourself saying, Merry Chr er, happy, uh, holidays
Days of Appetizers Party
. A dieters worst nightmare may very well be the holiday party. Why? With buffet lines filled with bite sized morsels of calorie laden treats, they are the easiest way to make you join a gym come January. But, hell. If you cant beat em, join em. Like the cookie swap, invite your guests to bring their favorite appetizer to share. If, however, the impending sodium counts really have you shaking in your winter boots, ask that people bring healthy opti
Christmas Costume Pub Crawl
. Halloween isnt the only holiday tailor made for dress up. Hit up a costume store and buy a Santa suit (or sexy Santa suit, if you must) or an elf ensemble, and hit up a bar with some similarly dressed pals. In fact, dozens of cities across the country actually have organized Santa con events in which hundreds of people spend the day bouncing from bar to bar in their white beards and red hats. To ensure proper participation, award the best dressed