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Christmas Games

Delicious snacks, groovy music and festive decorations – you’re almost ready to welcome your Christmas party guests, but you’re not done until you’ve put together some fun Christmas party games for everyone. JumpStart has some great Christmas party game ideas that will help your guests socialize with each other, save the mood when people seem bored and ensure lots of fun, smiles and laughter.

Parcel from Santa

This game is played like ‘Hot Potato’, but with a Christmas twist. Players sit in a circle and toss a wrapped gift around while Christmas carols play in the background. When the music stops, the player holding the gift is out. The first time each player gets caught with the gift, he/she can rejoin the game by immediately singing the next two verses of the carol that was playing before the music stopped. The last player in the game gets the gift!

Gift in the Stocking

For this fun Christmas game, you will need ten to fifteen small inexpensive gifts that players can win, and a Christmas stocking. Take the first gift and put it inside the stocking without letting the players see what it is. Then hold up the stocking and let the players ask yes or no questions about the gift. You can only answer the questions with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The first player to guess what the gift is wins it.

For a more inexpensive version of the game, use everyday items from around the house. At the end of the game, only the player with the highest number of correct guesses wins a gift.

Christmas Charades

Christmas Charades is a great game for Christmas parties, sure to be loved by adults and children alike. Write the names of different Christmas carols on pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Divide the guests into two teams. One player from the first team comes up and picks a piece of paper. This person then gets one minute to help his/her team guess the name of the carol using nothing but actions. The two teams take turns sending players up to be the ‘actors’ while they try guessing the carols. The games ends once each player has had a chance to be the ‘actor’ or both teams have had an equal number of turns. The team that guesses the most carols correctly wins. For smaller kids, stick to the most popular Christmas carols or use Christmas words like ‘snowman’, ‘Santa Claus’ and ‘fireplace’ instead.

Though these games are usually played as Christmas games for kids, adults are as likely to enjoy them! There is no end to the number of Christmas party games you can come up with. Just take a popular party game, give it a Christmas twist, and voila – you have ‘Pin the Nose on Rudolph’, ‘Santa Says’ and ‘Ornament in Spoon Race’. It only takes a little extra effort, but putting together great party games for your guests is what will turn your Christmas party into a Christmas bash!

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