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Want to make sure your Christmas party isn’t the snooze-fest it was last year? These festive games will have the whole family in stitches.
If a typical Christmas party at your house involves Uncle John chewing everyone’s ear off about the cost of petrol while the adults desperately try to keep their eyes open and the kids attempt to tip over the tree while nobody’s watching, it’s time to shake things up with some yuletide entertainment.
1. Kids’ Game No 1: Pin the Carrot on the Snowman
This festive twist on the classic game Pin the Tail on the Donkey is simple to set up and will keep the kids amused for ages. You can print one of the many snowman drawings you can find online for this purpose (search for “pin the carrot on the snowman”) or make your own by cutting three big circles out of white paper and drawing a snowman face – minus the carrot nose – on the top one. Then, cut a bunch of carrots out of orange craft paper. Write each child’s name on one side of a carrot and affix sticky tape on the other side. Blindfold the kids one by one and have them try to stick the carrot in the right spot on the snowman. Whoever is closest wins a small prize.
2. Kids’ Game No 2: Santa’s Trip
The players sit in a circle and the first player names an object starting with the letter “A” that Santa will take on his trip around the world on Christmas Eve. The second player repeats that object and then adds another starting with “B”. The game continues all the way through the alphabet with each player having to repeat all the objects named so far. If someone forgets an object, they’re eliminated. The last player standing wins a small prize.
3. Adults’ Game No 1: Christmas Movie Trivia
Test your knowledge of holiday movie minutiae with a good old round of trivia. Simply search online for printable trivia sheets (there are dozens!) or make up your own. Questions can include: What is the name of the rabbit in the magic hat in Frosty the Snowman? What is Scrooge’s first name? Why is the Grinch so grumpy? You can find a list of questions here. Watch the competition heat up and give the person with the most correct answers at the end a small prize.
4. Adults’ Game No 2: Christmas Carol Pictionary
Divide the adults into teams and name a host who will be in charge of a pre-prepared list of Christmas carols (examples include Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells and Silent Night). The host whispers a Christmas carol to the first player who has one minute to draw it while the rest of the team tries to guess what it is. Once the team knows the carol, all the members have to sing a few lines of it together to get their points. Players from the first team keep drawing until they fail, and then the second team gets to draw. The team with the most correct answers at the end wins.