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Ultimate Christmas Day Games: Fun and Festive Activities for Family Bonding

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

The twinkling lights, the scent of freshly mown grass mixed with coconut sunscreen, and the sound of laughter echoing through the house—Christmas is a time for family, fun, and unforgettable memories. If you're looking to add a sprinkle of excitement to your holiday celebrations, here are some delightful games that will bring your family closer together on Christmas Day.

1. Christmas Murder Mystery

  • Try one of our murder mysteries on Christmas Day for a unique way to celebrate Christmas. The raucous laughter will make it all worth it, when you see everyone in their costumes.

  • We have a Christmas themed murder mystery with lots of santas and elves from all over the world

2. Christmas Movie Bingo:

  • Create bingo cards with scenes or quotes from popular Christmas movies.

  • As you watch holiday classics, mark off the squares corresponding to the scenes or quotes you see or hear.

  • The first person to complete a row shouts "Bingo!" and wins a small prize.

3. Christmas Charades:

  • Write down Christmas-related phrases, movies, or songs on slips of paper.

  • Players take turns acting out the words or phrases without speaking, while others guess.

  • Set a time limit for each round and keep score. The person or team with the most correct guesses wins.

4. Decorate the Human Christmas Tree:

  • Divide family members into teams and provide them with tinsel, ornaments, and other decorations.

  • One person from each team becomes the "human Christmas tree."

  • The teams have a limited time to decorate their human tree as creatively as possible.

  • An impartial judge decides the best-decorated tree, and the winning team gets a reward.

5. Christmas Pictionary:

  • Use a whiteboard and markers or a drawing app on a tablet.

  • Write down Christmas-related words or phrases on slips of paper and place them in a bowl.

  • Players take turns drawing the word or phrase while others guess within a time limit.

  • Rotate turns, and keep score. The person or team with the most correct guesses wins.

6. Gift Exchange Games: a. Secret Santa:

  • Draw names to assign each family member a Secret Santa recipient.

  • Throughout the holiday season, leave small, anonymous gifts for your recipient.

  • Reveal your identity on Christmas Day when exchanging the final, larger gift.

b. White Elephant Gift Exchange:

  • Each participant brings a wrapped gift to the party.

  • Players take turns choosing a gift from the pile or "stealing" a gift someone else has already chosen.

  • Set specific rules, like a limited number of steals per gift, to keep the game exciting.

c. Pass the Parcel:

  • Wrap a small gift in several layers of wrapping paper.

  • Sit in a circle and play festive music as the parcel is passed around.

  • When the music stops, the person holding the parcel unwraps one layer. Continue until the final layer is unwrapped, and the person reveals the gift.

d. Christmas Oven Mitt Unwrapping Challenge

  • Wrap a small gift in 3-4 layers of wrapping paper.

  • Takes turns throwing a dice, and when it lands on a 6, then the person who rolled it is allowed to put on some oven mitts and attempt to unwrap the present.

  • They keep trying to unwrap until someone else rolls a 6 and then they must take off the mitts and give them to the person who just rolled a 6.

7. Festive Olympic-Style Relays: a. Santa's Sleigh Race:

  • Set up a relay race where team members take turns pulling a "sleigh" (a sled or a decorated cart) through an obstacle course.

  • Time each team, and the fastest team wins.

b. Reindeer Antler Ring Toss:

  • Wear inflatable reindeer antlers and try to toss rings onto a target.

  • Each successful toss earns points, and the person or team with the most points wins.

c. Candy Cane Relay:

  • Balance a candy cane on a spoon and race to a designated point without dropping it.

  • Pass the candy cane to the next person in line. The first team to finish wins.

Christmas is a time of togetherness and joy, and these games, along with the exciting Olympic-style relays, are perfect for making cherished memories with your loved ones. So, gather around, let the festivities begin, and may your Christmas day be filled with laughter, love, and lots of friendly competition!

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