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Best Family Christmas Games

With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to get together with your family. There is also no better way to bond than through a good old-fashioned Christmas game. In this post, we will provide a breakdown of the best Christmas games the whole family can enjoy this holiday season.

Best Family Christmas Games

Holiday Charades or Pictionary

Playing holiday charades or Pictionary is a great way to bond with your family while getting in the holiday spirit. Simply change out the charades or Pictionary prompts with holiday movie titles, holiday songs, or other holiday-related material to get the whole family together this Christmas.

Christmas Treasure Hunt

What could be more fun for the kids than a scavenger hunt? Instead of watching TV, why not get active and start a Christmas-inspired scavenger hunt. You can buy a deck of cards that lists the items to search for in the house. You can even personalize the hunt by hiding sentimental items around the house. This can be a great way to get your kids active and off their video games or tablets.

Christmas Inspired Guess Who

If you’ve ever played Guess Who, you know how fun it can be. Why not put a holiday spin on it by playing with cards that have pictures of your family on them. Get your group to guess the right person by asking things like “who’s the best at making holiday dessert?” Or “who holds the best Christmas parties?”

Open Presents While Wearing Oven Mitts

What could be funnier than watching your loved ones try to open their gifts with festive oven mitts on their hands? Trying to open your Christmas presents with mitts is not only difficult but also hilarious. A lot of times we’re too focused on opening our gifts as fast as we can. Why not slow it down and take time to enjoy the moment and share some good laughs in the process. This game also allows for some great photo opportunities that your family can cherish for years to come.

Christmas Film Bingo

Why not play some bingo while watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies? With a Christmas film bingo board, you can turn your film night into a fun interactive experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Christmas Freeze Dance

Nothing can be more entertaining than dancing around the Christmas tree to your favorite Christmas tunes. Why not make it a game by having the whole family dance until the music stops. Once the song is paused, make it so that everyone needs to freeze in place. The last person to stop dancing is out. This wholesome game is a great way to unwind and spend time with your loved ones this Christmas.

Snowman Bowling

Before Christmas day, you can collect a pile of Kleenex boxes or old shipping boxes. Just make sure they are all the same size. After gathering your boxes, color them white. Stack these white boxes, and attach a nose and hat made out of paper. You can then paint on some eyes and attach some pom-poms for buttons along with sticks that will form the snowman’s arms to create a mini makeshift snowman bowling pin. Alternatively, if you have old plastic white bowling pins, you can decorate those to look like snowmen and have a full set of snowman bowling pins. Grab a ball and your kids and get ready to have some fun!

Christmas Themed Bingo

Christmas bingo is always a great game that the whole family can enjoy. You can easily print a wide variety of Christmas-themed bingo boards for free to spread holiday cheer throughout the whole family. Consider using disposable red and green pieces or candy for your card so you can use your cards again every holiday season.

Ring the Reindeer Antlers

This game is essentially the holiday version of ring toss. Just pick up a reindeer antler headband or make your own if you’re feeling up to it. Once you’ve got some antlers, you can twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane-striped rings. Place the antler headband on one of your family members and toss the makeshift ring to try to get it to hook onto the antler. This wholesome game is great for kids and can be an amazing way to get together this holiday season.

Guess That Christmas Smell

This is another great way to have some fun with the family around the holidays. Just put a few classic Christmas scents like nutmeg, pine needles, and peppermint into separate sealed jars. Once you’ve done that, blindfold your guests and ask them to guess what it is they’re smelling. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and immerse yourself in the scents of Christmas while having fun with your friends and family.

What’s in Santa’s Hat?

This simple game is a cute way to keep your kids engaged this holiday season. Simply place a toy or any other object in a Santa hat and have your little ones try to guess what’s inside by feeling around the hat. Even older kids can have fun playing this game. And if you run out of Santa hats, you could always use a Christmas stocking.

Hold a Cookie Decorating Competition

Nothing is more festive than a Christmas cookie. Turn your regular Christmas baking into a fun game that the entire crew can enjoy by holding a cookie decorating contest. You can even add different categories ranging from the messiest cookie to the most creative. The possibilities are endless, and best of all, all participants can eat cookies as a reward! This contest is a win-win for everyone involved.

Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe

Decorate some old wine corks to create holiday tic-tac-toe pieces. Crafting your own game pieces into snowmen, Santa, or reindeer can be a great way to play a classic game of tic-tac-toe while spreading the holiday cheer.

Gingerbread House Competition

Nothing is more representative of Christmas than a gingerbread house. Take your gingerbread house building to the next level by challenging each construction team to build a replica of their own home or an iconic copy of one of your favorite Christmas movie homes. Or try your hand at building the wildest gingerbread house you can dream up. The possibilities are endless, just try not to eat too many ingredients before you’re done! You can use your houses as great holiday décor.

Plastic Wrap Gift Game

Christmas is synonymous with gift-giving. Why not put a fun twist on it by wrapping small toys, candy, or cash in a big ball of plastic wrap. Pass it around your family and have everyone take one gift out of the plastic wrap. Unwrapping a big ball of plastic is a fun way for your kids to score some fun prizes and will have them laughing and having fun the whole time.

White Elephant

This fun game is known by several other names but White Elephant is the most common. This game works by everyone placing gifts into a pile. Once all the gifts are set in one pile, have your family draw a number to determine which person gets the first pick. The first person grabs a gift from the stack and each player can then either take a gift from someone in the group or steal a gift that hasn’t yet been picked.

Snowman Doodle Contest

Why not get your kids to explore their creativity by holding a snowman doodle contest? This fun activity can have your kids drawing in no time and can even reveal a hidden talent you didn’t know about. These drawings should be done off the top of your head and as such, this game might prove a lot harder than you might think. But overall, this can be a fun way to get your kids in the holiday spirit while also developing their artistic skills.

Holiday Story Sharing

Sharing stories is an excellent activity to get your loved ones to engage with one another. Simply start with one person telling a holiday-inspired story starting with one sentence then proceed to the next person who will then add another sentence to create a collaborative Christmas tale. This can be hilariously fun. You never know what type of story your group will come up with.

Sort The Ornaments Game

This is a great game for your young toddler and will help them with their cognitive development while getting them in the holiday spirit. You can use a poster board to make a cardboard tree with circular, colored cutouts. Ask your little ones to put the ornaments through the appropriate spaces and watch them develop their cognitive skills while having fun around the Christmas tree.

Paint The Snow

Nothing can get you in the holiday spirit more than having some snow on the ground. Put a twist on the traditional white Christmas by having the kids go out and dye the snow using a homemade dye made of food coloring and water. You can even have a family art contest or play a game of Win Lose or Draw outdoors. Get some hot cocoa ready to warm up after this fun outdoor activity.

Christmas Tower

Create a festive holiday tower by stacking green plastic cups adorned with little pom-poms on top. Get your players to stack these cups as high as they can in the shape of a Christmas tree. The goal is to stack as many cups as possible while trying to avoid knocking over the tower. The biggest tree cup tower wins!

Ornament Beanbag Toss Game

Build your own Christmas tree-shaped board and toss either your own homemade bean bags or pick some up from the store. This can be a great way to get people that don’t know each other that well to get together and start chatting over a fun game of beanbags.

Reindeer Toss Game

Time for a reindeer game! Send your kids outside to find the perfect antler-shaped sticks that you can attach to an old box. Decorate the box like a cute little reindeer and twist pipe cleaners to make festive rings that can be thrown onto the makeshift reindeer antlers. This is a great way to keep your kids active this holiday season.

Santa Hats Cup Stacking Game

This is another fun classic Christmas game. All you need is a good number of red solo cups and white pom-poms for this thrilling stacking game. Stack as many Santa hats as you can before the tower of cups topples over. This wholesome game is great for the whole family and will have everyone laughing and engaged all holiday season.

Feed the Snowman Game

If you have a leftover three-sided poster from your kid’s school projects, you can create a fun tossing game that your young ones can enjoy. Let the kids decorate good old Frosty in their own style and cut two holes into the snowman on the poster board. Once the holes are set on the snowman, get some bean bags or some soft balls that your kids can try to get through the hole. This will have them laughing and enjoying themselves all holiday season.


We hope this list of great holiday game ideas was a good overview of many different game options you can enjoy with the whole family this holiday season. The holidays are a time for family and friends to get together. Make this year’s holiday festivities full of fun and laughter by trying some of these wholesome Christmas games!

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Monique McArthur
Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.