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The 10 Games of Christmas Your Kids Will Love

10 games of christmas

The Holidays are coming! Host the most festive of activities to do with your kids this season and make this Christmas truly unforgettable for the little ones.
Whether you are celebrating the season indoors, visiting relatives in the country, or traveling to another country, here are 10 of the must-play games you should do with your kids. And we’re calling them 10 games of Christmas.

Holiday Maze

How to Play:
  • Buy a ball of string or yarn for each child. Tie a small prize to the end of each one.
  • Hide the prize and unwind the ball of yarn completely around the room. Make sure it passes behind furniture, under table legs, and around banisters as needed.
  • Tie a pencil to the remaining end of the string.
  • Repeat for each ball of yarn. Cross the strings against each other.
  • Hand each child a pencil (with the string attached). Tell them there’s a prize at the end of the string.
  • They should wind the string around their pencil until it leads them to the end.

Mystery Stocking

How to Play:

  • Fill a stocking or sock with a collection of ‘mystery items’. 
  • Pass the stocking around the circle letting each child guess what is inside. The players may shake the stocking, smell it, or simply feel the shape of what is inside.
  • Fill the stocking with simple party favors that the children can keep like crayons or sidewalk chalk, wind-up toys, a toy car, small stuffed animals, a ball and jacks, or a pack of cards.

Holiday ABC's

How to Play:

  • Group the players into teams.
  • Give each child a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z.
  • Players should come up with a holiday word that is related to each letter.
  • The first team to complete their list wins a prize. 

Do You See What I See?

How to Play:

  • Have two children sit in front of the group, back to back.
  • Give one child a holiday object and give the other child a piece of paper and something to draw with.
  • The child with the object cannot say what the object is, but he or she must describe the object so that his or her partner can attempt to draw it.
  • The quality of the final picture obviously depends on how well it was (or was not) described. 
  • The goal would be for the players to identically arrange their trays without looking at the other person's tray or naming any of the objects.

Santa Doesn't Say

How to Play:

  • Buy Santa hats for all of the children at your party.
  • Before they arrive, pin the name of a holiday character to the top of each one.
  • Put a hat on each child's head. Make sure they don’t see the name on the hat.
  • Have the children move throughout the room, talking to one another, and asking questions to try to guess their identity. The first person to guess who he or she is wins the game.

Santa in Style

How to Play:

  • For this game, you will need several rolls of streamers in red, white, and black, a bag of cotton balls, and some masking tape.
  • Divide the children into teams of 3 or 4 kids per team. Each team will choose one person to be Santa and use their given materials to create Santa's costume.
  • Don’t use scissors. It's more fun to see how they make do without them. Let the Santas walk down the runway of your living room, and judge which one looks the best. An alternate version of this game would be to give each team a bag of items (suitable for either Santa or Frosty) and race to dress one member of their team.


Name that Holiday Tune

How to Play:

  • Play a few notes of a Christmas song, and let the children guess the name of the tune. If you want to challenge them further, ask to guess the name of the artist but this is for older children and teens.

Santa Limbo

How to Play:

  • Put a holiday twist on an old favorite by using a set of Christmas lights or a strand of garland instead of a limbo stick.
  • Add a "Santa stomach" to each child for a little extra challenge. You just need a couple of large shirts, some pillows, and maybe a belt. 

Christmas Relay

How to Play:

  • Gather a collection of items to represent those named in the "Twelve Days of Christmas." You can find pictures on the Internet and recycled Christmas cards, or grab some items from around the house.
  • Make sure that the kids all understand which lyric matches each item (and label them if necessary). 
  • Divide the children up into two teams (you'll need a complete set of items for each team). Give each team an empty bucket, and place two buckets with the items at the other end of the room.
  • At the word "go," the race will begin. Each team will be gathering the items in the order of the lyrics. The first child grabs the partridge in the pear tree and brings it back to the team, the second child collects two turtle doves, and the game continues from there. The winning team is the first to collect all twelve items inside their bucket.

Gift Unwrap Relay

How to Play:

  • You will need several empty boxes and plenty of time to wrap the gift beforehand.
  • Place a variety of holiday treats inside one box and wrap the box.
  • Place the wrapped box inside a bigger box and wrap that one.Continue wrapping the box, layer upon layer, for as long as you can stand it.
  • When the children arrive, have them sit in a circle. Play holiday music, intermittently stopping it and letting the child holding the gift unwrap a single layer at a time, until all of the layers are unwrapped and the treats are handed out.
  • If you are short on boxes, you can wrap one box in several layers of paper. Also, you may want to consider having the children unwrap the boxes with mittens on their hands for an added extra challenge.