Jolly up your holiday gathering with these 22 festive family party games that are tons of fun! Whether it’s a family game night or a small gathering, having these party games at the ready keeps the kids (and grown-ups!) entertained. Scroll down and let the magic begin.
Who’s the smart cookie of the bunch? We love this holiday game, that’s easy-to-do. All you need is cookies and no hands. Head over to Not Consumed for the details on how to play this game with the half-pints.
Candy Cane Ribbon Race
Ready, set, go! Grab your candy cane and race it across the ribbon to win. We love this simple yet exciting candy cane game thought up by mama Samantha. Click through to Nifty Mom to learn the easy how-to do this race.
Christmas Smell Guessing Game
Smells good! Grab your Santa hats it’s time to play the Christmas game. From peppermint and pinecones to gingerbread and cinnamon sticks, your little elves will love playing this game. Head over to Kid Friendly Things to Do for a tutorial on how to play.
DIY Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe
Let the games begin! We love this holiday version of tic-tac-toe you can DIY yourself from over at Cool Mommy Stuff. Whether your whipping up hot chocolate or kids are winding down this game is a good go-to for that. Find the full tutorial, here.
Ornament Matching Game
Hide-and-seek! If the littles need a game to spice up the holiday magic—we’ve go the perfect one to play. A shout out to mom Kristina over at Toddler Approved for the how-to on this creative game. The best part is they’ll be practicing matching numbers, adding and spelling, while having fun.
Gingerbread Cookie Relay
Run, run, as fast you can, you can't stop now—it's the gingerbread man relay! The materials for this game are a cinch (think gingerbread cutouts and spatulas) and it's sure to inspire a ton of giggles. Learn more over at Teaching Heart Blog.
Christmas Mad Libs
Give your holiday party an extra dose of silliness with this Mad Libs game from Happiness is Homemade! The kids will love coming up with a kooky story—and it's a built-in vocab-builder too. Get the printable here.
Christmas Gift Exchange
Look no further for a fun Christmas party game! This activity from Play Party Plan involves dice, a wrapped gift from each guest, and a whole lot of laughter. Get started with the free printable—learn more here.
Charades are always a party hit, which is why we love that A Girl and a Glue Gun whipped up a Christmas-y version! Grab the free printable and get ready to act your heart out! Learn more (and get the download!) here.
The Candy Cane Game
This Christmas party game from Chanele at Good Life of a Housewife is extra brilliant because it takes a classic game that your kids are probably familiar with (Spoons!), and gives it a peppermint twist. Get the full info over at Good Life of a Housewife.
Silver Bells Memory Game
Does this game ring a bell? Gather your guests around and try this fun idea from I Can Teach My Child. The best part is that this game uses Hershey's kisses—so no matter your memory, you'll end up with a treat! Learn more here.
Name That Holiday Tune
Who can hum the best? Give your holiday party a musical upgrade by having everyone hum—and identify—popular holiday songs. Can't carry a tune? Play a game of musical chairs (holiday edition) instead. Head over to Play Party Plan for the perfect playlist!
Candy Cane Fishing
We love this simple and sweet game we found it, here. It’s festive, easy and teaches motor skills, too! Even better: You don’t need a ton of supplies. Find out how to stage your own over at There’s Just One Mommy.
Jingle Bell Obstacle Course
Ring in the holidays with a party game that guarantees a jingle-jangle good time! This obstacle course idea is sensory, active and only requires a little bit of DIY-ability. Learn more at Childhood 101.
Candy Cane Hunt
Grab a couple dozen candy canes and a timer, and host your own candy cane hunt! You can hide your peppermint treats in newly fallen snow or around the house and see how many kids find in 1 minute, 2 minutes, etc. You can even award a prize for the “golden” candy cane—a simple bow or ribbon around the special cane results in an extra special treat.
Pin the Heart on the Grinch
Turn your house into Whoville and celebrate the day that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes. Using a cut-out heart as a marker, spin your party guests around and let them match the ticker to the Grinch. Head over to Mom’s Tot School for more info.
Snow Shovel Race
Three cheers for a fun Minute to Win It game! With this idea, you’ll race the clock in a silly “snow” shoveling activity. It’s a guarantee for giggles and super simple to put together, too. Get the how-to at Housing a Forest.
You may remember a version of this game from your last Halloween party. Here, the mummy wrap with toilet paper gets a Frosty-style twist. Don’t forget the hat, black paper buttons, and orange carrot nose for an extra-special touch. Find out more at Party Wishes.
Olaf Knock Down
Do you like warm hugs and party games? This genius idea combines everyone’s fave Frozen sidekick and an easy-to-set-up bowling activity. Best of all, the materials can be found around your house or at your local Dollar Store. Find out more at The Crumby Mummy.
Hold a gift-opening relay race that adds a silly oven mitt challenge. The frenzy to unwrap boxes will be even more fun when the kids are slowed down by mitts. Find out more at Karen’s Ideas Galore.
Want to get in the snowy spirit? This game has all the fun of a snowball fight, without any of the drippy-dirty mess. Make your own snowballs or grab some at your local craft store! Get all the info you need at Just Make Stuff.
–Abigail Matsumoto & Nikki Walsh
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