Whether you’re throwing a Halloween, Easter, Christmas party (or other) — Check out this list of 100s of the top holiday party games for kids, adults, & teens. Plan a party that’s sure to be the best ever with these suggestions for fun holiday party activities that will keep everyone entertained. Twist each simple game into something fun and unique with a twist of party game instructions and a list of themed party supplies.
Activities during a holiday season are part of tradition. Most everyone can claim a busy calendar filled with parties and activities during a holiday season. Bringing together low-cost party entertainment can be a bit of a challenge. Entertainment can feel quite costly and often absorbs most of the party budget. However, having a good time is actually quite affordable and planning for a holiday party can be just as fun as the actual party itself.
If you are on a party planning committee of one or part of a group of people to host a party, this blog post is for you! Spice up your next get-together with these fun party games and activities. Learn how to take simple party games and ideas and turn them into amazing holiday party games for adults or DIY party games for kids with just a simple twist of the theme and/or directions.
What games are usually played at a party?
It’s not too complicated to come up with games for a party. There are many classic games that have been played at your earliest party memories. However, if you want guests to have a ridiculously fun time, it’s important to come up with traditional party games only offering a twist. This makes a common game into a fun game you’ve probably never played before.
Good party game ideas incorporate everyone, create ice breakers and bonding amoung teammates and offer a little bit of friendly competition. Good games create banter, laughter, and innocent fun.
A few games that are good for a party include…
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
However, the rules of everyone one of these common games can be used to turn into a new unique game you’ve never played before. When you take a good party game and turn it into something of your own, it creates a memorable time for party guests. Positive memories mean good times.
Now that we know of these fun party activities, let’s learn how we can turn them into incredibly awesome holiday party games for the entire year and any occasion and age group.
What makes a good party game?
A good game usually fits a themed party. Whether your hosting a holiday party, birthday party, or office party, create group games based on your party theme. Instead of reinventing the wheel, start with many of your classic and traditional games and add fun flare based on the type of party you are having. Next, consider your audience and their skill level and go from there. Many children’s games can be used for young kids or adapted into hilarious party games for adults who like to have fun!
It’s easy to create a good party game when you start with a simple game and gift it a twist. For example, if you are hosting a Christmas party, turn a limbo game into Santa Belly Limbo. Have participants wear a Santa hat, ugly sweaters and put a “Santa belly” under their shirt using a balloon (or pillows.) Use a roll of wrapping paper as a limbo stick and continue to follow the rules of Limbo, lowering the roll of gift wrap the game until you have one winner remaining. You turned a dull game into a perfect game for Christmas.
Classic Party Games
Let’s start by taking a look at these fun traditional party games. The goal is to take these classic games and turn them into something themed.
A scavenger hunt is a game in which a list of items or places are discovered. A scavenger hunt can use a checklist, where each item is crossed off the list when found or it can include a series of clues in which contests race to solve and discover new clues. Scavenger hunts are often holiday themed and can also be called treasure hunts as the end of the journey usually includes a price. Host scavenger hunts in teams of two, in groups, or as individual players playing against a clock.
How did we even play trivia before the days of Google. Let’s all take a minute and thank Google for all if it’s factual knowledge. Whatever the occasion, begin to research your trivia. Take your theme and Google search (insert holiday name) trivia. Immediately, you can declare your self an expert in such and such holiday. If hosting a holiday party about a a particular someone, frame all the quiz questions around them. Drill them with questions before the event and find out who knows them best. Chances are every party as a certain hot shot that can’t wait to be called the trivia master.
We know B-I-N-G-O is more than a dog. Bingo is a quick and easy game to unload a bunch of prizes. They are excellent for kids party games or can be use for adults too. For example, use these free Bingo Cards. Print and play. If hosting a party for kids, have a bunch of fun trinkets and party favors. Not only does it fill the party with plenty of positive energy, it keeps the kids occupied. If hosting a party for adults. consider mini cocktail bottles as party favors. They can be the catalyst or start to your drinking party games for later in the evening.
Charades can be played with any type of word or phrase. Words (and phrases) are placed on a card and drawn blindly from a hat or bag. A person from each team goes to the front of the room to act out the phrase while their teammates try to guess what they are silently acting out. There are two sets of rules for charades games. The game of charades tends to be funnier as the party goes on.
Pass the Gift
Pass the gift or pass the parcel is a great party game for teens, kids and even adults. There are many times of party games where a gift is passed along. This can include a white elephant gift exchange game. This game is usually played with dice and directions are given based on the number rolled on the dice. At the end of the game, each person goes home with a fun present. You can also play pass the parcel where small presents are on different layers of a gift wrapped in wrapping paper or cling film plastic wrap. You can insert small themed party favors, gift cards, trinkets and more. Choose the layers to have themed goodies fitting for the holiday party you are throwing.
When bringing board games to a holiday party, you need to consider the amount of guests that are invited. Board games are often limited by players. You can always extend the amount of players that can play by grouping up players. You also can host board games at various tables and locations in your home (or holiday party venue location.) A list of creative-thinking good board games for a party include Taboo, Scattergories, Jenga, Ticket to Ride, Clue, Apples to Apples, Chutes and Ladders, Uno, or Cranium.
Also take a look at our list of Family Game Night Game Ideas.
Lets look at some of these traditional party activities and turn them into party games for indoor and outdoor parties. With a bit of a twist, let’s make create them into holiday activities that will have guests engaged and having fun. Keep the good times rolling with these crowd-pleasing activities for a any year-round holiday gathering.
Christmas Party Games
Who doesn’t love a good holiday party for Christmas. From the office, to youth groups, to the classroom and neighborhood, Christmas is a great time for a holiday party with games. Grab a Christmas party theme, twist the directions for your traditional party games and roll with the party fun. If you are hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party, incorporate relay races into taking off and putting oversized ugly Christmas attire. If you are hosting a Christmas party with a winter wonderland theme, transfer all your games into a winter Olympic theme – cotton balls are snow balls, brooms and hockey pucks can be used for winter curling and more.
Ornament Spoon Relay
You’ll need: Spoons, ornaments
How to score: The winning team is the first group to have all teammates cross the finish line without dropping the ornament.
Just like an egg spoon relay. Divide teams into two for this relay. The first person in line has a spoon an ornament. Every other player has a spoon. Each person with a spoon and ornament must carry the ornament on the spoon to a designated spot and back. As soon as the player returns to the line, he or she passes the ornament to next person in line. Continue until everyone gets a turn. If the ornament drops, return to the starting line. Fastest team, wins.
You’ll need: Marshmallows
How to score: The winner will stack the most marshmallows in 60 seconds.
Each player gets giant marshmallows. Players must stack marshmallows on top of each other to resemble a snowman using one hand. Player that stacks the most in under a minute, wins.
You’ll need: Pantyhose, balloons
How to score: Have the most balloons or the best looking antlers at the end of the Christmas game.
Split into teams with two or three players. Give give each team a bag of balloons and a pair of pantyhose. The teams must blow up balloons and stuff them into pair of pantyhose. When the team feels their pantyhose antlers are complete, one person from the team puts on the pantyhose. The team with the best reindeer antlers wins!
That’s a Wrap
You’ll need: Dice, ball of Saran wrap with small prizes
How to score: Everyone wins as they begin to unwrap small prizes.
Have a Giant roll of plastic wrap and a lot of small gifts. Place a small ball at the center and start wrapping the ball with plastic wrap. As you go, randomly add in small toys, gifts, candy or even gift cards. You will end up with a ginormous ball filled with fun! The game is played with dice. Sit in a circle and have one person rolling while the other starts unwrapping the giant ball. No ripping. As soon as the person rolling the dice rolls doubles, pass the gift (or the ball to them) and pass the dice to the left. The game continues. Whatever items you unwrap are yours to keep!
The Good List
You’ll need: Paper, pencil.
How to score: The player that gets the most points, wins.
The goal is to choose answers on The Good List (answers that MOST people would choose.) Have a slip of paper for keeping score. Call out a question and have everyone write down their answer. After everyone is done, hold up the answers. If 3 or more people answer they same they each get 3 points, 2 people 2, 1 person has the same answer, they each get one point. Example Questions Include: Name Santa’s favorite reindeer. The best dessert of Christmas. The ultimate Christmas Carol. The best color for Christmas. The best Christmas movie ever. Santa’s favorite drink? The number of reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh. Etc.
Printable Christmas Games
Ready for a few Christmas holiday games to get you into the holiday spirit? Print these fun holiday party games you can play right away. The best thing about digital download games is that you can use them immediately and you will have many of the game supplies on hand…. from jingle bells, to hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Some of these fun activities are games that don’t need materials. Just grab a pencil and go!
Thanksgiving Party Games
Falls is a great time to host Thanksgiving party games. It’s a perfect season for friends and family to gather. If you are hosting a Friendsgiving or having the whole family over for turkey, take a look at some of these Thanksgiving game ideas. Try out a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt, take a few football games outside or turn a traditional seasonal game for another holiday into something fun for November. For example, take a traditional Easter egg scavenger hunt and turn it into a turkey leg hunt. Fill large Easter eggs with a lot of treasures (candy, stickers, adult cocktails, etc.) Tape a white plastic spoon to the egg and using brown washi tape. This is your turkey leg. Hide turkey legs in the home or in the backyard and go on a turkey trot treasure hunt.
Bobbing for Apples
You’ll need: Apples, bucket, water
How to score: Retrieve your apple the fastest to win.
Fill a large bucket with water. Add apples in the water, which will float to the top. Each player has a set amount of time to grab as many apples as they can out of the water only use their mouth, hands behind their back. The player that gets the most in the time period, wins.
Harvest the Fields
You’ll need: Chopsticks, bowls, beans
How to score: The player that moves the most beans in time, wins.
Each player will have two paper bowls and a pair of chopsticks. One bowl will be filled with dried beans and the other one will be empty. On the start of go, the players will transfer their beans from one bowl to the other bowl using only their chopsticks.
They have 1 minute to see who has the most beans from their harvest at the end of time!
You’ll need: Notecards, pen
How to score: The group that guests the most holiday charades cards correctly in time, wins.
Write down additional nouns (person, place or thing) on small notecards. Keep the nouns in a Thanksgiving theme or fit to the age group. Split teams in two. One person acts out what’s on the card. Each team guesses what the player on their is acting out. Team that guesses the most correctly, wins.
You’ll need: Potatoes, tape.
How to score: First player to cross the finish line with their potato, wins.
Have a taped start and finish line on the ground. On the start of go, players must get down on their hands and knees and roll a potato across the floor using only their noses. The first one to the finish line without touching the potato with their hands is the grand champion nose roller. Talk about bragging right. You can also make this a group game by splitting players into teams for a team relay race.
Gobble, Gobble, Eat
You’ll need: Thanksgiving food, utensils, plates
How to score: The last player left in the game, wins.
This is a fun Thanksgiving dinner table game. In this friendsgiving thanksgiving dinner party game, you must follow the conversation. During dinner, anytime you hear the words “gobble, gobble,” you take a bite of turkey. If you hear the word “thankful,” you take a bite of your favorite food. If you hear the word “stuffed,” you take a bite of stuffing. After you take your bite, say the “magic word” again and keep your fork in your mouth until everyone has done the same. The last person to take a bite is out. Play during dinner until one person (The winner) is left.
Printable Thanksgiving Games
Want these games in your hands? Being prepared for an upcoming celebration will allow you to pull off the best entertainment for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving. Each of these Thanking Party Games printables (from Frugal Coupon Living) has a complete instructions and a list of supplies needed.
Halloween Party Games
Halloween is the starting point to all the holiday party games and who doesn’t love a great Halloween party. Dress up in costumes and have fun playing some of the best Halloween party games for the holiday season. For these game ideas, take many of your common games and make them unique activities by adding in plastic spiders, candy corn, pumpkins and ghosts.
Hang the Glow Stick
You’ll need: String, glow-sticks with hooks, chairs
How to score: The winner is the team that hangs all their glow sticks the fastest.
In this glow party game, tie a string across the room in-between two chairs or other tall objects. Split players into two teams, each team with a set of glow sticks with hooks. When the game starts, the first player must pick up a glow stick with his/her mouth, run to the rope, and hang the hooked glow stick on the rope without using his/her hands. The player runs back so the next person on their team who then does the same. The team to hang all of their glow sticks on the line first, wins. (Optional: instead of using your mouth, tie hands behind your back to pick up and hang the stick.)
Mummy Relay Race
You’ll need: Rolls of toilet paper
How to score: Be the first mummy to cross the finish line without breaking your wrappings.
Split in teams of two. Use an entire roll of toilet paper and wrap your teammate up as a mummy, arms out. The mummy has to cross the finish line, keep their wrappings on and not tear them through to win!
Pumpkin Patch Stomp
You’ll need: String, orange balloons
How to score: Be the last player with a balloon tied to your ankle.
Tie a balloon to each players ankle with a piece of string. In the balloon is a prize (candy, sticker, etc.) Once everyone has one then start playing some music. While the music plays, people walk around. When the music stops, the aim is to burst each other’s balloon & protect your own. If you burst another, you get the prize inside. The winner is the last person left with a balloon
You’ll need: Vaseline, plastic spiders, plates (or bowl)
How to score: In this spider race, transfer the most spiders from one plate to another in the time given.
In this fun Halloween minute game, add a bit of Vaseline to the tip of each contestants nose. Using only their nose, players transfer many plastic spiders as they can from one plate to the other. Player with the most at the end of one minute, wins.
You’ll need: Sharpie, white balloons
How to score: Be the team that keeps your balloons in the air the longest.
The goal of this game is to successfully keep three balloons (decorated like ghosts) in the air for one minute. Players can
only use one of their hands to do it! If a balloon falls, that team looses the round. Point awarded for who does it longest or without dropping a balloon.
Printable Halloween Games
Halloween is a great time to dress-up, clown around and be your silly self. If you are looking for a few printable Halloween party games, we have you covered with a few fun ideas. Put the play back in your party plan by being prepared with these spook-tacular Halloween games – print today!
New Year’s Eve Party Games
The way you bring in the new year is a huge indicator for how your new year is… who made up that lie? However if that New Year’s Eve quote is a bit true then I want to be playing games. What makes NYE party games great is your can incorporate many ideas like Christmas games, winter Olympic games, and ball drop games. The possibilities are endless with these end of the year holiday ideas.
Christmas Clean Up
You’ll need: Christmas decorations, Christmas tree, storage bucket
How to score: Clean up the Christmas décor the fastest.
Are you one of those people who keeps your Christmas decorations up until New Years? Undeck the halls by removing the ornaments from the tree and getting all 30 into the storage bucket.
NYE Ball Drop
You’ll need: Ping-pong balls, bucket, chair, black felt top hat
How to score: The player with the most balls at the end of time, wins.
Players will stand on a chair in front of a black felt top hat. Teach player has to drop Ping Pong balls (one at a time) in the hat below.
You’ll need: Hershey Kisses
How to score: Unwrap and eat the most chocolate kisses in the amount of time given.
Using one hand, players must unwrap Hershey kisses and eat them. The Player that unwraps and eats the most in time, wins.
The Final Countdown
You’ll need: SOLO cups
How to score: Move the stack of SOLO cups the fastest.
This Moving on Up classic one-minute game is renamed for the holiday season. Have 40 SOLO Plastic Cups. All the same color except one at the bottom. On the start of go, the player must move each cup through the stack first by removing the bottom cup and placing it in the top of the stack. In 60 seconds, the player must repeat this pattern for all 40 cups and end with the different colored cup back to the bottom.
Ice Capades Winter Games
You’ll need: Straw, ice, table
How to score: Blow your ice cube across the table the fastest.
In this one minute challenge, each player will push an ice cube on the table from one end to the other by blowing on it through the straw. No hands!
Printable New Year’s Eve Games
Grab these fun printable NYE games and gather with family and friends. These New Year’s Eve group games are excellent for counting down the final hour until midnight. The keep everyone laughing and engaging making that time fly… (that’s what we want, right?)
Valentine’s Day Party Games
Valentine’s day is perfect for Galentine’s, classroom parties and significant others . Exchange love notes, candy hearts, and more. These Valentine holiday game ideas focus on chocolate, hearts, candy and more. You can’t go wrong with this collection of party games made with items you have in your home or budget.
You’ll need: Paper plates, cooked spaghetti, candy hearts, spaghetti sauce
How to score: Find all your candy hearts first to win.
Similar to a group pie eating contest, only with a twist. For each player, a plate of cooked spaghetti with 6 candy hearts hidden inside. On the start of go, players race to find the candy with only their mouth. No hands. First player go get all 6 candy hearts, wins. To make it messier, add sauce!
You’ll need: Valentine Taboo Cards
How to score: Be the team to have the most points at the end of hte game.
Split players into teams of 3-4 players. The first player begins the guess game by drawing one card and then reading the “guess word” to themselves. The word at the top of the card is the word/phrase they will be describing so the other players on their team will guess it. They also read the forbidden words or words they can not use when describing the word. The team gets a set amount of time to guess the word they are trying to describe. A point is awarded for each word guessed correctly.
Candy Heart Toss
You’ll need: Painters tape, plastic cups, candy hearts
How to score: Be the group that catches the most candy hearts.
In this game, players are split into teams of two. They each stand on opposite lines about 5 feet apart. Use painter’s tape to make your lines on the ground. In this game, one player tosses candy hearts, the other player catches the candy hearts with a cup (or bowl) on their head. The team that has the most hearts at the end of time, wins.
Face the Cookie
You’ll need: Cookies
How to score: Get the cookie to your mouth in the fastest amount of time.
Players must move the Valentine’s Day cookie from their forehead into their mouth within one minute. Players can not use their hands during the face the cookie game!
You’ll need: Tweezers, chopsticks, Smarties candy
How to score: Stack and unstack your candy tower the fastest.
In this challenge, players must unwrap and re-stack an entire roll of Smarties Candy free standing on the table in 60 seconds or less. They can use hands to unwrap but must use chopsticks or tweezers to stack.
Printable Valentine’s Day Games
The season of love can be celebrated with the girls or with a significant other. Whether celebrating with the kids, a boyfriend or your girlfriends, these printable Valentine games are perfect! Filled with cupids touch, check out these holiday games for Valentine’s day including card games, 60 second challenges, worksheets, dice games and more.
Easter Party Games
Looking for some Easter Games to add to your holiday tradition? These super fun and easy game ideas will keep kids of all ages entertained. Take many of your loved games and replace your supplies with something themed around the Easter holiday season. For example, instead of a bucket use an Easter basket. Take all of the traditional egg rolls games and turn them into team relay races perfect for all of your party guests.
You’ll need: Easter Peeps candy, Easter baskets, plastic spoons
How to score: Get all your candy peeps into the basket the fastest
Set an Easter basket ten feet from where the player will stand. Place a marker on the floor to designate where the player stands. In this challenge, each player will use a plastic spoon to launch Peeps into their Easter basket. Players must get six Peeps to land inside the basket to win the challenge. Complete your task in 60 seconds or less.
Backwards Egg Race
You’ll need: Eggs
How to score: The first team to get their eggs to the end of the row wins!
Divide the group into two teams and then divide the teams into pairs. This is a relay race that can be done indoors or outdoors. Each pair stands back to back with their arms linked at the elbow. The first pair of players for each team is given two eggs, one for each player. They carry the eggs in their hands. When the leader says go, the players race to the next linked pair in their team and transfer their eggs one at a time. The eggs continue to make their way from pair to pair until they are delivered to the last pair in the team. If an egg is dropped, the team races back to the start line (still connected) to get replacement eggs.
You’ll need: Chocolate bars
How to score: Have the best looking chocolate sculpture in the set amount of time.
Each player is given a bar of chocolate. Set a timer for one minute. Players are challenged to create a sculpture of a specific Easter item (bunny, basket, chick etc.) using only their teeth. Players can hold the chocolate with their hands. The best chocolate sculpture wins!
Egg Roll Relay Race
You’ll need: Eggs, painter’s tape
How to score: Be the first to roll your egg across the finish line.
Have a taped start and finish line on the ground. On the start of go, players must get down on their hands and knees and roll a raw egg across the floor using only their noses. The first one to the finish line without touching the egg with their hands is the winner. Optional: use a hard boiled egg.
Easter Bunny Bluff
You’ll need: Blindfold
How to score: Guess the Easter bunny correctly.
Have all players stand in a circle. Choose one player to be IT and blindfold them. Place IT in the center of the circle and have them put one arm out, pointing in front of them. Spin them three times. Whomever IT points at tries to disguise their voice and says, “I’m the Easter Bunny.” IT tries to guess who said it. If they are correct, they switch places. If they guess wrong, they get to be IT again.
Printable Easter Games
Print these popular Easter games. These fun holiday party games are perfect for pairing with plastic eggs, carrots, small trinkets and more. They can be played with family and friends, in small groups or large groups. What makes Easter digital downloads great is you immediately have them in the palm of your hands making your Easter activity ideas, instant.
Other Great Party Games
The birthday party activities and entertaining party games do not end here. If you are looking for a list of fun things do for any occasion, enjoy some of these other great party activities and ideas.
There’s no shortage of daily calendar holidays. While some are quite common, others might be considered unusual holidays. Frugal Coupon Living’s party games can be used for all types of occasion including holidays you might consider party of your family traditions. Use these holiday party games for family game night, for a group party, and many of other special reasons.
More holiday party games include…
Who can play holiday party games?
When creating holiday party games, ask yourself about the players and participants. Make sure you know your party guests when planning the entertainment for a holiday party. Consider their age, skill set, and your audience’s likes and dislikes.
When creating party games, consider your age group. The will help you with your game directions and the tasks you want to accomplish.
To create good memories ask yourself is your age group expecting a prize/party favor? Preschool games might have small awards like candy or stickers. Adult games might need no prize at all as endorphins are created through positive exchanges and banter. Tiny treasures feed younger kids while older kids (aka adults) are rewarded through a good time.
Now that you know your age group, consider what tasks they can achieve in each contest. Make a game more challenging by adding a timer or extra steps needed to win. Make a game easier by pairing younger kids and older kids together. Older children can not only explain the rules of the game but also help preschoolers and toddlers with more challenging tasks.
It’s important to know your audience’s likes and dislikes. In addition, the audience at a bar will look quite different form the audience inside of a classroom. Knowing your audience establishes what makes an appropriate or inappropriate games.
Where can you play holiday party games?
Holiday party games can be used as outdoor games or indoor games. There are plenty of settings they are perfect for. Use in the school, at an office, in an bar, at home or even in a church. Look at these places that are perfect venues for a holiday party with games.
Loosen the tie, sit back and relax a bit and incorporate games into the next office party. These games can be used at a party venue. museum, park or even a bar. Based on how relaxed you want to go, consider using adult party games or even drinking games when pulling together games for the office.
“It’s gonna be a house party…” if you are hosting a party at home, any of these games can be enjoyed on the couch on your living room or incorporated into your backyard as outdoor games. At party at home or a party at a venue is the perfect place for good holiday games. Incorporate into a dinner party, slumber party, birthday party or as games for a small holiday gathering in the neighborhood.
Calling all youth group leaders. If you work at a youth center or church, these holiday party activities are perfect for youth. Not only do they keep the kids busy, they are great ice breaker games for bringing new names and faces together.
The classroom is a great place for holiday party games. Teachers make sure to share these classroom activities with your homeroom moms and parents when planning your next holiday gathering.
Have a blast with these fun holiday party activities and games. Be sure to share in the comments, what are your favorite games and who was your audience when doing them?
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Last Updated on October 19, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living