Christmas Games and Activities

20+ Festive Christmas Games and Activities For Families

The holiday season is a time for togetherness and creating lasting memories with loved ones. What better way to celebrate than with Christmas games and activities right in the comfort of your home? Gather your family around and dive into these!

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20+ Christmas Games and Activities

Christmas Charades

There are so many Christmas games and activities and a family is Christmas charades! Act out beloved holiday movies, songs, or characters for a lively guessing game.

Blindfolded Bow Scoop

Lay out an assortment of bows on the table. Blindfold the player and provide them with a spatula. Within 30 seconds, the player must scoop as many bows as possible into a bowl using only the spatula while unable to see. This game tests their skill and coordination in a timed challenge!

Bow Race

Attach five Christmas bows to the back of each participant. Set up a race where everyone tries to remove the bows from others’ backs while protecting their own. The last person left with at least one bow still attached wins the challenge!

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

A playful spin on the traditional game—blindfolded participants try to place Rudolph’s nose in the right spot.

Hole in One

Using a red solo cup, attach an ornament to a string and thread it through the cup. Tie the cup securely around each player’s waist. Everyone swings their hips to get the ornament into the cup. The first person to successfully swing and land the ornament inside the cup wins the game!

Marshmallow Toss

Set up cups in a pyramid shape and try to toss marshmallows into them. Each successful toss scores points. The player with the most points in 1-3 minutes wins.

Place a cookie on each player’s forehead. They have to use only their facial muscles to get the cookie into their mouth without using their hands.

Candy Cane Hunt

Hide candy canes around the room or area and give players a few minutes to find as many as they can. The person with the most candy canes at the end wins.

Candy Cane Pick-Up

Players use a candy cane held in their mouth to pick up other candy canes and transfer them to a different location within a minute.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of Christmas-themed items or clues around the house for an exciting scavenger hunt. Ideas below!

  1. Ornament Hunt:
    • Find a red ornament.
    • Locate an ornament shaped like a star.
    • Discover a glittery/golden ornament.
  2. Christmas Character Quest:
    • Spot a Santa figurine.
    • Find an elf plushie or picture.
    • Locate a reindeer decoration.
  3. Holiday Color Search:
    • Find something green that sparkles.
    • Locate an item that’s red and fluffy.
    • Discover a decoration that’s silver or gold.
  4. Christmas Treat Challenge:
    • Find a candy cane.
    • Discover a gingerbread cookie.
    • Locate a wrapped chocolate.
  5. Festive Words and Numbers:
    • Find something with the word “Joy” on it.
    • Discover an item with the number ’25’ on it.
    • Locate a decoration with the word “Merry” on it.
  6. Santa’s Workshop Search:
    • Find a toy that makes noise.
    • Locate a tool used by Santa’s elves (like a small hammer or toy wrench).
    • Spot a toy that winds up or moves.
  7. Winter Wonderland Exploration:
    • Find an object shaped like a snowflake.
    • Locate something related to snowmen.
    • Discover an item representing a winter animal (like a polar bear or penguin).
  8. Christmas Movie or Story Quest:
    • Find an item related to a favorite Christmas movie (like a toy train for “The Polar Express”).
    • Discover something linked to a beloved Christmas storybook character (like a Grinch plushie).
  9. Christmas Tree Treasures:
    • Find a decoration shaped like a present.
    • Locate an ornament that’s handcrafted or homemade.
    • Discover an ornament that lights up.
  10. Holiday Sound Search:
    • Find something that jingles.
    • Locate an object that plays a holiday tune.
    • Discover an item that crinkles or rustles.

Balloon Cup Battle

Position a solo cup in the center of a table and have two players stand on opposite sides. Each player inflates a balloon and uses the air from it to push the cup towards the opponent’s end. The goal is to keep the cup from flipping over or falling off your side. The first person to flip the cup or let it fall loses the round!

Christmas Trivia

Test everyone’s knowledge of holiday traditions, movies, and carols with a trivia night. Here is a fun free printable!

Tic Tac Toe Relay

Create tic tac toe game on the floor using masking tape. Use paper plates and cups as your place markers. have everyone line up and race to get 3 in a row!

Craft personalized ornaments using supplies like popsicle sticks, glitter, and paint, making your tree even more special.

DIY Snow Globes

Create enchanting snow globes using mason jars, miniature figures, and glitter for a magical touch.

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid (dollar tree often has crafting snow globes)
  2. Figurines, small toys, or decorations (make sure they’re waterproof)
  3. Glycerin (optional, but helps the snow fall more slowly)
  4. Distilled water
  5. Glitter or artificial snow
  6. Waterproof glue (if needed)


  1. Select Your Jar: Ensure the jar is clean and dry. It should have a lid that fits securely.
  2. Choose Your Figurine: Select a waterproof figurine or decoration that fits inside the jar and represents your snow globe theme. It could be a miniature tree, a small plastic toy, or any item you’d like to showcase.
  3. Attach the Figurine (if necessary): If your figurine doesn’t stay in place on its own, use waterproof glue to secure it to the inside of the lid. Let the glue dry completely.
  4. Add Water and Glycerin: Fill the jar almost to the brim with distilled water. Add a few drops of glycerin (about 1/4 teaspoon per cup of water) to help the snow or glitter fall more slowly. Leave some space at the top to prevent overflow when you add the figurine.
  5. Add Glitter or Snow: Drop in a pinch of glitter or artificial snow. Experiment with the amount to achieve your desired snowfall effect. Remember, a little goes a long way!
  6. Test the Fit: Place the lid with the attached figurine onto the jar and screw it tightly. Turn the jar upside down to test the placement of the figurine and the snow/glitter effect. Make any adjustments if needed.
  7. Seal the Jar: Apply a small bead of waterproof glue around the inner rim of the jar lid. Screw the lid on tightly and let the glue dry completely.
  8. Shake and Enjoy: Turn your DIY snow globe upside down and gently shake it to watch the snow or glitter swirl around your figurine. Keep in mind that excessive shaking might cause bubbles; a gentle shake works best!

Holiday Card Making

Set up a station with art supplies to craft heartfelt cards for friends and family.

Festive Adventures

Gingerbread House Decorating

Unleash creativity by decorating gingerbread houses with colorful candies, icing, and edible decorations.

Pro Tip: Purchase the premade gingerbread houses (a friend told me about these and it is a game changer!)

Bake batches of sugar cookies and set up a decorating station with icing, sprinkles, and edible embellishments. Tips on hosting a cookie decorating party here!

Hot Cocoa Bar

Create a cozy corner with various toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, and flavored syrups for customized hot cocoa creations.

Christmas Recipe Cook-Off

Challenge family members to prepare their favorite holiday dish or dessert for a friendly competition.

Christmas Movie Marathon

Settle in for a movie marathon featuring beloved holiday films and cuddle up with blankets and popcorn.

Active and Outdoor Fun

Snowflake Dance-Off

Put on some holiday tunes and have a dance-off imitating snowflakes falling gracefully to the ground.

Outdoor Snow Games

If weather permits, indulge in snowball fights, snowman building, or sledding for some wintery fun.

Giving and Gratitude

Family Acts of Kindness

Create a list of kind deeds to do together, such as donating toys or volunteering for a local charity.

Gratitude Jar

Throughout the holiday season, jot down moments of gratitude and read them aloud on Christmas Day.

Cherish Family Moments with Christmas Games and Activities

This holiday season, cherish the moments spent with family through these fun games and activities! Whether it’s crafting, laughing, or simply being together, these games and traditions will surely create lasting memories.

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Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!