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Christmas Games for Your Family

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These Christmas games are fun for the whole family!

These Christmas games are fun for the whole family!

Christmas Games for Families

For years, I've been the official game master at family gatherings. Conducting Christmas games has become a great creative outlet. I always wanted to do something different to make the games more exciting and relevant to the season and where all family members get the chance to participate. I find Christmas to be the best time to get in touch with the child in all of us.

I'm sharing the Christmas games that give family members a chance to play together, learn more about each other, reconnect with one another, and have fun together. Ages 3-83 may join the games. Some are new, and some are popular ones I've modified, which could be used in any family gathering.

Eight Christmas Games for the Whole Family

  1. Jingle Bell Rings
  2. Christmas Spell
  3. Grant Santa's Wish List
  4. Christmas Carol Galore
  5. Christmas Family Tree
  6. Nativity Activity
  7. Christmas Prosperity Game
  8. Yuletide Gratitude Time

1. Jingle Bell Rings

This is a game that can be played by everyone in the family. It's a simple and interesting activity.

How to Set up the Jingle Bell Rings Game

  • Group together according to families and sit together in a chosen space on one side of the room.
  • Choose one member from each group willing to be blindfolded.
  • Line up all the chosen representatives on the opposite side of the room with their backs facing their respective families and then blindfold them.
  • Once they are blindfolded, proceed to rearrange them in the line while instructing the families on the other side of the room to remain silent.

How to Play

  1. Each family will have to agree on a certain matter but must do it in whispers. First, agree on a certain sound of a bell that they would want to imitate. E.g. ding6x or klembang3x or bling3x.
  2. Once all families have decided, assign them a NUMBER. E.g., Bell Ring No. 1, Bell Ring No.2, and so on...
  3. Instruct the families that they must make the sound together the moment they hear their respective Bell Ring Number called.
  4. You may rehearse them once to check that everyone understands.
  5. Now give instructions to those blindfolded. They are to remember how many bell rings there are. Each bell ring number shall be called out again, and they must choose one bell ring which they believe belongs to their family. You can ad lib about how well we know the sound of our family members and how this sound can be both irritating and endearing, but in the end, it is the sound that makes you feel "at home."
  6. The blindfolded representatives could request another round of bell ringing until they are sure which sound belongs to their families.
  7. If a blindfolded member is sure of his answer, he may raise his/her hand to give the answer, but you must instruct the audience not to make any audible reaction or remain silent the moment the player answers.
  8. Make sure all the blindfolded members have answered before you declare the winner.
  9. The first player who raises his hand and gets the answer right wins the jackpot prize, and the rest gets a consolation prize.

2. Christmas Spell

This is another modified version of a spelling competition using the word CHRISTMAS. The letters must be prepared ahead and distributed when they have grouped themselves.

How to Play the Christmas Spell Game

  1. Two groups with 10 members each will play this game.
  2. The members must be comprised of people from various families.
  3. Age range of the members must be from 10-50 years old
  4. The youngest member shall be the leader.
  5. Each member is assigned to hold a letter or wear them like a necklace and line up in front of the audience.
  6. The leader stays at least 3 feet in front of their group. A bell is placed on the floor beside the leader.
  7. The moderator is to ask a question with answers based on the letters found in the word CHRISTMAS.
  8. The leader is to answer by commanding the "letter" to move forward to form the word. E.g. Who was born in Bethlehem? What blinks up in the sky at night?( Star or stars is acceptable since 2 S letters are found in Christmas)
  9. The "letter" is not allowed to step forward on its own nor "talk" but wait for the command of the leader.
  10. The audience is encouraged to help only by making the letter sounds and not dictating the letters.
  11. Once the "letters" are in place the leader announces his answer to the audience by ringing a bell.
  12. The group who correctly answers first wins a point.
  13. The jackpot is given to the highest pointer while the rest gets a consolation prize.

3. Grant Santa's Wish List

This is a modified version of the treasure hunt. This version adds the element of showing kids that they too can be a giver. You may ad lib about how the season could also be a time to let "Santa" have a wish list of his own and that kids could also do their part in gift giving.

How to Play the Grant Santa's Wish List Game

  1. Choose the oldest person or couple whom you believe has been the "Santa" of your family. Let them wear a Santa's hat or costume and let them sit in the center of the room.
  2. Have a list prepared making sure that all families get to be highlighted during the game e.g. Santa's wish list says...he desires to receive a kiss from the youngest child of a family, he wants a solo dance from the teenager of a family etc...
  3. Let "Santa" annouce his wish list one at a time.
  4. The first person who is able to grant Santa's wish gets a prize. Consolacion prizes may be also given to the rest who tried so that the fun feeling prevails

4. Christmas Carol Galore

This is a fun activity to do and will test the musicality of the family members. It's a noisy but interesting game for all. You may use this activity as a way of showing how respect of individuality can become a beautiful melody of unity when given a chance to flow freely.

How to Play the Christmas Carol Galore Game

  1. Assign 3 or 5 elders of the clan to be the judge of this contest. Give them rate cards showing a smiling face (fair), a laughing face (good) and a joyful Santa face (perfect). They are to show the face which best describes how contented they are with the performance.
  2. Divide the group into their respective families.
  3. Each family must assign a singer for their team.
  4. Ask the rest of the members of the team to get hold of something that creates a sound or they may use any part of their body to create a sound.
  5. Each family is to sit in a circle facing each other while the singer stands in the middle.
  6. Each family will then choose a Christmas Carol they would like to do. Give them at least 2 minutes to decide.
  7. Let the judges then choose which family they want to perform first.
  8. The family chosen will then begin by letting one family member start a beat with his chosen instrument to be joined in by the other instruments. The singer may start singing the Christmas Carol they have chosen at any given time. They are to discover how to adjust their respective instruments to support each other.
  9. When done the judges are then asked to present their rate cards and explain their respective rating
  10. The group who gets the highest approval rate wins and gets the prize. Consolation prizes are given to all who participated

5. Christmas Family Tree

This is a fun and exciting game to do and requires a lot of creativity and speed.

How to Play the Christmas Family Tree Game

  1. The Fathers or the head of the different families line up in front of the audience at least 5 feet apart from each other. They are to be the "trunk" of a Christmas tree.
  2. Their respective families are given only five minutes to "decorate" their respective head of the family with items found in the vicinity that would make the "trunk" look like a Christmas tree.
  3. No actual Christmas decors are allowed to be used. Avoid using breakable things. This is an exercise of working out of the box. Use items that are not normally used as decors. Items such as those found in their pockets etc.
  4. The winner is determined by the applause of the audience.

6. Nativity Activity

This is a fast dynamic game good for the young and yuppies. The value of being able to work together in any given situation is the focus of this game. It's a good time to point out that no matter what family or group you come from your contribution is valuable to the success of a project.

How to Play the Nativity Activity Game

  1. Two groups with 10 members each will play this game.
  2. The members must be comprised of people from various families.
  3. The players are only given ten seconds to form a picture of a scene related to the Nativity Event.
  4. The players can only use their respective bodies as props. They are to take on roles of animals, nature, furniture etc.. to give us a clear picture of the event announced.
  5. Sample instruction 1: In ten seconds, show us the scene of the 3 wise men seeing the star.
  6. Sample instruction 2: In ten seconds, show us the shepherd boy tending the sheep.
  7. The moment the scene is announced the counting should immediately start.
  8. At the end of the 10th count the groups must freeze in position and judging shall commence.
  9. The winner of a round is determined by the applause of the audience or you may opt to assign 3 or 5 judges using the rate card again.
  10. The winner of a particular round gets a point.
  11. The first group to reach the best of 10 rounds wins the game.

7. Christmas Prosperity Game

This game helps you exercise the abundance muscles. Christmas is the best time to do this kind of activity. This would be more appropriate for the adults to prepare but kids can join in the giving part.

How to Play the Christmas Prosperity Game

  1. Every member of the family must bring out an item they value in life like items they always bring along with them e.g. a rabbit's foot, a prayer booklet, a photo etc.
  2. Give time for them to take it from wherever they have put it and then return to the area of activity.
  3. Once they have it in their hands proceed with giving instructions. They are to choose one person in the room that they believe will have good use of what they value most.
  4. Before they give away their respective "treasures", they must first explain the kind of value they have placed on the item and then follow it up with an explanation of why they choose to give it to the person they have in mind. Giving the person a warm hug is encouraged after the act of giving
  5. They may react with shock for awhile but remind them that the value they have put on the item when given away shows the higher value they have put on the recipient.
  6. Remind them about the essence of giving related to the mindset of abundance and prosperity especially during the Season of Love.
  7. The game may seem mushy but try it out. Believe me this activity usually brings out the best in everyone

8. Yuletide Gratitude Time

This is one game that you could assign weeks before the gathering.

How to Play the Christmas Prosperity Game

  • Tell every family member to prepare something for one person they want to say "Thank you" to during the Christmas Party.
  • The grateful gesture can be expressed in endless possibilities from the making of a poem, preparing a dance, creating a game, making a card, etc.
  • This session could be a grand finale of sorts for the night. You can add your own way of conducting this session.
  • Be as loving and creative in the way this session is handled.

I hope the activities presented here can help make your Christmas celebration a memorable one. It is my desire that all family gatherings be one filled with laughter, joy and boundless love.

Happy Holidays!


Karsen on January 17, 2015:

I'm grautfel you made the post. It's cleared the air for me.

Brandon Hart on August 22, 2013:

I live by the philosophy the family that plays games together stays together. This is a great list for this Christmas.

s muntaha on March 16, 2012:

It is really necessary to remove social phobia. Social phobia is bad for everyone. People are born to socialize. They can not leave alone. So, to leave a happy life everyone must have the quality of communication. There are many ways to remove social phobia. People who have social phobia must follow those ways. If they ignore this, it will harm not only them but also the people around them.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on January 21, 2012:

Thanks JunctionMD. Blessings:)

JunctionMD on January 18, 2012:

I bet everyone loves Christmas.

Thanks for sharing this great hub.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on January 04, 2012:

Hi Naperville Limo, Glad you enjoyed them. Blessings:)

Naperville Limo on January 02, 2012:

Hello DayZeeBee! Thanks for sharing these ideas for family Christmas games. We really enjoyed them. Please visit my website at and visit our blog!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 18, 2011:

Hi Maisy, Glad to know that. Blessings:)

Maisy Rumsey on December 13, 2011:

Thank you so so much i had a great xmas thanks to you!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 06, 2011:

maedoll thank you for finding the games outrageous hahaha hope you get to enjoy them with you family and friends. Blessings:)

maedoll on December 05, 2011:

These games are so outrageous I am defiantly going to share those games with my family and friends!!!


dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on July 04, 2011:

Why thank you katrina kaif. Blessings:)

katrina kaif on June 05, 2011:

You are truly a game master

technology update on March 09, 2011:


dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 17, 2010:

Hi Teacher Stel, hahaha thank you for the compliment. It makes me joyful to know you find relevance in the games I cook up for your team. Blessings:)

teacherstel on November 17, 2010:

Teacher Daisy, I enjoyed all the activities we've had with you. You are truly a game master at heart!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 01, 2010:

Benny Ru, Y8, vitaly and Travel Kefalonia, Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. I wish you all the best this Christmas. God bless:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 01, 2010:

Hi lysylle, oh that would be a treat. I like the idea of adjusting it for your daughter's birthday celebration. Enjoy:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 01, 2010:

Hi Jason Phimosis, I'm glad you find the games useful. Thanks for dropping by:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 01, 2010:

Hello Arlecchino, thanks for the comment and I hope you'll enjoy using the games this Christmas. Blessings:)

lysylle on October 31, 2010:

thanks! i find these games really wonderful and heartwarming, very much appropriate for a Christmas party for kids. i will modify some for my little daughter's birthday party on December. GOD BLESS!

Jason Phimosis on October 26, 2010:

Christmas is 2 months away and these ideas are going to be really useful!

Arlecchino from Top of the Cloud on October 25, 2010:

I love your ideas and I will use some of them in coming Christmas! Great job!

Travel Kefalonia on September 29, 2010:

Ohhhh..this makes me excited for christmas again... i love it!!! great one here!!!

vitaly on September 29, 2010:

This is nice post but you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post.

P.S Chrismas is good

Y8 on September 15, 2010:

Very nice games I note, I like Christmas I love it ;)

Benny Ruo on August 13, 2010:

This Christmas am going try some of the suggested games i like the Santa wish list game that looks good

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on August 05, 2010:

Hello and thank you for finding them interesting. Blessings:)

spelling games for kids on July 29, 2010:

These games all sound interesting, great hub

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on March 01, 2010:

Hello Carol, thanks for the compliment. Made me smile:)

Hi Mike, I agree. These are games that can be easily modified to suite the occasion:)

Andrew, thanks for sharing your thoughts and your plan to them out. that should be an interesting thing.

Blessings to all and thanks:)

Andrew on February 26, 2010:

I really love Christmas because this would be the time that I could spend quality time on y family, as well as I could plan doing something really great to make us bond together.Your games is really part on my list.

Thanks for the info!

Mike Stronghill on February 15, 2010:

Thanks for sharing these great ideas to spend quality time with the family. If we turned the tv's off and played games (like the ones you suggested) our families would be much closer.

I don't think that these games have to be played at Christmas time. This is good year round.


Carol Walker on February 09, 2010:

I love your site! it's great to see such a well planned page!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on February 09, 2010:

Hello there, thanks for the comment. Blessings:)

Portable Solar Panels on February 08, 2010:

Nice information, this really useful for me. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. Thx.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 06, 2009:

Hello Elayne, thanks for the comment. Have a great Christmas:)

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on December 06, 2009:

This was a fun hub. We will have to try some of the games this Christmas.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 05, 2009:

Have a blessed holiday motorolafans!

motorolafans on November 14, 2009:

Well guys i love chritsmas!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 03, 2009:

Thank you gamedev, appreciate your visit.

Hi My Digest, it is an honor to meet a new hubber who appreciates the games presented in this hub. Thank you so much and welcome to Hubpages. Enjoy your stay. Blessings:)

My Digest on November 03, 2009:

Hi dayzeebee! These are wonderful Christmas games. I am bookmarking your hub so I can use them during our activity this Christmas. Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas!

gamedev on October 24, 2009:

great hub,nice work you did

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on July 24, 2009:

Hi Simplyjo, glad you liked them. Yes I will go visit your hubs soon. See you around:)

simplyjo on July 23, 2009:

Interesting games listed here. Raring to try them out :)

Do visit my hubs too !

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on January 06, 2009:

Hi LondonGirl, yes I agree it's how we go about whatever game we play that matters more. Thank you for sharing. Had a significant celebration and I hope you had a good one too. My best to your family and may this year be fruitful as ever for you.:)

LondonGirl from London on January 05, 2009:

I loved your hub, and hope you had a great Christmas!

We tend to play the same games - chess, bridge, Articulate, Scrabble - and enjoy those too. It's the doing that matters, I reckon.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 15, 2008:

Hello Laringo, I'm glad you like the games. Yes, using games to teach the children values is a good way to go. I pray you gathering will be filled with fun, love, laughter, joy and peace. May your Christmas be blessed and your New Year filled with prosperity and abundance. Be blessed:)

laringo from From Berkeley, California. on December 15, 2008:

I think these games and activities are wonderful for families spending quality time together. These days kids go off in there rooms to play there new video games or download songs onto their Ipod.I think it would be so great if just for one day everyone gets together for caroling or fun activities. I especialy love the Yuletide gratitude time because it teaches younger family members how to  appreciate and respect one another.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 15, 2008:

Hello Baby Cribs, I'm glad I could be of help. I pray your celebration be one filled with rejoicing. Have a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 14, 2008:

Hi JJC13, Happy Holidays! You are most welcome. I pray your family have a great Christmas celebration and may love overflow on those days. Be blessed:)

JJC13 from Liverpool on December 14, 2008:

Games make family Christmas gatherings a lot more fun. Thanks for sharing your ideas to us.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 12, 2008:

Hi Fey, thanks for the comments and the visit. Hope you have a great celebration:) Merry Christmas:)

Fey on December 12, 2008:

Nice games, I'll try some of these.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 29, 2008:

Hello teacher Carmen, it's great to find you here up and about and ready to become the game master in your Christmas family gathering! LOL.That brings a lot of joy to my heart. Keep that spirit up and healing will take on a higher gear. Miracles upon miracles are happening to you. Let's jump, shout and sing as we receive blessings daily:) My best to your family and have a blessed Christmas:)

t.carmen on November 28, 2008:

hello tita dayzeebee! great ideas you have here. i will try some of these games this christmas. of course, i will be the game master of course. i can't afford to have another injury. hehehehe.. have a blessed christmas! mwah!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 26, 2008:

Hello Baby Cribs, I'm glad you liked the games. Yes, they were designed to be conducted at the most convenient time. I do hope you get to use some of them in your gatherings. Have a happy celebration. Godbless:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 15, 2008:

Hey, Jb, it's great to have students visit and leave a comment behind. Having a Children's Party theme for Christmas gatherings is a perfect way of celebrating the season. I love the idea of singing Happy Birthday and blowing the cake. Being around kids do make us feel younger.LOL. I'm sure your Christmas will be doubly blessed this year. God be with you always:)

jb on November 15, 2008:

hi ms. B! thanks for sharing your list. actually, 2 years ago, my cousins and i started to hold parlor games during the family's christmas gathering. We sort of made it into a children's party, complete with the cake, candles and parlor games. The kids surely had fun especially when they get the prizes! (We made sure we had lots of goodies to give away so nobody will end up crying.. hehe) The "seniors" had fun also watching the kids... you can just imagine the expression on the kid's faces when they sang "happy birthday Jesus" and blowing the candles themselves before attacking the cake! haha!

Best of luck to you and have a great Christmas! God Bless!

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 04, 2008:

Mr. Blobby do give my best to your mom and i hope she does enjoy the game. thanks for dropping by and commenting.:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 04, 2008:

blessedmommy, it's great to have you here and know how much your family love games and parties. you must come from a big family like mine. the more the merrier. let the games begin:)

Mr. Blobby on November 04, 2008:

Nativity Activity sounds like a good one for my family. My mom always buys a new and beautiful nativity set each year, so anything regarding this topic she would love!

Carisa Gourley from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma on November 03, 2008:

My family loves to play games and we also love parties. We never want to leave any age out. Thanks for sharing this list.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 03, 2008:

great to see you back here dottie. yes project canada is well and alive in our vision board. i wish you a marvelous celebration with your family and friends. i'm sure your bubbling energy will bring the whole event to an all time high LOL. oh and i love your avatar! you shine in color! love it.:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 03, 2008:

hello sweetiepie, thank you for the comment. i hope you could use the games in your celebration. have a great Christmas:)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on November 03, 2008:

Great idea Daisy for our project canada, lol...can't wait! Will definitely let you know about the fun we will be having with all of your Christmas games. Thanks again!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 03, 2008:

Fun group of games for family get togethers.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 02, 2008:

hi RGraf, i'm glad you believe the games found here could bring in some fun in your celebration. wish you all the blessings:)

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 02, 2008:

These will surely make it more fun this year. Thanks for the ideas.

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 02, 2008:

hello dottie! great to hear from you. it's wonderful to find out you're a game master as well. hmmm we should explore offering this type of service as another income stream.LOL. who knows this might just help us with project canada! oh that would be a delight.

It's also a joy to find you feeling all the love we put into the site. oh we could tell you stories of how much healing took place as we went about writing and doing phtoshop work and learning SEO. whew! will email you about it soon. Do email me about how the games faired in your Christmas party right after the holidays. will be waiting for it. Godbless:)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on November 02, 2008:

Hi Dayzeebee...this is such a wonderful assortment of Christmas games that you have compiled here.  I love games and like you, I am usually the family game master!  I thank you very much for all these new games I can try out this Christmas.  I cannot wait and I'll be thinking of you while I am having fun with my family.

Daisy...I have begun browsing through your new website, Loving Abundance and absolutely loving it abundantly.  As time permits you will definitely be seeing more of me around there.  You and ripplemaker have provided sooo much love in there that I cannot and will not forget!  Thank you both for being such great friends! ~Dottie~

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 02, 2008:

hello constant walker and merry christmas in advance:). oh it would be nice if you could pass the games on to your family. in our country games play a major role in gatherings. it's a time to reconnect with relatives from all over. we always have to consider all age groups. i do hope you could use the games even amongst friends. enjoy the holidays:)

dayzeebee (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 02, 2008:

hello ripplemaker:) hahah thank you for always being the first one to comment on my hubs. you never fail to amaze me with your quick response. i sure hope your family will enjoy the games. i can't wait to hear about it after. promise to tell me about their reaction LOL. Godbless:)

Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on November 02, 2008:

Dayzee- All of these sound fun. I'd never heard of the Christmas Game tradition before. Typically there's just caroling and egg nog. I'll have to pass these on.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on November 02, 2008:

Hi Dayzeebee, I have enjoyed reading this wonderful and creative list of Christmas games you have shared here. As I was reading, I could imagine you conducting the activity and your family with their big smiles of enjoyment. LOL I love Granting Santa's wish list as I imagine the fathers sitting there. :) I will definitely share these activities with my family this christmas. Thanks!!! {((hugs))}