19 Christmas Party Games Just for the Adults

Christmas Games Your Guests Will Love

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Christmas-themed games for adults will make sure that your next holiday party has plenty of festive cheer—and lots of laughter. Choose from icebreakers, guessing games, trivia, and other downright hilarious Christmas party games for adults. You'll find some great games, no matter your party size or average age.

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    Ornament Guess

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    Start your Christmas party with a simple guessing game. When a guest walks in, hand them a slip of paper and ask them to guess how many ornaments are on your Christmas tree. Whoever gets closest to the actual number wins a prize. If there are two or more people who guess the number correctly, put the entries in a bowl and pick one at random.

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    Christmas Carol Pictionary Relay

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    The classic drawing games gets a holiday twist in this activity. Guests form teams and then race to draw popular Christmas carols. Once their teammates know which Christmas carol is being depicted, they'll have to start singing it to get the points.

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    Candy Canes

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    If you're a fan of the card game Spoons, then you'll love this holiday-themed variation. It's played the same way as the classic card game, but instead of grabbing spoons, participants slyly take a candy cane. This is best for small groups, as the game works well with up to six people.

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    Christmas Find Out Who

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    How fast can your guests get to know each other? Print out a list of questions, such as "Who has never had a white Christmas?" and "Who went Christmas caroling last year?" Give each guest a piece of paper and a pen—they'll have to ask people if they fit any of the questions, which breaks the ice and encourages mingling. The first person to get all of the questions answered wins a small prize.

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    Christmas Movie Trivia

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    Test your guests' knowledge of favorite holiday films. Print Christmas movie trivia sheets and either hand them over to your guests to fill out on their own or host a live trivia game. Everyone thinks they know their favorite Christmas movies, so this will really get some people excited.

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    Christmas Movie Drinking Game

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    Play these games only if everyone at your party is definitely over age 21 and feels comfortable with drinking alcohol. Choose your favorite movie, whether A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and put it on the TV. Write out a list of rules that follow the movie—when one of those rules occurs in the movie, everyone takes a drink.

    Warning

    Make sure that no one overindulges, and ensure everyone at the party has a safe ride home.

  • 07 of 19

    Christmas Charades

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    Charades can be a great ice-breaker and, because all of the clues are Christmas-themed, you keep your guests in the holiday spirit. When you come up with your Christmas charade list, considering using holiday phrases or titles of Christmas movies or songs. Good options include:

    • "Jingle Bells"
    • Snow angels
    • The Nutcracker
    • Decorating a Christmas tree
    • "Silent Night"
  • 08 of 19

    Two Truths and a Lie

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    Add a Christmas twist to this popular ice breaker by setting the theme of "Worst Christmas Gift Ever Received" and have each guest come up with two that are true and one that is a lie. Can your guests spot which one is real and which one isn't?

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    Blind Christmas Tree Ripping

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    Give your guests green craft paper and see who can rip and construct the best-looking Christmas tree while blindfolded. To make the game harder, give them other colors of paper and tell them to rip out and place ornaments for their tree, too.

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    Christmas Gift Exchange Game

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    If your party includes a gift exchange, play this hilarious Christmas gift exchange game before you open the presents. It uses fun poem that will get everyone laughing while they're exchanging gifts by passing them from left to right.

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    Merry Christmas Paper Plate Game

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    For this Christmas game that is suitable for adults or kids, you'll need paper plates and markers. The party-goers draw a Christmas scene on a paper plate—but they do it while holding the plate over their head. The best scene wins a prize.

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    Snowball Throw

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    If you want to engage in a game that's a little more physical, bring out the marshmallows and let the "snowball" fight begin. Just be sure to get your guests on board to clean up after the fight!

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    Party Preparedness Pop Quiz

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    Do your guests like to go all out in what they wear for your Christmas party? This game will truly reward those who embrace the ugly Christmas sweater. The winner of this game is the person who is wearing the most holiday-themed items.

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    Two Spoons Ornament Relay

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    This Christmas party game is a spin on your traditional relay race. Instead of a spoon and ​an egg, your guests will have to carefully race with a spoon and ornament. If they drop the ornament, that person is out. The team that does it the fastest without dropping too many ornaments wins.

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    Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Hold 'Em

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    This Christmas party game of holiday-themed Texas Hold 'Em will work best for an intimate get-together of just four to six people. Print out the cards on cardstock (and laminate them if you think you want to use them in the future), and kick off a game by choosing a dealer.

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    Christmas Party Scavenger Hunt Game

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    You worked hard to decorate for your Christmas party, and it's time your guests realized it with this fun little game. Print out a scavenger list that will have guests rushing around the room to find as many Christmas objects and icons that they can.

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    Christmas Sing-a-long Surprise

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    If you have outgoing guests who love music, they're going to adore this Christmas party game that requires them to sing. See how well your guests can keep up as the classic carol "The 12 Days of Christmas" is sung as quickly as possible.

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    Christmas Card Couples

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    Cut Christmas cards in half, and when a guests arrives, hand them half a card. Their goal is to mingle with the other guests to find their other half. Take it to the next level by assigning the duo to be game partners for the event.

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    What's On Your Phone?

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    The Christmas version of "What's On Your Phone?" will have your guests scrambling to find Christmas related songs, photos, texts, and more all on their phone. Download a free printable for this game that will steer the guests in the right direction. The person or team with the most points at the end is the winner.