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12 of the best Christmas party games and ideas for your December shindig

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Cosmopolitan

It goes without saying that Christmas is the perfect time to bring family and friends together for some festive fun. Whether that takes the shape of the best board games, the best drinking games or even the best house party games, one thing is for sure: the best Christmas party games are the ones you all find hilarious, and leave you in hysterics.

Here are our pick of the 12 best Christmas party ideas, to whip out at your next festive gathering.

What's the song?

Find a Christmas playlist on Spotify (try not to use one someone has created - it will give them an advantage) and split into teams. Put the playlist on shuffle; as soon as someone thinks they know what song is playing, they can shout it out. The aim of the game is to guess the most correct songs, the quickest. Make this game a bit more fun by introducing forfeits - a shot if you get the song wrong, or a sip if you're on the losing team.

Christmas Head's Up

How many times can we rave about Ellen DeGeneres's game Head's Up before it looks like a #spon? But seriously, the app is such a great way to bring a party together - especially using the festive edition. After splitting into teams, players take it in turns to put the phone on their head, and try to guess what the app says through their team's descriptions and actions. It's fun (and very silly).

Reindeer ear ring toss

Incorporate some props into your Christmas party games with this inflatable reindeer ear ring toss game. The rules are simple - each player ties blow up horns to your head and attempting to throw rings over onto each other's antlers. The winner is the person who gets all of the rings onto the other person's antlers first.

Big fat quiz of the year

What could be better than looking back at the year gone by and turning major events into a fun Christmas quiz? Ahead of time, ask each player to come up with questions for different rounds; these could either be themed by what happened in each month, or on various topics - celebrity, politics, memes, etc. Split into teams, with the person who came up with the specific questions becoming the quizmaster changing each round. Questions could include:

  • Kim Kardashian's surrogate gave birth in May 2019, welcoming their fourth child. Can you name every Kardashian-West?
  • Can you name five shades in Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson's Conspiracy palette.
  • How many times has Brexit been delayed? (Joke, joke. Sort of.)

Big Potato Santa Banta Game


The quick fire rhyming game, players have 30 seconds to describe as many rhymes as they can while their team tries to guess them. From “The Three Wise Men visiting Big Ben” to “Santa’s hat in a cowpat”, how well will you do?

How many Quality Street can you eat?

We all know about chubby bunny, but give it a Christmas twist by using Quality Street. Split into teams and challenge each other to fit as many chocolates in their mouth as possible - the person who can eat the most, wins. If you want to take the game one step further, introduce singing into the mix - take it in turns to try and hum a song while you've got your mouth full of chocolates, with the winning team being the one who guesses the most right.

Who am I?

Once every player has put a festive character into a pot (anything from The Grinch to Papa Elf), take one each (without looking) and stick it to your forehead. Use 'yes' or 'no' questions to figure out who you have. The winner is the person who figures out their Christmassy character first! Alternatively, you can buy a ready made festive 'Who am I?' game - which although the characters aren't festive, the glasses you have to wear are.

Ornament and spoon race

Encourage things to get a bit silly with an ornament and spoon race - which is exactly like an egg and spoon race, only festive. Make sure your baubles aren't breakable (don't use your nan's best glass ones!), split into teams and organise a relay race.

Jingle bell pong

Give beer pong a festive update by trading in your ping pong balls for some jingle bells, and your beer for some Baileys. The rest of the rules are the same - set up a triangle of glasses filled with booze at each end of the table, and take it in turns to launch a jingle bell into the other team's cup. If you get it in, one of their team must down the content of the cup. The winning team is the ones who clear the other team's cups the quickest.

Sinful Santa Naughty Christmas Riddles

Because who doesn't love a bit of festive smut? With this 'Sinful Santa Naughty Christmas Adult Game' (awful name), players have to read out festive and dirty riddles to each other, while the other team have a time limit to try and guess as many as possible. Examples include: 'I like it when you pin me up. No one is happy unless I get a good stuffing. I'm well hung.' The answer? A stocking, of course.

Festive film drinking bingo

Want a sure fire way to feel merry and bright this Christmas? Download some printable bingo cards for you and your guests to play with while you're watching festive films. From 'drink every time Emma Thompson makes you want to cry in Love Actually' to 'drinks every time Buddy screams SAAAAANTA in Elf', you're bound to be on your way to an afternoon nap with this one.

Snowball twerk pong

Create a DIY version of this game by threading a two decorated tissue boxes onto two bits of ribbon, and strapping it to two players' hips, so that the box hovers above their backsides. Fill each box with ping pong balls (the snow, duh), and challenge the two players to try and twerk the ping pong balls out of the box as quickly as possible.

If DIY isn't your forte, you can also buy a version of this game on Amazon (it's less festive, but we'll forgive you).

And with that, consider the Christmas party games sorted.

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