holiday party games including
Christmas, Valentine, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's and much more!
Below are some holiday party games that can fit any holiday.
Blowing the Egg
This is fun for Easter but can be fitting for other holidays
too. Two pieces of cotton or tape are stretched across the carpet. An ordinary
hen's egg -- which has had the entire contents removed without cracking the
shell -- is laid exactly midway between the tape lines. A girl player then makes
a little paper fan out of half a sheet of notepaper and kneels down on one side
of the tapes and a boy kneels down on the other. The girl then has to try to fan
the egg shell across the tape on the boy's side and he has to try to blow the
shell back across the tape on the girl's side. The one who first drives the egg
across his partner's line three times wins the contest.
Nothing must be used by the girl but the paper fan or her
hand, and the boy must simply blow with his mouth.
Christmas Carol Chaos
Divide group into teams. Each team sends one person up
to the Game Master who gives them the name of a Xmas carol. The person returns to
group and, in the manner of Pictionary, tries to get the group to guess the name
of the carol by DRAWING ONLY. As soon as the group knows the song, they must
sing it as loud as they can. After singing, they send a new person for another
song. Play continues until one group completes all five songs.
Pass The Bow
(or apple or whatever fits the occasion)
Have about 6-15 players per team. Have the teams line up side by side, either sitting or standing
next to each other (they could hold hands if they wanted to). At one end of
the line, place the six Christmas bows (or apples). With their left hand have
each player grab the right wrist of the person to their right. On the mark,
teams pass all the bows down and back again. If a bow falls, players must
retrieve while still holding on. The chain must not be broken! 6 objects for each team.
The winner is the team that passes 6 bows down and back first.
Belongs to What
The day before your Christmas party, secretly go around to
each person's desk in the firm and snatched one somewhat 'personal' item off of
their desk. At the party, lay everything out on a table, each assigned
with a number. Everyone has to figure out which item came from who's desk! It
was a hoot to see who actually stays at their desk and works and who spends most
of their days wandering around everyone else's office!
Guessing with the Wood Spoons
One of the party, -- a girl for instance -- is blindfolded, and sits upon a
chair. She is then given two large wooden spoons, such as in common use in every
kitchen for stirring puddings, cakes, and so on. One after another, the other
boys and girls come up to the blindfolded sitter and the task is very much more
difficult than it looks and is great fun as the spoons go over the face and body
in an attempt of the blindfolded person to discover the identity of the other.
Of course, any outburst of laughter when the spoons are going
over our faces would disclose our identity, so we must keep perfect silence.
When anyone's identity is guessed, he has to be blindfolded and must take the
spoons. We must be careful when using the spoons to touch another person with
them quite lightly, so as not to hurt him and any player who wears glasses
should remove them.
Pass the Orange
Arrange for teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other
(arranged boy, girl, boy,...). Give each team an orange which the first
person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person
behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front
of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one which
gets their starting person to the front again.
Creepers and Slammers
Good for large groups too! Sitting at a table, having people on
either side of you and across from you. Divide your group into
two teams. One team at a time takes a turn passing a quarter under the
table carefully so that the people across from you on the other team can't
see where the quarter is. Then at any time the other team that doesn't
have the quarter tells you to stop! They either yell
"CREEPERS", All the people on the team that has the quarter must
bring both hands up on the table and slowly try to open their hands with
their palms down trying not to allow the quarter to drop loudly. The
opposite team tries to guess where the quarter is. If the opposite
team calls "SLAMMERS" then everyone on your team
brings their hands up quickly slamming them down with palms down and open.
The other team tries to guess who has the quarter. Just take turns
until you are tired of playing. It is a lot of fun and everyone can
join in. The winner is the team with least number of guesses to find the
Pass It ON
Sit close together in two lines facing
the same direction. The person in the front of each line rolls a die. When
one of them gets a six, both of them pass a small object (a jack, a ball, a
bracelet) to the person behind them who passes it on until it reaches the
end. When it gets to the last person, that person must get up and race to
the front of the line with the object and sit down. The person who sits down
first, gets to sit in the front of the line. The person who was second to
sit down, goes back to his or her spot. Whichever line rotates from back to
front first, wins.
Dragon Tail Tag
Make small chains of about four people. Either have team members hold on
to each others waists or link elbows. The end person has a flag or tail
(bandana) hanging behind them or in their back pocket. Teams must stay
linked to participate. The object of the game is to steal other teams tails while avoiding other
teams who are trying to steal your tail. The last team to have a tail wins.
The old favorite. With one fewer chairs than people, a short
snippet of music is played while the people move around the room. When
the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair. (Only ONE
person per chair) The person who doesn't find a chair is out.
One chair is taken away and the game continues until only one person (The
Winner) is left.
Balloon Stomping Game
Each participant blows up a balloon and ties it with a bit of string or
wool to his/her ankle. On the given command, the guests (only using their
feet) try to be the last person to have their balloon busted i.e., you stamp
on your opponents. Again great fun, caution is eered on anyone getting
carried away with the stamping. As survivors get fewer, reduce the playing
Birthday Present Game
The group stands in a circle. The gloves, hat, and wrapped box are placed
in the center. someone begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 6, they
hurry into the middle and put on the gloves and hat. They then start to
unwrap the package. They must move fast because the next person to roll a 6
takes the hat off of the person in the center. The person in the center
stops immediately and takes off the gloves, gives them to that person, and
he/she goes back to the circle. The game continues like this until the
package is completely unwrapped and the last person receives their prize.
It's really noisy and incredibly fun!
I Have Never
Each person receives several
counters (toothpicks, pennies, etc.) Then take turns around the circle. Each person tells of something
they have never done (example: I have never broken a bone or I have never
traveled out of the country). Anyone who has done this must give the
speaker one of their toothpicks or pennies. After going around the
circle several times, the person with the most tokens wins.
What's your Name Sweetie
Everyone is seated on the floor in a circle. Packaged candy bars or
candy are placed in the middle of the circle. Everyone starts by saying
their own names. The leader then makes sure that everyone knows what candy
is in the middle. someone begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 6,
they can take one of the candies in the middle. The die continues to go
quickly around the circle while people keep picking up candy. When all of
the candies are taken, people then can get other people's candy.
In order to get their candy, they must state the person's first name
and the name of the candy they hold. The person who rolls a 6 and matches
the name of the candy and the person takes the other's candy. If they
forget either name, they miss their turn and the dice goes to the next
person and they continue to roll. (One person can get more than one candy
and people can hide the candy behind their back). This is a great way of
getting to know people's name and how to get your favorite candies!
Choose your punishment
. In all of our games, there will be winners, in some there will be
losers. Here are some suggestions for losers forfeits:
Stand on a chair and take the pose of any creature or object the group
WALK THE PLANK
Walk a straight line while looking the wrong way through a pair of
By acting tired yourself, make at least one member of the group yawn.
THAT'S NOT FUNNY
Make one member of the group laugh or smile.
WHO AM I?
Wearing a blindfold, identify the members of the group by touching their
The Bacon Factor
Take a list of any 10 movie stars. Link
that person to Kevin Bacon through movies in the least amount of steps possible.
Dustin Hoffman was in Hook with Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts was in Flat-Liners with...Kevin Bacon!!
Bacon factor is 1. Don't count the direct connection.
You should be able to do this with just about any actor or
actress from any time. The challenge is knowing all of the right movies and who
was in them.
Name those Logos
Go through several magazines and cut out advertisement
symbols (i.e. the 7up dot, but not the word 7up). Paste each on the white side
of a 3x5 card and have everyone go around the room with an answer sheet and
try to identify as many of the symbols as possible.
Who am I?
Pick a category such as cartoon characters, movie stars,
vegetables, etc. Pin the name of one of these items on the back of each guest
as they arrive. Tell them that they need to find out who they are by asking
other people for help.
The rules are ask yes or no questions only, answer yes or no questions,
no removing your own name tag to find out. If you ask,
anyone will help you find out your identity.
If you need people seated or grouped up this may be a good
way to do it. Have place cards at the seat of each item. Or have a few
different categories of item to guess. Then when it comes time to group up
have the cartoon characters go here, vegetables there, etc.
Put the following on a table prior to the
As the guests arrive, give them the following list. Match the statements on
the list with the items on the table.
End of pork ("k")
A bunch of dates (Calendar)
A swimming match (match in the bottle)
Sweet sixteen (Candies)
Never borrowed, never lent (toothbrush)
Seen at a ball game (pitcher)
Out for the night (candle)
The ending of a Biblical Character (Salt)
Branching of a river (Fork)
On of the causes of the American Revolution (Tacks)
A spring flower (buttercup)
The end of ambition ("N")
Ready to be licked (Stamp)
A paradise on earth (dice)
Birthplace of Burns (Iron)
Party Starters have two
purposes. First, to get things officially started with a bang. Second,
some divide up a large group into smaller groups. Group games go much
smoother and people are more willing to participate if they are split up
from people they know and put into a random group. Grouping games are
perfect to start for a fun party.
This is a good game to play
as a mixer. It is a fun, fast moving game. It starts out with everyone in one big group. The leader initially calls out a number,
usually a number between two and fifteen. The number shouldn't be more
than half of the number of total participants. When the number is called
out everyone must try to collect in a group that contains that number of
people. The group members should be latching arms or have their arms
wrapped around each other so that the leader can see who is in the group.
If someone cannot enter a group because the number of required members has
been reached, he is out of the game. As different numbers are successively
called out the number of participants gets smaller and smaller.
Eventually, there are less than ten people. The last group, or winning
group, should have anywhere from two to five people.
Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of
paper which they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape
or office Post-It notes). Make sure they don�t see the name.
Everyone else can see your forehead. The objective is to figure out who you
Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party questions
about who they are - answers can be YES or NO only. If you get a YES you may
continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the left.
Last person to guess their name is the loser. Simple, but very absorbing.